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Science in the The Bible

Religious moderates and secular accomodationists claim that there is no conflict between science and religion. And although that might be true of some religions (Buddhism and deism perhaps), it is not true for any that are based upon the Bible. Because the Bible makes many statements about science and history that we now know are false.

Biblical fundamentalists know there is a conflict between science and religion. They solve this conflict by rejecting science whenever it conflicts with the Bible, which it does whenever the Bible says anything about science or history.


  1. "In the beginning"
    When was the universe created?
    The Gap Theory 1:1-2
  2. The Genesis 1 creation account conflicts with the order of events that are known to science. In Genesis, the earth is created before light and stars, birds and whales before reptiles and insects, and flowering plants before any animals. The order of events known from science is just the opposite. 1:1-2:3
  3. God creates light and separates light from darkness, and day from night, on the first day. Yet he didn't make the light producing objects (the sun and the stars) until the fourth day (1:14-19). And how could there be "the evening and the morning" on the first day if there was no sun to mark them? 1:3-5
  4. God spends one-sixth of his entire creative effort (the second day) working on a solid firmament. This strange structure, which God calls heaven, is intended to separate the higher waters from the lower waters. 1:6-8
  5. Plants are made on the third day before there was a sun to drive their photosynthetic processes (1:14-19). 1:11
  6. God lets "the earth bring forth" the plants, rather than creating them directly. Maybe Genesis is not so anti-evolution after all. 1:11
  7. In an apparent endorsement of astrology, God places the sun, moon, and stars in the firmament so that they can be used "for signs". This, of course, is exactly what astrologers do: read "the signs" in the Zodiac in an effort to predict what will happen on Earth. 1:14
  8. God makes two lights: "the greater light [the sun] to rule the day, and the lesser light [the moon] to rule the night." But the moon is not a light, but only reflects light from the sun. And why, if God made the moon to "rule the night", does it spend half of its time moving through the daytime sky? 1:16
  9. "He made the stars also." God spends a day making light (before making the stars) and separating light from darkness; then, at the end of a hard day's work, and almost as an afterthought, he makes the trillions of stars. 1:16
  10. "And God set them [the stars] in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth." 1:17
  11. In verse 11, God "let the earth bring forth" the plants. Now he has the earth "bring forth" the animals as well. So maybe the creationists have it all wrong. Maybe God created livings things through the process of evolution. 1:24
  12. God gave humans dominion over every other living thing on earth. 1:26
  13. God commands us to "be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over ... every living thing that moveth upon the earth." 1:28
  14. "I have given you every herb ... and every tree ... for meat."
    Since many plants have evolved poisons to protect against animals that would like to eat them, God's advice is more than a little reckless. Would you tell your children to go out in the garden and eat whatever plants they encounter? Of course not. But then, you are much nicer and smarter than God. 1:29
  15. All animals were originally herbivores. Tapeworms, vampire bats, mosquitoes, and barracudas -- all were strict vegetarians, as they were created by God. 1:30
  16. "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." He purposefully designed a system that ensures the suffering and death of all his creatures, parasite and host, predator and prey. 1:31
  17. In Genesis 1 the entire creation takes 6 days, but the universe is 13.7 billion years old, with new stars constantly being formed. 1:31
  18. Humans were not created instantaneously from dust and breath, but evolved over millions of years from simpler life forms. 2:7
  19. After making the animals, God has Adam name them all. The naming of several million species must have kept Adam busy for a while. 2:18-22
  20. God fashions a woman out of one of Adam's ribs.
    Because of this story, it was commonly believed (and sometimes it is still said today) that males have one less rib than females. When Vesalius showed in 1543 that the number of ribs was the same in males and females, it created a storm of controversy. 2:19
  21. God curses the serpent. From now on the serpent will crawl on his belly and eat dust. One wonders how he got around before -- by hopping on his tail, perhaps? But snakes don't eat dust, do they? 3:14
  22. Because Adam listened to Eve, God cursed the ground and causes thorns and thistles to grow. Before this, according to the (false) Genesis story, plants had no natural defenses. The rose had no thorn, cacti were spineless, holly leaves were smooth, and the nettle had no sting. Foxgloves, oleander, and milkweeds were all perfectly safe to eat. 3:17-18
  23. Seth lived 912 years. 5:8
  24. Enos lived 905 years. 5:11
  25. Cainan lived 910 years. 5:14
  26. Mahalaleel lived 895 years. 5:17
  27. Jared lived 962 years. 5:20
  28. Enoch doesn't die he just ascends into heaven. 5:21-24
  29. Enoch lived 365 years before he was taken (alive?) by God. 5:23
  30. When Lamech was born, nine generations were alive at once. Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, and Lamech were all alive at the time of Lamech's birth. Adam lived to see his great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson. 5:25
  31. Methuselah lived 969 years. (World record holder.) 5:27
  32. Lamech lived 777 years. 5:31
  33. "There were giants in the earth in those days." 6:4
  34. God tells Noah to make one small window (18 inches square) in the 450 foot ark for ventilation. 6:14-16
  35. Whether by twos or by sevens, Noah takes male and female representatives from each species of "every thing that creepeth upon the earth." 7:8
  36. God opens the "windows of heaven." He does this every time it rains. 7:11
  37. All of the animals boarded the ark "in the selfsame day." 7:13-14
  38. The flood covered the highest mountain tops (Mount Everest?) with fifteen cubits to spare. 7:20
  39. "The windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained." This happens whenever it stops raining. 8:2
  40. Noah sends a dove out to see if there was any dry land. But the dove returns without finding any. Then, just seven days later, the dove goes out again and returns with an olive leaf. But how could an olive tree survive the flood? And if any seeds happened to survive, they certainly wouldn't germinate and grow leaves within a seven day period. 8:8-11
  41. When the animals left the ark, what would they have eaten? There would have been no plants after the ground had been submerged for nearly a year. What would the carnivores have eaten? Whatever prey they ate would have gone extinct. And how did the New World primates or the Australian marsupials find their way back after the flood subsided? 8:19
  42. "And the Lord smelled a sweet savor."
    Noah kills the "clean beasts" and burns their dead bodies for God. According to 7:8 this would have caused the extinction of all "clean" animals since only two of each were taken onto the ark. 8:20-21
  43. "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth." Although this would have been good advice for the mythical Noah, it is deadly advice for humankind as a whole. Overpopulation is one of our greatest problems, yet there is nothing in the bible to address it. 9:1
  44. According to this verse, all animals fear humans. Although it is true that many do, it is also true that some do not. Sharks and grizzly bears, for example, are generally much less afraid of us than we are of them. 9:2
  45. "Into your hand are they (the animals) delivered." God gave the animals to humans, and they can do whatever they please with them. This verse has been used by bible believers to justify all kinds of cruelty to animals and environmental destruction. 9:2
  46. "I do set my bow in the cloud."
    God is rightly filled with remorse for having killed his creatures. He makes a deal with the animals, promising never to drown them all again. He even puts the rainbow in the sky so that whenever he sees it, it will remind him of his promise so that he won't be tempted to do it again. (Every time God sees the rainbow he says to himself: "Oh, yeah.... That's right. I promised not to drown the animals again. I guess I'll have to find something else to do.").
    But rainbows are caused by the nature of light, the refractive index of water, and the shape of raindrops. There were rainbows billions of years before humans existed. 9:13
  47. "Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided."
    Some creationists believe that this verse refers to continental drift, which, they say, began to occur during the days of Pelag (which means "division"), about 100 or so years after the flood. But many other creationists disagree. 10:25
  48. "Now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do."
    God worries that the people will succeed in building a tower high enough to reach him (them?) in heaven, and that by so doing they will become omnipotent. 11:4-6
  49. "The whole earth was of one language." But this could not be true, since by this time (around 2400 BCE) there were already many languages, each unintelligible to the others. 11:1, 6
  50. According to the Tower of Babel story, the many human languages were created instantaneously by God. But actually the various languages evolved gradually over long periods of time. 11:9
  51. The ridiculously long lives of the patriarchs. 11:10-32
  52. Shem lived 600 years. 11:12-13
  53. Salah lived 433 years. 11:14-15
  54. Eber lived 464 years. 11:16-17
  55. Peleg lived 239 years. 11:18-19
  56. Reu lived 239 years. 11:20-21
  57. Serug lived 229 years. 11:22-23
  58. Nahor lived 148 years. 11:24-25
  59. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years. 11:32
  60. "Abram ... pursued them unto Dan."
    This is an obvious anachronism, since the city of Dan was not named "Dan" until the time of the Judges (see Judges 18:29). In fact, Dan (for whom the city was named) was not even born yet (see Genesis 30:6). 14:14
  61. "And they returned to the land of the Philistines." But the Philistines didn't arrive in the region of Canaan until around 1200 BCE -- 800 years after Abraham's supposed migration from Ur. 21:32, 26:1
  62. Laban learns "by experience" that God has blessed him for Jacob's sake. "By experience" means "by divination", at least that is how most other versions translate this verse. 30:27
  63. Jacob displays his (and God's) knowledge of biology by having goats copulate while looking at streaked rods. The result is streaked baby goats. 30:37-39
  64. God inspired Jacob's science experiment (on speckled cattle breeding) so that Jacob could take all of Laban's cattle. 31:9
  65. God (or an angel) praises Jacob for his fancy genetic work in 30:37-39. 31:11-12 Jacob sent his favorite son (Joseph) to check up on his brothers who were tending flocks in Shechem, which was about fifty miles north of Hebron. When he got there, he found out that his brothers weren't there, but were another thirteen miles away in Dothan. The trip must have taken poor Joseph a week or so. 37:12-17
  66. Camels were first domesticated in the tenth century BCE hundreds of years after the biblical patriarchs supposedly lived. 12:16, 24:10-64, 30:43, 31:17, 32:7, 32:15, 37:25
  67. Joseph and his magic divining cup. 44:5-15
  68. Exodus

