bible & science

Is science a friend or foe to the Bible? In this series we will discover that a proper interpretation of science, as well as a proper understanding of Scripture, will find no conflict between the two. Consequently, we will find what the Bible does say, as well as what it does not say, with respect to science and nature. In doing so, we will clear up many misconceptions on this topic.

Order: God’s Design or Blind Chance

Part 1: Why We Go To The Bible To Find Ultimate Answers 

Question 1 What Is General Revelation? 

Question 2 What Is Special Revelation?

Question 3 Does God Expect Us To Interpret The Biblical Account Of Our Origins in a Literal Manner? 


Part 2: The Biblical Doctrine Of Creation 

Question 4 Where Did The Universe Come From? 

Question 5 Is Everything Here By Blind Chance or God’s Intelligent Design? 

Question 6 Was The Universe Created By The God Of The Bible? 

Question 7 What Is The Biblical Account Of Special Creation? (Fiat Creationism) 

Question 8 Did God Create The Universe Out Of No Preexisting Materials? (Creation Ex Nihilo)

Question 9 What Did God Specifically Created?

Question 10 Why Did God Create The Universe? 

Question 11 Did God Create Other Inhabited Worlds Apart From Our Own? 

Question 12 What False Teachings Are Refuted By The Biblical Account Of Creation? (Atheism, Polytheism, Pantheism, Deism) 

Question 13 What Is Eternal Creationism?

Question 14 What Is The Gnostic View Of Creation? 

Question 15 Were Each Of The Members Of The Trinity Involved In Creation? 

Question 16 What Is Presently Preserving The Universe? 

Question 17 How Is God Preserving The Universe? 

Question 18 How Involved Is God In Running The Universe? 

Question 19 What Does The Bible Have To Say About Future Creation? 

Question 20 What Are Some of the Challenges That Have Been Made To The Genesis Account of Creation? 


Part 3: The Theory Of Atheistic Evolution: 

Question 21 What Is Macroevolution?

Question 22 What Is Microevolution? 

Question 23 Does First Timothy 6:20 Refer To The Theory Of Evolution? (Science Falsely So Called) 

Question 24 What Is The Big Bang Theory? Is It Compatible With The Bible? 

Question 25 What Did After Its Kind Mean? Does The Bible Teach The Fixity Of The Species? 

Question 26 Can Biblical Creationism Or The Theory Of Evolution Be Proven Scientifically? 

Question 27 What Is Theistic Evolution? 

Question 28 Can Theistic Evolution Solve The Controversy Between Creation And Evolution? 

Question 29 Why Do Some Christians Believe In Evolution? 

Question 30 Did Charles Darwin Change His Mind About Evolution On His Deathbed? (The Lady Hope Story) 

Question 31 Is It Enough To Believe In An Intelligent Designer Or Creator? (ID Intelligent Design) 

Question 32 Why It Matters! What Are The Consequences of Accepting Atheistic Evolution? 

Resolving Scientific Difficulties in Scripture

Question 1 What Are the Limitations of Science? Can It Provide Ultimate Answers? 

Question 2 What Are Some Common Misconceptions About How Bible-believing Christians View Scripture and Science? 

Question 3 What Are the Issues That All Bible-believing Christians Are in Agreement with Respect to the Bible and Science? 

Question 4 What Are the Issues in The Bible and Science Debate Where Christians Have Differences? 

Question 5 What Is the Primary Purpose of Scripture? Is It to Teach Us About Science? 

Question 6 What Are the Various Ways in Which Christians Interpret Scientific References Found in Scripture? 

Question 7 Why Do Some Christians Think the Bible Contains No Useful Scientific Information? 

Question 8 Why Do Some Christians Try To “Make the Bible Fit” The Latest Theories of Science (Concordism) 

Question 9 Why Do Some Christians Believe That the Bible Makes Mistakes in Areas Of Science? (Limited Inerrancy) 

Question 10 Should the Bible Be Consulted to Answer Scientific Questions? 

