Things the Bible Knew Before Science Discovered Them

By: Georgia | Published: Mar 16, 2024

It may surprise some to learn that there are instances where the Bible anticipated discoveries and practices later confirmed by science.

Contrary to the argument that science contradicts faith, numerous scientific acknowledgments actually align with biblical narratives.

The Universe's Beginning

Genesis 1:1 and the Big Bang theory both agree that the universe had a definitive beginning, a concept that unites both spiritual and scientific perspectives.

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While the Bible attributes this beginning to divine creation, science provides a naturalistic explanation, demonstrating a fascinating intersection of beliefs and theories.

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Earth's Shape: An Ancient Biblical Insight

Long before the spherical nature of the Earth was recognized by scientists, the Bible described the Earth in a manner that suggests its roundness.

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Isaiah 40:22‘s reference to “the circle of the earth” provides an early glimpse into the understanding of our planet’s shape, predating Greek philosophers who later theorized about Earth’s roundness.

The Innumerable Stars

Centuries before telescopes would allow us to see the vastness of the cosmos, the Bible stated that stars were too numerous to count.

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This assertion, now supported by modern astronomy, shows the Bible’s advanced perspective on the universe’s scale compared to the limited astronomical views of the past.

The Principle of Earth's Free Float in Space

Long before Isaac Newton’s law of gravitation, the concept of Earth freely floating in space was mentioned in the Bible.

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Job 26:7‘s depiction predates scientific understanding by millennia, showcasing a surprisingly advanced biblical insight into Earth’s position in the cosmos.

Handwashing and Hygiene

The Bible emphasized the importance of washing to prevent disease long before the discovery of germs.

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Leviticus 15:13 advocates for washing with water, a practice that predates modern hygiene and sanitation practices that recognize the critical role of cleanliness in health.

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Blood's Vital Role

The Bible recognized the life-sustaining significance of blood well before medical science understood its functions.

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Leviticus 17:11 states “For the life of the flesh is in the blood,” acknowledging the importance of blood, a fact that only became appreciated with the advent of medical practices like blood transfusions and diagnostic testing.

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Oceanography in the Bible

Before the field of oceanography was established, the Bible referenced “paths of the seas” in Psalm 8:8.

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This led to explorations and discoveries about sea currents, demonstrating the Bible’s early nod to complex marine phenomena that science would later explore in depth.

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Underwater Mountains: Jonah's Ancient Insight

The discovery of mountains beneath the sea is a relatively recent scientific achievement, made possible only with advanced technology.

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Yet, the Bible hinted at this geological phenomenon centuries ago. In Jonah 2:6, Jonah describes his experiences with profound depth: “I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me forever.” This passage suggests an awareness of significant underwater structures like mountains, long before modern science could confirm their existence with technological means.

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Light and Communication

The Bible’s mention of light behaving in a way that resembles communication, as seen in Job 38:35, “Can you send forth lightnings that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’?” presents a fascinating analogy to modern communication technologies.

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This comparison highlights an early conceptual link between light and transmission of information.

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Quarantine Practices: Biblical Foundations

Long before quarantine became a standard practice in medical science to control the spread of infectious diseases, the Bible instituted guidelines for isolating the sick.

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Leviticus 13:46 instructs, “As long as he has the infection, he remains unclean. He must live alone; he must live outside the camp,” indicating an early form of quarantine to prevent disease transmission.

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The Weight of Air

Long before Galileo Galilei demonstrated that air has weight, the Bible hinted at this concept

In Job 28:25, it says, “God imparted weight to the wind and meted out the waters by measure.”

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This statement contrasts with ancient beliefs that considered air to be weightless. Modern scientific understanding now confirms that air does indeed have weight and exerts pressure, aligning with this ancient biblical insight.

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