  69. The birth story of Moses is suspiciously similar to that of the birth of Sargon, an Akkadian monarch from the 3rd millennium BCE. (BBC: The tale of the basket) 2:3
  70. Why are some people born with disabilities? Because God deliberately makes them that way. 4:11
  71. God killed Egyptians and their livestock by smashing them with huge hailstones mixed with fire. 9:24
  72. God led the Israelites through the land of the Philistines, hundreds of years before the Philistines were established in Canaan. 13:17
  73. If you do what God says, he won't send his diseases on you (like he did to the Egyptians). But otherwise.... 15:26
  74. "The manna referred to in the Bible, in Exodus 16:14, seems to have been the dried excrement of Trabutina mannipara, a scale insect that feeds on tamarisk trees." Benjamin B. Normark, The Sex Lives of Scales, Natural History, Sept. 2004. 16:14-15
  75. It took the Israelites 40 years to travel from Egypt to Canaan, yet such a journey, even at that time, would have taken no more than a few weeks. 16:35
  76. A magical trumpet played loud while God came down in smoke, fire, and earthquakes onto Mt. Sinai. 19:16-18
  77. "In six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them."
    Believers often say that the "days" of creation should be taken allegorically, but this verse is quite clear. God created the universe in six 24 hour days. 20:11
  78. Serve God and you'll never get sick, be hungry, thirsty, or barren. 23:25-26
  79. A group of Hebrew slaves carried 1000 kg of gold, 3500 kg of silver, and 2450 kg of brass with them as they traveled through the wilderness. (And this was after they used all their gold to make a goldent calf.) This amount of gold and silver would be worth more than $40 million US dollars today.38:24-25, 29
  80. The Israelite population went from 70 (or 75) to several million in a few hundred years. 1:5,7, 12:37, 38:26
  81. Seventy people (Genesis 46:27, Exodus 1:5) became several million in less than forty years during the Exodus. 38:26
  82. Leviticus

  83. The Bible says that hares and coneys are unclean because they "chew the cud" but do not part the hoof. But hares and coneys are not ruminants and they do not "chew the cud." 11:5-6
  84. Bats are birds to the biblical God. 11:13, 19
  85. Four-legged fowls are abominations. 11:20
  86. Be sure to watch out for those "other flying creeping things which have four feet." (I wish God wouldn't get so technical!) I guess he must mean four-legged insects. You'd think that since God made the insects, and so many of them (at least several million species), that he would know how many legs they have! 11:23
  87. The law of leprosy 13:1-28
  88. The Law of the Leper (for those who can afford it) 14:2-20
  89. The Law of Leprosy (for those who can't afford the standard law) 14:21-32
  90. Numbers

  91. God told Moses to take a census of all the people who were at least twenty years old and able to go to war. The total was 603,550. So there must have been several million Israelites who left Egypt, if women and children are included. An yet no evidence for such a vast number of people wandering around the desert for forty years has ever been found. 1:1-45
  92. When the tabernacle was set up, it was covered by a cloud during the day and by fire all night. 9:15
  93. God led the Israelites from one camp to the other with a cloud. When the cloud stopped and rested someplace, the Israelites pitched their tents. When the cloud started moving again, the Israelites followed it. 9:16-23
  94. God sends quails to feed his people until they were "two cubits [about a meter] high upon the face of the earth." Taking the "face of the earth" to be a circle with a radius of say 30 kilometers (an approximate day's journey), this would amount to 3 trillion (3x1012) liters of quails. At 2 quails per liter, this would provide a couple million quails for each of several million people.

    Although this story is obviously exaggerated, it may have grown from a grain of truth. Common Quail (Cotumix cotumix) migrate twice a year between Africa and Eurasia, and occasional storm-induced "fallout" could make quail appear to rain from the sky. 11:31

  95. God strikes Miriam with leprosy. (In the Bible, leprosy is caused by the wrath of God or the malice of Satan. 12:10
  96. "They ... cut down ... a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff."
    A single cluster of grapes was so heavy that it took two men to carry it. I guess that's what you'd expect, though, since they were in the land of giants. (See verses 32-33.) 13:23
  97. "And there we saw the giants ... And we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight." This statement may have been figurative, hyperbole, typical biblical exaggeration, or an actual description of the sons of Anak, in which case they must have been about 100 meters tall. These are the same giants (the Nephilium) that resulted when the "sons of God" mated with "the daughters of men in Genesis 6:4 Of course, these superhuman god-men should have been destroyed in the flood. So what are they doing still alive? 13:33
  98. Moses hits a rock with his rod and Presto! -- water comes out. 20:11
  99. God sends "fiery serpents" to bite his chosen people, and many of them die. 21:6
  100. God's cure for snakebite: a brass serpent on a pole. 21:8
  101. God has "the strength of a unicorn." Oh heck, I bet he's even stronger than a unicorn. 23:22, 24:8
  102. The Israelite population went from seventy (Exodus 1:5) to several million (over 600,000 adult males) in 400 years. 1:45-46, 26:51
  103. "He made them wander in the wilderness forty years."
    It took the Israelites 40 years to travel from Egypt to Canaan, yet such a journey, even at that time, would have taken no more than a few weeks. 32:13
  104. Deuteronomy

