The God of Science
is a systematic knowledge of the physical or material universe
gained by observable facts. The sacred writings of all world
religions basically contain a system of faith. Yet each do make
statements within the province of science that provides a uniquely
valid test to prove their authenticity. If their scientific
observations are in reality superstitions reflective of the
culture in which they were written, these so called sacred books
are disqualified as the inspired Scripture of God. If, indeed,
the scientific observations of any of these purported Holy Scripture
agree with the facts of science today, then that Bible is the
inspired Word of a true and living God. Why? The Creator and
God of the universe is the God of science — the author
of the scientific laws that govern His universe. Only the God
of science could cause scientific facts to be recorded in a
book —the Bible — hundreds or thousands of years
before scientists discover them.
the Judeo-Christian Bible contains scientific facts that anticipated
scientific discovery by hundreds and in some cases several thousand
years. The following are examples of remarkable scientific observations
found in the Judeo-Christian Bible.
Holds the Earth Up?
thousand years ago the Hindu scriptures recorded the earth was
resting on the backs of several huge elephants. The elephants
were resting on the back of a very large turtle that was swimming
in a sea. Greek mythology claims that the god Atlas was holding
the earth on his shoulders. But our Bible says in Job 26:7 —
"[God] hangeth the earth on nothing." What a remarkable
statement of fact. The earth is suspended in space. Nothing
is holding it up. Job wrote about the same time the Hindu Scripture
was written. How did Job know this scientific fact? Only God
could have revealed this to Job. The Old Testament prophets
wrote as they were moved by the holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21).
The Judeo-Christian Bible is the inspired Word of God.
Versus Round Earth
thousands of years people believed the earth was flat. If one
went too far, he would fall over the edge. This was taught in
both Hindu and Buddhist scripture. In the 1500s, the first ship
sailed around the world. This proved the earth was round. But
the round earth was recorded in the Judeo-Christian Bible long
before man discovered it in the 1500s.
prophet Isaiah (40:22) spoke of the "circle of the earth."
Solomon wrote, "He [God] set a compass [circle] upon the
face of the deep." Proverbs 8:27. In our century, Arabs
spoke of infidels being pushed over the edge into space. About
3,000 years ago, our Bible said the earth was round. This was
not discovered until 500 years ago. Indeed, the Judeo-Christian
Bible is the inspired Word of God.
Moon and Stars — Who? What?
people were afraid of the sun, moon and stars. They thought
they were alive — that they were gods. But over 5,000
years ago, the Judeo-Christian Bible in the first chapter of
Genesis pointed out that the sun, moon and stars were created
by God. Remember, our God states that He is the one and only
God. This proves the sun, moon and stars that He created are
are an example of what people feared. An eclipse happens when
the sun’s light is blocked by the earth or moon. The moon
is bright because it reflects the sun’s light. But when
the earth blocks that light, the moon looks like it is disappearing.
Also, when the moon comes between the earth and the sun, it
looks like the sun is disappearing.
was frightening to people long ago. Some thought eclipses happened
when the moon was mad at the earth and turned its face away.
The Chinese believed that an eclipse was caused by a demon or
some huge animal that ate the sun and then would give them up
again. God told Jeremiah (10:2 KJ): "Thus saith the Lord,
Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the
signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them."
God went on to reassure Jeremiah that the universe is under
scientists learned that heavenly bodies were not alive and that
man need not fear them. Thousands of years before scientists
discovered that the planetary bodies were inanimate, the Judeo-Christian
Bible contained this scientific fact.
Bottom of the Ocean
modern times people thought the ocean floor was sandy like the
desert and saucer shaped—deepest in the middle. This was
even true of the pre-1900 geologists. But in the 1900s oceanographers
found the sea had many deep valleys or canyons. The deepest
canyons were called trenches. The Marianas Trench in the Pacific
is so deep that if Mt. Everest (29,000 feet high) was dropped
into it, the peak would still be a mile below the water’s
surface. There are also underwater mountains. The Atlantic Ocean
contains an undersea range of mountains 10,000 miles long.
addition, 3,000 years ago the Judeo-Christian Bible spoke of
the valleys and mountains of the sea. In Psalm 18:15 (NIV) David
wrote of God being the creator of "the valleys of the sea."
