Monday, March 31, 2014

Noah's Ark, Evolution, and Scientific Facts in the Bible

(This is an excerpt taken from Ray Comfort's book: Noah's Ark, Evolution, and Scientific facts in the Bible.)

So let’s look at Bible prophecy first.

Unlike other religious texts, the Bible offers a multitude of specific predictions—some thousands of years in advance—that either have been literally fulfilled or point to a definite future time when they will come true. They foretell the rise and fall of empires and leaders, as well as national calamities, and over three hundred prophecies tell of the ancestry, birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of the promised Savior, Jesus of Nazareth. This is true of no other book in the world, and it is a sure sign of its divine origin. Over 25 percent of the Bible contains specific predictive prophecies that have been fulfilled, so we can trust that all remaining prophecies will be fulfilled with equal accuracy.

Jesus said of the end times, “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37). In other words, certain activities that were prevalent in Noah’s day would be prevalent in the last days, just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

In Noah’s day there was great violence on the earth, much corruption, and the imaginations of men’s hearts were continually evil. That’s what we are seeing in today’s society. Are we living in the last days? Here are ten biblical signs for which we are to look:

The Scriptures tell us that there will be money-hungry Bible teachers who will slur the Christian faith and deceive many:

“. . . there will be false teachers among you . . . And many will follow their destructive ways,

because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you

with deceptive words . . .” (2 Peter 2:1–3).

There will be wars, earthquakes, famines, and widespread disease:

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be

famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7).

The moon will become blood red:

“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the

great and awesome day of the LORD” (Acts 2:20).

Blasphemy will become commonplace:

“. . . in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of

money, boasters, proud, blasphemers . . .” (2 Timothy 3:1,2).

There will be an increase in the acceptance of homosexuality as there was in the days of Sodom:

“Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot . . . but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it

rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day

when the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:28–30).

Religious hypocrisy will be prevalent:

“For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are

strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]”

(2 Timothy 3:5, Amplified).

People will deny that God created the heavens and that He judged the world through Noah’s flood:

“There shall come in the last days scoffers . . . for this they willingly are ignorant of, that by

the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the

water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Peter


The future will become frightening:

“. . . men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming

on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Luke 21:26).

Scoffers will mock the Second Coming by claiming these signs have always been around:

“. . . scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying,

‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as

they were from the beginning of creation’” (2 Peter 3:3,4).

People will ignore the warning of the gospel:

“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the

days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until

the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all

away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37–39).

Let’s now look at scientific facts in the Bible.

Before we look at these scientific facts, let me preface them with some very important information. Many years ago, I ran a children’s club. At the end of the club I told about one hundred kids to line up for some candy. There was an immediate rush, and the line sorted itself into what I saw as a line of greed. The bigger bullies had pushed their way to the front of the line, and the smaller, quiet kids were at the back. So I did something that gave me great satisfaction. I told the kids to turn about-face, then I took great delight in going to the other end of the line and giving candy to the quieter, meek kids first.

In a world where bullies push their way to the front, where the rich and powerful stomp on the poor and weak, God has gone to the other end of the line with the message of everlasting life. Here is what we are told: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing . . . For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent’. . . But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Corinthians 1:18,19,27–29).

How has God turned the line around? He has chosen seemingly foolish things to confound the wise. Let me illustrate:

Do you believe that the following biblical accounts actually happened?

Adam and Eve

Noah’s Ark

Jonah and the great fish

Joshua and the walls of Jericho

Samson and his long hair

Daniel and the lions’ den

Moses and the Red Sea

Of course, you don’t. To say that you believed such fantastic stories would mean you’d have to surrender your intellectual dignity. Who in their right mind would ever do that? The answer is simply those who understand that God has chosen seemingly foolish, weak, base, and despised things of the world to confound those who think they are wise.