  105. "Ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude ... The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more."
    The author (and God if he inspired him) obviously had no idea how many stars there are. 1:10-11
  106. "The people is greater and taller than we ... we have seen the sons of the Anakims there." More giants in the promised land. 1:28
  107. "A land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time." (They must have been much more common back then.) 2:10-11, 20-21
  108. Og, the king of the giants, was a tall man, even by NBA standards. His bed measured 9 by 4 cubits (13.5 feet long and 6 feet wide). 3:11
  109. God promises to cast out seven nations including the Amorites, Canaanites, and the Jebusites. But he was unable to fulfill his promise. These nations were "greater and mightier" than the Israelites, who according to Exodus 12:37 and Numbers 1:45-46 already had numbered several million. So the region, according to the bible, must have had a population of more than twenty million! 7:1
  110. God and the Israelites won't do their genocides all at once, "lest the beasts of the field increase." Some creationists say these beasts were dinosaurs (dragons in bible-speak). 7:22
  111. "Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents? ... Who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint?" 8:15
  112. "A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims."
    More giants! 9:2
  113. "When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone ... I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water." 9:9
  114. This verse mistakenly says that the hare chews its cud. 14:7-8
  115. To the biblical God, a bat is just an another unclean bird. 14:11, 18
  116. Obey the laws of leprosy that the priests teach you, as I commanded them. 24:8
  117. "And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron." 28:23
  118. "The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed." 28:24
  119. It took the Israelites 40 years to travel from Egypt to Canaan, yet such a journey, even at that time, would have taken no more than a few weeks. 2:7, 8:2, 29:5
  120. "An eagle ... beareth them on her wings."
    Do eagles carry their young on their wings? Not likely. 32:11
  121. "He made him to suck honey out of the rock." 32:13
  122. "Their wine is the poison of dragons." I wonder what genus and species the bible is referring to when it mentions dragons. 32:33
  123. Joseph's "horns are like the horns of unicorns." 33:17
  124. Joshua

  125. It took the Israelites 40 years to travel from Egypt to Canaan, yet such a journey, even at that time, would have taken no more than a few weeks. 5:6
  126. This verse says that Ai was never again occupied after it was destroyed by Joshua. But Nehemiah (7:32) lists it among the cities of Israel at the time of the Babylonian captivity. 8:28
  127. In a divine type of daylight savings time, God makes the sun stand still so that Joshua can get all his killing done before dark. 10:12-13
  128. "And the coast of Og king of Bashan, which as of the remnant of the giants." 12:4, 13:12
  129. Judges

  130. "The stars in their courses fought against Sisera." Unless astrology is true, how can the stars affect the outcome of a battle? 5:20
  131. "As the sun ... goeth forth in his might." The sun, according to the bible, goes around the earth. 5:31
  132. Samson rips up a young lion when "the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him." Later, when going to "take" his Philistine wife he notices a swarm of bees and honey in the lion's carcass (a Divine miracle -- or just rotting flesh, flies, and maggots?). 14:5-8
  133. 1 Samuel

  134. "The pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them. 2:8
  135. Saul was a foot taller than everyone else in Israel. 9:2
  136. "So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain." 12:18
  137. After Jonathan's first slaughter (20 men in one half acre), God showed his approval with "a very great trembling." 14:15
  138. Goliath was ten feet tall ("six cubits and a span"). 17:4
  139. 2 Samuel

  140. "He weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels."
    Since a shekel is about 11.5 grams, Absolom's hair weighed 2.3 kilograms! 14:25-26
  141. "Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant" 21:16
  142. "Saph, which was of the sons of the giant" 21:18
  143. There ... was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant." 21:20
  144. "These four were born to the giant in Gath." 21:22
  145. "The earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth." 22:8
  146. "The foundations of the world were discovered ... at the blast of the breath of his nostrils." 22:16
  147. Israel had 1,300,000 fighting men in this battle. Of course, this is a ridiculously high number for a battle between two tribal armies in 1000 BCE. (The United States had about 1.46 million active duty soldiers in 2010.) 24:9
  148. 1 Kings

  149. When Solomon was annointed king the people sang and shouted so loudly that it caused an earthquake! 1:39-40
  150. This verse implies that the value of π is 3. (The actual value is approximately 3.14159.) 7:23
  151. God creates droughts by causing "heaven to shut up" as a punishment for sin. 8:35
  152. "And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up ... And the man of God besought the LORD, and the king's hand was restored him again."
    Ever the playful spirit, God withers, and then restores, the hand of king Jeroboam. 13:4-6
  153. After killing the "man of God" for God, the lion hung around with the ass and the carcass on the side of the road for a few days. 13:24-25, 28
  154. God passes by and causes a great wind, earthquake, fire, and a little voice. (God was in the little voice.) 19:11-12
  155. 2 Kings

  156. God sends two bears to rip up 42 little children for making fun of Elisha's bald head. 2:23-24
  157. Another miracle birth! (And another boy)
    Elisha and God make an old woman pregnant. 4:16-17
  158. Elisha restores the life of a dead child, but only after laying on him a couple of times, putting his mouth on the child's mouth, his eyes on the child's eyes, and his hands on the child's hands. Finally, the child responds by sneezing seven times.
    Was this a miraculous healing or artificial respiration? 4:32-35
  159. Elisha can do all the tricks of Jesus (raise the dead, heal the sick, etc.). Here he cures a leper, but only after the leper dips himself seven times in the Jordan. 5:14
  160. Elisha not only can cure leprosy, he can also dish it out. Here he makes his servant (Gehazi) and all his descendants lepers forever. 5:27
  161. Elisha makes an iron ax head swim. Neat trick, not even Jesus did that one! 6:6
  162. "Elisha ... telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber."
    Elisha is clairaudient (acquires psychic knowledge by auditory means). 6:12
  163. A dead body is brought to life when it accidentally touches the bones of Elisha. 13:21
  164. "Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered." 20:7
  165. Isaiah, with a little help from God, makes the sun move backwards ten degrees. Now that's quite a trick. All at once, the earth stopped spinning and then reversed its direction of rotation. Or maybe the sun traveled around the earth in those days! 20:11
  166. 1 Chronicles

  167. Some creationists believe that this verse (and Genesis 10:25) refers to continental drift, which, they say, began to occur during the days of Pelag (which means "division"), about 100 or so years after the flood. 1:19
  168. "The earth ... shall be stable, that it be not moved." It doesn't spin on its axis or travel about the sun. 16:30
  169. According to this verse David's army had 1,100,000 men from Israel and 470,000 men from Judah, Of course, this numbers is ridiculously high for a battle between two tribal armies in 1000 BCE. (The United States had about 1.37 million active duty soldiers in 2001.) 21:5
  170. David provides Solomon with a fantastically large amount of gold and silver with which to build the temple: 100,000 talents of gold and 1,000,000 talents of silver. Since a talent was about 60 pounds, this would be about 3,000 tons of gold and 30,000 tons of silver. 22:14
  171. King David collects ten thousand drams (or darics) for the construction of the temple in Jerusalem. This is especially interesting since darics were coins named after King Darius I who lived some five hundred years after David. 29:7
  172. As usual, the reported amounts of gold, silver, and iron are grossly exaggerated. (5000 talents of gold, for example, would be about 150,000 kilograms, which would be worth about 4.2 billion US dollars in today's market.) 29:7
  173. 2 Chronicles

