The Bible was not written as a science textbook. It was written to explain God’s purpose and relationship to man. Yet the Bible does contain a great deal of scientific truth written hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of years before being “discovered” by modern scientists.
For a long time people believed in Spontaneous Generation – the idea that living things came from non-living things. For example different cultures thought:
- Mud turned into frogs.
- Old rags turned into rats.
- Rotten meat turned into white worms.
In the late 17th century, a man named Francesco Redi did an experiment to see if meat did turn into worms. His observations revealed that the ‘white worms’ (maggots) were coming from the eggs of flies, not from the non-living meat.
Redi proved that life only comes from life. Yet scientists wouldn’t believe him because it didn’t fit the ‘science of the day’.
In the 18th century a scientist named Spellanzani did more experiment to prove Redi right; but scientists still refused to believe the evidence.
Almost 200 years after Redi’s experiments, Louis Pasteur proved the Law of Biogenesis – that life can only come from life.
The Bible describes biogenesis about 4500 years before man accepted it.
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:21
(see also Gen. 1:11, 1:24, and 1:25).
The phrase “after his/their kind” is used 10 times in Genesis 1, pointing out not only that life only comes from life, but also that there are limitations of variation.
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