God asked Job (38:16 NIV): "Have you walked in the recesses
[valleys] of the sea?" The prophet Jonah was thrown off
a ship and spoke of falling to the bottom of the mountains in
the sea (Jonah 2:6).
Judeo-Christian Bible spoke of the valleys and mountains of
the sea thousands of years before scientists discovered them.
Indeed our Bible is the inspired Word of God.
Paths of the Sea
the 1800s, Matthew Maury, an officer in the United States Navy
believed his Bible. As a Christian he loved to read the Bible.
One day Maury was reading about the dominion man was given over
the animals in Psalm 8. He was amazed that verse 8 spoke of
the fish and all creatures that swim in the "paths of the
sea." "Paths of the sea"— how could this
be? He never knew there was such a thing. He was determined
to find them. Maury discovered that the oceans have many paths
or currents, which were like rivers flowing through the sea.
Maury wrote the first book on oceanography and became known
as "the pathfinder of the seas"— "The father
of modern navigation."
received his idea about ocean currents from reading Psalm 8:8
which was written about 3,000 years ago by King David. David
wrote as he was moved by the Spirit of God and probably never
actually saw an ocean.
Psalm 8:8 also spoke of fish in the "paths of the seas."
All fishing boats make a good catch in the currents or paths
of the sea. They have learned this is where the fish swim.
Thunder and Rain
ancient times, most religious scripture taught that lightning
bolts were missiles thrown in anger by their gods.9 In China,
Taoist scripture regarded the rainbow as a deadly rain dragon.10
In Confucius scripture, the goddess of lightning, Tien Mu, flashed
light on intended victims to enable Lei Kung, the god of thunder
to launch his deadly bolts accurately.11
rain is so necessary to life, ancient people pondered what caused
it. Some tried to stab holes in the clouds with spears. The
Vedas (Hindu scripture) advised to tie a frog with its mouth
open to the right tree and say the right words and rain would
Bible also talks about rain, lightning and storms. But it contains
none of these superstitious ideas found in the other so- called
scriptures. The Judeo-Christian Bible taught that earth’s
weather followed rules and cycles. Genesis 8:22. "While
the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat,
and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
stated (28:26): "God made decrees [rules] for the rain.
And He set a way for the lightning of the thunder:" Centuries
later, scientists began to discern the "rules for the rain"
that Job talked about. Rainfall is part of a process called
the water cycle. Here’s how the cycle works. The sun evaporates
water from the ocean. That water vapor rises and becomes clouds.
This water in the clouds falls back to earth as rain, collects
in streams and rivers and makes its way back to the ocean. That
process repeats itself again and again.
300 years ago, Galileo discovered this cycle. But amazingly
the Scriptures described this cycle centuries before. The prophet
Amos (9:6) wrote that God "calls for the water of the sea.
He pours them out on the land." How did Amos know this?
He wrote as he was moved by the Spirit of God.
scientists are just beginning to fully understand God’s
"decrees or rules for the rain." Since 68 BC it was
thought that somehow thunder triggered the rainfall. Now scientists
are beginning to realize that as stated in Job 28:26, it is
lightning that triggers the rain to fall. Job knew this 3,000
years ago. Certainly his writings were inspired of God (2 Peter
Orion and Arcturus
Remember the story of Job? Job was extremely wealthy —
enjoying a wonderful family. Then tragedy struck. He lost his
wealth. His children were killed and his wife deserted him.
