The Bible and Science

A small sampling of some clear scientific fallacies in the Bible

by Ibn Anwar
 

Muslims since a few decades ago have included “scientific information” in the Qur’an as part of ulum Al-Qur’an(sciences of the Qur’an) under i’jaz al-Qur’an or the miracle of the Qur’an as evidence that the Qur’an is not man-made. Likewise, Christians, though, rather more recently have attempted to use the same approach in proving their Bibles’ validity. “The Bible is not a science book, yet it is scientifically accurate. We are not aware of any scientific evidence that contradicts the Bible.” This is what is claimed on http://www.clarifyingchristianity.com/science.shtml . Two points can be adduced from the quotation; 1. The Bible is scientifically accurate , 2. The website does not know any scientific evidence that contradicts the Bible . Let us put these two points to the test shall we?
 
“Science in the Bible”

“Scientific evidence” number 1

The Bible says the earth was created in six days (Genesis 2:1) [In case apologetics think that the 6 days constitute epochs or periods of time instead of 24 hour days, let them consider Genesis 1:3 where day and night + morning and evening are clearly mentioned]

Scientific response
Modern science in geology and physics have calculated that the earth was created in the time span of MILLIONS of years and not simply six 24 hour days. Even a non-scientist can see that it’s ridiculous to suggest that the earth came into being in only six 24 hour days as even the smallest of plants take quite sometime to grow.
 

“Scientific Evidence” number 2
The Bible says that there was light on the first day of creation:
“And God said,”Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God seperated light from darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.” (Genesis 1:3-5)

Yet, the source of light itself i.e. the sun was created not until the FOURTH day! (Genesis1:14)

To reconcile the apparent scientific anomaly, apologetics have tried to suggest that the “Light” spoken in Genesis 1:3-5 is a spiritual light or some other light besides that emanated by the sun to the earth. A simple observation and reading of the verses in question will prove otherwise. Verse 5, “And there was evening and there was morning, the first day” is quite revealing and shows that IT IS INDEED  SPEAKING about the LIGHT GIVEN TO EARTH which brings about night and day which is due to the SUN!

Scientific Response
Day and night on earth exists due to the rotation of the earth and the existence of the Sun and the Moon.
 

“Scientific evidence” number 3
The Bible says that plants formed on the third day of creation:
“And God said,”Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, upon the earth.” And it was so.”(Genesis 1:11)

Yet, the Sun which is one of the basic components required for complex seed formation was only created on the fourth day!(Genesis 1:14)

Scientific Response
Plants require the Sun to go through a process known as photosynthesis for growth.
 

“Scientific Evidence” number 4
The Bible says that animals were created before man. (Genesis 1:24-27)
Yet, in Genesis 2:7 it mentions that man was first created and only in verse 19 were animals created.
Scientific Response
Logically and reasonably, animals were created before humans so that the latter may survive on the former.
 
“Scientific Evidence” number 5
The Bible says that trees were created before man. (Genesis 1:11-12 and 26-27)
Yet, in Genesis 2:4-9 it says man was created before trees.

Scientific Response
Trees were created prior to humans as the existence of trees in supplying oxygen is crucial for the existence of other creatures including man.
 
“Scientific Evidence” number 6
The Bible gives a lucid picture of the earth being flat. It is little wonder that many Christian figures of ancient times actually believed the earth was flat such as Lactantius, Severian of Gabala, Cosmas Indicopleustes and others.

“And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:12)

“that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it” (Job 38:13)

“The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth.”(Daniel 4:11)

Which tree is taller than the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia? Can the people in Europe see the Petronas Twin Towers from Europe even when the towers are so bloody high? It’s silly to even suggest such a thing.

“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them” (Matthew 4:8)

The verses in Daniel and Matthew gives an idea that if you went high up enough you can see the whole wide world. The earth is geo-spherical which means that even if one were to go to the Moon one will still not be able to see the whole world together at once. The only way is if the world was flat. Now, compare this notion with “o whom then will ye liken God? ….It is he that sits upon the circle (chuwg) of the earth (Isaiah 40:18-23 ). If the earth can be seen from an exceedingly high summit as suggested by Matthew 4:8 and Daniel 4:11 and then in Isaiah it says the world is a circle, then the shape of the earth as given by these verses is a huge COIN! Is the earth’s shape like that of a coin? I don’t think so.

Scientific Response
Duh…even 7 year olds know the earth is a globe!
 
“Scientific Evidence” number 7
The Bible says the earth does NOT move!
“The Lord is king. He is clothed wit majesty and strength, The earth is set firmly in place and cannot be moved.” (psalms 93:1)

“Say among the nations,”The Lord reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the people with equity.”(Psalms 96:10)

“tremble before him, all the earth; yea, the world stands firm, never to be moved.”( 1st Chronicles 16:30)

 Scientific Response
The earth does move i.e. rotate and cricle around the sun in its orbit. It also moves along with the whole galaxy to a point in the universe.
 
