Ten Things I Can Prove The Bible Is Wrong About

There are a great many people out there who believe that the bible is the word of god, spoken by the creator and transcribed by man. To these people it is inerrant, a perfect source of history fact and truth. A great many believers however haven’t really read the Bible. Most rely on their preachers, parents or other authority figures to tell them what it contains. Below I’ve listed ten things which we can prove, using modern knowledge and science, that the bible is incorrect about. I’ve only included verifiable false statements, so I’ve left out the various accounts of talking snakes, talking shrubbery, witchcraft, reanimation of the dead, fruit that bestows knowledge and a host of other mythological devices that while unlikely in the extreme can’t actually be disproved by modern science.
1. The earth existed before the stars. – Genesis 1:2 -1:18 – modern geological testing tells us that the earth is 4.5 billion years old. (pubs.usgs.gov/gip/geotime/age.html)
Radiometric dating of the sun tells us that it is roughly 5 billion years old.(http://solar-center.stanford.edu/FAQ/Qage.html) Therefore the sun is roughly half a billion years older than the earth.
2. There were plants before there was sun – Genesis 1:12 – 1:16 – even an elementary understanding of botany makes it more than plain that plants require the sun in order to germinate, grow and live. Plants receive the energy necessary for photosynthesis (the process by which they turn light energy into chemical energy and store it) from the sun. (http://biology.clc.uc.edu/courses/bio104/photosyn.htm) Therefore no sun, no plants.
3. The earth is flat and is supported on pillars – Isaiah 11:12, Revelation 7:1, Job 38:13, Daniel 4:11 – the circumference of the spherical earth was first calculated by the Hellenistic astronomer
Eratosthenes in 240 BC. The earth was generally considered to be spherical in both the Hellenistic and Roman periods of antiquity and yet the myth of the earth being flat was not entirely dispelled until Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe (1519-1522) Proof the earth is round and pillar-less: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_cat.php?categoryID=1484
4. Humanity is between 6000 and 10,000 years old – This assertion is made by adding up the genealogies of the main characters of the bible and adding the two thousand years between the death of Christ and the modern age. – The fossil record demonstrates the appearance of early Homo sapiens up to half a million years ago and of anatomically modern Homo sapiens 100,000 years ago. These ages are reached through carbon dating, a repeatable, testable, verifiable scientific process.
http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/ask-an-astrobiologist/question/?id=1522
5. Thousands of Israelites were enslaved in Egypt, rebelled under the leadership of Moses and fled Egypt – Book of Exodus – There is absolutely no historical or archaeological evidence to support the idea that A) Hebrews were ever enslaved in Egypt B) That there was a mass exodus out of Egypt. Not one source except the Old Testament mentions this epic world event. Egyptian history makes no mention of it even though, they were supposedly the victims of  several kinds of far ranging and public supernatural attacks and  lost a Pharaoh and an entire army.
http://articles.latimes.com/2001/apr/13/news/mn-50481
6. Epilepsy is caused by Demons. – Matthew 17: 14 -20 – Epilepsy is caused by damage to the brain ex: tumours, brain injury or infection, not demonic spirits.
http://neurology.stanford.edu/divisions/e_05.html
7. God promises that the Jews will never lose their land or be disturbed again – 2 Samuel 7: 10-11.  Babylonians, Medes, Greeks, Egyptians, Seleucids, Romans, Turks, Christian Crusaders, Turks (again) have all conquered the city of Jerusalem since the time of Solomon. The Israelites were enslaved and forcefully relocated to Babylon, and 6 million Jews were exterminated by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime. http://www.science.co.il/Israel-history.php
8. King Herod slaughtered babies because he was threatened by news of Jesus. – Matthew 2:16 – This event is only mentioned in this one gospel, none of the others make any mention of it. It goes unmentioned in any period text except the bible, including the works of Flavius Josephus, a historian who wrote a great deal about the life and actions of Herod the Great.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/history/herod.shtml
9. Mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds. Matthew 13: 31-32 – The mustard seed is not even close. The smallest seeds in the world belong to tropical orchids whose seeds ore so small they spread on the wind like dust.
http://discovermagazine.com/2009/apr/08-seeds-largest-oldest-safest
10. From a high mountain you can see “all the kingdoms of the earth” – Matthew 4:8 – Once again, the earth is round, it curves, and there is no point on the earth where one can see the whole earth regardless of elevation.
http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_cat.php?categoryID=1484
Note: The Noah’s Ark myth is not included here for the simple reason that there is SO much wrong with that particular tale that it would take a huge amount of time and space to list all the things that make it pure fiction.Note 2: For those of you who are Christians and say that the bible is not meant to be taken literally and that it is meant to be interpreted:
“Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments
and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew Chapter 5.
This would seem to say “It’s true, all true; no interpretation is necessary, or even permitted.” Wouldn’t it?
The point of this post is simply this. If the bible is wrong about all of these things can it really be the word of god? Wouldn’t god know that the earth was spherical? If it’s not the word of god, and is simply a book of stories and parables meant to reflect the best of bronze age law and morality should it be given the weight it is in society today? Would you take advice on how to build a skyscraper from medieval engineers? Or medical advice from an eighteenth century apothecary?  Of course not. Our knowledge and our societal values have advanced to a point beyond the understanding of the book’s authors. The bible still has it’s place however, after all it has influenced law, art, literature and a host of other aspects of western civilization for centuries. It’s place, in my opinion, is on the shelf beside Homer’s Iliad, the Epic of Gilgamesh and other quasi-historical ancient works.
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Posted on September 14, 2012, in Bible, Editorial and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wonderful read.

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