Science and History
Cruelty and Violence
- "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?"
This verse was used by a Dominican friar to discourage the use of Galileo's telescope. (Notice the
pun on Galileo's name in "men of Galilee".) 1:11
- "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood."
It happens with every solar or lunar eclipse. 2:20
- Peter heals a lame man. 3:2-7
- "Spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began"
The prophets have spoken "since the world began," which means that humans have been around since the creation of the world.
- "When they had prayed, the place was shaken."
The first prayer-caused earthquake. 4:31
- The sick were healed just by touching the shadow of Peter. 5:15-16
- Peter heals a man with palsy. 9:33-34
- Peter raises Tabitha from the dead. 9:36-40
- Sick people are oppressed by the devil. 10:38
- Paul heals a crippled man. 14:8-10
- After only two years of preaching, everyone in Asia had heard the word of the Lord!
- Sick people were cured by touching the handkerchief or apron of Paul. And the evil spirits when out of them."
- Paul is bitten by a poisonous snake and yet
lives. The "barbarians" who were shipwrecked with him thought he must
be a murderer since he was bitten; but then they changed their minds and thought
him to be a god since he didn't die. (The snake story is especially interesting since there
are no poisonous snakes on Malta, and there is no evidence of their existence in the past.)
- By praying and touching the sick people of Malta, Paul cures them of their diseases.