Having essentially, for all practical purposes, proven to them that the miracles in the Bible are all scientifically possible, categorically, and that even 6-day creation is scientifically possible (both via quantum physics), I now find that atheists on social media are responding to these arguments more and more with a particularly shill, but frankly entirely legitimate, response: "Why Christianity? With the other faiths that exist, why Christianity?" They mean that question from the fact-based and even scientific view point which is the manner of CreationDino. Okay. I will answer that, for those atheists and for everyone else, and the facts are true, qualified, undeniable and fascinating.
Let's tackle this with the Old Testament first, then with the New Testament. This will only take a few minutes.
SCIENTIFIC FOREKNOWLEDGE in the Bible basically proves the veracity of the Old Testament to be read literally and as a reliable scientific and historical text. No other "religious" text (with the exception of some lines in the New Testament) contains scientific foreknowledge. Also, I believe we have here at least one and probably two instances which are new examples of scientific foreknowledge in the Bible and so we hope no matter who you may be, CreationDino is providing new information which is new and significant, for you.
Many Christians and most Creationists are aware of the line about "the circle of the earth..... suspended upon nothing" accurately describing the sphere of the earth, suspended within a larger environment by invisible forces, which is entirely accurate. However, there are other - and frankly more concrete - examples of scientific foreknowledge in the Bible....
1. WHERE SHAME ORIGINATES IN THE BRAIN AREA
(A probable CreationDino first)
Therefore the showers have been withheld, and the spring rain has not come; yet you have the forehead of a whore; you refuse to be ashamed.
(Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed. - KJV)
2. The HYDROLOGICAL CYCLE
For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: Which the clouds do drop [and] distil upon man abundantly.
Mainstream science second-guessed this, formulating many wrong and subsequently disproved hypothesis. The first published thinker to assert that rainfall alone was sufficient for the maintenance of rivers, lakes and the oceans was Bernard Palissy (1580). Palissy's theories were not tested scientifically until 1674. Interesting how the Bible seems to directly infer the vapor carries the water back to the clouds and then drops it down again. Watching rain fall is one thing. Understanding the rest of it 3,500 years ago based on zero human science and direct observation only is quite another thing entirely. Scientific foreknowledge communicated by God, yet again.
3. DEPRESSION IS PHYSICALLY HARMFUL
(Another probable CreationDino original catch)
A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
(Drieth the bones is a common poetic reference of the time to debilitating ailment)
From this medical link, below:
"Long-term depression is also known to negatively impact the heart. Depression causes inappropriate release of adrenaline which, over time, damages the cardiovascular system. An increase in artery and blood vessel stress are further health effects of depression. This can increase the risk of blood clots and heart attack.... The effects of depression cause an overall increase in mortality, where those with depression may die 25 years sooner than the average person. This is thought to be due to both the physical and social side effects of depression."
4. THE JET STREAM
The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
5. OCEAN CURRENTS AS "PATHS"
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, [and whatsoever] passeth through the paths of the seas.
Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
The "paths of the sea" is considerably more specific than simply roughly describing the fact of currents and flows. It was not until the mid-1800's when Matthew Fontaine Maury, nicknamed "Pathfinder of the Seas" and later, "Scientist of the Seas," basically proved the "paths of the seas" when inspired to do so by that very verse in the Bible. Here the Bible not only pointed the way to a scientific fact, but someone actually followed the clues in the Bible to confirm the facts. Well done, Captain Maury! Bravo!
6. ADAM AND EVE PROVED VIA CHROMOSOME DISCOVERIES
BOOM! Suddenly humankind is no longer a million years old. Just like that, after many decades of self-righteous fist-pounding from the secular science orthodoxy demanding acceptance of the idea that mankind is a million years old. Even among mainstream science, a struggle persists in the last year or so as to whether Adam and Eve existed between 50,000 years or 135,000 years. Remember the articles HERE and HERE at this site, CreationDino? I suspect someday soon even mainstream science will have to admit that Adam and Eve "might possibly" have sprung into being within the last 10,000 years after all. Seriously, what's shedding a mere 40,000 years off the timeline when you have already chucked a supposedly previously "proven and known" 950,000 years off the timeline in one toss with a single chromosome discovery?
