Some years ago, I was listening to a radio interview of a scientist who admitted scientists only know and can explain about 2% of the physical universe. He described it as taking a piece (or a portion) of a bumper off a car, and then without seeing the rest of the car, trying to describe the rest of the bumper, the drivetrain, the doors, the roof and tires, etc. He said this is what scientists are trying to do when it comes to the physical universe.
According to The Wikipedia, online encyclopedia, “Science in the broadest sense refers to any knowledge or trained skill, especially (but not exclusively) when this is attained by verifiable means.”
In thinking about some of the different areas of Scriptures which have been verified, Genesis is a good place to start. It’s a good place to start when looking at the topography of the earth, in which we have a clear view from space. And even before space exploration, the earth was already mapped out pretty well through ship and land exploration.
Pangea, Now a Big Puzzle
Through what scientists call Pangea, we can understand that the land mass of earth was evidently in one location with water all around. We get a visual description of this from Scripture.
Then Elohim said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. Elohim called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and Elohim saw that it was good, Genesis 1:9-10. New American Standard Bible used throughout, unless otherwise noted.
From space and looking at terrestrial maps of the world, one can see big pieces of a puzzle which once fit together as one land mass (Pangea) before the Flood recorded in Genesis 6-8. In Chapter 7 of that narrative, we read, In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened, Genesis 7:11.
“All the fountains of the great deep burst open” would indicate great seismic activity, giving place to tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic activity produced by tectonic plate movement. The Pacific Rim’s Ring of Fire of 452 known volcanos – some of which are still active – are likely the product of the Flood’s disruption to Yahweh’s original created order.
Moreover, scientists (geologists) have mapped subterranean water reserves called aquifers – even under the oceans. Off the east coast of the United States, a sub-oceanic Atlantic aquifer whose diameter – measured with electromagnetic waves – is about 250 miles in width, and was discovered 50 years ago. There is currently an aquifer under Kenya, Africa, which if tapped, scientists say could provide water for 200 years for all of the Kenyan people.
Oil rigs have hit other fresh water pockets in other areas they’ve drilled. Some of these have been measured, and one was estimated to have enough fresh water to fill a billion Olympic swimming pools. Yes, that’s a billion, with a b.
Still, further down 400 miles below the earth’s surface, in what is called the Transition Zone (Asthenosphere), which some scientists have suggested there may be as many as three times the amount of water than what is currently in all the oceans.
A diamond found within a Brazilian volcano, contained water minerals, one of which (Ringwoodite) actually contained water. Geologists/scientists agree it is from this Transition Zone.
From the Creation, Yahweh knew exactly what was needed for life to exist. Before the Flood, a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground, Genesis 2:6.
Furthermore, there was evidently a type of greenhouse canopy made of a type of water fog. The Scripture reveals what science today has called the evaporation cycle (or water cycle).
Blowing toward the south, then turning toward the north, the wind continues swirling along; and on its circular courses the wind returns. All the rivers flow into the sea, yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, there they flow again, Ecclesiastes 1:6-7.
Science Gives Insight
Dr. Jason Lisle, an astrophysicist, wrote Taking Back Astronomy with the subtitle, (The Heavens Declare Creation and Science Confirms It). He has also delivered numerous lectures, but one in particular worth searching is Creation Astronomy (Viewing the Universe through Biblical Glasses).
He and other Creation scientists have presented some interesting facts, especially concerning gravity and the moon. In contrast to non-creation scientists who posit the age of the universe as 4.5 billion years, Dr. Lisle gives the universe a much shorter life.
The decreasing strength of the earth’s magnetic field (see chart below for the last two hundred years), has been diminishing, due to the moon moving away from the earth. This is measurable, in part, through the magnetic field of the earth.
Magnetic Field of the Earth:
1835-8.558 (stronger) –The Geology Book, by Dr. John Morris
Taking the mathematic calculations back 8,000-9,000 years, the magnetic field strength of the earth could have pulled the iron from people’s blood, which gives credible evidence to support the 6,000-year-old earth narrative.
