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1 Bible Miracles and Scientific “Explanations” Psalm 14:1-6 John 11:45-47; Acts 4:16 Psalm 14:1-6 John 11:45-47; Acts 4:16

2 Bible and Science Science: “to know, having knowledge” Humanism views science as “truth” and interprets everything through the template of naturalism, 2 Pet. 3:3-4 Example: The Ten Plagues of Egypt Science: “to know, having knowledge” Humanism views science as “truth” and interprets everything through the template of naturalism, 2 Pet. 3:3-4 Example: The Ten Plagues of Egypt 2

3 Scientific Theory for Egyptian Plagues From “The Reaping” (movie, Hillary Swank) “In 1400 B.C., a group of nervous Egyptians saw the Nile turn red, but what they thought was blood was actually an algae bloom which killed the fish, which prior to that had been living off the eggs of frogs. Those uneaten eggs turned into record numbers of baby frogs who subsequently fled to the land and died. From “The Reaping” (movie, Hillary Swank) “In 1400 B.C., a group of nervous Egyptians saw the Nile turn red, but what they thought was blood was actually an algae bloom which killed the fish, which prior to that had been living off the eggs of frogs. Those uneaten eggs turned into record numbers of baby frogs who subsequently fled to the land and died. 3

4 Scientific Theory for Egyptian Plagues “Their little rotting frog bodies attracted lice and flies. The lice carried the blue-tongue (?) virus which killed 70% of Egypt’s livestock. The flies carried glanders (?), a bacterial infection, which in humans, causes boils. Soon afterward the Nile Rive Valley was hit with a three-day sandstorm, otherwise known as the plague of darkness. 4

5 Scientific Theory for Egyptian Plagues “During the sandstorm, intense heat combined with an approaching cold front to create not only hail, but also electrical storms, which would’ve looked to the ancient Egyptians like fire from the sky. The subsequent wind would’ve blown the Ethiopian locust population off course and right into downtown Cairo. 5

6 Scientific Theory for Egyptian Plagues “Hail is wet – locust leave droppings – spread both on your grain and you’ve got micro toxins. Dinnertime in ancient Egypt meant the firstborn child got the biggest portion, which in this case meant he ate the most toxins so he died. Ten plagues equal ten scientific explanations.” “Hail is wet – locust leave droppings – spread both on your grain and you’ve got micro toxins. Dinnertime in ancient Egypt meant the firstborn child got the biggest portion, which in this case meant he ate the most toxins so he died. Ten plagues equal ten scientific explanations.” 6

7 Science and the Bible Science is the quest for human knowledge of the world and how it operates (its origin, causes and purposes) The Bible is revelation from God that explains the world’s origin, causes and purposes Science is the quest for human knowledge of the world and how it operates (its origin, causes and purposes) The Bible is revelation from God that explains the world’s origin, causes and purposes 7

8 Science and the Bible Science changes with the increase of knowledge; Bible as the source of truth does not change –Science can be false, 1 Tim. 6:20 –Ptolemaic System…Copernican System –Moses vs. Egyptian “knowledge” (Acts 7:22; Gen. 1:1, 26-27; 2:7) Science changes with the increase of knowledge; Bible as the source of truth does not change –Science can be false, 1 Tim. 6:20 –Ptolemaic System…Copernican System –Moses vs. Egyptian “knowledge” (Acts 7:22; Gen. 1:1, 26-27; 2:7) 8

9 Science and the Bible When the miracles of the Bible are rejected for natural explanations, inescapable conclusions follow… 9

10 Science and the Bible Denial & Rejection of God, Romans 1:18-21, 28 –BIBLE: “God said” (Gen. 1; Psa. 33: 6-9); The plagues, Exo. 7:20 –SCIENCE: Natural processes of evolution over 20 billion years (2 Peter 3:4) Denial & Rejection of God, Romans 1:18-21, 28 –BIBLE: “God said” (Gen. 1; Psa. 33: 6-9); The plagues, Exo. 7:20 –SCIENCE: Natural processes of evolution over 20 billion years (2 Peter 3:4) 10

