This article explores Bible verses that, in the language of their day, made statements which science later verified as being accurate. These statements clearly show that its writers were divinely inspired to record information about the world that man would only, much later, "discover" and prove to be true.
Science confirms Ocean Springs
The book of Genesis informs us how Noah's flood was created.
11. In the six hundredth year of Noah's life . . . on this day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up . . . (Genesis 7:11, HBFV throughout)
The word "fountains" in Genesis 7:11 comes from the Hebrew word mayan (Strong's Concordance #H4599) which means wells, springs or fountains of water. Do the oceans have fountains? It took until 1977 for science to find ocean springs off Ecuador's coast (see The Medusa and the Snail by Lewis Thomas). These springs contained 450-degree water.
Biblical statements about "fountains" in the deep were put down when Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible between 1445 and 1405 B.C. This knowledge had to come from someone or something higher and greater than man - it HAD to come from God.
The city of Ur does exist!
31. And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot, the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife. And he went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees . . . (Genesis 11:31)
Skeptics often stated that if Scripture were true then we should be able to find the ancient city of Ur. This city is where the patriarch Abraham, the father of the faithful, lived. The entire account of Abraham's journey can be found in Genesis 12. The skeptics had the upper hand in their argument UNTIL Ur was found by science in 1854! It was discovered that Ur was, at one time, a prosperous and powerful capital city and a major hub for trading. The city not only existed but also was sophisticated and organized!
Ecclesiastes was written between 970 and 930 B.C. during the reign of Solomon. It contains a very interesting statement about the wind.
6. The wind goes toward the south, and it turns around to the north; it whirls around continually; and the wind returns on its circuits (Ecclesiastes 1:6)
How could anyone, thousands of year ago, have known about the pattern of the earth's winds - a pattern that was not begun to be understood until the early part of the 19th century? Note that God's word says the wind goes south then turns to the north. What has been discovered is that indeed the wind goes clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, and then turns about and goes counter clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere!
Earth's Prevailing Winds
Solomon said the wind whirls about continually. How could an observer on the ground possibly know that winds can move constantly since such consistent winds occur only at high altitudes? The statement in Scripture about earth's winds did not make sense to the average person a few thousand years ago. The statement in Ecclesiastes is yet another one in scripture that can be proven by modern science.
What SHAPE is the earth?
Early man thought earth was flat as a pancake. The Bible, however, tells us something different. God states in Isaiah that he is the one who sits on top of the CIRCLE of the globe.
22. It is He Who sits above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers; (Isaiah 40:22)
The book of Isaiah was written between 757 and 696 B.C. Yet the understanding that the earth actually WAS round did not become generally accepted fact of science until the Renaissance! Isaiah's writing about a circular earth more than twenty-five hundred years ago was correct!
What holds up the earth?
What did humans living many, many years ago believe held up the earth? The book World Mythology by Donna Rosenberg (1994 edition) states many believed it "rested on the back of a turtle." The book Myths & Legends by Neil Philip gives us a more general statement when it says that when one researches Hindu, Greek or other writings regarding their worship that one finds they believe the world was "held up by a man, elephant, catfish, or some other physical support."
Job is the OLDEST written scriptural book, dating to around 1660s B.C. Note what it says regarding the earth, which was totally contrary to the logic and science at the time.
7. He stretches out the north over the empty space, and He hung the earth on nothing (Job 26:7)
When we look at earth against the backdrop of the rest of the universe, does it not look like it is just hanging in space - hanging from NOTHING? Gravity, which we now understand a bit more, is the invisible force that holds the earth "up" in outer space.
Scoffers throughout history have maligned the accuracy of the Bible and considered it nothing more than a collection of fables and fairy tales. Over time, however, true science has consistently proven it statements to be correct and accurate. God's word has and will continue to be completely reliable on every subject it addresses.