Question 11 Why Do Some Scientific Theories Contradict the Bible? 

Question 12 Why Did The Church Condemn Galileo For Saying The Earth Was Not The Immovable Center Of The Solar System? 

Question 13 What Impact Did the Huxley/Wilberforce Debate Have on the Way the Bible and Science Were Perceived? 

Question 14 What Happened at The Scopes Trial?

Question 15 Has Christianity Opposed the Advancement of Science? 

Part 2: Dinosaurs

Question 16 What Are Dinosaurs?

Question 17 According to the Bible, When Were Dinosaurs Created? 

Question 18 What Was the Behemoth? Was It a Dinosaur?

Question 19 What Was the Leviathan? Was It a Dinosaur?

Question 20 What Happened to The Dinosaurs?


Question 21 Is It Possible That Dinosaurs Are Alive Today?

Part 3:  Scientific Difficulties in Scripture 

Question 22 Does the Bible Make Unscientific Statements? 

Question 23 Does Scripture Teach That the Sky Is a Solid Dome? (Firmament) 

Question 24 Does the Bible Teach That the Earth Is the Center of The Universe? (Geocentrism) 

Question 25 Does the Bible Teach a Flat Earth? (The Earth Has Four Corners) 

Question 26 Does Scripture Teach That the Earth Actually Sits on Pillars? 

Question 27 Why Does the Bible Say That the Moon Is a Light?

Question 28 Is the Gospel Found in the Stars? (Mazzaroth)

Question 29 Does the Bible Speak About Cavemen?

Question 30 Does the Rabbit Chew Its Cud? 

Question 31 Why Did God Restrict the Children of Israel From Eating Certain Foods? (The Dietary Laws) 

Question 32 Did the Sun Actually Stand Still in Joshua’s Long Day? 

Question 33 Has A Missing Day in History Been Found Which Confirms Joshua’s Long Day? 

Question 34 Does the Bible Give an Inaccurate Value to Pi?

Question 35 How Could Iron Float and Wood Sink?

Question 36 Did God Back Up the Sun for Hezekiah’s Sundial?

Question 37 Was Jonah Swallowed by A Whale? 

Question 38 Does the Bible Speak of Mythical Creatures Such as the Unicorn? 

Question 39 What Was the Star of Bethlehem?

Question 40 Does the Bible Foresee Modern Scientific Discoveries? 

Question 41 What Should We Conclude About the Bible and Its Views on Science? 

In The Beginning (Genesis 1-3)

Part 1: Introductory Questions About The Book of Genesis 

Question 1 What is the Purpose of Genesis? Why Was It Written?

Question 2 Is It Important To Interpret The Events Of Genesis In A Literal Manner? 

Question 3 Does The Book Of Genesis Provide Any Scientific Information Regarding The Formation Of The Universe? 


Part 2: The Genesis Creation Account (Genesis 1 and 2) 

Question 4 What Does Genesis 1:1 Tell Us About The Creation Of The Heavens And The Earth? 

Question 5 How Should Genesis 1:1 Be Translated? 

Question 6 Should Genesis 1:1 Be Understood As A Title To The Creation Account? 

Question 7 How Could There Have Been Light Before The Sun? 

Question 8 What Do “The Waters Above” Refer To? (Genesis 1:7)

Question 9 How Were The Stars To Be Used As Signs? (Genesis 1:14) 

Question 10 To Whom Did God Enter Counsel With? (Genesis 1:26) Does This Speak Of The Trinity?

Question 11 What Is The Image Of God That Humankind Was Created In? What Things Do We Have In Common With God? 

Question 12 Is There A Difference Between The Image And Likeness Of God? 

Question 13 Does God Command Humanity To Exploit Nature? (Genesis 1:28-30) 

Question 14 In What Sense Did God Rest On The Seventh Day? 