Then Job lay in excruciating pain, covered with sores from head
to toe. All this was too much for Job. He accused the Lord of
being unjust. God didn’t answer Job’s accusation
directly. He merely raised questions concerning the wonders
of His creation. Three of these questions found in Job 38:31,
32, illustrate the dynamic logic conveyed in God’s questions.
thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands
of Orion? Canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
thou . . . loose the bands of Orion?" Garrett P. Serviss,
the noted astronomer, wrote about the bands of Orion12 in his
book CURIOSITIES OF THE SKY.
the present time this band consists of an almost perfect straight
line, a row of second-magnitude stars about equally spaced and
of the most striking beauty. In the course of time, however,
the two right-hand stars, Mintaka and Alnilam, will approach
each other and form a naked-eye double; but the third, Alnitak,
will drift away eastward so that the band will no longer exist.
other words, one star is traveling in a certain direction at
a certain speed, a second one is traveling in a different direction
at a second speed, and the third one is going in a third direction
and at a still different speed. Actually every star in Orion
is traveling its own course, independent of all the others.
Thus, these stars that we see forming one of the bands of Orion
are like three ships out on the high seas that happen to be
in line at the present moment, but in the future will be separated
by thousands of miles of ocean. In fact, all these stars that
at the present time constitute the constellation of Orion are
bound for different ports, and all are journeying to different
corners of the universe, so that the bands are being dissolved.
thou bind the sweet influence of the Pleiades . . . ?"
Notice the amazing astronomical contrast with the Pleiades.
The seven stars of the Pleiades are in reality a grouping of
250 suns. Photographs now reveal that 250 blazing suns in this
group are all traveling together in one common direction. Concerning
this cluster, Isabel Lewis of the United States Naval Observatory
tells us: 13
have identified 250 stars as actual members of this group, all
sharing in a common motion and drifting through space in the
Lewis speaks of them as "journeying onward together through
the immensity of space."
Lick Observatory came this statement of Dr. Robert J. Trumpler:14
25,000 individual measures of the Pleiades stars are now available,
and their study led to the important discovery that the whole
cluster is moving in a southeasterly direction. The Pleiades
stars may thus be compared to a swarm of birds, flying together
to a distant goal. This leaves no doubt that the Pleiades are
not a temporary or accidental agglomeration of stars, but a
system in which the stars are bound together by a close kinship.
Trumpler said that all this led to an important discovery. Without
any reference whatsoever to the Book of Job, he announced to
the world that these discoveries prove that the stars in the
Pleiades are all bound together and are flying together like
a flock of birds as they journey to their distant goal. That
is exactly what God said. "Canst thou bind the sweet influences
of Pleiades?" In other words, Canst thou keep them bound
together so that they remain as a family of suns?
God's laws of cosmology are loosing or dissolving the constellation
Orion. Sometime in the far distant future, Orion will be no
more. Conversely, wonder of wonders — every last one of
the 250 blazing suns in the Pleiades are ordained of God to
orbit together in their symmetrical beauty throughout eternity.
thou guide Arcturus with his sons?" Garrett P. Serviss
one of the greatest suns in the universe, is a runaway whose
speed of flight is 257 miles per second. Arcturus, we have every
reason to believe, possesses thousands of times the mass of
our sun. Think of it! Our sun is traveling only 12 ½
miles a second, but Arcturus is traveling 257 miles a second.
Think then of the prodigious momentum this motion implies.
further observation of Arcturus by Serviss reveals: 16
could be turned into a new course by a close approach to a great
sun, but it could only be stopped by collision head on with
a body of enormous mass. Barring such accidents, it must, as
far as we can see, keep on until it has traversed our stellar
system, whence it may escape and pass out into space beyond
to join perhaps one of those other island universes of which
we have spoken.
Burckhalter, of the Chabot Observatory, added an interesting
note regarding this great sun: 17
high velocity places Arcturus in that very small class of stars
that apparently are a law unto themselves. He is an outsider,
a visitor, a stranger within the gates; to speak plainly, Arcturus
is a runaway. Newton gives the velocity of a star under control
as not more than 25 miles a second, and Arcturus is going 257
miles a second. Therefore, combined attraction of all the stars
we know cannot stop him or even turn him in his path.
