Air Has Weight
From earlier centuries until rather recently, the scientific world believed
that air lacked weight. The Bible indicates otherwise. The book of Job,
written as early as 2000 B.C., indicates that air has weight.
"God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole
heaven; To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters
by measure." Job 28:23-25
Torricelli discovered that air has weight in 1643 A.D., and applied it to the
discovery of barometric pressure.
People once thought that light was instantaneous. After all, the
tremendous velocity of light certainly made it appear in an instant. We now
realize not only that light moves, but also that its' movement and velocity
are critical to the existence of earth. The book of Job implied that light
"What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?
Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their
dwellings?" Job 38:19,20
The Hydraulic Cycle
Water comes down to earth as rain, runs down hills into rivers, back into
the oceans, where it evaporates, eventually to form clouds and fall to
earth again. We understand this concept and take it for granted. This
concept was not properly identified in the scientific community until the
1700's. The Bible very clearly explained this as follows:
"He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the
clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind." Job 36:27,28
Currents in the Oceans
Matthew Fontaine Maury was a man who recognized the accuracy of
scripture. Maury reasoned that the "pathways in the seas" in the book of
Isaiah had to be correct.
"This is what the LORD says-- he who made a way through the sea, a path
through the mighty waters.." Isaiah 43:16
Maury proved this theory of ocean currents and spent his life studying and
mapping ocean currents. He is considered the "father of oceanography".
The Roundness of the Earth
Misconceptions about the shape of the earth existed as late as the time of
Columbus. Isaiah, speaking about 700 B.C., correctly identified the shape
of the earth.
"He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like
grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads
them out like a tent to live in." Isaiah 40:22
The Earth is Suspended in Space
The Chinese thought the earth was square. The Egyptians thought it was
rectangular with a "starry" goddess arching her body over the earth while
the sun and the moon massaged her arms and legs. About 2000 B.C. the
Bible indicated that the earth hangs on nothing but space.
"He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the
earth over nothing." Job 26:7
The Universe is Expanding
Recent discoveries verify the "certainty" that the universe is expanding.
Although such an idea was not popular scientifically until the twentieth
century, several places in the Bible describe the concept of an expanding,
or stretched-out universe. The Psalm and Isaiah references below, written
about 1000 B.C. and 700 B.C. respectively demonstrate God's wisdom and
control of all the universe.
"...He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the
heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their
waters..." Psalm 104:1,2
"...he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out
the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and
life to those who walk on it:" Is 42:5
The Ark of Noah
The detailed design of the ark is an example of an engineering design far
ahead of its' time. Naval engineers now know that the length-to-width
ratio specified in the Bible is ideal for the stability of a barge-like ship
(non-propelled) designed for rough seas.
"This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet
wide and 45 feet high. Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18
inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle
and upper decks. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to
destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of
life in it. Everything on earth will perish." Genesis 1:15-17
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it
to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood
that makes atonement for the soul.'
The blood carries water and nourishment to every cell, maintains the
body's temperature, and removes the waste material of the body's cells.
The blood also carries oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. In
1616, William Harvey discovered that blood circulation is the key factor in
physical life-confirming what the Bible revealed 3,000 years earlier.