Question 15 Why Does Genesis Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 Use Different Names For God? (Elohim And Yahweh, Or Jehovah) 

Question 16 Does Genesis 1 and 2 Contain Two Contradictory Accounts Of Creation? 

Question 17 Where Was The Garden Of Eden? Can Its Location Ever Be Found? 

Question 18 Were Adam And Eve Actual People? 

Question 19 Did Any Human Beings Exist Before God Created Adam And Eve? (Pre-Adamic Race) 

Question 20 How Was Adam Created? (Genesis 2:7) 

Question 21 In What Sense Was Adam Different From The Animals? 

Question 22 What Was The Tree Of Life? 

Question 23 What Was The Tree Of The Knowledge Of Good And Evil? 

Question 24 Were Humans Created Before The Animals? (Genesis 2:19) 

Question 25 What Does It Mean, “Man Was To Keep The Garden?”

Question 26 How Was Eve Created? Was She Made From The Rib Of Adam?

Question 27 If Eve Was Created From Adam’s Rib Then Why Don’t Males Have One Less Rib Than Females?


Part 3: The Fall Of Humanity (Genesis 3) 

Question 28 Is The Fall Of Humanity An Historical Event Or Is It A Myth? Does It Matter One Way Or The Other?

Question 29 Did God Give Adam And Eve An Unfair Test In The Garden Of Eden?

Question 30 How Do We Understand The Serpent, Or Snake In The Garden Of Eden? Was It A Real Creature?

Question 31 Why Did God Allow The Tempter To Enter The Paradise Of Eden?

Question 32 With Respect To Eating The Forbidden Fruit, Did Eve Either Change Or Misinterpret The Original Commands Of The Lord?

Question 33 Why Do Some Translations Of Genesis 3:5 Say Adam And Eve Could Become gods? Does This Mean That More Than One God Exists?

Question 34 What Type Of Knowledge Did The Serpent Promise Eve? (Did She Think She Could Become God?) 

Question 35 In What Areas Was Eve Tempted? 

Question 36 What Was Adam’s Role In The Fall? Why Didn’t He Stop Eve From Eating The Forbidden Fruit? 

Question 37 What Would Have Happened If Adam Had Not Eaten From The Forbidden Fruit? 

Question 38 In What Sense Did Adam And Eve Die When They Ate The Forbidden Fruit? 

Question 39 What Would Have Happened If Adam And Eve Did Not Sin? 

Question 40 How Are We To Understand God “Walking” In The Garden Of Eden? 

Question 41 Did God Find Out That Adam And Eve Had Sinned Only When He Found Them Hiding? 

Question 42 What Was The Punishment For The Serpent For Its Role In The Fall? 

Question 43 What Does Genesis 3:15 Mean? Who Is The Seed Or Offspring Of The Serpent? Who Is The Seed Or Offspring Of The Woman? 

Question 44 How Was The Woman Punished For Her Role In The Fall? What Is Meant By “Childbearing Will Be A Curse?” 

Question 45 How Was The Man Punished For His Role In The Fall? 

Question 46 How Did The Fall Affect The Earth?

Question 47 Does Genesis 3:22 Contradict Genesis 1:27? In What Sense Can Humans Become Like God?

Question 48 If God Is Everywhere, How Could Adam And Eve Hide From His Presence?

Question 49 Why Did God Place A Guard At The Garden Of Eden? (The Cherubim)

Question 50 What Important Spiritual Truths Do We Learn From The Account Of The Fall Of Humanity?

The Sons of God, The Flood, The Tower of Babel (Genesis 4-11)

Previously, in our first three books of this series, we have looked at the subjects of creation/evolution, responded to certain difficulties in the area of science and the Bible, and have examined the first three chapters of the Book of Genesis.

 

We now move on to events after the Fall of humanity through the events of the Flood and the Tower of Babel.

