By Wilma Melendez
Many people scoff at the Bible because it says that God created life, yet if we look at NASA’s search for life, we see the creation story has a lot of scientific truth. The Bible has preceded many scientific discoveries. The Bible even predicted the Chernobyl disaster.
Many scientists doubt the Bible, before I tell about the future prophecies, I would like to digress and write about the Bible’s record of reliability. It took scientists centuries to discover the conditions necessary for life to be sustained: water, light and atmosphere. But in the Bible’s story of creation, the requirements are all there, written thousands of years before science began.
The Bible says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth, and the Earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was upon the face of the waters. In this passage, “the deep” and the waters refer to the ocean which covered the whole Earth. “And God said, “Let there be light, and there was light.” (Genesis 1:1-3) and God created light. Water and light are two conditions that are necessary for any life form. Then the Bible says that God separated the waters below form the water above. That is, he made clouds, and he made an atmosphere. This Biblical quote was written long before science existed. The Bible is far ahead of its time.
Some scientists reject the Bible, but they are looking for life in other planets based upon the same principles that are written in the Bible. Scientists want to explore the moon Europa, one of Saturn’s ice-covered moons to see if there is life underneath its ice-covered surface. This mission will take place many years from the time of this writing because the ice is 16 km thick, and they need samples beneath that layer. But it will reveal whether there is an ocean beneath the tough exterior and if there are microorganisms. Biologists and Astronomers believe that life on Earth would be like life on Earth, and that it begins with unicellular organisms.
Here on Earth, scientists have discovered that there are microorganisms living in the extreme conditions of the water below Antarctica. According to NASA, there are undersea volcanoes on Earth that create environments that can sustain rich colonies of microbes (from the article “Divining Water on Europa” found at http://science.msfc.nasa.gov/newhome/headlines/ast09sep991.htm. ). This is possible because light reaches through the transparent ice. Based on these findings, they believe life could exist on Europa, an ice covered body. Many of them do not admit that the Bible says life began with a planet covered by water and that God made life.
Those who believe that God did not make life, that life began spontaneously by itself in a “primordial soup”, are rejecting that law which is basic to science and to rational thinking. I learned that Pasteur discovered even if you have the right conditions to support life, life will not spontaneously begin to exist. Before his discovery, people thought that life would exist anywhere out of the blue. He sterilized a container and the people expected that microorganisms would grow like mold or bacteria. But they did not grow at all. Pasteur taught us sterilization. Pasteur’s discovery led to our bathing and to doctors sterilizing surgery implements. Without this law, (that life does not exist spontaneously), we would still be ignorant and in the dark ages of lack of hygiene and infant medicine.
The Bible has proven itself in the past. Consider how the Book of Revelation predicted the Chernobyl disaster. Christian news analyst Jack Van Impe tells how the name for Chernobyl translated from the Ukrainian is called “Wormwood” in English. The Bible says, “And the third angel sounded and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountain of the waters; And the name of the star was Wormwood: and a third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters because it became bitter.” Revelation 8:10-11. A star in this passage refers to nuclear energy. The Chernobyl disaster was predicted in God’s book before people knew what radiation was.
The Bible speaks to our time, prophesizing a time of great tribulation in which the sun will darken. There are two scientific theories of how that could happen in the near future. Jesus said, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heaven shall be shaken.” (Mathew 24:29). First, Many Christians believe that the “stars from heaven” refers to missiles carrying multiple warheads launched into the sky. (In this passage, “heaven” is in lowercase, referring to the sky). According to scientists, a nuclear war could cause so much dust to be put into the atmosphere, that the sun could be unable to give its light, leading to the coldness of a nuclear winter.
Secondly, other Christians do not believe there will be a nuclear war. Nevertheless, they point out that the sun could stop shining for other reasons. Scientists have noticed that the amount of sun spots is increasing. Astronomists fear that if this trend continues, the sun could stop giving Earth most of its light. Both scientific theories, the nuclear winter theory and the increased sun spot theory, confirm Jesus’ words to us.
Many Christians who study the Bible are sure that we can escape from that terrible time by believing in Jesus. The Bible is a book of hope. These Christians are expecting Jesus to appear and take the believers with him to safety. “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:4). At the beginning of the book of Revelation, before the tribulation begins, it is written “behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him…” In the end, no matter what happens, believers will go to heaven and have eternal happiness.
Some scientists mock the Bible, its miracles and revelations because they do not understand how they can occur. Those scientists do not know yet that God made all things and can do anything, our mind can not understand. However, the more that is discovered about nature, the more realistic that the stories of the Bible seem. The majority of scientists believe in God, perhaps precisely because so much of nature is unfathomable and unexplainable, and so far God’s prophecies have come true. The accuracy of the Bible thus far is a lesson for us to read and study the Bible, as important or more as reading the news, to know what is likely to happen and how we can be saved.
You may be thinking that you want to know more about the topics in this article. You may want to read books about “apologetics”, which is the explanation of how the Bible is correct despite rationalist and scientific objections. And you may be curious about prophecy, I recommend “The Merciful God of Prophecy: His Loving Plan for You in the End Times”.
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