I normally don’t like debates about science and religion—you can’t prove God exists because He’s outside the realm of science. It normally just leads to interesting conversations at best and shouting matches at worst. Martin Luther King said it the best: there’s no contradiction between science and religion, just between hard-headed scientists and hard-headed Christians.
But I’ve noticed that there are a lot of things that science is just now discovering that the Bible has been saying this entire time. It’s funny to see people get excited about some of the discoveries when in reality they’re a couple thousand years late to the party. The reason I’m mentioning these isn’t to prove the existence of God with science, it’s to show this: if the Bible is right about scientific questions that it’s not even trying to answer, isn’t it probably right about the spiritual questions it’s actually trying to answer? Here’s a few of them just for fun…
- The universe had a beginning.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
This seems like common sense to us today, but about a hundred years ago, it was revolutionary. As far back as Aristotle’s time, philosophers thought the universe was eternal. It just seemed a lot nicer to think of the heavens going on forever in an endless dance that had no beginning and would never end. But then in 1929, Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe was actually expanding. This meant, of course, that at some point it was smaller and smaller and smaller…and that at one point, it was nothing. And thus the Big Bang Theory was born. And I guess you could say this was where the age old war of creation vs. evolution got started. But all the while, the Bible had always had the same groundbreaking opening line, “In the beginning…”
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2. There are other dimensions:
“Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews – but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm’.”
This one is all over the Bible and is so blatant that if we could prove that it was false nothing else in the Bible would be worth investigating. Everything in Christianity hinges on the idea that there is more to the universe than what we can see. God Himself exists outside the universe and the whole reason He inspired the Bible to be written in the first place was to open our eyes to this other world. The Bible goes on to say that Jesus didn’t just create this world, but that He created everything “both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him.”(Colossians 1:6).
The apostle Paul even says that the reason there’s so much evil in the world is because we’re living in the middle of a spiritual war between the powers of Heaven and the powers of Hell in “heavenly realms”(Ephesians 6:10). So the Bible makes it clear that it’s saying there are other dimensions and there are beings living in these other dimensions: namely, God, angels, demons, Satan etc. But scientists have other names for these things.
Enter string theory. This is a relatively new theory in physics that states that there are more than 4 dimensions of space that we’re used to. How many, you might ask? 11. But those are just dimensions. Physicists are saying there could be an infinite number of universes right next door to us on the other side of black holes and that we could travel to them if we could just figure out how to not shrivel up and die from the earth-crushing gravity. This sounds like science fiction and a few decades ago people would have laughed at it. But thousands of years ago, Christians already knew it was true.
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3. The placebo effect
“He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.“”
Jesus had the power to heal. This is obvious with a quick glance at the Gospels. But what’s interesting is that He doesn’t always take 100% of the credit for it. He makes it very clear that in order for healing to happen, you have to believe that it will happen. When a woman who had an issue of blood for 12 years(She was essentially menstruating for 12 straight years, nonstop.) touched Jesus’ robe, she believed that it would be enough to heal her and it did. When Jesus saw her, He didn’t say, “You’re welcome.” He told her, “Your faith has healed you.”(Mark 5:34).
One immediately might ask, “Then why doesn’t God answer my prayer every single time I have faith?” I don’t know. But what’s more problematic than someone’s broken leg not being healed is someone’s broken leg actually being healed. That’s not supposed to happen. This has to be explained. And Jesus says that it can happen by just believing. Thousands of years before we knew much about mind over matter concepts, the Bible was telling us that the mind is much more powerful than we think.
Christians call it faith, scientists call it “the placebo effect”. The placebo effect is a phenomenon where sick people are given sugar pills and told they are real medicine and because they actually believe this, they get healed. Just like that. Here’s a quick video about it.
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4. Porn is bad for you
“Whoever sows to please the sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction.”
Dr. Oz and other doctors like him are finding out that some men are getting erectile dysfunction a lot earlier nowadays. Why? Because of too much porn. Apparently, the brain is wired in such a way that when you overstimulate it with too much porn, it short circuits and it gets really hard to get stimulated afterwards. You can watch so much porn that you can’t have sex with a real person anymore. It’s like our brains are designed to have particular kinds of sex and when we go outside of those lines, bad things happen.
Thousands of years before Viagra, the apostle Paul was telling people to be careful when it came to sexual immorality because, unlike other sins, sexual sins affect your body and not just your soul(1 Corinthians 6:18). Then he warned people again that “whoever sows to please the sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction.”.
And now we know what that destruction looks like. The moral of the story is if you want to keep having great sex long into your life, don’t watch porn. Solomon put it another way, “Enjoy the wife you married as a young man! Lovely as an angel, beautiful as a rose—don’t ever quit taking delight in her body. Never take her love for granted! Why would you trade enduring intimacies for cheap thrills with a whore? for dalliance with a promiscuous stranger?”(Proverbs 4:18)
To hear it from Dr. Oz himself, check out the episode here:
5. There is life after death
“ And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.”
This is probably the most pivotal and most controversial claim the Bible makes about the universe. Not only did the universe have a beginning, are there other dimensions in this universe, but there is life after death in this universe.
This causes all sorts of problems for us because the question then arises, “Well, where do we go after we die?” The Bible says that followers of Jesus(not just people who go to church and “say” they’re Christians) go to Heaven and those who don’t go to Hell. As uncomfortable as that makes us and even though this post isn’t meant to unpack the theology behind it, the assumption is clear–the story doesn’t end after we die. The Bible promises that there will be a day where God will put an end to all suffering, there will be no more death and we’ll be able to see our loved ones again.
And scientists have found that there’s actually evidence for this. Oncologist Dr. Jeffrey Long, author of Evidence of the After Life, has found that in 1300 cases of near-death experiences he’s studied, his patients had consistent experiences. It didn’t matter whether the person was a kid or a grandparent, healthy or blind, knew about near-death experiences or not, religious or athiest–everyone experienced or “saw” things that were consistent across the board. Why does this happen? Coincidence? Maybe. Cool? Definitely.
Check out the evidence for yourself.
Regardless of what you believe about these 5 things, whether you’re convinced or even more skeptical, whether you’re entertained or bored, I hope this has helped you see one thing: since the Bible has been right about scientific questions that it’s not trying to answer, it’s probably right about the spiritual questions it’s actually trying to answer. If anything, it’s at least worth thinking about.
Thanks for reading.