Mr. Burckhalter had his attention called to this text in the
book of Job, he studied it in the light of modern discovery
and made a statement that has attracted worldwide attention:18
study of the Book of Job and its comparison with the latest
scientific discoveries has brought me to the matured conviction
that the Bible is an inspired book and was written by the One
who made the stars.
wonders of God’s universe never cease to amaze us. Arcturus
and his sons are individual runaway suns that seem to be out
of orbit in our galaxy. Traveling at such incredible speeds,
why don’t they crash with other suns or planets? Where
are they headed? Only God knows. Indeed they are not runaways.
They will not crash. Why? God is guiding them.
Lesson of The Pleiades, Orion, and Arcturus
have suffered the multiple tragedies of Job. How could God reach
through the enormity of Job’s self-pity? (Job thought
God just didn’t care.) In these three questions (Job 38:31,
32) God is in reality saying:
you think I am not concerned about your suffering. Well, let
Me ask you these questions. Can you loose the bands of Orion?
No, you cannot. But My Divine power will. Some day Orion will
no longer exist. Job, can you bind the 250 stars of the Pleiades
together in their symmetry of beauty and not have a single one
drift off? Only I have this power and wisdom. Can you prevent
the runaways — Arcturus and his sons — from colliding
as they go dashing out of the Milky Way? No, only My Divine
power and wisdom can.
if I am caring for the details of the universe, do you doubt
that I not only care for the details of your life, but I have
the ability to solve your problems? Trust that there is a good
reason I am permitting these tragedies. Remember, Job, I work
from the perspective of your eternal welfare.
an awesome way God chose to tell Job that He was in full control
of human affairs, including Job's life!
Lesson of Job for Us
write off the history of Job as Old Testament folklore. Whoever
heard of God talking to a man! These are hand-me-down tales!
However, the account of Job cannot be gainsaid. Whatever the
method of communication used by God, the astonishing facts cannot
be refuted. These scientific facts recorded in the book of Job
concerning the Pleiades, Orion and Arcturus anticipated scientific
discovery by nearly 3,000 years. Scientists only discovered
these startling facts in the Twentieth Century, yet they were
recorded in the book of Job nearly 3000 years ago. What an awesome
confirmation of the Bible! Who can doubt the Bible is the inspired
word of God? Yes, the book of Job has a powerful, exclusive
lesson for modern man. Twentieth Century science has proven
God’s Word, the Bible, is true.
Sacred Books and the Physical Sciences
Hindu scriptures, the Vedas and Uparushads, consider that "all
the objects and phenomena of nature which man is surrounded,
are animate and divine."19 This includes the sun, moon,
earth, clouds, rain, rivers, seas and rocks as being alive.
Writers of the Buddhist canon also ascribe life to numerous
non-living objects— sun, moon, lightning, rainbows, mountains,
etc. The Taoist and Confucian writings of China contain similar
Koran, the scripture of Islam, written 1,500 years after the
Hindu scripture, does not contain many of the ancient superstitions.
Yet its observations of the universe are seriously flawed. The
Koran speaks of seven literal heavens which are solid.20 These
heavens contain lamps or stars whose main purpose is to be "darted
at the devils."21 Mohammed wrote that "the sun sets
in a sea of black mud."22
Bible is Inspired by a Living God?
Judeo-Christian Scripture made scientific observations that
were confirmed centuries later by modern science, while the
sacred scripture of other world religions merely reflected the
scientific superstitions of their culture. How could the Judeo-Christian
Scripture anticipate scientific discovery by 3,000 years? The
Judeo-Christian Bible was written by men who were inspired by
the Creator and God of the Universe — the God of science.
Only the Judeo-Christian Bible is the Divine Revelation provided
by our infinite Creator to direct us in the path to eternity.