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The Bible and Science
The Bible is the Word of God. That fact no reasonable person can deny (Psalm 19:1-6). Though the Word of God is not a book about science, whenever it speaks of scientific matters it is always precise and accurate. We have before us, in the Book of Job, that which is probably the very first Book of the Bible to be written. Job lived during the days of the patriarchs, probably about the time of Abraham. So, this Book was written more than 3000 years ago, long before the invention of modern scientific technology. Yet, no other Book of the Bible contains as much scientific data as Job.
“He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7). — What could more accurately describe the position and stability of our planet in space? Job’s contemporaries, as countless pagan myths have taught, all believed that the earth was flat, and that it rested on the shoulders of one of the gods, or the back of an elephant or giant sea turtle. But Job gave us startlingly accurate scientific statements about the position of the earth in space, hanging upon nothing by the decree of God, more than 3,000 years before the discovery of America.
“The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38:7). — No one in the world of “all-wise” scientists ever dreamed that rays of light give off sound that no human ear can hear, until modern times; but Job declared it, and it was written down in the Book of God, more than 3000 years ago, by the inspiration of God, to whom the morning stars sing praise.
“By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?” (Job 38:24) — Reading those words, you would think Job had distinct knowledge of spectrum analysis. But this was written more than 3000 years ago.
“Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?” (Job 38:31) — Pleiades is a group of seven stars in the constellation of Taurus. But I wonder how Job knew that. Remember, he did not have a telescope. This was written more than 3000 years ago! Pleiades and Orion no man can control. Contrary to the modern environmentalists’ proud thoughts, the seasons are not to be altered by men. Job was taught by God that it was not in his power to make any change in the dispensations of providence; to turn the winter of adversity into the spring of prosperity, or the spring of prosperity into the winter of adversity. Creation and providence are under God’s dominion, not man’s. All we can do is submit to God’s work and quietly wait before him.
When Job heard God speak and witnessed the testimony of God’s creation (Psalm 19:1-6), he bowed before his throne in humility, repentance, and faith (Job 38:1-40:5) with renewed self-abhorrence and confident, saying, This God is my Creator, my God, Christ my Savior, “I know that my Redeemer liveth!”