  174. Since the molten sea was round with a diameter of ten cubits and a circumference of thirty cubits, we know that the biblical value of π is 3. (The actual value isapproximately 3.14159.) 4:2
  175. Abijah spoke to 1,200,000 soldiers at one time. (He had a really loud voice.) 13:3-4
  176. A half million soldiers die in a single God-assisted slaughter. 13:16-17
  177. In the largest single God-assisted massacre in the Bible, Asa, with God's help, kills one million Ethiopians. 14:8-14
  178. Asa, when he had a foot disease, went to physicians instead of seeking the Lord. (God disapproves of those who seek medical help rather than "seeking the Lord.") 16:12
  179. God makes Uzziah a leper for burning incense without a license. 26:19-21
  180. God gave "all the kingdoms of the earth" to King Cyrus. (OK, that might be a bit of an exaggeration.) 36:22-23
  181. Ezra

  182. "In the house of the rolls ... in Babylon"
    This is the only library building mentioned in the Bible. The author mistakenly thought that Media was a part of Babylon. 6:1-2
  183. Nehemiah

  184. "I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon well." 2:13
    According to creationist writer, Derek Isaacs, "Ancient Jewish tradition, apart from the Bible, taught that a dragon was somehow attached to the well, either in reality or in spirit. More than likely, that story arose from an actual dinosaur living in the region, or even at some point, living inside the well itself." Dragons or Dinosaurs?: Creation or Evolution?, p.163
  185. Job

  186. "Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble."
    The earth rests upon pillars and doesn't move (unless God gets angry or something). 9:6
  187. "Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not."
    The earth is fixed and the sun travels about it. 9:7
  188. "The measure thereof is longer than the earth."
    What is the length of a sphere? 11:9
  189. Heaven is set upon pillars that tremble when God gets mad. 26:11
  190. Job is the brother of dragons. 30:29
  191. "By the breath of God frost is given." 37:10
  192. God spread out the sky, which is a solid structure, hard and strong like a mirror. 37:18
  193. The earth is set on foundations and it does not move. 38:4-6
  194. God could (if he wanted to) pick up the earth by its ends and shake all the wicked people off of it. 38:13
  195. God has snow and hail stored up to use later in time of trouble and war. 38:22
  196. "Out of whose womb came the ice?" Gosh, I don't know. Was it Glinda, the Good Witch of the North? 38:29
  197. "Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion?"
    God seems pleased to have created prey for lions and ravens to eat. 38:39-41
  198. Ostriches are not cruel and stupid birds who abandon their eggs to die after laying them, as these verses imply. They are, in fact, careful and attentive parents. The male scoops out a hollow for the eggs, which are incubated by the female during the day and the male at night. After the eggs are hatched, they are cared for by the mother for over a month, at which time the chicks can keep up with running adults. 39:13-16
  199. "The eagle ... seeketh the prey.... Her young ones suck up blood."
    God is pleased with the way that predators kill and devour their prey. 39:27-30
  200. Bible believers have identified the behemoth as a hippopotamus, dinosaur, wildebeest, or crocodile. But my favorite is the way these verses are translated by Stephen Mitchell: "Look now: the Beast that I made: he eats grass like a bull. Look: the power in his thighs, the pulsing sinews of his belly. His penis stiffens like a pine; his testicles bulge with vigor." 40:15-16
  201. "Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord?" 41:1
  202. "His [the leviathan's] teeth are terrible round about."
    God has equipped predators with teeth that tear the flesh of their prey. 41:14
  203. Psalms

  204. "The righteous God trieth the hearts and reins."
    Jesus will search your kidneys 7:9
  205. "My reins also instruct me in the night seasons."
    The Psalmist's kidneys (reins) instruct him at night. 16:7
  206. The earth shakes whenever God really gets mad. 18:7
  207. "The foundations of the world were discovered ... at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils." (The earth is set on firm foundations and does not move -- unless God blows his nose.) 18:15
  208. The sun moves around the earth. 19:4-6
  209. "Thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns." 22:21
  210. "Try my reins and my heart."
    Jesus will search your kidneys 26:2
  211. "He maketh them also to skip ... like a young unicorn." 29:6
  212. From his seat in heaven, God can see the whole earth and all its inhabitants.
    (He sits directly above the earth, which is a flat disc below him.) 33:14-15
  213. Diseases are sent by God to punish sin. 38:3
  214. "Thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons." 44:19
  215. "I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. ... The world is mine, and the fulness thereof."
    God takes credit for the entire creation. Preadators, prey, parasite, and host: God purposefully designed them all. 50:11-12
  216. According to the psalmist, snails melt. But they don't, of course, they simply leave a slimy trail as they move along. 58:8
  217. "The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God." 68:8
  218. "I was pricked in my reins."
    ("Reins" means kidneys in the Bible.) 73:21
  219. God is so strong that he can break the head of dragons and of leviathan. 74:13-14
  220. "Thou has set all the borders of the earth"
    A spherical earth has no borders. 74:17
  221. God holds the earth up with pillars. 75:3
  222. "He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea."
    See Numbers 11:20-32, where God sends quails to feed the Israelites until it literally came out their noses. 78:27
  223. "With honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee." 81:16
  224. Another reference to "the foundations of the earth", implying that the earth is fixed and does not move. 82:5
  225. "I will make mention of Rahab"
    Rahab is a sea-demon or dragon from ancient Jewish folklore. 87:4
  226. "Thou hast broken Rahab [the sea monster] in pieces." 89:10
  227. "The dragon shalt thou trample under feet." 91:13
  228. "The world also is established, that it cannot be moved." 93:1
  229. "The world also shall be established that it shall not be moved." 96:10
  230. "The Lord ... who healeth all thy diseases." God heals all diseases. Medical science is unnecessary. 103:2-3
  231. "God ... who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain" (The earth is stationary and does not orbit the sun.) 104:5
  232. God gives the lions their meat. The cruelty and brutality of nature are all part of God's plan. 104:21
  233. "In wisdom hast thou made them all." (God purposely designed the brutality and cruelty of nature.) 104:24
  234. "The waters stood above the mountains."
    Noah's flood covered the highest mountains, just like it says in Genesis 7:20. 104:6-7
  235. God is offended by those who make things with their hands or invent things with their minds. 106:39
  236. "God ... turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters." 114:7-8
  237. "The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works." Then why do nearly all animals die painful deaths from starvation, predation, or disease long before they reach adulthood? 145:9
  238. God "satisfiest the desire of every living thing." But in nature few needs are met and few desires are satisfied. Life is short, hard, cruel, and painful for nearly every living thing. 145:17
  239. "He calleth them all by their names."
    God knows how many stars there are and knows them all by name. That's pretty impressive since there are 100 billion or so galaxies, each containing about 100 billion stars. 147:7
  240. Even the dragons praise the Lord. 148:7
  241. "Praise him in the firmament of his power." 150:1
  242. Proverbs

  243. "Lean not unto thine own understanding." Don't try to understand things; just accept whatever the bible and your religious leaders tell you. 3:5
  244. "Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding."
    A special anthem was composed from these words for Darwin's funeral at Westminster Abbey. 3:13
  245. "How can a man ... understand his own way?"
    Humans can't figure things out on their own. 20:24
  246. "As he thinketh in his heart"
    In the Bible, people think with their hearts not with their heads. 23:7
  247. "Yea, my reins shall rejoice." ("Reins" is the Bible's word for kidneys.) 23:16
  248. Ecclesiastes