Imagine that you are looking at a luxury liner moving through calm waters. To your surprise about a dozen

people jump off the ship and cling to a lifeboat. You watch as the rest of the passengers stand on the ship and laugh at them. You can understand their reaction.What those few people did was foolish. It made no sense. Suddenly, the ship hits an unseen iceberg and sinks, taking with it all who stayed on board. Now you see that those who seemed like fools were wise, but those who stayed on the ship and seemed to be wise were fools.

We have in the Bible a command to jump off the luxury liner of this world. Before you laugh at “stupid” Christians, consider whether there is any proof that its claims are true. Here is scientific evidence that the Bible is no ordinary book:

Jeremiah 33:22 (written 2,500 years ago): “As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured . . .”

The Bible claims that the stars are uncountable (“host of heaven” is the biblical term for the stars). When this statement was made, no one knew how vast the number of stars was, as only about 1,100 were observable. Now we know that there are an estimated septillion—or more—stars, and that they cannot be numbered.

Job 26:7 (written 3,500 years ago):“He hangs the earth on nothing.”

At a time when it was believed that the earth sat on a large animal, the Bible stated that the earth freely floated in space. Scientists now know this is the case.

Leviticus 17:11 (written 3,000 years ago): “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.”

The great biological truth concerning the importance of blood in our body’s mechanism has been fully comprehended only in recent years. Up until 120 years ago, sick people were “bled,” and many died because of the practice. We now know that blood is essential to life. If you lose too much blood, you lose your life.

Leviticus 15:13 (written 3,000 years ago): “And when he who has a discharge is cleansed of his discharge, then he shall count for himself seven days for his cleansing, wash his clothes, and bathe his body in running water; then he shall be clean.”

The Bible said that when dealing with disease, we should wash under running water. Because the

presence of microscopic diseases was unknown, up until 170 years ago doctors washed their hands in a basin of still water, spreading diseases and resulting in the death of multitudes.We now know that hands should be washed under running water.

Job 38:35 (written 3,500 years ago): “Can you send out lightnings, that they may go, and say to you, ‘Here we are!’?”

This appears to be a scientifically ludicrous statement—that light can be sent, and then manifest itself in speech. But did you know that radio waves move at the speed of light? This is why you can have instantaneous wireless communication with someone on the other side of the earth. Science didn’t discover this until 1864 when “British scientist James Clerk Maxwell suggested that electricity and light waves were two forms of the same thing” (Modern Century Illustrated Encyclopedia,Vol. 12).

Isaiah 40:22 (written 2,800 years ago): “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth.”

The Bible informs us here that the earth is round. This is not a reference to a flat disk, as some skeptics maintain, but to a sphere. At a time when science believed that the earth was flat, it was the Scriptures that inspired Christopher Columbus to sail around the world. He wrote: “It was the Lord who put it into my mind. I could feel His hand upon me . . . there is no question the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit because He comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures . . .” (from his diary, in reference to his discovery of “the New World”).

Job 38:19 (written 3,500 years ago): “Where is the way to the dwelling of light?”

Man has only in recent centuries discovered that light (electromagnetic radiation) has a “way,” traveling at 186,000 miles per second.

Genesis 1:1,2 (written 3,500 years ago): “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth . . . And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

Science expresses the universe in five terms: time, space, matter, power, and motion. “In the beginning [time] God created [power] the heavens [space] and the earth [matter] . . . And the Spirit of God was hovering [motion] over the face of the waters.” The first thing God tells man is that He controls all aspects of the universe.

Psalm 8:8: “. . . and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.”

Man discovered the existence of ocean currents in the 1850s, but the Bible declared the science of oceanography thousands of years ago. Matthew Maury (1806–1873), considered the father of oceanography, noticed the expression “paths of the sea” in Psalm 8. “If God said there are paths in the sea,” Maury said, “I am going to find them.” He took God at His word and went looking for these paths, and we are indebted to him for discovering the warm and cold continental currents. His book on oceanography remains a basic text on the subject and is still used in universities.

Jonah 2:6 (written 2,800 years ago): “I went down to the moorings of the mountains . . .”

