MORE ON THE SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY OF THE BIBLE
by Wayne S. Walker
"All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; to the place from which the rivers come, there they return again" (Ecclesiastes 1:7). Around 350 B.C. Aristotle theorized that clouds and rain are caused by condensation of water vapor in the atmosphere that resulted by evaporation of water at the surface of the earth. However, he concluded that this was only a localized cycle, where rain replaced the water from the immediate area from which it had been vaporized. Not until the eighteenth century was it observed that clouds can transport rain away from the area in which they were formed. Benjamin Franklin in 1770 was the first to recognize that individual storms move from place to place over the earth’s surface, thus establishing the river to sea to river water cycle that is now universally recognized.
"Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, the earth will grow old like a garment" (Isaiah 51:6). To grow old like a garment is to deteriorate or decay through age. Here the Bible pictures the total universe as deteriorating through age from its original finished state. For centuries scientific observers believed that the universe was ever growing, expanding, and getting bigger. The first indication which science had that the universe was growing old and being used up was the discovery in A.D. 1850 of the Second Law of Thermodynamics or the law of entropy. This states that in any energy transfer or change, although the total amount of energy remains unchanged, the amount of usefulness and availability that the energy possesses is always decreased with a ratio that is constantly increasing and irreversable in flow. Examples are the fact that sun diminishes at the rate of 4,600,000 tons per second in the process of producing radiant energy and the natural process of radioactive disintegration by radioactive materials.
"And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth…" (Acts 17:26). Until A.D. 1775, there were considered to be five distinct original races based on skin color and perpetuated by the differences in the blood of each. However, in 1900 Karl Landsteiner discovered that all human blood has one common base, plasma. Blood can be divided into four basic types, differeing in amounts of what is carried in the plasma, but studies show that human populations all over the world contain almost equal proportions of the four blood types. It is now know scientifically that all races of men are biologically similar, so that all know variations in mankind are the result of genetic possibilities in the human cell structure.
Arnold Schnabel, a gospel preacher and former Boeing engineer, wrote, "As evidence of their Divine Guidance the writers of the Bible have included scientific truths in non-scientific terms. Truths that for centuries the skeptics considered as errors because it disagreed with their darkened understanding. Truths that have come to light in recent times only through painstaking and costly research. Truths that without the later development of instruments would have been impossible for us to witness with our own eyes as facts" (Has God Spoken, p. 1). The God who created nature is the God who revealed Himself in the Bible. His revealed word has no scientific inaccuracies in it that would cast any doubt upon its inspiration. (—taken from With All Boldness; October, 1997; Vol. 7, No. 10; p. 21)