7. TIME AND SPACE INFERRED INDIVISIBLE
1 Timothy 1:8-9
"Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,"
While time was certainly understood 3,000 years ago as it mostly remains understood today, according to its measurement, the scientific notion of time beginning and ending as an absolute quantity is a comparatively scientifically recent concept. Note that time and physical matter begin in the Bible on the first day, right in-line with time and space being indivisible (though, on a quantum physics level, infinitely malleable, but in tandem).
There are many other examples and maybe some day I'll list them all on one post. But this is not meant to be an encyclopedia on the subject, just written to prove that it's safe to say that scientific foreknowledge being found all through the Bible is an indisputable fact. "Interpretation" does not enter it at all to any reasonable, common-sense mind. Scientific foreknowledge runs all through the Old Testament. True. Fact.
So we know the Old Testament has something no other faith or "religion" has: utterly scientific foreknowledge. There can be no debate about it. None whatsoever.
But what about The New Testament? That's easy:
NEW TESTAMENT: CHRIST WAS AN HISTORICAL FIGURE UNDERSTOOD HISTORICALLY FOR HIS AMAZING WORKS.
Even ever-secular/liberal wikipedia admits, "There is "near universal consensus" among scholars that Jesus existed historically .... critics do support the historicity of Jesus, and reject the theory that Jesus never existed."
A few historical references to Christ outside of the words of the Apostles:
"And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day."
Roman historian Tacitus referred to 'Christus' and his execution by Pontius Pilate in his Annals (written ca. AD 116), book 15, chapter 44. Tacitus' negative tone about Christians make the passage even more likely to be entirely genuine.
"Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus...."
Pliny the Younger was governor of Bithynia in Asia Minor. Pliny wrote ten books. The tenth around AD 112, and mentions Christ.
"They (the Christians) were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath, not to do any wicked deeds... never to commit any fraud, theft or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of food but food of an ordinary and innocent kind."
Suetonius (69-140AD) was a Roman historian of the Imperial House under the Emperor Hadrian. He wrote about Christians and about Christ (41-54AD):
“Because the Jews at Rome caused constant disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus (Christ), he (Claudius) expelled them from the city (Rome).”
Lucian of Samosata (115-200 A.D.), an extremely cynical Greek satirist who, though speaking cynically, confirmed that Jesus and His followers were real people.
"The Christians, you know, worship a man to this day—the distinguished personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified on that account…. and worship the crucified sage, and live after his laws.”
“Jesus practiced magic and led Israel astray”
Not to mention, of course, the written words of the Apostles themselves. Many classical, secular historians agree that devoutly-held Book of God or no, the New Testament should be treated like any other historical series of documents from the time - and treated with the same respect and regarded with the same validity as any other historical text. There is certainly plenty of secular - even antagonistic - historical writing outside of the Bible that confirm the Jesus existed, had followers, performed miracles and was crucified.
No other religion has all this. Some have elements, while others, the older ones, such a Hinduism, are admittedly little more than pagan rituals with no god or set structure of belief as admitted by the Indian Supreme Court itself (with India being mostly Hindu, that declaration by the India Supreme Court is a big surprise, but they said it just the same.)
Undeniable and extremely specific examples of scientific foreknowledge - sometimes surprisingly casually referenced - in most cases over a full 3,000 years before understood by modern science. An historic figure whose teachings, death, influence and most important of all, miracles, are documented in secular historical record. It is difficult to know what more any honest thinker would need to know to understand that God's word is real, true and verified and that His Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth and did all that the Apostles claim for Him.
No one need read or hear more, though there is certainly more available. If that isn't good enough for anyone to know that Christianity is the way, according to science and historical fact, then those rare people just don't want to know, and there's nothing anyone can do about that. But you have the information. Never let it be said by anyone who read this that he or she was not told. Scientifically and historically. There you have it.
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