While carelessly charging into the future, modern man continues to flaunt his education and boast of his many wonderful achievements. While hiding himself behind the skirts of "education" and "progress," man continues to reject God's inspired words as the absolute Final Authority of Truth and Understanding. In doing so, he is making a genuine fool of himself.
This tract has been written to show clear thinking people that God's word is NOT out of date and it is NOT out of touch with modern man. If you've been led to believe that the Bible is nothing more than some sort of a religious devotional guide for old people, children, and sick people, then you should find the following information to be of interest.
All scripture quotations and references are from the King James Authorized Version.
Day And Night At The Same Time
Could it be daytime in America while it is nighttime in China and India? Today we know this to be true, but just a few centuries ago many would have laughed at such a thought.
Does the Bible address this subject? Indeed, it does. The Lord Jesus Christ spoke of His Second Coming in Luke chapter seventeen. In Verse thirty-four He speaks of some people being taken at NIGHT. Then in verses thirty-five through thirty-seven He speaks of this event occurring while people are grinding at the mill and working in the field, both of which are DAYTIME activities. Therefore, the Lord Jesus Himself told us nearly two thousand years ago that the earth CAN have day and night at the same time. The greatest educated minds of that day and time didn't know this, and they wouldn't have believed it if they'd been told, but Jesus Christ clearly revealed it to all who chose to believe the word of God.
The Earth Not Flat
Only five hundred years ago many were convinced that Columbus would fall off the edge of the earth, because our planet was believed to be flat.
This suggestion must have sounded rather foolish to the Bible believers of that day, for God had already told them that the earth was a CIRCLE in Isaiah 40:22: "It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth..."
Entropy A Reality
It wasn't until the mid 1800's that Rudolf Clausius proved that the universe is not eternal, but that it is actually DEGENERATING. Today it is commonly accepted by scientists that entropy (unavailable energy) is continually increasing. That is, the universe is falling apart.
Too bad they didn't read their Bibles, because God's word has been declaring this truth for thousands of years:
"Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end." (Psa. 102:25-27. Also see Mat. 24:35 and Rom. 8:21-22.)
Eighth Day Circumcision
Doctors today know very well that it is best to perform circumcision on the eighth day of a child's life. On the eighth day there is more Vitamin K and prothrombin present in the blood, which means less pain, less bleeding, and a better healing process. I wonder if they teach Genesis 17:10-12 in medical school?
Throughout history it has been commonly believed that the ocean floors are basically smooth, like large hollowed-out bowls, but modern oceanographers know better. There are actually thousands of underwater mountains, called sea mounts, some even as high as 10,000 feet. How do you suppose the writer of the Book of Jonah had access to this information in 860 B.C.? Jonah 2:3-6 says, "For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God."
Apart from the tides, most have historically thought the oceans were like large still lakes without current. That is, until the 1800's when Matthew Fontaine Maury discovered RIVERS in the oceans. The Cromwell Current runs over thirteen thousand miles through the Pacific, and the Florida Current has over four thousand times the flow of the Mississippi. These "ocean rivers" (actually called "planktons") were finally discovered because Dr. Maury insisted on believing Psalm 8:8 literally: "The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas."
Today it is estimated that there are some thirty million trillion tons of water trapped beneath the earth's surface, and much of this water makes it's way up to the ocean floors in the form of sea springs. Although this is a fairly modern discovery, the Bible informed us of this thousands of years ago:
"Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?" (Job 38:16)
"When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:" (Prov. 8:28)
It is also known today that our ocean floors often contain giant canyons known as submarine canyons. Of course, this is nothing new. David had this knowledge in 1000 B.C.: "And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils."
Earth Suspended In Space
Many of the ancients believed that out planet was actually resting upon the backs of certain large animals, and some even believed that some large person, such as Atlas, was holding up planet earth. Then there were some who believed that planet earth was actually hanging from the sky by a large chain or rope.
Did the Bible-believers of yesterday believe such foolishness? Of course not, because Job 26:7 had already told them what to believe: "He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing."
Television In The Bible?
"And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth." (Rev. 11:9-10)
Throughout history many infidels have mocked and highly criticized this portion of scripture. The idea has been that it is impossible for "people and kindreds and tongues and nations" to view two dead bodies in Palestine in only three and one half days. There was just no way that the whole world could see one incident in one nation.
Now there IS a way, as God knew there would be when He inspired Revelation 1900 years ago. With the advancement of television, satalites, and network news coverage, the events of Revelation 11:9-10 will be fulfilled with ease.
Other Items Of Interest
In 1800 B.C. we were told that light travels (Job 38:19), the stars produce sound waves (Job 38:7), some stars are "bound" in clusters (Job 38:31), the moon has no light of it's own (Job 25:5), and electricity can be used for communication (Job 38:35).
As early as 1500 B.C. it was recorded that the sun is not the only source of light (Gen. 1:3, 14-16; Psa. 74:16), the earth was originally one large land mass (Gen. 1:9; 10:25; Deut. 32:8), and the stars cannot be counted by man (Gen. 15:5; 22:17; Jer. 33:22).
Now, if the Bible is so archaic and out of touch with modern science, why does it contain this information? Obviously the Bible was written by Someone far superior to modern man. That Someone is God the Holy Spirit Who inspired the sixty-six books of the Bible (2 Pet. 1:20-21). God's word is very "up-to-date," very "scientific," and very reliable.
If you've never read the Bible through, we encourage you to start TODAY. Get acquainted with the greatest Book on earth. After all, you WILL be held accountable to every word found between it's covers (John 12:48; Rom. 2:12; Rev. 20:11-15).
Do You Know Jesus Christ As Savior?
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John 14:6)
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
The Lord Jesus Christ has come and PAID for your sins by shedding His own Blood on Calvary. By receiving Him as your Savior, you can be WASHED from all your sins in His precious Blood (Rev. 1:5; Col. 1:14; Acts 20:28; I Pet. 1:18-19). Notice these important words from Romans 5:8-9:
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him."
Jesus PAID your way to Heaven for you! By repenting of your sins (Luke 13:3) and receiving Him as your Savior, you will be receiving God's ONLY means of Salvation for you. Are you willing to forsake YOUR righteousness and receive Jesus Christ as your Savior, your ONLY HOPE for Salvation? Romans 10:13 says, "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:9 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Are you willing to forsake your own righteousness, and trust Jesus Christ alone? He will save you just as He promised. Why not receive Him today? Tomorrow could be too late.
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Copyright © 1996 James L. Melton
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