The First Scientist
Humanity has known many great scientists whose names and discoveries are familiar to millions of people - Galileo Galilei and the telescope, Alexander Graham Bell and the telephone, Isaac Newton and his discoveries in physics. Many scientific discoveries have been named after their discoverer, and some have even been, by implication, attributed to their discoverer e.g. "Newton's laws of physics." Scientists of course however only study and attempt to understand natural laws, God's natural laws, that were written before "in the beginning" of physical time - creation "hit the ground running" as an orderly event, based on scientific laws that God had determined and decreed beforehand. The presence of a creation demands the existence of a Creator, and the existence of natural laws require the existence of a Natural Law Maker.
The Bible is full of references to the various sciences. Here are just a few examples:
Astronomy (not to be confused with pagan astrology)
"And He brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars" (Genesis 15:5 RSV)
"He determines the number of the stars, He gives to all of them their names." (Psalm 147:4 RSV)
"Then The Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind ... Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion? (Job 38:1,31 RSV) (the Pleiades star cluster is shown below, and a picture of the constellation Orion can be seen in The Speed Of Time)
|This photograph shows the actual Pleiades star cluster which God Himself speaks of in Job 38:31: "Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades?"
The glow around the stars is caused by vast amounts of space dust that is illuminated from behind by the blue stars (depending upon surface temperature, stars can be seen in a wide variety of colors - white, blue, yellow, orange, red). Astronomers believe that gravity causes planets to form from that "dust."
"a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper" (Deuteronomy 8:9 RSV)
"O God of our salvation, Who art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of the farthest seas; Who by Thy strength hast established the mountains" (Psalm 65:5-6 RSV)
"For in My jealousy and in My blazing wrath I declare, On that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; the fish of the sea, and the birds of the air, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep on the ground, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall quake at My presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the cliffs shall fall, and every wall shall tumble to the ground" (Ezekiel 38:19-20 RSV) (see Earthquake!)
"Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, "I have gotten a man with the help of The Lord." (i.e. taken by some to mean that The Lord helped to deliver the baby) (Genesis 4:1 RSV)
"Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them" (Jeremiah 33:6 RSV)
"Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing." (Ezekiel 47:12 RSV)
Chemistry and Physics
"by the word of God heavens existed long ago, and an earth formed out of water and by means of water" (2 Peter 3:5 RSV)
"the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire" (2 Peter 3:12 RSV)
"For Thou didst form my inward parts, Thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb" (Psalm 139:13 RSV)
"And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." (Genesis 1:30 RSV)
Fact Finder: Do God's natural laws extend throughout heaven and earth?