The Bible – An Irrelevant Book?

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• So, we’ve proved that Christianity really isn’t irrelevant to modern life (see previous section).
• But so what? Isn’t it just another religion, albeit a very important one, that depends upon an
irrelevant, outdated book that ‘claims’ to be the inspired word of God?
• Every religion, of course, claims its religious book is just that. And every religion, you may well
think if you’re not ‘religious’, is probably wrong.
• Well what if I could prove that this Christian faith, this faith that has influenced the way the whole of
our society is founded, really is based on the inspired word of God.
• Based around a book, the Bible, that beyond any doubt, comes directly from the God who made us
and everything around us.
• What if I could do that? It would be hard, wouldn’t it, not to take Christianity – and the Bible –
seriously, wouldn’t it?
• What is it that makes this book, the Bible, unique? It is, quite simply this. That not one un-scientific
statement is in it. And that sets it apart from every other religious book.
• Every religious book, to be relevant to humanity, must mention facts about the world around us – and
indeed, all of them do.
• The problem for religious writers is that our understanding of the world around us is constantly
• Which means that historical religious books are always going to be out of date. Because they were
written by human beings. And not in the divinely inspired way they claim to be.
• Let’s take, at random, one religion’s book, say the Hindu Vidas, written around the same time as
much of the Bible.
• What does it say, for instance, is holding the earth up?
• Well, it says that the earth is held up on the back of four elephants and that they are balancing on a
huge turtle swimming in a big sea.
• Now that would have sounded perfectly plausible to the ancients when the Vidas was written but
today, we can see that this is clearly an unscientific statement.
• Maybe you think I’m being unfair on the Hindus. I’m not. All the peoples in the ancient world had
similar theories.
• The Greeks thought that the world was held up on the shoulders of a giant, Atlas.
• You’d expect the Bible (with texts today proved by the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery in the 1940s to be
basically the same as those written thousands of years ago) to be full of this kind of rubbish.
• But instead, it’s full of miraculous statements that have today’s scientists scratching their heads in

Space & Starsspace
• For example, what does the Bible say is holding the earth up? Well, in Job 26v7 (written 4000 years
ago), it says that the earth ‘hangs on nothing’ – and this thousands of years before Newton came
along with his theories of gravity.
• But, you say, well Job probably struck it lucky with that one. Or did he?
• In Job 38v31, God is trying to show Job how small he is and how big God is and He asks him about
two of the galaxy’s star formations, the Plaedies and Orion.
• “Can you bind the chain of the Plaedies or loose the chain around Orion like I can?”, he asks him.
• Was it coincidence that Job knew that the Plaedies was the only group of stars in the universe that
has a band around it – the only group that is not shooting apart: all the others are.
• Did he just pick one grouping at random from thousands and ‘strike it lucky’ around 3900 years
before scientists discovered this fact?
• In Jeremiah (written 2600 years ago) 33v22, it says that the stars are without number: only 200 years
ago, the leading scientist of the day said that the total number of stars was between (and I quote)
“1022 and 1056”.
• In Job 25v5, it says that the moon has no light of its own (the ancients thought it shone by itself).
• In Psalms (written 3000 years ago) in 19 v4, it talks about the sun moving round the heavens (the
ancients thought the sun was either still or went round the earth).
• Talking of the sun and the earth, and just to prove that there are New Testament examples too, Luke
17v34 shows us the earth spins on its axis, with half in light, half in darkness when it talks of Jesus
coming again in a moment of time when for some it’s night and for others, day.

• In Job 28v25, it says that air weighs nothing.
• The scientist Torcelli found this out only a few hundred years back. In Job 38v35, it even says that
messages can be sent by electricity. Written 4000 years ago!
• And in case you think I’m hung up on the book of Job in the Bible’s Old Testament, there’s stuff like
this all over the Bible. In Isaiah (written 2700 years ago) in 40v22 it says that the earth is round:
• lest we forget, we live only two centuries after people laughed at anyone who thought it wasn’t flat.
• In Ecclesiastes (written 3000 years ago), in 1v6-7, it talks about the water cycle: you know, rain
falling, running down mountains into the sea, evaporating, then falling again.
• As recently as 250 years ago, people knew nothing about the water cycle and wondered how indeed
water did get to the top of mountains to flow down into the sea.

• Let’s take another very old Bible book, Leviticus, written 3600 years ago. In 13v45-46, it talks about
the laws of quarantine.
• Then it goes on to talk about the importance of washing your hands after touching unclean things like
a dead body, something only discovered by scientist Dr Samuel Weiss in 1840
• Even more powerfully, Leviticus 17v.11 says “the life is in the blood”, a fact ‘discovered’ by
scientists just over 3000 years later when Dr Harvey discovered the circulation of the blood system.
• Further on in the New Testament, the apostle Paul says that “growth comes from the head”, long
before scientists discovered the pituitary gland, which of course from the head, governs the growth of
the whole body.

• No secular scientists doubt today that the Bible’s books are pretty much as they were written 2,000-
4,000 years ago. In which case, how on earth did the writers know all this stuff thousands of years
before scientists discovered it if what they were writing was not divinely inspired by God?
• And why, like all the other writers of religion-founding books, did they not include facts that in
modernday terms would not look ridiculous?
• There’ll be some of you sitting there thinking ‘how can he say that of a book that claims Creation
happened in the Garden of Eden in six days’.
• And to that, I’d say ‘stick to stuff that can be proved’. No scientifically factual theory exists for
Creation. No one was there. Everything I’ve talked about can be proved.
• Unlike ‘The Big Bang Theory’ by the way, belief in which was described recently by one nonChristian scientist as like “believing that a whirlwind went into a junkyard and an hour later, out
came a jumbo jet”.
• I personally think you need a lot of faith to believe that.
• You don’t need a lot of faith to believe in scientific proven fact however. In fact, you don’t need any.
• And the Bible is full of scientifically proven fact miraculously written thousands of years before it
came to light.
• Where could the knowledge of this come from apart from God?
• And if it did come from God, can you afford to ignore the rest of what He says in this book?