When Jonah was in the depths of the ocean, he spoke of going down to the bottoms of the mountains. Only in recent years has man discovered that there are mountains on the ocean floor. The greatest ocean depth has been measured in the Mariana Trench, at around 36,000 feet below sea level. By contrast, Mount Everest is about 29,000 feet high.

Amos 9:6 (written 2,800 years ago):“He . . . calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the face of the earth—the Lord is His name.”

The Mississippi River dumps over six million gallons of water per second into the Gulf of Mexico. Where does all that water go? And that’s just one of thousands of rivers. The answer lies in the hydrologic cycle, so well brought out in the Bible. The Scriptures inform us, “All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; to the place from which the rivers come, there they return again” (Ecclesiastes 1:7). Psalm 135:7 tells us that God “causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth.” Ecclesiastes 11:3 states that “if the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth.” The idea of a complete water cycle was not fully understood until the seventeenth century, but 2,400 years earlier the Scriptures clearly spoke of a water cycle.

Ecclesiastes 1:6: “The wind goes toward the south, and turns around to the north; the wind whirls about continually, and comes again on its circuit.”

The wind does indeed have a “circuit.” The Bible described this cycle of air currents almost three thousand years before scientists discovered them.

Job 38:12,14 (written 3,500 years ago):“Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place . . .? It [the earth] takes on form like clay under a seal, and stands out like a garment.”

Modern science has come to understand that the earth’s rotation on its axis is responsible for the sun’s rising and setting. The picture here is of a clay vessel being turned or rotated on the potter’s wheel—an accurate analogy of the earth’s rotation.

Psalm 19:4–6: “In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,  is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber. . . Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat.”

Bible critics have scoffed at these verses, claiming they teach that the sun revolves around the earth. Scientists once thought the sun was stationary. Then it was discovered in recent years that the sun is in fact moving through space at approximately 600,000 miles per hour. It is traveling through the heavens and has a “circuit” just as the Bible says. Its circuit is so large that it would take an estimated 200 million years to complete one orbit.

Genesis 2:1 (after creation): “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.”

The original Hebrew uses the past definite tense for the verb “finished,” indicating an action completed in the past, never again to occur. The creation was “finished”—once and for all. That is what the First Law of Thermodynamics states: that neither matter nor energy can be either created or destroyed. There is no “creation” ongoing today. It is “finished” exactly as the Bible declares.

Hebrews 1:10,11 (written 2,000 years ago): “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment.”

Three times the Bible says that the earth is wearing out. This is what the Second Law of Thermodynamics (the law of increasing entropy) states: that in all physical processes, every ordered system over time tends to become more disordered. Everything is running down and wearing out as energy is becoming less and less available for use. That means the universe will eventually “wear out” to the extent that (theoretically speaking) there will be a “heat death” and therefore no more energy available for use. This wasn’t discovered by man until fairly recently, but the Bible states it in clear, succinct terms.

Genesis 17:12:“He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations . . .”

The Bible consistently says that male infants must be circumcised on the eighth day, because this is the day that the coagulating factor in the blood, called prothrombin, is the highest. Medical science has discovered that this is when the human body’s immune system is at its peak.

Genesis 3:15: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

 This verse reveals that a female possesses the “seed of life.” This was not the common knowledge until a few centuries ago. It was widely believed that only the male possessed the “seed of life” and that the woman was nothing more than a glorified incubator.

Isaiah 40:22 (written 2,800 years ago): “It is He who. . . stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.”

Scientists now know that the universe is expanding, or stretching out. At least seven times in Scripture we are clearly told that God stretches out the heavens like a curtain.

These scientific and prophetic facts prove that the Bible is no ordinary book; it is supernatural in origin, as it so often claims. It is the Word of God, stating “Thus says the Lord” 3,800 times. There is no other book in any of the world’s religions (Bhagavad Gita,Vedas, Quran, Book of Mormon, etc.) that contain perfectly accurate prophetic and scientific truth. In fact, they contain statements that are clearly erroneous and unscientific.

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