Christianity vs. Hinduism Debate Dave Hunt vs. Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay



The above video is a debate held at All Saints Catholic High School, Ontario, Canada. The moderator is Michael Coren, an author, public speaker, TV talk show host and radio host. The late Dave Hunt was a Christian apologist, speaker, and world renown author. Dr. Doobay is one of the top leaders and philanthropists in the South Asian community in Canada. He was born in Guyana and is the founder of Voice of the Vedas stationed in Canada. Dr. Doobay makes a lot of claims and points in this debate, I promise to explore several of them in future posts, but for now I would like to discuss his points on Karma and Reincarnation:


1) Karma and Good Works
2) Reincarnation and Past Life Regression


 


1) Karma and Good Works

Many believe that the law of Karma can be supported by the Bible, this is far from the truth. There are several instances in the scriptures where the Bible actually brutally assaults any notion that Karma is real. The Law of Karma basically says that when one does good, the same is rewarded with good done unto him or her, on the other hand, when one does evil the same has evil done unto him or her. The Bible actually presents several scriptures that pokes holes through the law of Karma like Psalms 126:5 which presents contradictory ideas:

Psalms 126:5
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Luke 16:19, 20, 25
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

The same is painted in the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man above, where the rich and wicked man lived a life of excess and happiness while Lazarus who was righteous and good, lived a life of poverty and sickness, even though this was merely a story it is still diametrically opposed to the concept of Karma. One of the greatest arguments against the law of Karma is presented through Jesus life here on Earth. Christians and even Hindus will agree that Jesus Christ was a righteous, good teacher and spiritual leader and as such, should have stored up only good Karma. Shouldn’t He? Well why did He die? Here we have a perfect human being who died one of the most bloodiest deaths imaginable, crucifixion is so brutal that a new English word was invented to convey the agony, the word “excruciating.” Surely the definition of Karma can never explain the reasons for His death and even Dr. Doobay, in this debate could not provide any reasonable answer to this dilemma. Thankfully for us Jesus during His life gave us a glimpse into how this was possible:

John 9:2, 3
And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

John 9:2,3 occurred just before Jesus had cured the blind man of His sight. When questioned by His disciples as to the origins of the man’s blindness, we learn that the Jews of that day held the position that evil was only brought upon others through their own sins and the sins of their forefathers, but Jesus reveals that it was God who allowed this to happen for the greater good and demonstration of His power. Note well, that Jesus in a sense admits that evil can come upon others through sin, however, He explains that it may indeed be allowed by God Himself. This answer given in John 9:3, is the precise answer as to why Jesus, this perfect man, was allowed to die in such a way, it was God using Jesus as a means to demonstrate His power and love for us. This brings me to my next point on how God can influence good and allow evil in our lives but it must be made clear that God is not the author of evil in our lives:

James 1:13-15
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

As the scripture above and John 9:2 points out that oftentimes the bad things in life is the direct result of sin and iniquity in our lives; not due to some kind of impersonal force or self propelled law called Karma which Hinduism would like us to believe. God does not punish the innocent but He does punish the guilty for their sins:

Job 4:8, 9
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
Proverbs 22:8, 9
He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

We learn from the last two verses that there is a direct correlation between iniquity and the just punishment of God. So, the Bible does not paint the idea of Karma that rewards evil with evil and good with good, rather it says clearly that it is God that is at the heart of it all and as the judge of the universe, it is Him who rewards us accordingly. Another thing that further divorces the idea of the law of Karma, is God’s forgiveness. In spite of evil being performed once an individual shows genuine repentance it is possible for the punishment of that evil to be completely overlooked by God:

Ezekiel 18:20, 21
The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Karma does not show any mercy when punishing or rewarding others, once evil is done it is rewarded with evil no matter what, however, the God of the Bible teaches us that evil that is committed can be repented of and exchanged with mercy, which is of course against the amoral workings of Karma. Even well meaning Christians may fall victim to the belief that the Bible supports the law of Karma by quoting Galatians 6:7:
Agriculture concept, wheat in hands and green field

Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Then, they proceed to say that this verse is proof that the Bible supports Karma, when it does not. Galatians 6:7, is taken out of context here, it is only when one reads it along the following verse, verse 8, that we can grasp the true meaning of the verse:

