By Pastor Rod Lafee
Where do the great discoveries come from? What caused Columbus to want to sail around the world or Matthew Maury to study the currents of the oceans? Did you realize ship builders found the perfect dimensions for a stable water vessel based upon the dimensions given to Noah for the Ark 4,500 years ago in Genesis 6:15.
At the time of Christopher Columbus most people believed the world was flat and if you travelled too far out to sea you would literally fall off the face of the earth. Christopher Columbus heard a scholar who believed the world was round based upon a scripture in the Bible. The scholar referred to Isaiah 40:22; “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth…..” Based upon this scripture, Christopher thought, he could find a shorter route to India by going straight across the ocean. What he did not think about was another continent in the way.
Matthew Maury was an officer in the U.S. Navy in the 1800’s. He was reading his Bible and came across Psalms 8:8 “The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the sea”. He wondered what it meant by this expression, so he set up to find out if the “paths of the sea” were really true. Maury discovered the oceans have many paths or currents, which were like rivers flowing through the sea. Today he is known as the father of modern navigation.
Sir Isaac Newton studied light and discovered white light is made up of seven colors which can be “parted” and then recombined. Yet thousands of years earlier Job wrote in Job 38:24 “By what way is light diffused,”
God has created all mankind from one blood (Acts 17:26 and Genesis 5). The Bible tells us God created one man named Adam and from Adam’s rib a woman named Eve and they had children. Today researchers have discovered we have all descended from one gene pool. For example, a study in 1995 of a section of Y chromosomes from 38 men from different ethnic groups around the world, were consistent with biblical teaching.
The Bible even tells of certain star clusters and how they would behave and only recently have we had the ability to verify once again it is true. (Job 38:31-33) The Bible even says light can be sent, and then manifest itself in speech (Job 38:35) We now know that radio waves and light waves are two forms of the same thing.
Why we should wash our clothes over running water, why it not safe to drink stale water, laughter promotes physical healing, intense sorrow or stress is harmful to your health and hundred of other discovers our scientist have made in the last one hundred years that God has told us about over 3000 years ago.
History is full of people who set out to prove the Bible wrong only to find out God is very much real. The Bible is the only book that tells why man was created, what is the purpose of our life, and gives us hope of life even after we leave this present earthly body behind. Christopher Columbus took a scripture contrary to the thinking of his day and proved to the world God’s Word was true. Maybe it is time you open it also and discover for yourself the great truths hidden in God’s Word just waiting for you.