 

These early years of the earth were in preparation for the main story of Scripture—God and His relationship to the descendants of Abraham.

 

Many questions arise from the accounts in these chapters—both scientific as well as historical. Therefore, it is important that we examine these chapters carefully to discover what the Lord desires to teach us.

Part 1: From The Fall To The Flood (Genesis 4-6) 

Question 1 What Did Eve Mean, “I Have Gotten A Man From The Lord?” 

Question 2 Were Cain and Abel Twins? 

Question 3 Why Did God Reject Cain’s Sacrifice? 

Question 4 What Was The Mark Of Cain? 

Question 5 Why Wasn’t Cain Put To Death For Killing His Brother? 

Question 6 Where Did Cain Get His Wife?

Question 7 Why Didn’t God Condemn Lamech’s Polygamy? 

Question 8 What Does It Mean “People Began To Call Upon The Name Of The Lord?” 

Question 9 Did The Ancients Live As Long As The Bible Said They Did? 

Question 10 Why Did The People Live So Long Before The Flood? 

Question 11 Why Didn’t Enoch Die?

Question 12 Who Were The Sons Of God And The Daughters Of Men?

Question 13 Were The Sons Of God Fallen Angels?

Question 14 Were The Sons Of God The Godly Line Of Seth? 

Question 15 Were The Sons Of God Ancient Rulers Who Claimed To Be Divine? 

Question 16 Were The Sons Of God Demon-Possessed Men? 

Question 17 Were The Sons Of God Simply Men?

Question 18 What Should We Conclude About The Identity Of The Sons Of God And The Daughters Of Men?

Question 19 What Did The Lord Mean “My Spirit Will Not Strive With Humanity Forever?”

Question 20 Does Genesis 6:3 Contradict Psalm 90 With Respect To How Long Humans Will Live?

Question 21 Was God Unsatisfied With His Original Creation?

Question 22 Did God Change His Mind?

Question 23 In What Sense Was Noah Perfect? 

Part 2: The Genesis Flood And Its Aftermath (Genesis 7-11) 

Question 24 Is The Biblical Flood Account Merely A Legend? 

Question 25 Did The Biblical Flood Account Borrow From Other Ancient Accounts Such As The Babylonian Epic Of Gilgamesh? 

Question 26 Could The Ancients Have Constructed A Vessel As Large As The Ark? 

Question 27 What Were The Reasons For The Flood? 

Question 28 How Many Of Each Animal Entered The Ark? 

Question 39 What Was The Duration Of The Flood? 

Question 30 In What Sense Did God Remember Noah? 

Question 31 Did The Occurrence Of Famines Contradict God’s Promise About Seedtime And Harvest? 

Question 32 Do Future Divine Judgments Contradict God’s Promise That He Would Never Again Judge The Earth? 

Question 33 Did All Of Humanity Descend From Noah’s Three Sons? 

Question 34 Did It Rain Before The Flood? 

Question 35 Were There Rainbows Before The Flood? 

Question 36 Was The World Different After The Flood? 

Question 37 What Was The Covenant God Made With Noah? 

Question 38 Was Noah Responsible For His Drunkenness? 

Question 39 Why Was Canaan Cursed Instead Of Ham? 

Question 40 What Was The Curse Of Canaan? 

Question 41 Does The Bible Endorse Capital Punishment? 

Question 42 How Could Genesis 10 Speak Of Many Languages When Genesis 11 Says There Was Only One? 

Question 43 Does Genesis 10:25 Speak of the Earth Splitting into Continents in The Days of Peleg? (Continental Drift) 

Question 44 Why Was The Tower Of Babel Built?

Question 45 How Did God Scatter The People At Babel? 

Question 46 Where Is The Site Of The Tower Of Babel? 

Question 47 Where Was Abraham From: Ur Or Haran? 