Galatians 6:8
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

So, you may realize now that Galatians 6 verses 7 and 8 speak on the spiritual matters, it uses the term “flesh” the same word defined by Paul in Galatians 5:19-21 as being the works of sin and iniquity.  It speaks on the matter of God rewarding sin with punishment and righteousness with eternal life in the same way that Job 4:8-9, Proverbs 22:8-9 and Ezekiel 18:20-21 does; it does not support the idea of an impersonal law that rewards good deeds with good and evil with evil in this life. Another verse which is often taken out of context is the one that became the basis of what we know as the “Golden Rule” which is Matthew 7:12, “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.” However, I will show you now that this is not another biblical support for Karma at all and reading the verses before Matthew 7:12 will clarify this:

Matthew 7:9-12
Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

So, the Golden Rule, is not a proof of the law of Karma, it is simply a law given by God for us to learn to be more like Him. Jesus encourages us to love each other and do good for the express purpose of pleasing and emulating our Heavenly Father; He never encourages us in Matthew 7:9-12 to do good with the expectation of receiving good in turn, never does He say this and this is reflected by His own words in Luke 6:35, 36:

Luke 6:35, 36
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Biblical Christianity teaches us that we are not saved by good works, salvation is a gift given to us by God:

Ephesians 2:8, 9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.

It is should be clear to you now that the Bible truly never supports any notion of Karma whatsoever. If you had read this entire point you would learn that it never does support it but consistently goes against it. Therefore, Karma is completely incompatible with the Bible in every way and a Christian can never hope to reconcile this view in eastern mysticism with his or her biblical beliefs.

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2) Reincarnation and Past Life Regression

I will just jump now into what the Bible has to say concerning reincarnation. The Bible, almost by design, seems to consistently oppose the very idea of reincarnation in every way as if it actually anticipated the rise of this idea. Paul had this to say concerning the matter:

Hebrews 9:27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Some debate that the above verse does not teach against reincarnation but it does, the verses just before and after this verse disposes the claims that Jesus Christ was the reincarnation of Buddha or Vishnu or some other famous spiritual leader:

Hebrews 9:26, 28
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

And as to what this “judgment” in Hebrews 9:27 is, 2 Peter 2:9 explains it as being either sent to Heaven or being reserved for punishment in Hell, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” 2 Timothy 4:18 also helps us understand that this “judgment” can indeed be interpreted as either a reward for the righteous and punishment for the wicked, “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Even the apocryphal books of 2 Esdras and the Wisdom of Solomon both follow this very consistent theme that the accepted canon of the Bible agrees on:

2 Esdras 14:34, 35
Therefore if so be that ye will subdue your own understanding, and reform your hearts, ye shall be kept alive and after death ye shall obtain mercy.
For after death shall the judgment come, when we shall live again: and then shall the names of the righteous be manifest, and the works of the ungodly shall be declared.

heaven or hell

Wisdom of Solomon 15:17
For being mortal, he worketh a dead thing (idols) with wicked hands: for he himself is better than the things which he worshippeth: whereas he lived once, but they (idols) never.

Wisdom of Solomon 16:14
A man indeed killeth through his malice: and the spirit, when it is gone forth, returneth not; neither the soul received up cometh again.

Even if one completely denies the message echoed through Hebrews 9:27, there are several other verses of the Bible which all oppose the idea of reincarnation. This can clearly be said of Job 14:10-12, which uses imagery to help convey the idea that every man has only one life to live:

Job 14:10-12
But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

Jesus Christ, who claimed to be God and thus knew better, denied the idea of reincarnation of the soul in Luke 23:43 when He talked to the good thief on the cross, “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Note well that He says today “you will be with me in paradise,” He does not say that the thief and Himself would be reincarnated into other bodies that day. And ironically 2 Esdras 14:9 also seems to support this exact statement made by Jesus, “For thou shalt be taken away from all, and from henceforth thou shalt remain with my Son, and with such as be like thee, until the times be ended.” So, it seems that Jesus, who is well respected in many Hindu and New Age circles, does not support reincarnation at all. The informed New Ager or Hindu may no doubt object by claiming that Jesus taught reincarnation and they often use John 3:3 to support this claim:

John 3:3
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

But this is not true, Jesus actually elaborates what He said in John 3:3 in John 3:5, 6: “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” Jesus is the one who gives us rivers of living water as John 4:14 points to,  “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life,” so Jesus is the source of this “water” which He mentions in John 3:5. This “Spirit” that Jesus points to is the baptism and indwelling of the Holy Spirit of the Heavenly Father which was prophesied in Ezekiel 36:27, “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” So, Jesus explains that being born again is only done through the indwelling of Himself and His Heavenly Father in the individual. This interpretation is confirmed when one reads the following verse “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him (John 14:23).”