11 Science and the Bible Denial of the Deity of Jesus –BIBLE: God with us; Creator, John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16 –SCIENCE: Historical figure, great philosopher but not deity Cannot answer the resurrection of Jesus from the dead! 1 Cor. 15:3-8 Denial of the Deity of Jesus –BIBLE: God with us; Creator, John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16 –SCIENCE: Historical figure, great philosopher but not deity Cannot answer the resurrection of Jesus from the dead! 1 Cor. 15:3-8 11

12 Science and the Bible Denial of the Inspired Word of God –BIBLE: Verbally-inspired, 2 Tim. 3:16; Zech. 7:12; 1 Cor. 14:37 –SCIENCE: Can never explain the Bible’s unity, harmony, fulfillment of prophecy and endurance Denial of the Inspired Word of God –BIBLE: Verbally-inspired, 2 Tim. 3:16; Zech. 7:12; 1 Cor. 14:37 –SCIENCE: Can never explain the Bible’s unity, harmony, fulfillment of prophecy and endurance 12

13 Science and the Bible Denial of Sin and Salvation –BIBLE: Origin and results of sin; death and a Savior, Genesis 3:1-15; Romans 5:12, 15 Miracles testify Jesus is Savior, John 10:25; 20:30-31 Denial of Sin and Salvation –BIBLE: Origin and results of sin; death and a Savior, Genesis 3:1-15; Romans 5:12, 15 Miracles testify Jesus is Savior, John 10:25; 20:

14 Science and the Bible Denial of Sin and Salvation –SCIENCE: Can never explain the origin of the human conscience & never solve problem of shame & guilt Humanism: “No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.” Rejects the persuasive evidence (Acts 17:30-31) Denial of Sin and Salvation –SCIENCE: Can never explain the origin of the human conscience & never solve problem of shame & guilt Humanism: “No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.” Rejects the persuasive evidence (Acts 17:30-31) 14

15 Science and the Bible Denial of Personal Faith in God –BIBLE: Personal faith… Produced by inspired word, Rom. 10:17; 1:16-17 Necessary for salvation by God’s grace, Eph. 2:8-9 Necessary to please God, Heb. 11:6 (2 Cor. 5:7) Denial of Personal Faith in God –BIBLE: Personal faith… Produced by inspired word, Rom. 10:17; 1:16-17 Necessary for salvation by God’s grace, Eph. 2:8-9 Necessary to please God, Heb. 11:6 (2 Cor. 5:7) 15

16 Science and the Bible Denial of Personal Faith in God –SCIENCE: Rejects the need for personal faith in God, 1 Timothy 6:20-21 Believe in yourself, not God (Jer. 10:23; Prov. 16:25) Denial of Personal Faith in God –SCIENCE: Rejects the need for personal faith in God, 1 Timothy 6:20-21 Believe in yourself, not God (Jer. 10:23; Prov. 16:25) 16

17 Science and the Bible Denial of the Soul and Eternity –BIBLE: Answers yearnings of the heart, Psa. 8:3-9; Eccl. 12:13-14 –SCIENCE: Man is an evolved animal, only physical without immortal soul, no heaven and hell, death ends all existence Denial of the Soul and Eternity –BIBLE: Answers yearnings of the heart, Psa. 8:3-9; Eccl. 12:13-14 –SCIENCE: Man is an evolved animal, only physical without immortal soul, no heaven and hell, death ends all existence 17

18 Science and the Bible Man’s knowledge must be directed by divine revelation & tempered by true faith in God, Acts 26:24-25 Do not lean on your own understanding; lean on the Lord, Proverbs 3:5-6 Man’s knowledge must be directed by divine revelation & tempered by true faith in God, Acts 26:24-25 Do not lean on your own understanding; lean on the Lord, Proverbs 3:5-6 18


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