  249. "The sun also ariseth"
    Although this verse is interpreted figuratively today, it was taken literally by virtually all Christians until the Copernican revolution, and was used by the Church to condemn Galileo for teaching the heliocentric heresy. 1:5
  250. "The place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again."
    Good description of the water cycle. 1:7
  251. "He hath made every thing beautiful."
    Everything is beautiful in its own way. Parasitic worms, cancer cells, bubonic plague. You just have to look at it from God's eyes. 3:11
  252. "No man can find out the work that God maketh."
    Science is impossible. We can learn nothing at all about the natural world. 3:11
  253. "That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?"
    Who can find out? We can by using science! The earth, ocean, solar system, galaxy, and universe -- nothing is too deep or far away for science to discover and explore. 7:24
  254. "Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it."
    Oh, I think science has done a pretty good job of finding things out over the last four centuries or so. 8:16
  255. "Thou knowest not ... how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child."
    Actually, this is pretty well understood by modern embryology. 11:5
  256. Isaiah

  257. "When he ariseth to shake terribly the earth." 2:19, 21
  258. "He has stretched forth his hand against them ... and the hills did tremble." 5:25
  259. "He [God] ... will hiss unto them from the end of the earth." (The earth is flat and has an end.) 5:26
  260. "And  the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den." A cockatrice is a serpent, hatched from a cock's egg, that can kill with a glance. They are rare nowadays.  11:8
  261. God will gather up the people of Judea "from the four corners of the earth." In the Bible's view, the earth is flat with four corners. 11:12
  262. The moon produces its own light and the earth does not move (except when God gets angry and shakes the heavens). 13:10-13
  263. When God gets really angry, he causes earthquakes. 13:13
  264. Dragons will live in Babylonian palaces and satyrs will dance there. 13:21-22
  265. Out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent." What ever happened to these fascinating biblical creatures? 14:29
  266. "The foundations of the earth do shake ... The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard."
    (Earthquakes are all a part of God's wondrous plan.) 24:18-20
  267. God will punish the leviathan ("that crooked serpent") with his own sword and will kill the sea dragon. 27:1
  268. Natural disasters (earthquakes, storms, fires, tsunamis) are caused by, and are a sign of, God's wrath. 29:7
  269. Among the many strange creatures mentioned in the Bible that no longer seem to exist is the "fiery flying serpent." 30:6
  270. "The light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold." Well, this is one prophecy that will never come true. Since the moon has no light of its own, but only reflects that of the sun, it could never shine like the sun. And the sun will not, at least not while there are humans to see it, shine 7 times as bright as it does now. 30:26
  271. "The LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his armwith the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones." 30:30
  272. "The host of heaven shall be dissolved ... and ... shall fall down."
    The stars will dissolve and fall from the sky. 34:4
  273. "And the unicorns shall come down with them." 34:7
  274. Dragons and satyrs may not seem real to you, but they did to the author of these verses. 34:13-14
  275. "In the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes." 35:7
  276. After hearing Hezekiah's prayers and seeing his tears, God promises to add fifteen years to Hezekiah's life.

  277. God makes the sun move backwards 10 degrees. Now that's a neat trick! 38:8
  278. God sits on the circle of the earth. He stretches out the heavens like a curtain, or a tent to dwell in. 40:22

  279. God made the stars, presumably all at once on day four of creation, and "not one faileth." But new stars are being formed today and old stars are dying, just as they have been doing for the last 13 billion years or so. 40:26
  280. Dragons and owls will thank God for irrigation. 43:20
  281. I made the earth with my hands, and stretched out the heavens.

  282. God set the earth on foundations so it doesn't move, his hand is as big as the universe, and the stars stand up straight when he calls them. 48:13
  283. The stars will vanish, the earth will grow old, and everything that lives on it will die.

  284. God cut Rahab (the sea monster) to pieces, wounded the dragon, and dried up the sea. 51:9-10
  285. Bad people hatch poisonous cockatrice eggs. Whoever eats the eggs will die, and when the eggs are crushed a viper hatches out of them. 59:5
  286. "Neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee." Of course the moon doesn't give off light, but only reflects the light from the sun. 60:19
  287. "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb...." I wonder what will become of the spiders. Will they be more friendly toward flies? And will the parasitic wasps find another way to feed their larvae? Or will they continue to feed off the living bodies of caterpillars? 11:6, 65:25
  288. Immortal worms: "Their worm shall not die" 66:24
  289. Jeremiah

  290. "The showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain."
    Droughts are punishments from God. 3:3
  291. "The Lord ... placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it."
    Tell that the families of the 230,000 victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. 5:22
  292. "The stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle [dove] and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming."
    One of the earliest references to bird migration. (Many stork, dove, crane, and swallow species are migratory.) 8:7
  293. "I will send serpents,cockatrices among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you."
    A cockatrice is a serpent, hatched from a cock's egg, that can kill with a glance. They are rare nowadays. 8:17
  294. God will make Jerusalem an uninhabited "den of dragons." 9:11
  295. When God gets angry, the earth trembles. (That's what causes earthquakes.) 10:10
  296. Judah will become a desolate den of dragons. 10:22
  297. "O LORD of hosts ... that triest the reins [kidneys] and the heart." 11:20
  298. The wild asses "snuffed up the wind like dragons." 14:6
  299. "I try the reins [kidneys]." 17:10
  300. "O LORD of hosts, that ... seest the reins [kidneys]." 20:12
  301. The earth is set on foundations and does not move.  31:37
  302. Jeremiah predicts that humans will never again live in Hazor, but will be replaced by dragons. But people still live there and dragons have never been seen. 49:33
  303. "Nebuchadrezzar ... hath swallowed me up like a dragon." 51:34
  304. "Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant. They shall roar together like lions: they shall yell as lions' whelps." 51:37
  305. "The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof." 51:42
  306. "I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts."
    God will force the Babylonians to get so drunk that they die from alcohol poisoning. 51:57
  307. Lamentations

  308. "The daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches." 4:3

    Ostriches are not cruel and inattentive parents, as this verse implies. They are, in fact, careful and attentive parents. The male scoops out a hollow for the eggs, which are incubated by the female during the day and the male at night. After the eggs are hatched, they are cared for by the mother for over a month, at which time the chicks can keep up with running adults.

  309. Ezekiel

  310. "The firmament ... the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above." 1:22
  311. Ezekiel proclaims that the world (which is flat and has four corners) is ending. 7:2, 6
  312. The firmament is over the heads of the cherubim. 10:1
  313. "Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers."
    This is the only clearly symbolic use of "dragon" in the Bible. 29:3
  314. God "will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light." To Ezekiel, the sun is just a little light that can be covered with a cloud, and the moon produces its own light. 32:7-8
  315. God will get so angry that his fury will come up in his face so that even the fish, birds, beasts, and bugs will shake when they see him. God will throw a tantrum, toppling every wall and mountain. 38:18-20
  316. Daniel

  317. The third year of the reign of Jehoiakim would be 606 BCE, at which time Nebuchadnezzar was not yet king of Babylon. It was 597 BCE that Nebuchadnezzar invaded Jerusalem for the first time (without actually destroying it). By that time Jehohiakim was dead and his son, Jehoiachin, was ruling. 1:1
  318. The stone became "a great mountain" that "filled the whole earth." This could only be possible on a flat, disc-shaped earth. 2:35
  319. Daniel's tree is tall enough to be seen from "the end of all the earth." Only on a flat earth would this be possible. 4:10-11, 20
  320. "Belshazzar the king"
    Apparently, the author of Daniel knew of only two Babylonian kings during the period of the exile: Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar, who he wrongly thought was the son of Nebuchadnezzar. But Nebuchadnezzar died in 562 BCE and was succeeded by his son, Awil-Marduk (referred to in the bible as "Evilmerodach" [see 2 Kg 25:27 and Jer 52:31]). In 560 BCE, Amel-Marduk was assassinated by his brother-in-law, Nergal-shar-usur. The next and last king of Babylon was Nabonidus who reigned from 556 to 539, when Babylon was conquered by Cyrus. It was Nabonidus, and not Belshazzar, who was the last of the Babylonian kings. Belshazzar was a the son and viceroy of Nabonidus. But he was not a king, and was not the son (or any other relation) of Nebuchadnezzar. 5:1-2,11,18,22
  321. Darius the Median is a fictitious character whom the author perhaps confused with Darius I of Persia, who came to the throne in 521 BCE, 17 years after the fall of Babylon. The author of Daniel incorrectly makes him the successor of Belshazzar instead of Cyrus. 5:31
  322. To Daniel, the stars are small objects that can fall from the sky and then be "stamped upon." 8:10
  323. Amos