Some also present the argument that John the Baptist was actually the reincarnation of the Prophet Elijah, but this is simply not true. They often turn to Luke 1:17, which says, “And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias (Elijah), to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Because John the Baptist had the spirit and power of Elias or Elijah it does not mean that he was Elijah’s reincarnation, not at all. In 2 Kings 2:9 we learn that Elisha was given the “spirit of Elijah” even though both Elijah and Elisha was still alive and well, “And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.” I explore this particular debate about John the baptist in greater detail in another article here.

The Bible never seems to support reincarnation but it supports the resurrection. Reincarnation and the resurrection are two opposite doctrines; they both logically can never be true, because resurrection needs the human soul and if at death the soul finds a new body for reincarnation, then resurrection is impossible and the opposite is true. After all Jesus and the many other people who were dead and was resurrected in the Bible were all resurrected within their same bodies; not reincarnated into other bodies. In any case the Bible further points out that the souls of the righteous are in Heaven even as we speak, exactly as Jesus suggested to the good thief in Luke 23:43:

Revelation 6:9-11
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

jesus and his saints in heaven
The above verses raises two fundamental points that there is a finite number of souls that God has created on this Earth and that each soul are clearly unique from each other. This is the same line of thinking that is echoed in the apocryphal book of 2 Esdras, a book which is allegedly written by the Old Testament prophet Ezra:

2 Esdras 4:35-37
Did not the souls also of the righteous ask question of these things in their chambers, saying, How long shall I hope on this fashion? when cometh the fruit of the floor of our reward?
And unto these things Uriel the archangel gave them answer, and said, Even when the number of seeds is filled in you: for he hath weighed the world in the balance.
By measure hath he measured the times; and by number hath he numbered the times; and he doth not move nor stir them, until the said measure be fulfilled.

Some New Agers and Hindus make the claim that Early Christianity especially members of the Gnostic church who used some of the Apocrypha books believed in the idea of reincarnation but this may not necessarily be the case at all! One of the books that they may have used was 2nd Esdras, which consistently paints this theme that even the Gnostics may have held on to a resurrection view as opposed to a reincarnation view:

2 Esdras 5:41-48
And I said, Behold, O Lord, yet art thou nigh unto them that be reserved till the end: and what shall they do that have been before me, or we that be now, or they that shall come after us?
And he said unto me, I will liken my judgment unto a ring: like as there is no slackness of the last, even so there is no swiftness of the first.
So I answered and said, Couldest thou not make those that have been made, and be now, and that are for to come, at once; that thou mightest shew thy judgment the sooner?
Then answered he me, and said, The creature may not haste above the maker; neither may the world hold them at once that shall be created therein.
And I said, As thou hast said unto thy servant, that thou, which givest life to all, hast given life at ONCE to the creature that thou hast created, and the creature bare it: even so it (the Earth) might now also bear them that now be present at once.
And he said unto me, Ask the womb of a woman, and say unto her, If thou bringest forth children, why dost thou it not together, but one after another? pray her therefore to bring forth ten children at once.
And I said, She cannot: but must do it by distance of time.
Then said he unto me, Even so have I given the womb of the earth to those that be sown in it in their times.

So, even these books which have not been proven to be inspired by God all do confirm with the rest of the accepted canon that reincarnation is simply not true! I must put this disclaimer out there that I am not necessarily endorsing the apocryphal books at all. Some may object with another claim that reincarnation has been scientifically proven, even if it was, the evidence for it is very negligible. “Science” in the Oxford dictionary, is defined as “The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” Science studies the “structure” and “behaviour” of phenomena in the physical world. So, do not be deceived by those who claim that science has conclusively proven the supernatural (non-physical) experiences circulating the reincarnation debate. Dave Hunt, founder of The Berean Call (TBC), in this short video below explains that even though some of the cases of past life regression may seem credible, they are very unreliable:


