Hi, I am a Muslim living in Istanbul, Turkey. I focus on the religion matter from scientific perspective. Are there any scientific truths in Bible? Does Bible talk about Moon, Sun, Universe, World… Does Bible mention about any scientific facts about them? I watched the movie `Passion` directed by Mel Gibson. I was very affected. Had Bible been written before Jesus died, or after he died? I will be very appreciated with your kind replies. Thanks in advance and with my best regards.
Peace to you my good friend. Thank you for contacting us with your questions about the Bible and about Jesus. I am so glad to learn that you are interested in the matter of religion from a scientific perspective. Your first question “Are there any scientific truths in the Bible?” is a good one. Though the Bible is not written to teach us science, since it was written by men who were inspired by God who is the Creator of the Universe, there must not be contradictions between true science and the Bible. And truly it is so. Long before Galileo discovered that the earth was round, the Bible talked about the “circle of the earth” in Is.40:22 written in 720 B.C. In Job 26:7 which is the most ancient book of the Bible we read “He stretches out the north over empty space, And hangs the earth upon nothing”. This was written when man knew nothing about space or about gravitational force! About Sun and moon in Gen 1:14-16 we read “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years: (15) and let them be for lights in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. (16) And God made the two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also”. About stars the Bible says they are numerous like the sand of the sea shore in Gen 22:17 “that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the seashore. And thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies”. You know that Abraham the patriarch lived around 2000 BC and in those days men thought there were only countable number of stars in the sky. These are some of the passing references to modern scientific discoveries which we see in the Bible.
Please go to the link I am giving you now and read the article about scientific truths in the Bible. http://www.trueword.net/trueword/Advanced%20Reader/bible_and_modern_Science.htm
Then you asked whether the Bible was written before Jesus died or after. The Bible was written over a period of 1600 years from the time of Moses the first of the writing prophets who lived around 1500 years before Jesus and the last book of the Bible was written around 96 AD by John, an Apostle of Jesus, nearly 65 years after His death. Forty different men were used by God to write this Bible which has 66 books in it. The place where Jesus was to be born, the way He would live, the manner of His death and His glorious resurrection were all very clearly predicted long time before it took place. There are so many verses related to these things that it is difficult to quote any. But please read Psa.22 and Isa. 53 which talk about His death and His resurrection. Dan.9:26 tells us exactly the very date of His crucifixion. These verses were written a 1000, 750, and 550 years before the incident. Can you imagine the Almighty becoming a man? Impossible. Impossible. Impossible. But He made it possible in order to save us from the punishment of our sin. Jesus was Almighty God in human form bearing the sins of humanity to set us free from its guilt and punishment.
The Holy Quran says that Jesus will come as a judge of mankind at the end of days. The Bible also says the same thing. But the glorious thing the Bible says is that tomorrow’s Judge is willing to act as your advocate today (1Jn.2:1,2). I accepted Him as my advocate and He cancelled my sins because He paid it all for me and for the whole world. Muslim friends around the world these days are seeing visions of Isa and are turning to Christ for this free gift of salvation. Only the Bible offers salvation full and free. It is based on the work of Christ. Only through Jesus we can approach God as Father (Jn.14:6) as He alone died to make us free. You can search qotquestions.org pages for Muslim questions and find many answers there. But please feel free to mail back to us for any further clarifications. We are so glad that you contacted us. And we are so glad to answer your questions. We also encourage you to look at the articles on our website, especially those about salvation http://www.gotquestions.org/questions_salvation.html and those for Muslims at http://www.gotquestions.org/Muslim-questions.html. May peace be yours which Christ offers to all mankind full and free. To His Name be all glory. Amen.