  324. God destroyed the Amorites who were a race of giants as tall as cedars and as strong as oaks. 2:9
  325. "Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion."
    Other translations have "Pleiades" instead of "seven stars." In any case, the Pleiades is an open star cluster that contains thousands of stars, not just the "seven stars" that are easily visible from earth without a telescope. And the constellation Orion is a collection of stars that happens to form an interesting, but temporary, pattern when viewed from earth. It was not purposefully designed by anyone or anything. 5:8
  326. "Shall not the land tremble for this?"
    (Earthquakes are a punishment from God.) 8:8
  327. "I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day." 8:9
  328. God will "cut them in the head" and "slay the last of them with the sword." Any that try to escape by diving to the bottom of the sea will be bitten, at God's command, by a sea-serpent. God will set his "eyes upon them for evil, not for good." 9:1-4
  329. Jonah

  330. "The LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest." 1:4
  331. God makes "a great fish" to swallow Jonah. And Jonah stayed in the fish's belly for three days and three nights. 1:17
  332. "Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey." That would make it about 60 miles in diameter -- larger than Los Angeles! 3:3
  333. Micah

  334. The earth is set upon strong foundations and therefore does not move. 6:2
  335. Nahum

  336. "The clouds are the dust of his feet." 1:3
  337. Whirlwinds, tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires are caused by God and are signs of his anger. He dries up oceans and rivers, melts mountains, and throws stones. 1:3-6
  338. Haggai

  339. A whole lot of shaking going on.
    God will shake the heavens, the earth, sea, and dry land. He'll shake until "the desire of the nations" comes and his house is filled with glory. 2:6-7, 21
  340. Zechariah

  341. According to the horses of different colors, "the earth sitteth still, and is at rest." 1:11
  342. "The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth."
    God set the earth on firm foundations. (So it doesn't move.) 12:1
  343. On the day of the Lord, the mount of Olives will be split in two and half the mountain will be removed. 14:4
  344. Someday there will be a day that will have neither day nor night with a bright sunny evening. 14:7
  345. Malachi

  346. God hated Esau and gave his inheritance to the dragons. 1:3
  347. Matthew

  348. When was Jesus born? 2:1
  349. "The star ... went before them."
    If the star "went before them," leading them to Bethlehem, then it couldn't have been a star or any other astronomical object or event. But Matthew couldn't have known that. Everyone at the time thought that stars were just little points of light a short distance above the earth. It'd be no problem to have one hover above a particular place for a while. 2:9
  350. Herod kills all boys in and around Bethlehem that are two years old and under. Such a massacre would certainly have been noted by contemporary historians. Yet not even Josephus, who documented Herod's life in detail, mentioned this event. 2:16
  351. "He had fasted forty days and forty nights."
    The Science of Starvation: How long can humans survive without food or water? 4:2
  352. The devil kidnaps Jesus and takes him up to the top of the temple, and then to the top of "an exceedingly high mountain," high enough to see "all the kingdoms of the world." I guess the earth was flat in those days. 4:8
  353. "Behold the fowls of the air...." Jesus says that God feeds them. But, if so, he does one hell of a lousy job at it. Most birds die before leaving the nest, and the few who manage to fly soon die painful deaths of starvation, predation, or disease. If God is caring for them, pray that he stays away from you. 6:26
  354. Speaking of the birds, Jesus asks: "Are ye not much better than they?" This is meant as a rhetorical question, but the answer is far from obvious to me. I guess to Jesus, though, birds are not worth much compared to humans. So you can do whatever the hell you want with (and to) them. 6:26
  355. Peter's mother-in-law was sick with a fever. Jesus healed her by touching her hand, so she could get back to serving them. (Peter's mother-in-law? The first pope was married?) 8:14-15
  356. Jesus and his disciples were crossing a lake in a boat when a storm came. Jesus was asleep, so his chicken-shit disciples woke him up. Jesus rebuked them for having little faith and then calmed the winds and the waves. All of which was to show, what? That weather is sent by God and can be controlled by faith? 8:24-26
  357. Jesus heals a paralytic man by forgiving his sins. (Paralysis is caused by sinful behavior.) 9:2-6
  358. "Thy faith hath made thee whole."
    If you have enough faith, you will never get sick. (Illness is caused by sin and lack of faith. Medical science is unnecessary.) 9:22
  359. Jesus heals two blind men. (Or was it their blind faith that healed them?) 9:27-29
  360. Jesus heals a "dumb man possessed by a devil." (Those who cannot speak are possessed by a devil.) 9:32-33
  361. "Jesus went about all the cities and villages ... healing every sickness and every disease." 9:35
  362. Jesus gives his disciples "power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness." 10:1
  363. Jesus tells his disciples to perform all the usual tricks: "heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out devils." 10:8
  364. God is involved in the death of every sparrow. He sees to it that they each die painful deaths of starvation, predation, or disease. But don't worry. God will do the same for you. (He thinks that humans are worth much more than sparrows.) 10:29. 31
  365. Jesus heals a withered hand. 12:10-13
  366. "Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all." 12:15
  367. Jesus casts out a devil from a man who was blind and dumb. (Those who are unable to see or hear are possessed by devils.) 12:22
  368. "Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly."
  369. "An enemy hath done this."
    Some Christians believe that the natural evil in the world (predators, parasites, pain, death) is due to Satan, not God. 13:28
  370. Jesus is incorrect when he says that the mustard seed is the smallest seed. And since there are no trees in the mustard family, mustard seeds do not grow into "the greatest of all trees." 13:31-32
  371. "Jesus ... saw a great multitude ... and he healed their sick." 14:14
  372. "They sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased ... and as many as touched were made perfectly whole." 14:35-37
  373. "When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering." 16:2-3

    This is one of the few (more or less) scientifically valid statements in the Bible.

    Is there scientific validity to the saying 'Red sky at night, sailors' delight; red sky in the morning sailors take warning'?

  374. Jesus cures an epileptic "lunatic" by "rebuking the devil." (Epilepsy is caused by devils.) 17:15-18
  375. "The blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them." 21:14
  376. The end of the world will be signaled by wars, famines, disease, and earthquakes (6-7). And that's just "the beginning of sorrows" (8). Next believers will be hated and killed by unbelievers (9), believers will hate and betray each other (10), false prophets will fool people (11), iniquity will abound and love wax cold (12). But hey, if you make through all that, you'll be saved (13).

    Only one more thing will happen before the end comes: the gospel will be preached throughout the world (14). Well, that and the abomination of desolations will stand in the holy place (15), many false Christs and false prophets will show great signs and wonders (24), the sun and moon will be darkened and the stars will fall (29), the sign of the son of Man will appear in the sky, everyone on earth will mourn, and then, finally, the great and powerful son of Man will come in all his glory (30).

    Oh, and all these things will happen within the lifespan of Jesus' contemporaries (34).

