People have suggested that to believe in the Bible, you have to check your brains at the church door.

This is a remarkably uninformed viewpoint. Christianity honors intellect more than any other faith. God placed His unique signature all through the pages of Scripture that we could know with certainty that they were divinely inspired. Many statements the Bible made thousands of years ago are only now being verified, using the latest technology. How could any ancient culture have been so advanced unless it received supernatural help?

God gave the Israelites medical knowledge that was eons ahead of the most sophisticated knowledge of any culture. Not until the 18th century did medical science anywhere in the world even begin to understand things the Bible discussed 3400 years ago! God also identified many other scientific facts to select writers well ahead of their "discovery" by secular science. It is surprising that some scientists today scoff at the Bible, since it contains so many scientific revelations. God suggests those revelations were given to bring Him glory.

"I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed--I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God."
(Isaiah 43:11-12)

God lives outside of time and space. He is not bound by the law of gravity. He is not limited by physical properties such as time. Because He has a perfect understanding of the physical universe, which He created for our benefit, we can expect His Word to be perfectly accurate whenever it mentions statements about how our world or universe is constructed.

Not meant to be a science book

It should be emphasized that the Bible was never meant to be a science book. Although it contains statements which refer to scientific realities, God never intended these statements to represent an explanation of science. God's concern is with the human soul, not the secular issues of history or science.

It is clear that the writers of the biblical accounts often had no idea of the full implication of what they were revealing, because they had no frame of reference yet. For example, although Moses gave over 200 laws which revealed a complete understanding of bacterial infection, he may have had no idea that germs existed. He merely passed along what God instructed him to say. Other writers appear to have known what they were writing about, as seen in references to a circular earth, the hydrologic cycle, and the description of atomic structure. Yet even if the writers were aware of their revelations, they never intended those statements to have scientific relevance. What they represent to us is proof that these accounts are not mere stories or myth, but evidence of highly intelligent, factual knowledge that could not have a human origin.

On the next page are some statements made in the Bible which modern science has confirmed only during the past two or three centuries.

For More Information

I would like to thank Grant Jeffrey for his detailed study of this material in his book "The Signature of God." In addition, Chuck Missler and Dr. Mark Eastman have developed a similarly thorough study in their series entitled "Creator Beyond Time and Space." Those interested in exploring these issues further would benefit from these resources.