And yet, there are still atheists and agnostics. Though some are accepting the creation view due to more recent discoveries of DNA, which define how we and other living things are made. Basically, DNA is embedded instructions from the beginning.
Birds Do Not Make Dogs
All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one [flesh] of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish, 1 Corinthians 15:39.
Clearly Yahweh has fearfully and wonderfully (Psa. 139:14) created us, and all living species with capabilities to procreate, each after its own kind (Gen. 1:11-27). This has continued throughout generations and millennia. His Creation abilities are clearly seen, so that man really has no excuse for unbelief, as it is written:
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse, Romans 1:20.
For example, bacteria has a built in “propeller” among its cellular material, enabling it to travel throughout an organism. Under great magnification, one can see that the propeller on the end has about three or four main parts. Take away one part (or destroy the “propeller” in any other way) and the bacteria dies. It did not form (evolve) over billions of years. It was put together from the start to function properly.
Another example, is giraffes. They have a built-in blood valve in their necks, shutting off the supply of blood to their head and preventing them from passing out when grazing the ground grasses.
We could also look at woodpeckers, who close their eyes just before the impact of their beak on a tree. If they didn’t close their eyes, their eyes would pop out from the tremendous force created.
We are told Elohim created heaven and earth, and we have no reason to doubt it, but people do. In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth, Genesis 1:1.
And though scientists continually look for, and show other planets in the universe can support intelligent life, many fail to see that there is a Creator Who says the Earth specifically was created and formed to be inhabited with life.
For thus says Yahweh, who created the heavens (He is the Elohim who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, [but] formed it to be inhabited), “I am Yahweh, and there is none else,” Isaiah 45:18.
Sir Isaac Newton observed, “When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.”
Interestingly enough, the sun is at just the right distance from the earth as well as the moon and allows for periodic eclipses (perfectly in-line) of inter-orbital lunar and solar revolution orbits. And as the moon is measurably moving away from the earth, the earth is measurably moving away from the sun. Backing up, the latter would have the earth as burned toast some 4.5 billion years ago.
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in, Isaiah 40:22.
The world is described accurately in Scripture as a circular shape. Yahweh’s thumbprint is on all of creation – in space, larger celestial bodies orbiting the smaller. All of this, in a circular type manner.
Nevertheless, there are some, misappropriating the same Scripture, teaching the earth is flat, canopied by a dome with Yahweh sitting on its top. There are a lot of strange and diverse ideas out there (Heb. 13:9) – some farther out than others. For example, some say the earth is on a giant elephant who stands on a giant turtle who is swimming in a cosmic sea. Ancient Egypt believed that the earth was on literal pillars.
And, yes, the Bible in the Psalms speaks of Yahweh setting the earth’s pillars (Psa. 75:3) and alludes to its foundations being out of course (Psa. 82:5), but we understand these references in a figurative, rather than a literal sense. Remember, Hebrew is known as a flowery and meaningful language with poetic phrases.
We can, however, say the following is literal. The earth hovers in space – He stretches out the north over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing, Job 26:7. It’s not contradictory to the other Scripture which says the earth is on pillars, because that is figurative and this is literal as images from space show a blue marbled earth hanging on nothing.
And so, to these “theories” which find no firm foundation in His Scriptures, Yahweh replies, For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts, Isaiah 55:9.
While there is “oppositions of science falsely so called” (1 Tim. 6:20 KJV), science proves the Bible is true!
Interested more in the spiritual dimension? Please read on, and also see our mini-study called, The Spirit Realm.
Expanding of Yahweh’s Universe
Bless Yahweh, O my soul! O Yahweh my Elohim, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering Yourself with light as with a cloak …It is He Who sits above the vault of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in, Psalm 104:1-2; Isaiah 40:22.
This is figurative speech with some literal meaning. About 15 years ago, and much to the surprise of scientists, the universe was discovered to be expanding at an ever-increasing rate with new galaxies and planetary bodies being found by astronomers.
