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Science Proves the Bible

The Bible begins with these words: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” There are many people in the world who do not believe that statement. Some say God does not exist, and therefore, the Bible cannot be His Word. Sometimes we are led to believe that all true scientists do not believe in God, or the Bible. However, this is not correct. True science is not opposed to the Bible. In fact, science, properly applied and understood, proves the Bible to be inspired. The Bible is not a science book. However, whenever it makes a statement relating to a scientific principle or fact, it is completely accurate.

Let us notice some examples of the harmony between science and the Bible. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) This was written by Moses through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit about 1500 B.C. In 1820 A.D. a man named Hubert Spencer gave the world five scientific principles by which man may study the unknown. They are time, force, energy, space, and matter. However, Moses, by inspiration, gave us those scientific principles in Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning”—time; “God”—force; “created”—energy; “the heavens”—space; “and the earth”—matter. All of Spencer’s scientific principles are right there in Genesis 1:1.

For many years man has estimated the number of stars in the heavens, and he has increased the estimate many times. Finally, in the 1900’s, man determined that the stars could not be counted. God’s book has always told us this fact. Notice Genesis 15:5. “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and number the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.”

God was telling Abraham that just as the stars in the heavens cannot be numbered, Abraham’s descendants would be more than could be numbered. If man had paid attention to this verse, he would never have tried to count the stars! Another example of how science and the Bible agree relates to the blood in our bodies. Man now knows that blood is necessary for survival. If our bodies lose too much blood, we will die. However, man did not discover this principle until the 19th century. Before that time, blood-letting was practiced, and many died because draining blood from their bodies drained the very source of life. George Washington, the first President of the United States, is said to have died in this way.

Moses, again writing by inspiration hundreds of years ago, told us something man did not know until much later. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh atonement by reason of the life” (Leviticus 17:11). How could Moses have known about the life-giving qualities of blood unless God had revealed it to him?

In the book of Job, the inspired writer in one verse reveals two scientific principles not known to man until much later. “He stretcheth out the north over empty space, And hangeth the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7). There is a place in the North where no stars exist, which cannot be seen with the naked eye. How did the writer of Job know this? Also, the same verse declares that God hangs the earth on nothing. We know this is true, but we have only known it for about 350 years. God’s inspired writer told us over 3,000 years ago that the earth is held in place by gravitational forces!

When we come to the psalms, we find an interesting statement in Psalm 8:8. The passage mentions “The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, Whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.” The phrase “the paths of the seas” caused a man named Matthew Fontaine Maury to begin a search which led to the discovery of ocean currents, the natural “paths of the seas” created by God. Maury concluded that if God’s Book said they were there, they must be there! He was right.

The Bible is not a geography book or an archaeology book. However, whenever the Bible makes a statement relating to these sciences, it is completely accurate. Notice the Lord’s statement for example, in Luke 10:30. “Jesus made answer and said, A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho; and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.” Now, Jericho is northeast of Jerusalem, and normally we do not speak of going down when we refer to going north. We generally speak of going down south and up north, don’t we? Why did the Lord say the man went down from Jerusalem? It is because Jerusalem is some 2,500 feet (762 meters) above sea level. When one leaves Jerusalem in Palestine he goes down to go anywhere in the area. Therefore, our Lord’s statement is completely accurate, and is recorded accurately by inspiration. No, the Bible is not a geography book, but it is geographically accurate in every instance.

Many archaeologists have explored the land of Palestine. Has any one of those scientists ever discovered anything which disproves the Bible? No. Many archaeological discoveries have confirmed the Biblical record. However, none has ever contradicted the Word of God. This ought to be very reassuring to those of us who believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God. At the same time, it ought to convince the skeptic, the agnostic, and the atheist, that this Book is God’s Book. Therefore, not only does God exist, but He has revealed His Will to man.

Many other examples of the harmony between science and the Bible could be given. However, the ones we have examined are sufficient to show that the Bible is God’s Book. As the apostle Paul declared, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2Timothy 3:16-17).

