Science in the Bible III

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

Several people in a jury deliberation room

Grant: Hold on a minute. You’re obviously a true believer like me, so how can you say that the Bible isn’t about science?

Denise: All I mean by that is that the Bible isn’t setting out to teach scientific facts. It’s about history, morality, and God’s love and law, but it isn’t about revealing scientific truths.

Grant: You’re wrong there. The Bible is filled not only with scientific truths, but with predictions about future science and technology.

Eric: I’d love to hear some examples of that.

Grant: Simple. Matthew talks about everyone on Earth seeing Christ returning at once.* Since the world is round, the only way everyone could see something at the same time would be if it were televised, and that technology wouldn’t be invented for thousands of years.

Eric: No way. No way. It’s much more like that was written by someone who thought the world was flat.

Felipe: Or it’s not meant to be taken literally. It’s poetic license and means that everyone will know it is happening.

Grant: Well then, skeptics, what about Leviticus talking about infectious diseases?** Do you think that the ancient Hebrews had germ theory.

Denise: I know the passage you’re talking about. That’s about putting sick people away from others. I don’t know that it implies germ theory.

Eric: Doesn’t it talk about other things having leprosy? Like clothes?†

Grant: Haven’t you heard of people getting a disease from infected blankets?

Eric: Yes, but you can’t see a disease on a blanket. The Bible talks about seeing the disease.‡

Grant: We can see diseases now, can’t we? With microscopes?

Eric: They couldn’t back then.

Grant: That right — it’s another prediction!

Denise: Hold on before this goes any further. I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many opinions on the same thing, but it’s not getting us anywhere. We need to get going on this case.

Eric: Without our Bibles. Agreed?

Felipe: Agreed.

Grant: I suppose we must.

*Matthew 24:30: "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."

**Leviticus 13:46: "All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be."

† Leviticus 13:47–48 "The garment also that the plague of leprosy is in, whether it be a woollen garment, or a linen garment; Whether it be in the warp, or woof; of linen, or of woollen; whether in a skin, or in any thing made of skin;"

‡ Leviticus 13:49 "And if the plague be greenish or reddish in the garment, or in the skin, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin; it is a plague of leprosy, and shall be shewed unto the priest:"

 


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Posted on January 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm by ideclare · Permalink
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