Is there at least one thing on which science agrees with the Bible? Well, I doubt you’d find it. But, what if the Holy Scripture held scientific facts – facts that were discovered thousands of years later.
The water Cycle
The water cycle, considered as the life cycle for water, consists of three main stages: evaporation, condensation and precipitation. The circle begins when water in rivers, seas and other water bodies evaporates and becomes water vapor. As the water vapor rises in the atmosphere, it cools and condenses into tiny droplets of water, which eventually accumulate to form clouds. These clouds contain water and that water comes down on earth in the form of rain. The rain is then either absorbed into the soil which becomes groundwater or runs off into rivers and from where it flows back the sea only to be evaporated back into the air. And, this is how the cycle goes on and on.
The water represents a continuous movement of water within the earth and the atmosphere. The three major stages in the water cycle are connected to the main components of the earth’s climate system, air, clouds and water bodies. Unknown to many, this water cycle is essential for every living being on earth as no life can be sustained without water.
I’m sure it’s nothing new to you because every child learns about this important cycle in year 4 or year 5 at school. However, I doubt it would be common knowledge for Job. I’m not taking about Job, the neighbor or famous Steve Jobs; it’s about Job, the shepherd who was also a devout child of God.
But, why exactly are we talking about Job exactly? Here’s why:
“He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.” (Job 26:8)
“He draws up the drops of water, which distil as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.” (Job 36:27-28)
If you read these scriptures thoroughly, you can come to the following conclusion:
“Draws up drops of water” : evaporation
“Clouds pour down their moisture” : condensation
“Distil as rain to the streams” : precipitation
The knowledge about the water cycle was only discovered during the 1670s by two French scientists namely, Edme Marriotte and Pierre Perault. But, the book of Job was written centuries before that discovery. How come?
The Paths of the Sea
Let me introduce you to Matthew Maury: Born on 14 January, 1806, Maury was an American historian, author, educator, geologist and oceanographer. He is considered today as the father of oceanography because he made a great discovery in the field of oceanography. But, I’m sure you’ll be surprised to learn that this great man was also a devout Christian. And, in fact, a specific Biblical scripture has a great role to play in bringing him closer to the extraordinary discovery for which he became successful and famous.
“The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.” (Psalm 8:8)
After reading this Bible verse, Matthew Maury decided to find the paths of the seas.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when I say “quarantine?” There’s no doubt it’s COVID-19.
Since the dawn of 2020, health experts have been talking about how quarantine is one of the best strategies to prevent the transmission of coronavirus. Well, this strategy stems from the 14th century when people living in coastal cities tried to isolate all contaminated people. Back then, even the ships were ordered to sit at anchor for around 30-40 days before landing.
But, what if I tell you that this is not the origin of quarantine?
“As long as he has the infection, he remains unclean. He must live alone in a place outside the camp.” (Leviticus 13:46)