    Or maybe not. Jesus was talking about things he knew nothing about (36). (See Mark 13:32.) 24:3-51

  377. "The moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven." Apparently, Jesus believed that the moon produces its own light, and that the stars are lights held in place by a firmament only a few miles above our heads. 24:29
  378. Jesus believed that Noah's flood actually happened. 24:37
  379. When Jesus was crucified, there was three hours of complete darkness "over all the land." And when he died, there was a great earthquake with many corpses walking the streets of Jerusalem. It is strange that there is no record of any of these extraordinary events outside of the gospels. 27:45, 51-53
  380. "And behold, there was a great earthquake." 28:2
  381. Mark

  382. Peter's mother-in-law was sick with a fever. Jesus healed her by touching her hand, so she could get back to serving them. 1:30-31
  383. Jesus heals "all that were diseased" by casting out devils. 1:32-34
  384. Jesus heals a paralytic man by forgiving his sins. (Paralysis is caused by sinful behavior.) Notice that Jesus didn't just heal him, he forgave his sins, which is something only God is supposed to be able to do. 2:3-12
  385. Jesus heals a man with a "withered hand." 3:1-5
  386. "He [Jesus] ordained twelve, that they should ... have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils." 3:14-15
  387. Jesus is incorrect when he says that the mustard seed is the smallest seed. (The smallest seeds are found among the tropical, epiphytic orchids.) 4:31
  388. "He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." 4:39
  389. "A certain woman ... had an issue of blood twelve years...."
    So this is where all those phony faith-healing stories came from! Notice that the doctors made her condition worse, but she was instantly cured by faith. 5:25-29
  390. "Thy faith hath made thee whole." If you have enough faith, you will never get sick. (Illness is caused by sin and lack of faith. Medical science is unnecessary.) 5:34
  391. "And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them." 6:13
  392. Jesus walks on water and calms the sea. 6:48-51
  393. "Whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole." 6:56
  394. Jesus puts his fingers in a deaf man's ears, then spits and touches his tongue. This immediately cured his deafness. 7:32-35
  395. Jesus cures a blind man by spitting in his eyes. 8:22-23
  396. Jesus' spit did not completely cure the blind. So Jesus tried again. He put his hands on the man's eyes and, this time, the blind man "saw every man clearly." 8:24-25
  397. Jesus heals a boy with "a dumb spirit" by saying, "Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him and enter no more into him." (Sounds like a script from Monty Python, doesn't it?) But how could a deaf spirit hear the words spoken to it? And how could a dumb spirit cry out? 9:17, 25-26
  398. Immortal worms: "Where their worm dieth not" 9:44, 46, 48
  399. "But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female."
    Jesus believed that sex and Adam and Eve were created "from the beginning." But the universe is about 13.7 billion years old, the earth 4.6 billion, sex a billion years or so, and humans (depending on how you define "human") for a couple million years. 10:6
  400. "Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight." 10:52
  401. "The beginnings of sorrows."
    The end of the world will be marked with wars, famines, and earthquakes. (Thank God for that helpful hint!) 13:8
  402. "In those days ... the moon shall not give her light, and the stars of heaven shall fall." Of course this is nonsense. The billions of stars will never fall to earth and the moon does not produce its own light. 13:24-25
  403. When Jesus was crucified, there was three hours of complete darkness "over the whole land." It is strange that there is no record of this extraordinary event outside of the gospels. 15:33
  404. Luke

  405. When was Jesus born? 2:1
  406. Being forty days ... And in those days he did eat nothing."
    The Science of Starvation: How long can humans survive without food or water? 4:2
  407. The devil takes Jesus to the top of a mountain and shows him "all the kingdoms of the world." I guess the world was flat in those days. 4:5
  408. Jesus cured Peter's mother-in-law (by "rebuking" her fever) so she could get back to work serving them. 4:38-39
  409. The people brought all their sick people to Jesus, and he cured every one of them. 4:40
  410. Jesus cures a man with leprosy. 5:12-13
  411. Jesus cures a paralytic by forgiving his sins, thereby proving that he is God (since only God can forgive sins) and paralysis is caused by sin. 5:18-25
  412. Jesus heals a man with a withered hand. 6:6-10
  413. Jesus heals people that are "vexed with unclean spirits." 6:18
  414. "The whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all." 6:19
  415. Jesus cures the centurion's slave. 7:2-10
  416. "And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak." 7:12-15
  417. Within a single hour, Jesus cured people of various plagues, evil spirits, and blindness. 7:21
  418. Jesus stops a storm by rebuking the wind and waves. 8:23-24
  419. Jesus heals a woman "having an issue of blood." It's the usual story: none of the doctors could cure her, but the faith hearer (Jesus, in this case) could. 8:43-44
  420. "Thy faith hath made thee whole." If you have enough faith, you will never get sick. (Illness is caused by sin and lack of faith. Medical science is unnecessary.) 8:48
  421. Jesus brings Jarius' dead daughter back to life. 8:49-55
  422. Jesus gave his disciples authority of all devils and to cure diseases. 9:1-2
  423. "He [Jesus] ... healed them that had need of healing." 9:11
  424. Epilepsy is caused by devils. 9:39
  425. Jesus cures an epiletic child by rebuking an unclean spirit. 9:42
  426. Jesus tells his disciples to do two things: heal the sick and say the kingdom of heaven has come upon you. 10:9
  427. People who cannot speak are possessed with devils. 11:14
  428. "Some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils ... and others ... sought of him a sign from heaven."
    A reasonable hypothesis (assuming devils exist) and a fair request (assuming a god exists). 11:15-16
  429. "If I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out?"
    Jesus believed the Pharisees could cast out demons, too! 11:19
  430. Jesus says it is impossible to get rid of unclean spirits. If you manage to evict one, he'll soon return with seven others "more wicked than himself" and you'll be worse off than you were before. So just learn to live with whatever unclean spirits that are currently possessing you. 11:24-26
  431. Jesus thinks that eyes can be evil. 11:34
  432. Jesus heals a woman with "a spirit of infirmity" by casting out a devil. (All illness is caused by devils.) 13:11-16
  433. Jesus heals ten lepers. 17:12-14
  434. Jesus believed the story of Noah's ark. He thought it really happened and had no problem with the idea of God drowning everything and everybody. 17:26-27
  435. Jesus also believes the story about Sodom's destruction. He says, "even thus shall it be in the day the son of man is revealed." This tells us about Jesus' knowledge of science and history. 17:29-32
  436. Jesus heals a blind man. 18:35-43
  437. "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars." 21:25
  438. When Jesus was crucified, there was three hours of complete darkness "over all the earth." It is strange that there is no record of this extraordinary event outside of the gospels. 23:44-45
  439. John

  440. Jesus had remote viewing skills. 1:48-50
  441. "The wind bloeth where it listeth."
    Jesus says that no one knows which way the wind is blowing. But, of course, he was wrong about that. The direction and speed of the wind are easily measured. 3:8
  442. "If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?"
    Good question, Jesus! He was wrong about creation in Mk 10:6, wrong about the flood in Lk 17:26-27, and wrong about the smallest seed in Mt 13:31-32. So why would anyone believe him when he talks about heaven in Jn 3:16? 3:12
  443. Jesus heals a nobleman's son. 4:46-51
  444. Whoever enters a pool after it is stirred up by angels will be cured of "whatsoever disease he had." 5:4
  445. Jesus cures a paralytic man. 5:5-9
  446. Jesus believes people are crippled by God as a punishment for sin. He tells a crippled man, after healing him, to "sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." 5:14
  447. The disciples ask Jesus about the cause of a man's blindness. Was it because he or his parents sinned? Jesus said neither had sinned. The man was born blind so that Jesus could show off his powers by curing him of his blindness. 9:1-3
  448. Jesus spits on the ground, mixes his spit with the dirt, and rubs the muddy spit on (or in?) a blind man's eyes. Then he told him to wash in the pool of Siloam. After that, the blind man could see again. The Bible doesn't say whether it was the holy spit, holy mud, or holy water that did the trick. 9:6-7
  449. "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit."
    Jesus was wrong about seeds. If a seed dies, it dies. It only produces a new plant if it stays alive (in a dormant stage) until it germinates. Dead seeds bring forth no fruit. 12:24
  450. Acts

