Scientific Facts in the Bible: Introduction
by Ray Comfort
I Hope You Are Skeptical
"Suppose I believed that I was God and that I thought the whole universe revolved around me?" The confident youth waited for my reaction to his question. I simply answered, "I think that you would be a normal human being." He was a little taken back that I wasn't impressed by his "outrageous" statement, and asked, "What do you mean?" I explained by asking him where he thought "here" was. He told me that it was where he stood.
Every human being things that same way. We define "here" as being where we are. Everything and everyone else is "there." Each of us thinks that we are the center of the universe. Semantics? Let's take it a little further. Define "now" for me. Tell me when it is. You can't. The split second that you try to pinpoint "now," it becomes "then." I often find myself explaining the nature of "now" after I ask people if they have ever stolen something. This is their typical answer to their question: "Yes, I have. But that was in the past." I explain to them that everything is in the "past." You are even forced to define the reading of this sentence as something you did in the past.
These thoughts are a little strange, and you may be thinking that there are still some things that we can still be sure of—the sun still rises, the sky is still blue, and "up" is still "up." Not true. The sun never rises. The earth turns, giving us the illusion that the sun is rising, although it remains still (it seems to be still, but it is actually moving through the universe). The sky isn't blue. Ask any astronaut. It has no color. Neither is "up" up. Remember that the earth is round. What is up to someone a the North Pole is not up to someone at the South Pole. In fact, if everyone on the earth pointed to where we thought was "up," we would all point in different directions.
So many things that we think are absolutes are not. History has shown us that even what science defines as truth today may be laughed at in one hundred years.
What then can we be sure of? Is there such a thing as "absolute," unchanging truth? We will look at this subject later in this series.
In April 2001, through a series of strange circumstances, I found myself speaking at the American Atheists, Inc., National Convention in Orlando, Florida. The audience of 250 were reasonably polite... until I made the statement that the Bible was filled with scientific and medical facts, written thousands of years before man discovered them. The reaction was one of immediate and unified mockery.
Their response was understandable. If I was speaking the truth, then the Bible is supernatural in origin—not a pleasant thought for a professing atheist. This, however, is not altogether bad news for the unbeliever. If the Bible proves itself to the Word of the One who created all things, it would make sense to search its pages. After all, time will take each of us to the grave, and if there was one chance in a million that the Bible's promise of immortality and threat of damnation is true, we owe it to our good sense just to look into it.
The Bible doesn't attempt to defend its inspiration. Genesis simply opens with the words "God said." It repeats these words nine times in the first chapter. The phrase "The Lord spoke" is used 560 times in the first five books of the Bible and at least 3,800 times in the whole of the New Testament. Isaiah claims at least 40 times that his message came directly from God; Ezekiel, 60 times; and Jeremiah, 100 times.
Most people are not aware that the Bible was written over a period of 1,600 years, by more than 40 authors, who wrote on three different continents in three different languages. They spoke on hundreds of controversial subjects, and yet they penned their words with agreement and harmony.
These facts make the information given in this series even more incredible.
Before we look at these "scientific facts" in the Bible, I must preface them with some very important information. To do this, I will have to quote the Bible. This is not using what is commonly called "circular reasoning." I simply want to make a point that is relevant to what I am going to present.
Many years ago, I ran a children's club. At the end of the club I told about one hundred kids to line up for some candy. There was an immediate rush, and the line sorted itself into what I saw as being a line of greed. The bigger, selfish kids were at the front, and the small timid ones were at the back. I then did something that gave me immense satisfaction. I told the kids to turn about face. Everyone did. Then I told them to say where they were, and I took great delight in going to the other end of the line and giving the candy to the smaller, timid kids first.
In a world where the rich get richer, and the poor get stomped on, we are informed that God has gone to the other end of the line with the message of everlasting life (I know that you may not believe in the existence of God, but please bear with me). Here is what we are told:
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness... For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent... But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yes, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence (1 Corinthians 1:18,19,27-29).
How has God gone to the other end of the line? Simply by choosing that which is foolish, weak, base, and despised. Let me illustrate what He has done.
Do you believe that the following biblical accounts actually happened?
- Adam and Eve
- Noah's ark
- Jonah and the whale
- Joshua and the walls of Jericho
- Samson and his long hair
- Daniel and the lion's den
- Moses and the Red Sea
If you're an atheist, of course you don't. To you, believing such fantastic stories would mean that you would have to surrender your intellectual dignity. Who in their right mind would ever do that? The answer is simply those who understand that God has chosen foolish, weak, base, and despised things of the world to confound those who think they are wise.
Look at the intellectual offence in the tone of this letter I received, regarding the Orlando debate on the subject "Does God exist?":
How sad for you to have so completely surrendered your intellect to an ignorant, pre-scientific book. I know about your upcoming debate ... I won't be there, but I'm sure that the audience will get some good belly laughs from your presentation. Biblical literalists may not be very bright, but they are extremely funny.
I hope that you have started reading this series with a good deal of skepticism. You should. The world is full of simple folk who will make a shrine to a knot in a tree because it supposedly has the features of a dead "saint." You are wise to consider the evidence before deciding whether something is true.
Where's the Evidence?
Imagine that you are looking at a luxury liner moving through calm waters. To your amazement, about a dozen people jump off the ship and cling to a lifeboat. You watch as the rest of the passengers stand on the ship and laugh at them. You can understand their reaction. What those people did was foolish. It made no sense.
Suddenly, the ship hits an unseen iceberg and sinks, taking with it all who stayed on board. Now you see that those who seemed like fools were wise, but those who stayed on the ship and seemed to be wise, were fools.
We have in this Bible a command to jump off the luxury liner of this world. Before you laugh at stupid Christians, ask yourself if there is any proof that its claims are true. In the weeks to come we will present compelling evidence that the Bible is no ordinary book.
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