“Scientific Evidence” number 8
The Bible says the earth has foundations that support it:
The earth has no foundation (Job 26:7). However, this is contradicted by 1st Samuel 2:8 and Job 9:6 where it clearly says Earth sits upon pillars.
Scientific Response
The earth is not supported by pillars but by what is known as gravity suspending it on  what is known as an orbit.
 
“Scientific Evidence” number 9
The Bible says that the heaven i.e. sky has got pillars!
The pillars of heaven tremble, and are astonished at his reproof.”(Job 26:11)
Scientific Response
What hogwash! Even a doofus can see that the sky does not have pillars supporting it.
 
“Scientific Evidence” number 10
The Bible says that the earth will last forever in Ecclesiastes 1:4 but in 2 Peter 3:10 it says that the earth will be destroyed.
Scientific Response
There are many ways the earth can be destroyed and indeed it will be destroyed. What is certain is that when the sun extinguishes and that is inevitable the earth and everything else in the galaxy will be destroyed along with it.
 
“Scientific Evidence” number 11
The Bible says that embryos are fashioned like cheese!
“Remember, I beseech thee, that thou has fashioned me as clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again! Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese? Thou has clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.” (Job 10:9-11)

The idea that embryology is fashioned like cheese is strikingly identical with what Aristotle said  in his book “On the Generation of Animals.”(page 64-65). Yet, Christian apologists and missionaries have the audacity to accuse the Qur’an of having plagiarised Greek philosophies.
Scientific Response
Babies are not made like cheese. Stop drinking!
 

Conclusion


These are but a few examples of many UNSCIENTIFIC teachings in the Bible. How such websites as “clarifyingchristianity” can make mighty claims like the Bible is accurately scientific is beyond me. Their statement that “we are not aware of any scientific evidence that contradicts the Bible” only shows their lack of knowledge about their own book. What a sad thing it is indeed.

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One Response to “The Bible and Science”

  1. thiest says:

    Salam. Here are some more Bible scientific errors:

    1) Will the earth perish, or live forever? Both cannot take place at the same time, as 2 opposites can never take place at the same time.

    Hebrews 1:10-11:
    “He also says, “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth”and the heavens are the work of your hands.
    “They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.”

    Psalm 102:25-26:
    “In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.”
    ”They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded.”

    Here, we learn in the above verses that the earth will perish, but the exact opposite is mentioned in:

    Ecclesiastes 1:4:
    “Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.”

    Psalm 78:69:
    “He built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth that he established forever.”

    Both cannot take place at the same time, the earth cannot live forever and perish at the same time, a clear cut contradiction.

    2) Psalm 58:8:
    “Like a slug melting away as it moves along, like a stillborn child, may they not see the sun.”

    Here, we learn that slugs melt away, as it moves along. BUT, science tells us today that slugs and snails do NOT melt as it moves it long, it leaves a slimy trail as they move along, so how does God NOT know this? Clearly, because the Bible is not the word of God.

    3)Hippocrates who was a Greek Physician who died in 370BC, came up with a theory that women GIVE OUT SEMEN:

    http://classics.mit.edu/Hippoc.....s.5.v.html

    “Women who have the uterus cold and dense (compact?) do not conceive; and those also who have the uterus humid, do not conceive, for the semen is extinguished, and in women whose uterus is very dry, and very hot, the semen is lost from the want of food; but women whose uterus is in an intermediate state between these temperaments prove fertile.”

    What does the Bible say about this?

    Leviticus 12:2:
    “If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.”

    Numbers 5:28:
    “If the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.”

    In the NIV, the word “seed” has been thrown out, as a scientific error. No wonder, this clearly contradicts established science. We see that the writers of the Bible were influenced by a Greek Physician, who did make ERRORS. Can you imagine GOD copying from his own creation? We know that women do not conceive their own seed, which is in contradiction with Leviticus 12:2 & Numbers 5:28. Therefore, Bible is unscientific and is NOT the word of God. Also, Numbers 5:28 & Leviticus 12:2 is exact plagiarization of Hipparchus and Galen, because Hipparchus and Galen mentioned that women give out seed, which is in contradiction with established science.

    4)Job 10:9-10:
    “Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again?”
    “Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese?”

    Here, Job is signifying that the humans were made like poured out milk and curdled cheese. Not only is this immensely unscientific, but this is the EXACT plagerization from Hipparchus (Greeks) and Aristotle, since Aristotle wrote in one of his book”

    “at first, the semen inside the woman is milky. Then it coagulates, and afterwards it becomes flesh, just as milk first curdles and then becomes cheese.”

    How come God copied something from the Greeks, and made this hudge error which is unscientific? God is the creator of everything, so why would he decide to copy, from his OWN creation’s error? Because for sure, God is not the author of the Bible.

    5) Also, Bible tells us that the moon will turn into blood in:

    Joel 2:31:

    “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.”

    According to astronomy, the moon can NEVER turn into blood. No unbiased Christian scientist or astronomer will agree that the moon can turn into blood, so how can this be scientific? Because surely, the Bible is not the word of God.

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