Scientific facts in the Bible
Although the Bible is not primarily a book of science, it does contain numerous scientific facts. We laugh at the scientific knowledge of just a hundred years ago. If man alone were the author of the Bible, we would expect to find it to contain many such humorous errors. However, if we examine the scientific data of the Bible and find it to be accurate to present-day knowledge, then we have powerful evidence for divine authorship.
- In Job 26:7 we can read that the earth “hangs upon nothing.”
- The father of modern oceanography, Matthew Maury (1806-1873), searched for “the paths of the sea,” inspired by Psalm 8:8. He discovered the warm and cold continental currents.
- The Bible states that the stars cannot be counted: For centuries, scientists and astronomers thought they could count the precise number of stars in the universe. Brahe, for example, said there were 777. Kepler claimed the total was 1,005. Hipparchus said there were 1,022 stars. Ptolemy raised the number to 1,056. Eventually, scientists, including the great Galileo, concluded that the stars could not be numbered, just as the Bible had always claimed.