We cannot place our complete trust in personal experiences and the testimonies of past life regression as it opens one up to embrace deceptions. There is such a thing as absolute truth and through the application of absolute truth we can distinguish lies from reality. The Bible warns us that:

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Sir John Eccles who received his Nobel Prize for research on the brain, described the brain as “a machine that a ghost can operate,” so it is entirely possible that the spiritual experiences that one may have could be implanted by the demonic spirits of this world during hypnosis and altered states of consciousness. As such we certainly can never reliably confirm reincarnation by these means. As I said earlier reincarnation and resurrection are diametrically opposed to each other and both can never be true at the same time. It is important to note that resurrection has been proven by thousands of confirmed cases throughout the world. Either reincarnation is true or resurrection is true but the evidence supporting resurrection seem to have a lot more scientific merit because one can scientifically observe the life signs of those who died via vital signs monitors and through secondhand means of verification like death certificates. I strongly encourage you to do research on the resurrection cases that have been documented throughout the world and you will learn that there seems to be mountain of evidence supporting the resurrection which makes the reincarnation allegations look like an anthill. Try this simple rough test right now, Google “reincarnation testimonies” or just “reincarnation” and then ” resurrection testimonies” or just “resurrection” and you will see the number of results and will know that there is some truth here.

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Christianity vs. Atheism Debate Dave Hunt vs. Professor Christopher diCarlo


The video above is a debate that was held at All Saints Catholic High School, Ontario, Canada. The moderator is Peter Koropatwa who has a Master degree in Apologetics. Dave Hunt is a Christian apologist, speaker, and world renown author. Professor Christopher diCarlo is an instructor at the University of Ontario and is an outspoken activist for critical thinking, humanism and secularism. He was once a Roman Catholic who then became an Atheist.

The popular claim of atheists is that, “The Bible cannot be trusted, it is not a science book. Shouldn’t Science be the one to determine absolute truth (big ‘T’ Truth)?” Well my response to that is yes, the Bible can be trusted. I will admit it does not go into copious scientific details but when it talks about science it is always correct. I will demonstrate here 20 scientific points outlined by the Bible which Dave Hunt did not mention in his debate. I will warn Atheists this, if you navigate and read through all my points you will find it hard to cling to Atheism anymore:


1) The Earth is Hung By Nothing
2) Earth is Round
3) The Universe is Flat and Expanding
4) The Sun has an orbit in Space
5) Pleiades and Orion’s Belt
6) The Anthropic Principle
7) The 1st law of Thermodynamics
8) The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: Entropy
9) We live in a Digital Simulation!
10) Air has Weight
11) Light behaves as a particle and a wave
12) The Formation of Wind Patterns and the Coriolis Effect
13) Springs of the Sea
14) The Water or Hydrologic Cycle
15) Anticipation of Microbes, Bacteria, Viruses and Diseases
16) The institution of Quarantine Procedures
17) Life is in the Blood
18) The Bible knew the ideal time for Circumcision and its benefits
19) Electricity can send messages?
20) Bible talks about Dinosaurs


 


1) The Earth is Hung By Nothing:

Job 26:7
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

This is interesting because  during the same time that Job was written many cultures around the world suggested that the world sat on elephants which all stood on a world tortoise (the Hindus) or that the Earth was held up by the titan god Atlas (the Greeks). The Egyptians even believed the world was suspended by five massive poles. In 1608, Sir Isaac Newton, a Christian, theorized that the Earth was suspended by nothing in space. Job was written over 3000 years ago, the fact that the world is hung by nothing was confirmed by Astronauts only in 1961.

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2) Earth is Round:

Isaiah 40:22
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.

The Bible describes the Earth as a “circle,” we all of course know that the Earth is slightly spherical but there was no Hebrew word for “spherical” or “sphere.” The Hebrew word for “circle” used here is “Khoog.” God is omnipresent and from his perspective the Earth would indeed appear as a circle to Him at all angles. The Bible, while limited by vocabulary, still successfully showed that the Earth is like a sphere and I will explain how. If the Bible indicated that the world was a “flat circle” then, the Earth would have two shapes it would look like a “circle” in one view and also like a “line” (“flat”) in another view. However, the Bible only says “circle” which shows that the Earth has to be circular from every perspective which is a very clever way to convey the meaning of spherical in spite of the vocabulary limitation.

