Chapter 1: Christianity's Solid Foundation - Second: The Scientific Truth
SECOND: THE SCIENTIFIC PROOF
There are many scientific discoveries which were recorded in the Bible hundreds of years before scientists discovered them.
1. The discovery that the planet earth is a circle.
Hundreds of years before Copernicus and Galileo discovered that the planet earth is a sphere, the prophet Isaiah declared : "It is He who sits above the circle of the earth" (Isaiah40:22), while the Quran, which came almost 1300 years after Isaiah, says that the planet earth is flat.
These are the words of the Quran, "Do they not consider... how the earth has been flattened out?"
(Surat Al-Ghashiyah 88:20 - T.B. Irving - The First American Version).
2. The discovery that the planet earth is hanging on nothing.
Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who went to the moon, was asked, "What is the most magnificent thing you have seen in your way to the moon?" He replied, "The most magnificent thing I have seen in my space journey is that the planet earth is hanging on nothing." What this astronaut declared had been uttered by Job thousands of years before.
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing (Job 26:7).
3. The discovery of the effect of the moon.
People know the effect of the sun on them, but they doubt the effect of the moon.
In 1959 psychologists declared that the moon has a great effect on man’s behavior, and there are cases of insanity called "moon’s insanity."
The Bible talked about the effect of the moon thousands of years ago.
The psalmist says:
The LORD is thy Keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night" (Psalm 121:5,6).
4. The discovery of the crushing of the atom and atomic energy.
When Dalton presented his atomic theory, saying that the atom has neutrons, electrons and protons, and claiming that if we can crush the atom, we can destroy the universe, scientists stood in wonder. Hundreds of years before Dalton’s atomic theory the apostle Peter, who was a fisherman, wrote by the Holy Spirit the following words concerning the crushing of the atoms:
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements (atoms) will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up (2 Peter 3:10 - NKJ).
5. The scientific discovery of the science of meteorology concerning the water cycle.
That discovery was mentioned thousands of years ago in Ecclesiastes 1:7:
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
6. The scientific discovery of the importance of the blood.
This discovery was mentioned in the Book of Leviticus 17:11,
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
7. The scientific discovery concerning genetics.
That discovery was mentioned in the Book of Genesis thousands of years before it was discovered:
And God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth": and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:11,12).
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth (Genesis 5:3).
8. The scientific discovery concerning the effect of thunderstorms in mixing oxygen and nitrogen to fertilize the plants through rain.
In 1902 Charles Bradky and Jesse Lovejoy succeeded in duplicating one of the natural processes of nitrogen compound production by passing air through a powerful electric arc.
Thousands of years before those two scientists’ experiment, the Bible told us of the electric effect of thunderstorms to mix nitrogen with rain to fertilize the desolate wasteland:
Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no man lives, a desert with no one in it, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? (Job 38:25-27 - NIV)