The Bible is accurate in matters of science, and it is accurate in the matter of salvation. The Bible tells us that to be saved we must believe in Jesus Christ. “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24) However, the same Lord said, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.” (Luke 13:3). Jesus also spoke of confessing Him before men. “Every one therefore who shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33). And Jesus declared, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned” (Mark 16:16). It is then that the Lord Himself adds us to the church of the New Testament, the one body of believers. If the Bible is accurate in matters of science, it is accurate in the matter of salvation. Will you respond to the inspired Word?

(source: tftw.org)

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The Gap Theory

In Genesis 1:1, we find the record that the Holy Spirit gave to Moses to record for all mankind. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. This begins God’s revelation to man and the explanation of how the world came to be. This is what God says He did. The rest of Genesis chapters one and two give more detail about this one statement. Unfortunately, man is not satisfied with God’s account of creation. Therefore, he has come up with his own ideas about what happened during the time that the world was created.

The theory of evolution has become spread so widely that some people want to claim a belief in the Bible and still hold on to some of the teachings of evolution. Specifically, some people want to find a place in the Bible to make room for the great amounts of time that evolution requires. Therefore, some people believe what has come to be called the Gap Theory. This theory basically takes the billions of years that evolutionists require and inserts them between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Those who believe this theory are not satisfied with what God wrote and need to rewrite these verses somewhat like this: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Then, billions of years later, the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” This theory supposedly allows a person to claim he believes the Bible and yet still hold onto the theory of evolution.

To be fair, we must admit that there are differing views of this theory. However, the basic idea is that after verse one, the earth was perfect. Sometime during the great amount of time before verse two, some great event occurred that ruined the world. This is usually seen as a battle between God and Satan. The rest of Genesis chapter one is then seen as a re-creation, or remaking of the original creation. Those who propose this theory even recognize the many problems it has because some have adjusted it and come up with the Modified Gap Theory and the Multiple Gap Theory, neither of which is any more faithful to the Bible than is the original Gap Theory.

There are many problems with this theory to be sure. However, the main problem is that it does not agree with what the Bible says happened during the creation of the world. The Bible says that God created the world in six literal days, according to Exodus 20:11. That does not allow for billions of years, or even one year, between verses one and two of Genesis 1. Exodus 20:11 also says God created the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them in those six days. This does not allow for anything else to be created at any other time.

At the end of Genesis 1, God saw that everything He had made was very good. Would He have been able to say that if the death and destruction required for the Gap Theory had actually taken place?

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write that Adam was the first man (1 Corinthians 15:45) and that death came into the world through Adam because of his sin regarding the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:21,22). The Gap Theory requires men to have existed before Adam was created and death to have come to those men, all of this contrary to the record of the Bible.

Some of those who believe the Gap Theory also try to make a distinction between two Hebrew words used in the account of the creation of the world. The word “created” in Genesis 1:1 comes from the Hebrew word bara (also used in verses 21 and 27). However, the Hebrew word asah is used several times in Genesis 1, after verse 1, in reference to the things made on the six days of the creation week. Some people who believe the Gap Theory say that these two words can never mean the same thing. The word bara can only mean that which is created from nothing and the word asah can only mean that which is remade from something else, specifically that which has been ruined. The problem lies in the fact that these words are used to mean the same thing in other Bible verses. Perhaps the best, but certainly not the only, example of this is found right in the account of the creation. In Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let us make man in our image,” using the word asah in the original text. In the very next verse, verse 27, God created man in His own image, using the word bara in the original text. Did God say let us remake man and then create him out of nothing? Did God say He would do one thing and do something else? This is nothing more than twisting God’s Word to fit one’s own ideas.

Is the Gap Theory a valid belief system that harmonizes the theory of evolution with the creation account of Genesis 1 and 2? There is no way to harmonize them. God’s Word does not allow any room for the great amounts of time that are needed for the theory of evolution to be true. The Gap Theory cannot bridge that gap.

(source: tftw.org)

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Theistic Evolution

The word “theistic” comes from the Greek word θεός (theos). Organic evolution is evolution apart from God. Theistic Evolution is using evolution as the tool of God. The doctrine of theistic evolution claims that God created and developed things, but that He did it by evolution over billions of years. People teach this to try to harmonize the Bible with the guesses of science.