The Bible further refutes the “flat circle” idea when one considers what it tells us in Job 26:10:

Job 26:10
He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.

The above verse clearly describes what we know as “terminators” in astronomy, which are a twilight zones which separates the day side and night side of planets. As such this verse confirms that the Earth is round in nature. Of course, I have one more proof to share with you, which further confirms that the Bible says the Earth is round:

Revelation 9:2
And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

For those reading this, who thinks the Bible says the Earth is flat, think again! Because the Bible tells us that the Earth has a “bottomless pit.” What is a bottomless pit? In geometry, a “bottomless pit” is a term synonymous to “the center of a sphere.” From a sphere’s center all directions are up and hence theoretically fits the description of a bottomless pit. As such, we see that the Bible once again indirectly confirms that the Earth has a spherical nature. It must be noted that for every proof, it avoids the error of saying that it is a perfect sphere – so I am astonished at how God cleverly avoids this error. The fact that the Earth is round was also confirmed by Astronauts in 1961.

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3) The Universe is Flat and Expanding:

Isaiah 44:24
Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

Isaiah 40:22
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.

The Bible repetitively states that God stretches the heavens out  in Job 9:8;  Job 26:7; Job 37:18; Ezekiel 1:22; Isaiah 40:22; Jeremiah 51:15; and many more verses. The oldest sources of this fact in the Bible is over 3000 years old, but science has only recently discovered that the universe is expanding. Edwin Hubble in 1929, discovered that the universe is in fact showing signs of expansion. Scientists also believe that the universe is thin in one dimension, in other words, flat. I find this interesting because the heavens in the Bible is sometimes described as a “curtain” and we know that curtains can be stretched but more importantly is flat. I would go further on to say that the “curtain” and “tent” descriptions subtly show that the universe is also in fact finite as point 7) will show, as an infinitely long curtain or large tent is not possible.

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4) The Sun has an orbit in Space:

Psalms 19:6
His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

Scientists laughed at the above verse because it seemed to suggest that the sun moves around the earth, which we know is not true. But they failed to recognize that the motion is not relative to the Earth in the above verse but rather the “heaven.” Science have proven now that out sun has an orbit in space and is not stationary which is a very common misconception. The sun travels at about 600,000 miles per hour within a “circuit” exactly as described in the Bible.  It was Thomas Wright in 1750 who first suggested that the sun has an orbit which was further elaborated by Immanuel Kant in 1755. The book of Psalms made this claim over 3000 years ago! How did the author know this?

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5) Pleiades and Orion’s Belt:

Job 38:31
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

This verse makes two points that a)  there are bonds between the seven stars of  the Pleiades and b) that the three stars of Orion can be “loosed.” The first point has been recently proven by scientists; there are gravitational forces between the stars of the Pleiades.  What we see as seven stars is actually a collection of 250 suns all bound together in the same orbit and drifting in the same south eastern direction in space. Pleiades are bound together much like a school of sardines in the ocean and precisely has the relationship that the Bible indicates. From Lick Observatory Dr. Robert J. Trumpler says, “The Pleiades stars may thus be compared to a swarm of birds, flying together to a distant goal.”

With respect to Orion’s belt, scientists have made calculations that in time the two right-hand stars Mintaka and Alnilam will approach to each other and form a naked-eye double.  While the third star, Alnitak, will eventually drift away to the east and thus “break the band” of Orion’s belt. Therefore this verse has a dual meaning to it; it is actually a fact and a prophecy at the same time.

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6) The Anthropic Principle:

Isaiah 40:12
Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Isaiah 45:18
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

The anthropic principle states that universe shows signs of design which seems to be tailored with mankind and all life in mind. This was the conclusion after a half century of astronomy and physics which shows that laws of physics and the constants display signs of fine-tuning to ensure that man can live. A simple example of this is the position of the Earth from the sun; not to far and not too close just right. There are many other examples of anthropic principle, for instance, one can look no futher than water. Water is the one of a handful of natural substances that when solid can actually float upon itself, a property which makes it possible for fishes to survive in frozen lakes under sheets of ice. This principle was first popularized by the comments of Robert Dicke in 1961, thousands of years after the Bible made this claim.

