Whenever science has contradicted
the Bible it has always been science that has changed. New
discoveries, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, reinforce what
the Bible has always said. On the other hand, new discoveries
are constantly forcing science to change. For example, the
word atom is derived from tomas, which means
"to cut," and a, which means "not." A little over
100 years ago it was the view of science that the atom could
not be split; but today the splitting of atoms is basis of
atomic energy. An enormous amount of energy is released when
atoms are split.
STARS: Jeremiah 33:22
states that the stars "cannot be numbered." This was written
approximately 2600 years ago when the prevailing view was
quite different. The Greek atronomer Hipparchus, in 150 B.C.,
said there were "less than 3,000 stars." Hebrews 11:12, written in the first century
A.D., describes the stars as being "innumerable as the sand
which is by the seashore." Science did not agree with the
Bible until the telescope was invented in 1608 and used by
Galileo to peer into space.
RAIN: Job 38:25
states that "the path of the thunderbolt" causes it to rain.
In 1964 science discovered this same fact. The discharge of
lightning changes the electrical polarity of water molecules
which causes the water molecules to coalesce into raindrops.
TIME: One of the great discoveries of modern
physics is that time had a beginning. We see this fact clearly
stated almost 2,000 years ago in 2 Timothy
1:8-12 --"Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony
of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in
the sufferings for the gospel according to His own purpose
and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time
began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior
Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and
immortality to light through the gospel." This was book was
written by the apostle Paul when he was on death row (after
the Roman empire turned against Christians). From his perspective
death was merely a doorway from time to eternity in heaven
-- "immortality," as he put it. In some translations the word
"history" is used instead of time, but the word in the original
Greek is "chronos."
MASS AND ENERGY CONSERVATION: Hebrews
4:3 states "the works were finished from the foundation
of the world." No more matter or energy were created after
the beginning. Science didn't embrace this fact until 1841
when Mayer formulated the law of mass and energy conservation,
also known as The First Law of Thermodynamics, which states:
the sum total of all mass and energy in the universe remains
constant. One form of energy or mass may be changed into another
form, but the total amount cannot increase or decrease.
ENTROPY: The Second Law of Thermodynamics
states: there is a constant amount of energy, but in all energy
transfers there is a loss in the amount of usable energy and
an increase in the amount of useless energy. That means that
everything is growing older, wearing out. In 700 B.C. God
revealed this same fact to the prophet Isaiah -- "Lift up
your eyes to the heavens [stars] and look on the earth beneath.
For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, the earth will
grow old like a garment, and those who dwell in it will die
in like manner; but My salvation is forever, and My righteousness
will not be abolished" (Isaiah 51:6).
The Bible is accurate about these facts of science as it is
accurate about our need for the forgiveness of sins that is
available to us through Jesus Christ! "For the wages of sin
is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus
our Lord" (Romans 6:23).