It is more reasonable to believe that Almighty God created the earth in six literal days than to believe He used six periods of time covering billions of years. If these days were long periods of time (half-light & half-dark), how did plants survive in the long periods of darkness? The half period of light would be just as damaging. Also, it is not reasonable. Plants need insects for pollination, but according to theistic evolution, plants survived three long periods of time without the insects. Did Adam and Eve gradually evolve and then live through a long period of time?

If so, Adam was just a little boy, relatively speaking, when he was 930 years old. However, Moses tells us Adam died when he was 930 years old (Genesis 5:5). If the word “day” means “long period of time,” when did it change to its present meaning? There is no scripture mentioning a change. We know the word “day” in Genesis chapter one is a twenty-four hour day because any time a number appears before the word “day” in the Hebrew it always means a twenty-four hour day.

Theistic Evolution calls Jesus a liar! Matthew records: And he answered and said, Have ye not read, that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh? So that they are no more two, but one flesh (Matthew 19:4-6).

If evolution is true then eventually the world would produce a person greater than Jesus Christ. Of course, if evolution is true, then Jesus was a fake. The Bible says He came to save man from sin (Luke 19:10). It also says He was the second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45). If evolution is true, these statements are false. If evolution is true, the Bible is false and there would be no hope of eternal life (John 14:1-6).

Unfortunately, there are even members of the church of Christ who teach Theistic Evolution. One writer said, “Even if you did evolve from totally non-living inanimate matter, the question of God’s existence would not be affected in the slightest.” He also said, “There is a leap of faith in nearly everything we do, and there are some questions relative to God, His origin, His plan, and His methods that cannot be totally comprehended [understood] by any of us.”

Theistic Evolution says God used evolution to create and develop the earth. We have shown this to be unreasonable. Theistic evolution is not based upon the Bible. It is an attempt by people who claim to believe the Bible is from God to make the Bible and evolution to agree. It is impossible to believe in evolution and the Bible.

Why do some people choose to believe in Theistic Evolution? Some believe it because they are unable to answer the guesses and theories of science. Others choose to accept it because they can be accepted by their friends and yet can still claim to believe in God and the Bible. May God give us the courage to stand up for the truth of the Bible and not compromise the truth.

(source: tftw.org)

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Creation Versus Evolution

Creation is an important topic in the Scriptures. It is not a difficult subject to study nor is it difficult to determine the teaching of creation in the Bible. The great Book of God opens with this clearly stated sentence, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). In Exodus 20:11, the Bible states: For in six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. The Psalmist declared the glory of the Creator and His creation by writing:

By the word of Jehovah were the heavens made,
And all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
He gathereth the waters of the sea together as a heap:
He layeth up the deeps in store-houses.
Let all the earth fear Jehovah:
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
For he spake, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast. (Psalm 33:6-9)

Jesus proved the truth of these creation accounts when He restated part of the revelation recorded in Genesis 1:27 in Matthew 19. “Have ye not read, that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh?” (Matthew 19:4-5). But there exist two basic different and very opposite explanations for the origin the universe as well as man and all other life in the universe. To hold to either one requires one to reject the other or else be caught in a hopeless contradiction. They represent entirely different worldviews.

The term “worldview,” as defined by Wikipedia, refers to the framework of ideas or beliefs through which an individual interprets the world and how he interacts in it. It could also be referred to as one’s world outlook.

One with an evolutionary worldview would interpret all the things in his life in accordance with the teachings in the theory of evolution. This theory states that the universe came into being without any supernatural oversight and that all the life and substance in the universe came into existence by natural processes and chance over a period of much time, without any outside intervention. This theory also states that all living things evolved from a single-celled, living organism that was formed from something non-living through some unknown process, again over much time and without any intervention from anything outside of or greater than the universe.

One with a creationist worldview would interpret all the things in his life in accordance with the teachings of God’s Holy Word, the Bible, and the creation events recorded there. The concept of creation teaches that an all-powerful, all-knowing God deliberately created the universe, the earth and all the life on the earth, in accordance with His own specific design for His own desired purpose, utilizing a supernatural process which He no longer uses today.

