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Photosynthesis and the Bible
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The scientific study of natural processes like photosynthesis in plants show that nature is very complex. This complexity forces scientists to conclude that life forms had a designer. Astronomy, Physiology, Genetics, or Biochemistry all reveal this amazing complexity and necessity of design. The question is this: if God is the Designer of nature (and we have every reason to believe that he is), will His book, the Bible not show this same complexity and design?
Superficially the Bible looks like a collection of 66 books, each with its own narrative. To the casual reader it is not clear what it is all about. But this book is as complex as nature. Would a non-scientist immediately recognize the intricacies and miraculous design of a plant molecule when viewed under a microscope? Probably not. He would need an experienced teacher to point out the systems to him. The more he learns and understands the more he can marvel at it. Is it then unfair to apply the same principle to the Bible? The careful student of the Word of God needs the Holy Spirit to teach him/her to see the wonderful design and structure of the Bible message. Without this help (in Biblical terms: accepting Jesus Christ and becoming a child of God and then being filled with the Holy Spirit who will teach him) the reader has no idea what the book is about. Careful attention to the Bible shows a very organized, structured exposition of who God is, what His goals are, why he created man and what his relationship to man is.
A puzzling phenomenon in the divine design of the Bible is the authorship. Did God or humans write it? Could people like Moses, David, Peter, John and Paul write the Bible books that are still effective thousands of years later? It is recorded in John 15:18-25 that the world would hate Jesus and His disciples. In 2006 we see many books, films, plays, etc expounding exactly that. Are we to believe then that those words were the author, John’s insight into the future? Or did the eternal Spirit of God do the writing through John?
The Jewish Rabbis accept that Moses wrote the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (for us part of the Old Testament). He wrote about Abraham, the ancestor of the Jewish nation, who received a promise from God that the land Israel would belong to his descendants (Gen 12:1-3; 15:1-21; 17:1-16). Moses died before the nation entered the land Israel, but he warned them that if they disobeyed God, they would be exiled from the country (Deut 28:64,68; 32:14-22). This took place in about 722 and 587 by the hands of the Assyrians and the Babylonians (2 Kings 17:7-23; 25:1-21). The nation of Israel had a promise that they would return and that happened (2 Chron 36:22,23). How did Moses, if he only wrote down his own insights and ideas, plan that these events would take place exactly like that?
The most astounding history of all times was made in 1948, when the Jewish nation was once again formed in the country of Israel. The descendants of Abraham returned to their promised fatherland 1900 years after Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans and the country had been in foreign hands for nearly 2 centuries. And again, how did Moses know that the Arab nations who are descendants of Abraham’s son, Ishmael would hate the Jews who are the descendants of Abraham’s other son, Isaac so much that there would be continual war in the Middle East in the 21st century? So who wrote this history of the Jewish nation? Did God or Moses? Humans would have to be omniscient if Moses could predict all these events and cause them to happen exactly like that!
No, the logical conclusion is that God through the Holy Spirit inspired Moses and the other authors of the Bible to write down what God wanted written (2 Petr1:21). God is the Designer and Architect of his Word, the Bible and the authors wrote down what God told them to write.
John Hagee, The Battle for Jerusalem, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001.
Derek Prince, Promised Land, Derek Prince Ministries, 1982
Dr H L Willmington, Willmington’s Guide to the Bible, Tyndale House Publishers, 1984, The History of Israel from 70 AD to 1973, p 968.
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