And more recently, about 10 years ago, the 100 million galaxies, each with 100 million planetary bodies and stars, were ballooned by scientists who are now saying, it’s actually billions and not millions. And that number may be proven to be even greater once more data with stronger telescopes is gathered, and giving credence to these words from Jeremiah 33:22: As the host of heaven cannot be counted and the sand of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.
We would be remiss not mentioning, there are three heavens identified in Scripture. The first heaven is what we immediately feel and see, such as whirlwinds and clouds in our atmosphere. The second heaven is composed of celestial bodies of stars and planets. The third – to which Paul alludes in 2 Corinthians 12:2 – is the invisible realm in which Yahweh and the angels dwell.
Peter speaks of heavens – which we understand to be the first and second heaven because of the physical matter with which they are made, but not the third heaven, the dwelling place of the Elohim – and the earth reserved for fiery judgment (2 Pet. 3:7).
Of old You founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. Even they will perish, but You endure; and all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end, Psalm 102:25-27.
Lift up your eyes to the sky, then look to the earth beneath; for the sky will vanish like smoke, and the earth will wear out like a garment, and its inhabitant will die in like manner, but My salvation shall be forever, and My righteousness shall not wane, Isaiah 51:6.
That we are not all evolving into bigger and better things, is evidenced by all matter coming into a state of decay.
While matter is decaying, and everything, as the Apostle Peter said, is going to be burned up (2 Pet. 3:7, 10), there is still some reproduction apparently occurring in the forming of new stars called Nebula (nursery for the stars). These are said to be composed of hydrogen gas, among other things. Hence, “Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.”
And galactic black holes which are known to be at the center of most every galaxy, including ours, will suck up everything like a vacuum, given enough time.
Anciently, they couldn’t look up and say the heavenly bodies were in a state of decay. They could, however, look at the earth and observe its rocks crumbling into dust and the devastation of fire could readily be seen.
We see the physical that supports “His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature … so that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).
Light in Light
For with You is the Fountain of Life; in Your Light we see Light, Psalm 36:9. This is a prophetic reference to Yahshua and the close relationship He has with the Father.
This verse is an example of a Spiritual thing needing to be Spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:13-14). Yahweh is the Light that we see in Light (Yahshua) Who is also the Fountain of Life (John 4:14, 7:38).
By the way, light molecules called photons are said by some scientists to be the first “active” molecules, which takes us back to Genesis when Yahweh said “let there be light.”
The Smallest of the Small, Connected?
As science advances and discovers more phenomena, we find strange things occurring. Life is made up of atoms and molecules and their constituent parts, infinitely small – neutrinos, protons, positrons, electrons, antiprotons – too small, for the unaided eye to see. These subatomic particles, are evidently able to phase in and out of apparent nothingness. “Neutralinos” is yet another phenomenon identified by scientists. It is dark matter – matter, indeed, because they see light bending around it. They assert that dark matter makes up 90% of the universe.
In The God Effect, Brian Clegg (July 2006) writes of the “Entanglement Theory” (Quantum Physics), the idea there is a connection between particles of molecules that can affect other particles of molecules. Einstein in his day, referred to such a theory as “spooky.”
Thinking about connection between particles of molecules, bring us to a property belonging exclusively to Yahweh – omniscience. He Who knows everything and is able simultaneously, to know your prayer and my prayer and answer simultaneously. One might call this “Spiritual Multi-tasking.”
Read what King David said: Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? Psalm 139:7.
And from the pen of the Prophet Jeremiah, Yahweh speaking, “Am I an El Who is near,” declares Yahweh, “and not an El far off? Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?” declares Yahweh. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares Yahweh, Jeremiah 23:23-24.
The Brain: Physical and Spiritual Connection?
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of Elohim, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF YAHWEH, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Messiah, 1 Corinthians 2:14–16.