The idea of evolution includes the gradual appearance of our current complex human life form, evolving from simpler life forms over great amounts of time, all resulting from some non-living matter. The creation concept includes the sudden existence of our current human life form. It is indeed difficult for one to comprehend such an awesome power as the only true and living God and His ability to speak the world and all of its life forms into existence. But it is even more difficult for one to comprehend the idea of something living coming into existence from something non-living, without any supernatural intervention, and growing into a human being over time.

History tells us of Louis Pasteur’s work in the field of biology, many years ago, refuting the wrong thinking that life arises on its own from nonliving sources (spontaneous generation). The theory that life comes only from previous life of its own kind was proven experimentally by Mr. Pasteur and became known as the Law of Biogenesis. This law is still widely accepted today, even by many supporters of evolution, and has never been refuted, even once, by someone creating something living from some nonliving substance. This law, simply stated, says that giraffes give rise to giraffes, birds to birds, fish to fish, corn to corn, and so on. This concept is clearly seen in the Bible in Genesis 1:11-12, And God said, Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit-trees bearing fruit after their kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after their kind: and God saw that it was good. Notice that God’s Word tells us that the grass, herb and fruit trees yielded after their own kind.

As we outlined in the beginning of this article, creation and evolution are totally contradictory theories. One cannot hold to one without totally rejecting the other, unless he contradicts himself. Man has tried in vain though to develop a different theory called Theistic Evolution, which would include aspects of both Creation and the Theory of Evolution. But to be pleasing to God, one must accept His revelation, the Bible, and work to rightly divide it and live in accordance with its teachings.


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It Is Reasonable to Believe in God

We live in an unbelieving world! Many have accepted Satan’s lie that faith in God as the Creator of all things disagrees with modern science. Such could not be farther from the truth! Faith in the existence of God as Creator is both reasonable and in harmony with the facts of science. A refusal to believe that God created all things is very unreasonable.

Faith in God as Creator is reasonable because creation requires a creator. If one sees a lovely, well built house, he does not say, “I wonder how that house came into existence.” He knows that the existence of the house means that someone built it. This is also true of our world. The fact that it exists requires that there must be one who built it. “For every house is builded by some one; but he that built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4).

Faith in God as the Creator of all things is reasonable because life can only come from life! Everyone understands that that which is dead can not produce that which is alive. In Europe during the Middle Ages, people were very ignorant. They believed in “spontaneous generation,” that is, that non-living things could give birth to living things. Louis Pasteur, a great French scientist in the 19th century, proved that spontaneous generation is false. Only life can produce life!

Let us make application to the world and the people in it. How did it come to be? There are only two possibilities. Either the world and all living things in it came from dead, non-living, non-thinking matter, or it came from mind, intelligence, life, therefore, God. What do you think?

Does a nest create a bird to sit in it, or does the bird, a living being, create the nest? Does a car make a man to drive it, or does the man who is living and intelligent create the car? It is totally unreasonable to believe that the earth which is filled with living plants, animals and persons, was brought into being by dead matter. However, it is very reasonable to believe that a supreme, intelligent Being, God, brought into existence the universe and the wonderful varieties of life which live in it.

It is also reasonable to believe in God as Creator because of the plan and purpose in the universe. The universe operates according to law. Scientists are busy discovering these laws which they use for man’s benefit. The order and design of the laws point to a Master mind who originated them. It is not possible that our orderly universe happened by chance. For example, the earth is 93 million miles (150,000,000 km) from the sun. If the earth were closer, it would burn up. If it were farther away, the earth would freeze. Did this just happen by chance? Or, did a living Mind, God, design this?

Did the complex universe which operates in such orderly fashion, according to definite laws, just happen by chance? Or, is it the result of an intelligent God who created it? It would be more reasonable to assume that the telephone directory of Sydney, Australia, a city of more than 4,000,000 people, just happened by chance than to assume that the orderly universe came into existence by chance!

It is reasonable to believe that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Only a powerful, highly intelligent God could have created the wonderful, complex world in which we live. Truly, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 14:1).

Let us humble ourselves before our Creator “that made the world and all things therein” (Acts 17:24). Let us acknowledge that “in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). To deny the existence of God is the greatest of all foolishness!

(source: tftw.org)