7 Amazing Scientific Predictions In The Bible
Modern science and the Bible are often presented at-odds, as if the two are opposed. The reality is that the more you understand each one, the more you appreciate the ways in which they go together. Perhaps more importantly, you begin to understand what each has to say about the other. Properly understood, science is not anti-Biblical, though some may misuse it that way. The Bible is certainly not anti-science, and those who say otherwise also fail to understand.
Let's look at 7 amazing (and true!) scientific predictions that are found in the Bible.
1. There was a beginning
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. - Genesis 1:1
When this was written most people believed the Earth was eternal. In fact, most people believe this until the 1900s. It took Einstein’s revolutionary theories and Hubble’s observations to demonstrate that there was a beginning.
2. The Earth is a sphere
He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters at the boundary of light and darkness. - Job 26:10
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth - Isaiah 40:22
The Earth was not shown to be a sphere until 240 BC, yet these two verses written prior to that clearly show awareness of this by Biblical authors. In particular, the passage in Job seems to refer to the Day Night Terminator (the boundary of day/night on Earth) that is only visible from extreme altitudes.
3. Laws of Thermodynamics
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. - Genesis 2:1
And the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants will die in like manner - Isaiah 51:6
The first law of thermodynamics is a version of the law of conservation of energy, adapted for thermodynamic systems. The law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system is constant; energy can be transformed from one form to another, but cannot be created or destroyed. Thus, when the Bible stated Creation was complete, it was an early statement of this law.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that the state of entropy of the entire universe, as an isolated system, will always increase over time. The second law also states that the changes in the entropy in the universe can never be negative. Thus, things tend to move towards chaos and decay.
4. Man is from dust
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. - Genesis 2:7
Researchers have found that every element that shows up in man is in fact found in the dirt, indicating that the Bible’s description of the creation of man is true.
5. Space is a vacuum
He stretches out the north over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing - Job 26:7
Through ancient times and most of recorded history it was not at all thought that space was “nothing.” There were various mechanisms imagined to support the Earth and stars, from a large turtle to Atlas the giant, to the luminiferous Ether thought to be the medium that light and other electromagnetic waves travelled through. This was believed from Aristotle all the way through the late 1800s, when the famous Michelson-Morley experiment firmly refuted its existence. Einstein put the nail in the Ether’s coffin less than 20 years later, showing it was not needed for electromagnetic propagation.
6. Proper boat dimensions
This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. - Genesis 6:15
In 1994 South Korean researchers determined that it was nearly impossible to capsize as it was able to withstand waves higher than 30 meters (average tsunami wave clocks in at 10 meters). Thus the ark as described was a blueprint for large and stable ocean vessels, well before such vessels were employed.
7. Innumerable stars
Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. - Hebrews 11:12.
May early attempts to count the stars ended up around 1000, from Ptolemy in 2nd century AD up to prior to the invention of the telescope by Galileo. To compare them to the number of grains of sand on the Earth would seem to be a poor comparison. Yet it’s actually reasonably close--the best estimate for the number of stars is at least 7 x 10^22, and a good estimate for the number of grains of sand is 7x10^18. So there are roughly 10,000 stars in the observable universe for every grain of sand on Earth.