Appendix: The Extent Of The Flood of Noah 

Question 48 What Are The Various Ways Christians Understand The Flood In Noah’s Day? (What Was Its Extent) 

Question 49 Was The Flood In Noah’s Day Localized To One Geographic Area? (Local Flood) 

Question 50 Did The Flood Cover The Entire Earth? (Universal Flood) 

Question 51 What Conclusions Should We Make About The Genesis Flood?

The Days of Genesis and the Age of the Earth

In this final book of our series on the Bible and science, we will concentrate on two of the most controversial and often-discussed subjects in the Bible/Science debate—the meaning of the word “day” in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis and the age of the earth.

 

As we shall see, there are a number of different views that Bible-believers hold on these fascinating subjects.

 

Therefore, it is important that we take a more in-depth, though not exhaustive, look at the issues in an attempt to discover what the Scriptures are revealing to us about these fascinating topics.

Part 1: The Days Of Genesis 

Question 1 How Shall We Approach The Issue Of The Meaning Of The Word “Day” In Genesis 1? 

Question 2 What Are The Various Ways Bible-Believers Understand The Word “Day” In The First Chapter Of Genesis? 

Question 3 What Is The Recent Creation View? (Six Literal Days Twenty-Four Hours In Length, The Calendar Day View) 

Question 4 What Is The Literal Solar Day/Creation Not Dated View? 

Question 5 What Is The Local Creation View? (The Creation Account Only Deals With The Promised Land) 

Question 6 What Is The Pre-Genesis 1 Creation View? 

Question 7 What Is The Gap Theory? (The Ruin And Reconstruction Theory) 

Question 8 Could There Have Been Gaps Between The Days In Genesis 1? (Progressive Creationism) 

Question 9 What Is The Revelational Day Theory? (Creation Was Revealed In Six Days) 

Question 10 Was The Account Of Creation Written On Six Tablets Long Before The Time Of Moses? (The Creation Account Was Possibly Written By Adam) 

Question 11 What Is The Age/Day Theory? (The Days Represent Long Ages) 

Question 12 What Is Literary Framework View?

Question 13 What Is The Religious Only View Of Genesis? 

Question 14 What Is The Analogical Day View? (Days Of God, Not Human Days) 

Question 15 What Should Be Our Conclusion About What The Bible Says Concerning The Days In Genesis? 

Part 2: The Bible And The Age Of The Earth 

Question 16 Do Christians Believe The Earth Is Old Or Young? 

Question 17 Why Do Some Bibles Say The Date Of Creation Was 4004 B.C? (Ussher’s Chronology) 

Question 18 Does The Bible Give Us Clues With Respect To The Age Of The Earth? 

Question 19 Do The Days In Genesis Help Us In Dating The Age Of The Earth? (Clue 1) 

Question 20 Do The Genealogies In The Bible Give Us A Complete Chronology? Can We Date The Time Of Creation From The Genealogies Alone? (Clue 2) 

Question 21 How Does The Issue Of Animal Death Help Us Date The Age Of The Earth? (Clue 3) 

Question 22 What Is The Idealized View Of Time? (Mature Creationism) How Does It Affect The Way Things Are Dated? (Clue 4) 

Question 23 Why Would God Not Have Revealed Himself To Those Who Lived Before Adam And Eve? (Assuming Such Personages Existed) (Clue 5) 

Question 24 Do The Teachings Of Jesus Provide Us With Any Information About The Genesis Creation Account And The Age Of The Earth? (Clue 6) 

Question 25 How Does The Nature Of God, As Revealed In The Bible, Help Us Determine How Long Humanity Has Been On This Planet? (Clue 7) 

Question 26 How Does The Future Creation of the Heavens and the Earth Help Us Date The Original Creation? Clue 8) 

Question 27 Does The Fall Of Humanity And The Genesis Flood Have To Be Considered When Dating The Earth? (Uniformitarianism) 

Question 28 What Conclusions Can We Make About The Age Of The Earth And The Universe?