16 July, 2010

Science in the Bible....

There have been claims that the bible is filled with scientific facts, and creationists have the tendency to USE this as some sort of evidence that the bible is true. I will list off a few commonly used "scientific and biblical" claims and then explain how they are wrong.

The first fun one is the claim that Leviticus 17:11 says "For the life of the flesh is in the blood" and of course this is used to say that the bible knew of this scientific tidbit way before science discovered it. Now this isn't a big revelation. Where would one get the idea that life is in the blood? All it takes is for someone to cut someone else open, watch all the blood come out, and then he dies. Do these creationists honestly think that no one saw anyone bleed to death 2000 years ago? Additionally, that statement is essentially false. Life isn't in the blood. Life is in the brian. Once the brain dies, the life is gone. And it can die for any number of reasons, many of them not relating to blood loss.

Another claim is from Job 26:7 "He spreads out the northern [skies] over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing," meaning that the earth is floating in space. However.. that's not what "suspended" means. Suspended implies that there is something holding it UP, of course over "nothing." This also implies that UP is an objective direction. The earth is not suspended, it is in orbit around the sun. In order to be in orbit, the Earth has to essentially be falling towards the sun but with enough orbital velocity in one direction so that it never really gets any closer. This is the definition of being in orbit. Again, it is not suspended at all, much less over "nothing."

A very humorous one, in my opinion, is when creationists try to defend the idea that the bible talks about radio waves too. In Job 38:35, it says "Can you send lightnings, that they may go and say unto you, Here we are?" So here is their logic- lightning is light. Light travels, well, at the speed of light. Radiowaves also travel at the speed of light because radiowaves are also parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Because of this, the radiowaves can send signals to speakers which make them produce sounds and voices. I'm not making this up, I got this from, inplainsite.org . This is actually the conclusion they draw from a passage like this. So what do you think is more likely? That 2500 years ago, the writers of Job decided to talk about radio waves? Or that they were just talking about a mythical event, similar to the global flood, noahs ark etc, that just happened to involve talking lightning?

Another interesting one is Genesis 1 verses 1 and 3. "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the spirit of god moved upon the face of the waters." Now I know what you're thinking. I would love to hear them defend this one too. So here is their attempt: They attribute TIME to "in the beginning," they attribute ENERGY and POWER to "god" and "created," they attribute SPACE to "heaven" and MATTER to "earth." They also attribute MOTION to "the spirit of god moved upon the face of the waters." So they say that in the beginning, a bunch of energy and power gave arise to matter and space and it moved,.. probably implying an expansion. This isn't scientific. This isn't even accurate. This is a missunderstanding based off of a vague bible verse with a limited scientific vocabulary. Because time is a constant, the term "beginning" isn't really used as a literal term in the scientific community while discussing the big bang. The scientific community knows close to jack rabbit squat about the singularity, and when the "spirit of god MOVED upon the face of the WATERS"... this is really the farthest thing FROM anything relating to the cosmological "beginning" of the universe.. because of course, there was no water then, and Earth formed billions of years after the big bang, while genesis clearly implies that earth was created first, strangely enough BEFORE the sun.. So if genesis is so scientific and accurate.. how come it doesn't answer ANY questions that we have about the origin of the universe?

That is just four basic points that creationists love to use when it comes to science in the bible. Vague bible verses that can be applied to a wide variety of concepts and ideas. The bible isn't preaching science, nor does did it EVER have a head start on scientific progress. It's a book of stories whose truthfullness is left solely to the interpreter.

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