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7) The 1st law of Thermodynamics:

Genesis 2:1, 2
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

The 1st law of Thermodynamics simply states that energy cannot be created nor be destroyed; that the energy throughout  the universe is finite and fixed. Well the verse above in simple words infer the same meaning. It was Rudolf Clausius and William Rankine who first coined this law in 1850, thousands of years after the Bible indicated that the universe and its energy is finite and constant.

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8) The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: Entropy:

Psalms 102:25, 26
Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:

The 2nd law of Thermodynamics state that entropy or decay is on the rise throughout the universe as energy is wasted and as matter is dispersed. This law is often accredited to Nicolas Carnot in 1824 . Once again the Bible presented complex modern science in relatively simple words and imagery.

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9)  We live in a Digital Simulation!:

Hebrews 11:3
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

The Bible from the verses above when read carefully convey the meaning that this is not the real world; that we  are rather living in a fabricated reality, just like “The Matrix” trilogy. The fact is that scientists, specifically the quantum physicists, have determined that the universe is in fact a complex hologram or an elaborate digital simulation. They came to this conclusion after the double slit experiment and observing that electrons behave as a wave or particle depending on the influence of the observer of the experiment (termed  Wave Function Collapse). This is a truly fascinating discovery, I encourage you to watch this clip for more on this:

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10) Air has Weight:

Job 28:25
To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.

It was always taught that air has no weight to it. However, the Bible verse above clearly indicates that it does. Science in ancient times classified air as an element called “Aether,” which is Greek for “fresh air,” this substance was for a very long time was assumed to be weightless. It was in 1640 that Evangelista Torricelli discovered that air in fact does have weight, which is exactly what the Bible says.

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11) Light behaves as a particle and a wave:

Job 38:19
Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,

It was only in the 17th century that men described light as being waves or particles. Christiaan Huygens was one of the first to propose the wave nature of light, which is confirmed by phrase “the way” in the verse above. On the other hand, Isaac Newton was the one who proposed that light exists as a particle which is also insinuated by the Bible’s use of the words “dwelleth” and “place” as if light has a fixed or stationary nature to it (locality). It is through Albert Einstein and the “Particle-Wave Duality” in the 20th century that both opposing theories became true; that light was proven to behave as a wave and particles.  Is it just a coincidences that the Bible got the nature of light right for both natures of light? I don’t think so, the odds of that would be astronomical, pun intended.

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12) The Formation of Wind Patterns and the Coriolis Effect:

Job 38:24
By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?

The Bible above obviously suggests above that the light creates the winds on the Earth. This is proven true by science: the hot air over sunlit places rises and cold air moves in to fill the gap, thus wind is produced. The jet stream was discovered by Wasaburo Oishi in 1920s. The most interesting thing about this is that at the same time the Bible indicated that light caused winds on Earth other cultures like the Greeks claimed that their god Aeolus blows upon the Earth to create winds. Strange enough, this same culture that produced such an absurd claim is the same one that provided the discipline of philosophy (from Plato, Aristotle and Socrates) still taught  today and accepted, while the Bible proven time and time again is rejected.

Ecclesiastes 1:6
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.

The above verse clearly and accurately describes the Coriolis effect which explains the origin of wind pattern and more significantly defines them as having “loops” just as the Bible correctly uses the word “circuits.” The Coriolis effect was named by its founder Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis in 1835, however, the term was only applied  in meteorology in the early 20th century.

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13)  Springs of the Sea:

Job 38:16
Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

This above verse was for a very long time mocked and laughed at by skeptics until the 23 foot long submersible called “Alvin” with 3 geologists inside discovered hot springs at the bottom of the ocean in the Galapagos Rift in the Pacific Ocean. The springs were rich in Chlorine and minerals and its plumes extended as far as 13m high.

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14)  The Water or Hydrologic Cycle:

Amos 9:6
It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name.

Job 36:27, 28
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.

Ecclesiastes 1:7
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

It is obvious to anyone with sense that these verses all perfectly describe what we call the Water Cycle. The Bible wrote this over 3000 years ago, long before this fact became popularized by Bernard Palissy in the 16th century.

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15)  Anticipation of Microbes, Bacteria, Viruses and Diseases:

Leviticus 15:13
And when he that hath an issue is cleansed of his issue; then he shall number to himself seven days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in running water, and shall be clean.

