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Evidence for the Reliabitity of the Bible

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in response to reader comment: Why don't you?

Submitted by Servant of Christ (United States), Nov 22, 2006 at 15:07

Why don't you produce your evidence that God exists?

John of Science

So you have avoided giving me proof for evolution? I challenge you to give me four convincing proofs of evolution.

Now, I will briefly touch on evidence for the God of the Bible. I will talk about how science supports the Bible despite you saying the contrary.

The Bible was written around 1500 BC to 100 AD with around 40+ writers ranging from shepherds, kings, tax collectors, doctors, cupbearers, fishermen, and etc, in three different languages (Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek), and in three different continents (Europe, Asia, Africa) while being in unity with its doctrines.

Now, science supporting the Bible.

First Law of Thermodynamics states that mass and energy can neither be created nor destroyed (except God of course):

I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.

15 Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account
. (Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 NIV) emphasis added

Second Law of Thermodyanics says that as time passes, matter will become more disorderly and confused. This contradicts evolution. The Bible says this, "We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time (Romans 8:22 NIV)." And it talks about how the world will be more and more disordered, chaotic, and wicked as the world drifts from God.

The world will be filled with wars as time goes on:

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. (Matthew 24:6 NIV)

When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away." (Luke 21:9 NIV)

You can say, "But religion is a major cause of these wars." Yes and no. I wouldn't brand all religions the same. Religion is frequently used as an excuse to conquer. For example, Hitler tried to convince the Germans to exterminate the Jews because he thought God was telling him to. Of course this was not the case since Hitler's secret conversations talked about how Hitler hated Christianity. Besides, Christians are commanded to refrain from violence unless there is no other way:

1By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am "timid" when face to face with you, but "bold" when away! 2I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 3For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. (2 Corinthians 10:1-3 NIV) emphasis added

The water cycle is supported by the Bible as early as (or earlier than) 700 BC:

As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth

and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
(Isaiah 55:10 NIV) emphasis added

All streams flow into the sea,
yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.
(Ecclesiastes 1:7 NIV) emphasis added

He draws up the drops of water,
which distill as rain to the streams
;

28 the clouds pour down their moisture
and abundant showers fall on mankind.
(Job 36:27-28 NIV) emphasis added

He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain;
He brings the wind out of His treasuries
. (Psalm 135:7 NIV) emphasis added

How did Isaiah, Solomon, and Job know that water on this planet evaporate back into the air?

In the 17th century, astronomers discovered that each star is unique:

41The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. (1 Conrinthians 15:41) emphasis added

Geologists say that the world is perfectly balanced with mountains, oceans, valleys, and etc. Can sheer randomness create this? A Creator can do this:

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?
(Isaiah 40:12 NIV) emphasis added

I believe the answer to Isaiah's question is God, not sheer randomness.

More verses supported by science:

He spreads out the northern skies over empty space;
he suspends the earth over nothing.
(Job 26:7 NIV)

These are very intelligent Jews to know that the earth is suspended in space...

The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.
(Ecclesiastes 1:6 NIV)

Did Solomon really discover the concept of the circulation of wind through the world with the scientific method? Or did God reveal it to him?

By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return."
(Genesis 3:19 NIV)

The building blocks for humans are also found in the ground.

Have you entered the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in search of the depths?
(Job 38:16 NIV)

The Bible supports the existence of hydrothermal vents...

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 NIV)

The Earth is spherical. The world circle here in Hebrew means circuit or compass.

Conclusion:

Scientific evidence is one of the few and smaller reasons why I believe the Bible. Would you like me to continue my evidence for a creator?

May God Bless You All

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