  451. "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
  452. "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood."
    It happens with every solar or lunar eclipse. 2:20
  453. Peter heals a lame man. 3:2-7
  454. "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. 3:20
  455. "When they had prayed, the place was shaken."
    The first prayer-caused earthquake. 4:31
  456. The sick were healed just by touching the shadow of Peter. 5:15-16
  457. Peter heals a man with palsy. 9:33-34
  458. Peter raises Tabitha from the dead. 9:36-40
  459. Sick people are oppressed by the devil. 10:38
  460. Paul heals a crippled man. 14:8-10
  461. After only two years of preaching, everyone in Asia had heard the word of the Lord! 19:10
  462. Sick people were cured by touching the handkerchief or apron of Paul. And the evil spirits when out of them." 19:12
  463. 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.) 28:3-6
  464. By praying and touching the sick people of Malta, Paul cures them of their diseases. 28:8-9
  465. Romans

  466. The existence and nature of God are self-evident; thus, unbelievers are "without excuse." 1:20
  467. The Religious Right often uses Romans 1:21-25 to condemn environmentalists. 1:21-25
  468. Paul claims that before Adam sinned death did not exist. But, of course, death didn't enter the world a few thousand years ago because of Adam's sin. Death has been a part of life since life first arose (on this planet, at least) a few billion years ago. 5:12
  469. "The whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."
    Some Christians use this verse to show that we live in a sin cursed world. 8:22
  470. Paul says that everyone, even in his day, had the gospel preached to them. Even the Native Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders? 10:18
  471. 1 Corinthians

  472. Those who eat and drink unworthily often get sick and die. (And then go to hell.) 11:30
  473. "In Adam all die."
    Nothing died before Adam sinned. 15:22
  474. Paul shows his ignorance (and God's) of biology by saying that only dead seeds will germinate. Actually, a seed must be alive to germinate. 15:36
  475. "All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another of beasts."
    This verse is used by Creationists to argue against both evolution and any attempt to create "human-animal hybrids" or "chimeras." 15:39
  476. "The first man Adam"
    Young Earth Creationists use this verse to support a literal reading of Genesis. "If we cannot believe in the First Adam, why believe in the Last [Christ]?" 15:45
  477. "And afterward that which is spiritual."
    Asa Gray, the foremost American botanist in the 19th century and close friend of Charles Darwin, used this verse to support the idea that the Bible is not inconsistent with human evolution. 15:46
  478. 2 Corinthians

  479. "As the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty"
    Paul believed the silly talking snake story in Genesis 3. 11:3
  480. Ephesians

  481. Satan is the "prince of the power of the air." Until modern times Christians believed that Satan was responsible for storms and droughts. 2:2
  482. Colossians

  483. "For by him were all things created.... All things were created by him, and for him.... And by him all things consist." Including guinea worms? 1:16-17
  484. 1 Timothy

  485. "For Adam was first formed, then Eve." Young Earth Creationists use this verse to show that Paul believed the creation story in Gen 2:18-22. 2:13
  486. "Science falsely so called"
    Avoid science, especially that which disagrees with Paul.
    This verse is often used by believers to justify the rejection of any idea, scientific or otherwise, that contradicts the bible. 6:20
  487. Hebrews

  488. God set the earth on a foundation; therefore, it does not move. 1:10
  489. "Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying ... I shake not the earth only, but also heaven."
    When God speaks there are earthquakes (and heavenquakes). 12:26
  490. James

  491. James says that, even in his day, all beasts, birds, serpents, and sea creatures had been tamed by humans. 3:7
  492. If you are sick, rely on the power of prayer. It works every time. 5:14-15
  493. By praying, Elias was able to keep it from raining for three and a half years. 5:17
  494. 1 Peter

  495. "Eight souls were saved by water."

    God drowned everyone on earth except for Noah and his family. This verse is used by young-earth Creationists to show that New Testament writers believed the Old Testament stories. 3:20

  496. 2 Peter

  497. "God ... spared not the old world, but saved Noah."
    Young Earth Creationists use this verse to show that the New Testament authors believed in the flood story. (So you should too.) 2:4-5
  498. 1 John

  499. "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world."

    Don't love nature, or study it, or try to protects it. 2:15

  500. Revelation

  501. "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him." This could only happen on a flat earth. 1:7
  502. "Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." God created parasites, pathogens, and predators for his very own pleasure. 4:11
  503. The sixth seal is opened and there is a great earthquake, the sun becomes black, and the moon red, the stars fall from heaven, and mountains and islands move around. 6:12-14
  504. "And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth...." To John, the stars are just little lights a few miles away that can easily fall to the earth. 6:13
  505. John "saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth." Well, I guess that settles it: the earth is flat and square-shaped, or at least quadrilateral in shape. 7:1
  506. An angel threw the censer down to earth, causing thunder, lightning, and earthquakes. 8:5
  507. "And there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters." In the Bible, stars are just little lights that can fall to the ground from the sky. 8:10
  508. The fourth trumpet smites one third of the sun, moon, and stars. 8:12
  509. "I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth." 9:1
  510. "There were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail." 11:19
  511. The dragon's tail smacks down to earth one third of the stars. To the author of Revelation, the stars are just little lights that can fall to the ground from the sky. 12:4
  512. The seventh vial: voices, thunders, lightnings, earthquakes, hail. 16:17-21
  513. "And there was no more sea."
    For an old sailor like me, this verse, if it were true, would be one of the saddest verses in the Bible. 21:1
  514. Additions to the Book of Daniel

    The Babylonians worshiped a great dragon - whom Daniel killed by feeding it cakes made of pitch, fat, and hair, which caused it to burst open.

    Ecclesiasticus / Sirach

  515. Don't try to understand things that are above your ability. 3:22
  516. Because it's not necessary to see things that are hidden. 3:23
  517. Don't be curious about unnecessary things. 3:24
  518. Because many things can't be understood by humans. 3:25
  519. Tobias

  520. The angel said, " If you put a piece of its heart on the coals, the smoke will drive away all kinds of devils. And the gall is good for the eyes. If you have a white speck on them, it'll cure them. 6:8-9
  521. Raphael said to Tobias, "When you get home, take the gall from the fish and wipe it on his eyes. That will cure him of his blindness." 11:7-8
  522. When Tobias got home, he rubbed the fish gall on his father's eyes. In about half an hour, the white skin on his eyes pealed off (like the skin of an egg). And Tobias could see again. 11:13-15
  523. Wisdom

    I spent ten months in my mother's womb.

    God gave me the true knowledge of all things. I know how the universe was made, what it is made of, when it was created, and when it will end. I know about the stars, and the natures of living things.

    Wisdom has given humans dominion over all living things.

    Wisdom directed the course of the just (Noah) during the flood.

    The land of which still smokes, whose trees have fruit that never ripens, and where there is a pillar of sail as a monument to the incredulous soul (Lot's wife).

    She brought them through the Red Sea and carried them over the water.

    The Israelites drank water out of the rock.

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