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
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 not gods.
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
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 God’s
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
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
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 fall.
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 1:21).
Orion and Arcturus
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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 same direction.
Lewis speaks of them as "journeying onward together
through the immensity of space."
Lick Observatory came this statement of Dr. Robert J.
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
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
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 errors.
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
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.
Douglas, CONFUCIANISM AND TAOISM, pp. 260-271.
11 Williams C.A.S., OUTHLINES OF CHINESE SYMBOLISM AND
ART MOTIVES, (Dover Publications Inc.).
12 Garrett P. Serviss, CURIOSITIES OF THE SKY.
13 Phillip L. Knox, WONDER WORLDS (Washington, DC: Review
and Herald Publishing Assoc., 1964) p.61
17 Knox, p. 60.
19 MacDonell, A. A., VEDIC MYTHOLOGY, (Delhi: Motilal
Banarsidass, 1974) p. 2.
20 THE KORAN, Trans. George Sale (London: Frederick Warne,
1909) pp. 5, 541.
21 Ibid., p. 567.
22 Ibid., p. 294.