Science and archeology are increasingly validating events in Scripture, demonstrating the accuracy of revelations that God inspired thousands of years ago. Excavators working in Tel Da in 1993 uncovered an inscription that provides evidence of David’s reign over Israel.1 Other finds over the last couple hundred years provide evidence of the judges2, the Egyptian enslavement, and the exodus from Egypt3. These few examples barely scratch the surface of what excavators have uncovered.
The Bible is not a scientific book, but it does reference a variety of scientific facts. Several of them differed significantly from the prevailing scientific knowledge at the time the authors wrote.
The Bible teaches that the earth had a beginning and is governed by rational natural laws. It presents the earth as a sphere, suspended in empty space. Passages in Job, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, and Amos describe the water cycle.4
There are no verified false scientific claims within scripture when properly interpreted and understood.
Creation research science is frequently labelled a pseudoscience within the scientific community. Yet, I disagree with the designation. Accepting creation research as a legitimate science is akin to admitting the existence of God, a concession many are not willing to give. Nevertheless, the research and experimentation that scientists with Institute for Creation Research (ICR) and other such organizations perform meet all the requirements of true science. They make falsifiable hypotheses and use the scientific method to collect measurable, empirical evidence from which they draw conclusions. The experiments are repeatable and demonstrable.
The results of creation research science are not based on opinion. The only thing that separates creation science from other more accepted sciences is the acceptance of God as the creator of all things. Any who are unwilling to accept this will likewise be unwilling to consider it any more than a pseudoscience. But this designation is not based on fact but opinion, according to each interpreter’s worldview. Two individuals with differing worldviews can look at the same evidence and come to two different conclusions. And to each, conclusions represent sound reason and truth. In the end, however, only one worldview will prove accurate and true.
Biblical conclusions drastically differ from those coming from preconceived naturalistic beliefs. ICR’s scientific studies on the Grand Canyon, plant and animal life, and decay rates, to name a few, demonstrate that our universe fits better into a Biblical model of creation than than into a secular evolutionary mold.
Regardless of your designation of creation science, the observations and conclusions it provides demonstrate that the Bible’s scientific references are consistent with the model of the universe that it presents and that, given the assumptions of the existence of God and a created world, our world matches up with predictions based on this model. Within a Biblical worldview, creation research science is sound and authoritative. Nevertheless, Science and archaeology, in and of themselves, do not prove the Bible. But they provide supporting evidence that corroborates the worldview it presents.
An individual espousing a Biblical worldview uses Scriptural teaching as the foundation of every belief structure and area of life. The Bible is never compromised to fit with popular cultural ideals and systems of belief. Instead, God, according to His Word, judges humanity. God and His Word are the final authority. Those with a Biblical worldview live and die by the Word of God, even if so-doing invites persecution. To do otherwise detrimentally pits them against God. Consequently, the Bible and its message are of utmost importance in their lives and provide the foundation for living a life of hope and encouragement. From Scripture, we can now know God, who holds everything together and gives us hope.
Next time, we will look further into Biblical prophecy. Please check out other posts in this series here.