- God creates the entire universe in six days (Genesis 1).
- A worldwide flood destroys nearly all of human civilization (Genesis 7).
- God parts the Red Sea using wind (Exodus 14:21).
- A donkey talks to the prophet Balaam (Numbers 22:30).
- The prophet Elijah outruns a chariot (1 Kings 18:46).
- Jonah survives being in the belly of a whale for 3 days (Jonah 1:17).
- The Hebrew boys survive being literally thrown into an oven (Daniel 3:23).
- Jesus walks on water (Matthew 14:25).
- Jesus rises from the dead (Luke 24).
If you’re a skeptic, these miraculous events would seem to support the notion that the Bible is just a book filled with the figments of people’s imaginations. In particular, those with a naturalistic worldview – who reject anything supernatural – are quick to try and explain away these phenomena as scientifically impossible and logically irrational.
And they would actually have a point…
…if God didn’t exist.
The primary definition of a miracle, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs. Noted author Natasha Crain points out an obvious conclusion that we can draw from this definition: if God exists, then miracles are possible.
So, while such events recorded in the Bible may defy the boundaries of our scientific understanding, they don’t disprove God’s existence…they actually validate it. John Lennox, an Oxford mathematician and Christian apologist, puts it this way:
“God is not a prisoner of the laws of nature…God, who set the regularities there, can Himself feed a new event into the system from the outside. Science cannot stop Him from doing that. Unless you have evidence that the system is totally closed, you cannot argue against the possibility of miracles.”
Excerpt From: Crain, Natasha. “Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side.” Harvest House Publishers. iBooks.
Now…please don’t get it twisted…just because God makes miracles possible does not mean that we should believe every miracle claim we hear (you can watch some portions of “Christian” television and learn that rather quickly). But it would be equally reckless to conclude that the Bible and science are at odds with each other just because God isn’t limited by our scientific boundaries.
In reality, aside from the miraculous, the Bible also presents an abundance of practical scientific information as well. Here are just a few from livingwaters.com:
- Only in recent years has science discovered that everything we see is composed of invisible atoms. Here, Scripture tells us that the “things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3).
- Medical science has only recently discovered that blood-clotting in a newborn reaches its peak on the eighth day, then drops. The Bible consistently says that a baby must be circumcised on the eighth day.
- At a time when it was believed that the earth sat on a large animal or a giant (1500 B.C.), the Bible spoke of the earth’s free float in space: “He…hangs the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7).
- The prophet Isaiah also tells us that the earth is round: “It is he that sits upon the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22)
- Job 38:19 asks, “Where is the way where light dwells?” Modern man has only recently discovered that light (electromagnetic radiation) has a “way,” traveling at 186,000 miles per second.
- Science has discovered that stars emit radio waves, which are received on earth as a high pitch. God mentioned this in Job 38:7: “When the morning stars sang together…”
- God told Job in 1500 B.C.: “Can you send lightnings, that they may go, and say to you, Here we are?” (Job 38:35). The Bible here is making what 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 travel 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.
There is plenty more that can (and will) be said, but the main point is this: the Bible and science are actually pretty good friends…maybe even BFFs.
No need to ruin a good friendship, right?