Johannes Kepler, the 16th-century German mathematician, and astronomer is famous for discovering the laws of planetary motion, known as Kepler’s laws. He was also a devoted follower of Christ and a believer in the Bible.
Kepler once observed, “Science is simply thinking God’s thoughts after him.”
While the Bible does not claim to be a book of science, God, the Creator, ordered the laws of science. The Psalmist put it like this.
“Praise him, you highest heaven and the water above the sky. Let them praise the name of the Lord because they were created by his command. He set them in their places forever and ever. He made it a law that no one can break” (Psalm 148:4-6 GW).
Thus, the Bible, God’s revealed Word is accurate when it refers to facts of a scientific nature, as well as in all other disciplines. The skeptic who scoffs at the Bible and claims that it is scientifically inaccurate has either never studied the Bible or never studied science. Or he may just be parroting what other infidels have alleged without proper investigation.
Consider these facts.
Historically, for thousands of years, people believed the earth was flat. Yet, the Bible affirmed 800 years before Jesus was born in Isaiah 40:22 that “God sits enthroned above the circle of the earth.”
At one time scientists believed that the number of stars was finite. But Jeremiah 33:22 says the number of stars can’t be counted.
It was not until the invention of the telescope in 1687 that men knew the earth is not “supported” but instead is “suspended” in space. Yet, in 2,000 B.C., the Bible says, “He..hangs the earth upon nothing.” (Job 26:7)
Before 1935, scientists believed that the earth had “no foundation, but was full of hot molten Nichol-steel and covered with a floating, thin crust.” Today, using special equipment and instruments, scientists have discovered a solid foundation that no drill can penetrate. However, Old Testament writers spoke of the “foundations of the earth.” (Job 38: 5-11; Ps. 104:5-9; Jer. 31:37)
Oceanography is a study of the geography of the oceans. It was not until 1840 that James Clark Rose made the first oceanic sounding. Before 1945, scientists thought the ocean floor was basically flat. Scientists now know that the ocean has valleys, mountain ranges and huge recesses similar to those on dry land. Yet Jehovah asks Job in Job 38:16: “Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or, have you walked in search of the depths?” Also, David refers to the “channels of the sea” in 2 Sam. 22:16. These Hebrew words literally refer to canyons or crevasses. Again, the Bible correctly reveals pre-scientific insights.
Men of ancient times thought that matter was composed of visible things. With the invention of special instruments, matter was divided into smaller and smaller particles. At one time, atoms were thought to be the smallest division of matter until Dr. Robert Millikan developed an instrument to isolate an electron in 1923. For this discovery, he won the Nobel Physics award. Yet, Hebrew, 11:3 teaches that the universe is built of things which are not seen!
Until 1900, men thought different races of men had different blood. However, Karl Lansteiner found that human blood has one common base, plasma. In 63 A.D., the Apostle Paul states that God “made of one blood all nations of men.” ( Acts 17:26 )
In a book “Know Why You Believe” by Paul E. Little, he cites theologian W.A. Criswell who wrote, “In 1861… the French Academy of Science published a little brochure in which they stated fifty-one scientific facts that controverted the Word of God. Today there is not a scientist in the world who believes a single one of those fifty-one so-called scientific facts that in 1861 were published as controverting the Word of God. Not a one!”
Instead of disproving God and the accuracy of the Bible, science affirms His Almighty power and the veracity of Scripture. Indeed, “the Heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork (Ps 19:1)
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman