An Answer for Biblical Critics

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There are many people who are highly critical of the Bible. This group is populated by skeptics and in your face atheists.  Neither of these groups appear to have an overabundance of critical thought. They just proclaim hysterically to anyone that will listen that the Bible is full of contradictions and is no more than a compilation of older stories and tales that has been molded and crafted by the Hebrews and the Apostles for their own purposes. They declare that there is no proof that Jesus ever lived or that there was ever an actual resurrection. They proclaim there is no concrete evidence that anyone ever saw the resurrected Jesus. They also say that there is no evidence that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David or Solomon ever existed. They say there never was a Holy Temple. They state that the Bible is a lie and that the Hebrew God is a lie and a fiction. I can understand some skepticism but gimme a break!

All of that these attacks can be countered with just a few very common sense questions for these critics. If the Bible is a lie why has it endured for thousands of years? Why have some of the greatest minds in western civilization embraced it? Here is an extremely short list of some of these giants that embraced Christianity: Blaise Pascal, René Descartes, Galileo Galilei, Sir Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage, Max Planck and literally thousands of other great minds in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, quantum physics and the natural sciences.

Why would these great minds embrace a lie? Do the critics, some of whom are extremely well known, actually believe that they have more insight and knowledge of the Bible than any of these men? The simple fact is that lies do not endure and rational thinkers do not embrace lies. Lies are always found out and generally in a short time. Once found out they are discarded to the trash heap of history. Yet Christianity and the words of the Bible endure.

If the Bible is a lie, why do approximately 2.4 Billion regular folks on our planet consider themselves Christians? Do these critics believe that human beings in general are just naturally  stupid and gullible? While many alleged educated people might think just that, my experience and sense of it is people are not stupid at all. And again we go can back to the endurance question.

If the Bible is a lie why is the Bible literally crammed full of scientific fact. It is in fact littered with more confirmed fact and truth than any other religious text on the planet? Does the Koran offer any confirmed science, how about the Bhagavad Gita? I hardly think so.  The declaration of current scientific facts in the Bible is stunning. Some of these truths have only been recently confirmed by scientists in the last 30 years or so. Just one of those truths can be found in Genesis 1:1 where the Bible declares that God created out of nothing all space, matter, energy and even time itself. Cosmologists have only recently confirmed this declaration as an absolute fact in the last thirty years withe discovery and confirmation of the Big Bang Theory. This theory, that has been accepted by cosmologists and astronomers worldwide, states that the universe that we live in was created out of nothing. If the Bible was made out of whole cloth by a group of desert wanderers how could these ancient people possibly have known any of this? Here is a short list of just some of the science fact in the Bible.

Declarations in the Bible consistent with current cosmology

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heaven and the Earth.

This verse is literally packed with truth. It declares that time, matter and energy all had a beginning. It destroys the notion of a steady state universe, or the theory that the universe always was and always will be and the primary explanation of creation that dominated science for hundreds of years. It also declares that a transcendent God created our universe out of nothing and that the universe was not created by any discernible natural mechanism, a statement that is getting more and more confirmation as the years pass.

Statements Consistent With Paleontology

Dinosaurs are described in detail in several Bible books. The book of Job describes two dinosaurs. One is described in chapter 40 starting at verse 15, and the other in chapter 41 starting at verse 1.

Job 40:15-18
Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.

Job 41:1-4
Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?

Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee? Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?

How could the writer of Job possibly have known anything about dinosaurs over 3000 years ago? Dinosaurs were only discovered in the mid 19th century.

Statements Consistent With Astronomy and Cosmology

The Bible refers to the great number of stars in the heavens and that the stars cannot be numbered. Astronomers have only recently confirmed this as fact.

Gen 15:5
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

Genesis 22:17
Blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.

Jeremiah 33:22
As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.

Even today, scientists admit that they do not know how many stars there are. Only about 3,000 can be seen with the naked eye. Everything else is a best guess.

The Bible Claims that each star is unique

1 Corinthians 15:41
There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.

This distinctiveness was only confirmed with the advent of spectrometry in the 20th century.

The Bible describes the precision movement of the universe.

Jeremiah 31:35,36
Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for a light by day, The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, And its waves roar (The LORD of hosts is His name):

If those ordinances depart From before Me, says the LORD, Then the seed of Israel shall also cease From being a nation before Me forever.

Cosmologists have also confirmed the precision and incredible order in the universe. This order has only been recognized in the last 50 years. In addition it is recognized that this order cannot have been a product of random chance or any natural process. The origin of this observed complex order still continues to baffle scientists.

The Bible states that some matter is in fact invisible.

Col 1:16
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

These invisible structures are now a fact with the confirmation in the 20th century of atomic and subatomic structures and the presence of dark matter and dark energy which appear to be foundation substances of the material world.

The Bible describes the suspension of the Earth in empty space.

Job 26:7
He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing.

The Bible describes the expansion of the universe.

Isaiah 40:22

It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

This fact of cosmology was only discovered and confirmed by Edwin Hubble in the early 20th century.

We could go on as these verses are not all inclusive. There is much, much more.

If you critically examine the attacks on the Bible as a created compilation what you will conclude is that there is absolutely no chance, zero probability, that a group of desert wandering people could have constructed this text.

So how did it happen? The Bible actually tells us. The Holy Spirit inspired the words of the prophets. In fact many of the prophets commented, as they were writing the text, that they had no understanding of the things they were transcribing.

But still the critics rail. What is most interesting is that the Bible foresees these attacks against it.

Rom 1:19-23
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.

 

© Richard Woodling 2013

 

 

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