Why should we accept the Bible as the Word of God? On December 9, we considered the first of three reasons for believing that the Bible is the Word of God - Predictive Prophecy. The Old Testament prophets predicted things hundreds of years in advance down to the details of the events. These include hundreds of prophecies concerning the Messiah, the Christ, centuries before His birth. The Bible could not record such events in advance if it were not the Word of God.
In this installment, we will explore the second reason for accepting the Bible as the Word of God - scientific accuracy and foreknowledge.
Reason #2: Scientific Accuracy and Foreknowledge
The Bible is not a science book. It is a book of history, prophecy, promises, and commands from God. It is not a medical textbook. But, though it is not a science book, it is 100% scientifically accurate! Not only is it accurate in its statements about scientific medical matters of the day, but speaks of things that were unknown by men of the day. The writers wrote about things that were not known until centuries later.
In 1847, Ignaz Semmelweis, the head of a hospital ward in Vienna, Austria, was searching for a reason that 10-18% of the maternity patients who checked into his maternity war died while there. After trying a number of things to prevent this, to no avail, he observed the young medical students who went about their duties of doing autopsies on the dead mothers,