Science Sermon Illustrations

Science Sermon Illustrations

[1] [2]

Science and the Bible

Some say that science and the Bible are not in harmony, that they are antagonistic one to another. But the fact is not only that they are in harmony, but the Bible often has anticipated discoveries of science by thousands of years, and many scientific references in the Bible have now been proved to be true. Let us look at some examples.

It is generally regarded that Columbus (1451-1506) was among the first to establish the fact of our earth's roundness, yet centuries before, the Hebrew prophet announced—'It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth' (Isa. 40. 22) Moreover, when our Lord spoke of His second coming He referred to a night scene (in bed), a morning scene (grinding), and a midday happening (men in the field), and showed that all these things would be witnessed simultaneously when He appeared, which of course is an indirect reference to the rotundity of the earth.

It was recently discovered that the moon had an influence on plant life. But in the Bible it has been foretold—'For the precious things put forth by the moon' (Deut. 33. 13, 14), which gives evidence of the fact that the writer knew of the power of the moon to affect plant life thousands of years ago.

Dr. Harvey (1578-1657) was the first scientist who discovered that the life of the flesh is in the blood. But thousands of years ago Moses wrote—`the life of the flesh is in the blood' (Lev. 17. 11). Scientists have analyzed the body of man and discovered it is made up of 14 elements. They have also analysed the dust of the earth, and found it also is composed of 14 elements. 'God formed man,' Moses tells us, 'of the dust of the ground' (Gen. 2. 7).

Sir Isaac Newton, father of physics, established the law of gravitation in the seventeenth century. But thirty centuries before the advent of Newton, Job wrote—`He stretcheth out the north over the empty place and hangeth the earth upon nothing (Job. 26. 7). In the year 1643 Torricelli invented the barometer and hence discovered air has weight. But centuries before, in the sacred book it was written that 'God makes weight for the winds' (Job. 28. 25).

Galileo was the first to discover that the number of stars is uncountable. But 2,200 years before Galileo, Jeremiah said that 'the host of heaven cannot be numbered' (Jer. 33. 22).

The law of transmission of light is vividly described in these passages—`Let there be light and there was light' (Gen. 1. 3) and—'By what way is the light parted' (Job. 38. 24).

It has been truly said by Sir John Herschel, the famous astronomer, 'All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the truth contained in the sacred Scriptures.'

(1 Pet. 1. 25)

[1] [2]

| More