There appears to be more of a connection between the physical and the spiritual than we understand at this time, though we can see in Scripture the connection between Yahweh’s Spirit and us through the Messiah.
When we think about how Yahweh’s Spirit can work in conjunction with our own mind, it becomes, well, mind-blowing.
Scientists say our brains have as many as 100 billion neurons communicating with at least one million-billion synapses or connections and putting into play, chemistries, hormones, nerves, proteins and various other molecules and processes and sending signals occurring 1000 times each second, which is 1 quadrillion events every second while we think about this article or anything else throughout the day. To capture just how fearful and wonderful Yahweh’s created order is, consider this:
Scientists have taken a tiny part of a mouse’s brain, the size of a grain, and sliced it up (25,000 times) and scanned it and copied it to a cloud drive, which took 5 months of continuous micron scopes recording and capturing every detail. 100 million images – two million gigabytes of space – were retrieved, and which took nearly 3 months to create a 3d model.
(This information can be viewed on a YouTube video called Can you upload your mind & live forever? The channel is Kurzgesagt – In A Nutshell. Within 24-hours of putting it on YouTube, it received 3 million views.)
Science is increasingly infringing upon a dominion best reserved to the Sovereign Creator. Some recent movies have shown people’s minds uploaded to a computer or a robot [transhumanism]. At issue with believers, is that while our brain might be thought as something akin to an organic computer, it is physical but with a spiritual component which allows us to think, create, and do like no other species. But when we die, this spiritual component returns to Yahweh Who gave it, as it is written: Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to Elohim who gave it, Ecclesiastes 12:7.
Yahshua the Messiah expressed this idea when He said,
And Yahshua, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.” Having said this, He breathed His last, Luke 23:46.
This ruach (in the Hebrew) or pneuma (in the Greek) can be described as life or being, and describes the mind or spirit; essentially, the essence of a person we find from Scripture returned to Yahweh at one of the two resurrections.
Ezekiel 37:1-14, for example, alludes to this connection once again being restored in the second resurrection for those in the valley of dry bones. So even if one has turned to dust, a new body and brain will function as previously.
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable [body], it is raised an imperishable [body]; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual [body] …But El gives it a body just as He wished, 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 38.
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of Elohim, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3.
“He has also set eternity in their heart” (Eccl. 3:11). A lot of people are fascinated by the possibility of living forever.
Scripture provides us with a glimpse of the faculties we might also possess with eternal life. Yahshua materialized on the road to Emmaus, and just as easily vanished from these two (Luke 24:15, 31). Later, when they were relating their experience with Him to the others behind sequestered doors, He appeared again (Luke 24:36). A third time, He appeared when Thomas was assembled with them (John 20:19), locked doors notwithstanding.
Biblical accounts in both the Old and New Testaments of angels, appearing and then disappearing, from and into the spiritual realm, further connects the science of matter phasing in and then out to nothingness with the Bible or, rather, confirms the Bible accounts are not only possible, but true.
In saying this, we are not embracing the apostate notion that people have an immortal soul. Read our mini-study called, Do You Have an Immortal Soul?
Additional Scientific Confirmations
Science corroborates other things as well. Science has concluded that the frontal lobe of the brain (the specific area of long-term planning and goal setting) hasn’t fully developed until the age of 20 years, that age of accountability established by Scripture (Exod. 30:14). Read our mini-study entitled, Scriptural Age of Accountability.
Science also shows circumcision of males on the 8th day (Gen. 17:12), anciently given as a sign or token of the Abrahamic covenant. Vitamin K and also the hormone Prothombin – both clotting agents in the blood – are at their optimal levels on the 8th day of life for male children. We can now see through scientific discovery why Yahweh designated, specifically, “the 8th day.”
We began this article, citing from The Wikipedia, online encyclopedia, “Science in the broadest sense refers to any knowledge or trained skill, especially (but not exclusively) when this is attained by verifiable means.”
And we agree. There is science that is verifiable: it actually does a good job verifying the Bible.
-Elder David Brett
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