Many books inform but the Bible does more than that – it transforms. But reading the Bible calls for faith because there are lots of things that wouldn’t make sense to the natural mind. Apostle Paul even said that the natural mind cannot receive the things of God (1 Cor. 2:14). But that doesn’t mean that everything in the Bible is unscientific. There are lots of scientific facts in the Bible. So what are they?
In science, a fact is an observation repeatedly confirmed so that everyone accepts it as true. Soil is full of life or sound travels faster in water than in air are good examples of scientific facts we see every day. While the Bible is not a scientific textbook, it also has facts that align with what science accepts as truth, i.e., it doesn’t contradict scientific facts.
Examples Of Scientific Facts In The Bible
Blood is the Source of Life
Today, we know for a fact that blood is life. Scientists call blood the fluid of life; without it, the body would stop functioning. This scientific fact is reiterated in Scriptures such as Deuteronomy 12:23, which says blood is the life, and Leviticus 17:11, which states, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.
In addition, Genesis 9:4-6 points to blood as the source of life by saying, “Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood,” and a similar theme is also in Leviticus 17:14, “For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life.” In these scriptures, blood represents the animal’s life and had to be treated with honor because when the blood was spilled, the animal’s life ended.
The hydrologic cycle, also known as the water cycle, is the continuous circulation of water in the Earth-Atmosphere, i.e., the cyclic motion of the water from the ground to the atmosphere and back again. This cycle consists of three major processes: evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.
Different processes of the water cycle are mentioned in the Bible. For instance, The Bible says in Job 26:8, “He wraps up the waters in his clouds (Evaporation), yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.” Job 36:27-29 also talks of a similar concept in the water cycle, whereby it mentions rain dropping from a cloud (precipitation) to the earth and the water becoming mist (condensation).
Precipitation in the water cycle is mentioned in Ecclesiastes 11:3: “If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth.”
Amos 9:6 talks about how God calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the face of the earth, while Ecclesiastes 1.7 states “All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.” The above-mentioned Scriptures point to the water cycle.
In short, the Bible uses the major elements of the hydrological cycle to explain that water evaporates, rises, and condenses to form clouds, which then fall as rain, which runs into the streams.
There Are Countless Stars In The Sky
God made a promise to Abraham, saying: “I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore” (Genesis 22:17). The sand on the shore metaphor points to “infinite” because they could not be physically counted. Science has shown that it is impossible to see and count the number of stars in the universe with the naked eye.
The Earth Is Round And Free-Floating
Scientists agree that the Earth is round when viewed from the vantage point of space and floats in space. The Bible confirms this truth in Isaiah 40:22, which says, “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth.” Job 26:7 states, “He suspends the earth over nothing.”
Proverbs 8:27 states, “When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth.” Compass (Hebrew khug/chugh) is the same word as “circle,” which also points to the earth’s roundness. So, the scientific fact about a spherical earth matches God’s word.
Origin of Sexes
The foundation of understanding a biblical worldview begins with creation. Genesis 1:27 states three times that “God created” and “in His image” is repeated twice, pointing to the LORD as our creator. Further, Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created male and female.
The first man, Adam, was created alone, “And the Lord God formed the man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” Then God put man to sleep, and instead of making an identical partner, God chose to make a woman. The purpose of males and females was to reproduce and fill the earth(Genesis 1:28).
Matthew 19:4 states a similar message of the same sex: “He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female.” The Bible also explains that humans descended from one human race that began with man and woman. (Acts 17:26; 1 Corinthians 15:45; Genesis 3:20).
This aligns with the scientific fact that states that creation started with man and woman. The term man or woman has historically been used with reference to the male and female body, respectively, and according to the chromosomes they were born with.
There Are Alternate Days and Night
It’s a scientific fact that different regions of the Earth experience periods of daylight and darkness at different times. A day is exemplified by the sun and a night by the moon. The Bible also explains this concept in Psalm 121:6: “The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night” and in Genesis 1:5, “And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. The cycle of day and night is indeed a fact accepted in the Bible and science.
Scripture does not mention any scientific discoveries. But there are instances where scientific facts align with certain aspects of biblical accounts. That said, we do not require scientific evidence to believe the Bible. God’s word is true, flawless, and everlasting and is forever settled in heaven.