God establishes the laws of cleansing oneself with clean running water to the Israelites. At the same time this was happening, the Egyptians used oils and scents made from the burnt remains of plants and animals, that only masked the odor. So, Moses was not inspired by the traditions of men but by the wisdom of God Almighty. These practices was founded thousands of years before disease causing microbes like bacteria were discovered by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek in the 17th century. These cleansing laws were invented long before viruses were even discovered in 1892 by Dmitri Ivanovsky.

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16) The institution of Quarantine Procedures:

Leviticus 13:45, 46
And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean.
All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.

The above sounds as a carbon copy of the quarantine practices of our modern day. In fact, the Europeans used these procedures between 1348 to 1359 to combat the spread of the Black Death. In fact the word “quarantine” comes from the Venetian word “quaranta” which means “forty” which was the number of days that ships were required to remain isolated in order to avoid the spread of the Black Death. Informed Christians know the significance of the number forty in the Bible. If you are not aware of the significance of this number please read this. This is a clear instance where science has applied the teachings of the Bible – of course it will never admit that this practice originated from the Bible.

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17) Life is in the Blood:

Leviticus 17:11, 14
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

The Bible once again proves a fact which is well accepted by science. The blood serves various purposes but one of the major ones being the means to deliver oxygen to the cells throughout the body via the red blood cells. Red blood cells were discovered in 1685 by Jan Swammerdam and hemoglobin, that facilitates the oxygen carrying property in blood, was discovered decades later. In fact George Washington , the first US president, who was suffering from a throat infection died  in 1799, because of bloodletting, an archaic and unbiblical medical “cure” practiced by guess who? The Greeks.

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18) The Bible knew the ideal time for Circumcision and its benefits:

Genesis 17:12
And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.

It is a proven scientific fact that the 8th day is the ideal day to perform surgeries in babies. The 8th day is the day where the prothrombin and vitamin K, both involved in the coagulation of blood, are at above average levels, making the cut heal faster. How can Moses possibly know this? Trial and error? With trial and error he would have had dead babies on his hands! Another interesting fact is that circumcision  has been shown to reduce the risk of STD transmissions by half! These are all remarkable proofs that the Bible is certainly inspired by an all knowing God; not man.

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19) Electricity can send messages?:

Job 38:35
Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?

The verse above is perhaps one of the most telling verses in the Bible, as it implies that electricity can be used to send messages. Guess what? The Bible is right once again! The very first electrical message was successfully sent by Francis Ronalds’ primitive electrostatic  telegraph which was perfected by Pavel Schilling, who made the electromagnetic telegraph in 1832. This may be considered as another prophetic verse.

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20)  Bible talks about Dinosaurs:

Job 40:15-17
Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.

The above is a clear description of a dinosaur possibly a brontosaurus or maybe a titanosaurus. In any case, God must be describing a living animal which Job had to be familiar with. Some may debate that this may be an elephant or a hippo but this verse demands common sense, none of those animals have tails that remotely behaves or  resembles a cedar tree! Evolutionists will of course attack this verse as it makes the additional implication that mankind lived with dinosaurs as recent as Job’s time which was a little over 3000 years ago. Even if you deny the above verse there are still several other verses that describe dinosaurs even with known animals of today: Leviathan (Job 41:1; Psalms 74:14;Psalms 104:26; Isaiah 27:1), Unicorns according to the Bible sounds more like a dinosaur than the stereotypical mythical horse we know (Numbers 24:8; Psalms 92:10; Job 39:9-12; Isaiah 34:7) and Pterodactyls (Isaiah 14:29; Isaiah 30:6). More Dinosaurs scriptures ( Deuteronomy 32:33; Job 30:29; Psalm 91:13; Isaiah 34:13; Isaiah 43:20; Jeremiah 14:6).

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Just to go a little more into Evolution, nothing takes God by surprise, the Bible actually makes a remarkable prediction that the Last Days will have false scientific ideas being taught:

1 Timothy 6:20
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.

I hope that you understand now that the Bible is indeed a text which is worthy of study, these are just a handful of biblical truths confirmed by science. Since the Bible is correct when discussing scientific matters then it can, by inference, be reliable when it discusses about God, and His plan to use His Son, Jesus Christ as the means to save humanity. We all need to accept God’s word. The Bible states that Jesus existed, Jesus claimed to be God in the Bible, therefore God does in fact exist and Christians serve a Living God.

Psalms 33:4
For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.

~Planet Zion