The Bible and Science:

Bible is not a book of Science. It does not contradict Science. It entails science of those times, or pre-science. It describes the physical Universe in its own different way. We shall examine it. What Science says today need not be alike. Bible is a religious book, therefore, it does not intend to teach Science. A book on cooking does not teach chemistry, but it teaches how to cook. Whether we should promote geocentrism or heliocentrism is a matter of Science. We speak in terms of normal observation: “sunset” and “sunrise”. It looks that since humans are the centre of God’s attention, the place where they live must be the centre of God’s Universe. But it should not be a logical or biblical inference. The Bible speaks of the heavens “fix their rule over the earth,” , namely that the heavens control the earth. The early proponents (Nicholas Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei) of heliocentrism (the earth revolving around the Sun) were all Christians.In fact, Isaac Newton, in his famous scientific work, Principia, stated, “The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion on an intelligent and powerful Being.”

Of course, the Bible was not written as a work of Science nor was its purpose to describe the workings of the physical world. It was written to explain spiritual principles – the nature of humankind, the nature of God, and how people can have a personal relationship with God. Yet the Bible can influence our scientific research and help us in deepening the mysteries of the Universe.



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