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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Astronomy—It’s in the Bible!


by Ken Ham
Adapted from the December 11, 2012 broadcast of the Answers … with Ken Ham radio program.  For a listing of the hundreds of stations that carry the program, visit AnswersinGenesis.org/radiolog.
            Did you know that the Bible contains many references to topics related to astronom?
            This time of year when we’re focused on teachings like the “Star of Bethlehem” which guided the wise men to the baby Jesus, you might be surprised to learn that many verses in the Bible refer to astronomy.
            Now, some skeptics declare that the Bible was written for so-called “uneducated ancient people” and that its writers could not know much, if anything, about astronomy.  A part of our refutation to these false beliefs is found inside our planetarium and new observatory at the Creation Museum.  The topic of astronomy and the technological sophistication of the ancients are also covered in the new book The Genius of Ancient Man
            Because God inspired the Bible, some of the scientific observations found in His Word, which people by themselves wouldn’t have known thousands of years ago, are accurate.  Isaiah 40:22 says that God sits above the circle of the earth; the Bible does not teach a flat earth. 1
            Furthermore, the book of Job reveals that God hung the earth on nothing (Job 26:7).  That’s how it appears from space.  Jeremiah 10:12 also tells us that God stretched out the heavens, and only recently have astronomers discovered this truth.
            The Bible isn’t just another book written by fallible people.  It’s God’s Word, and its scientific accuracy proves just how unique it is  
1 The ancient Greek mathematician/geographer/astronomer Eratosthenes knew that the earth was spherical.  Still, he lived after Isaiah.