A Supernatural Book – John Linton – 4

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gs john linton John Linton (1888 – 1965) John Linton is not normally listed among the elite of the evangelists in this century: Moody, Sunday, Bob Jones, Sr., Appelman, John Rice. But he was not some lesser light—God mightily moved through his ministry. He left a trail of converts to Christ as well as revived, restored, rejoicing churches.

His gospel soundness, his compelling delivery, his Scotch brogue and his devotion to our Lord made him widely acceptable. You cannot hear the inimitable Scotch brogue in his sermon, but you can enjoy its sweet and powerful message.

He died at age 77 in the pulpit while conducting evangelistic services.

The Bible – A Supernatural Book
The Scientific Accuracy of the Bible – Part One

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God . . . – 2 Timothy 3:16.

It is quite true that the Bible is not a textbook on science. It was not given to tell us how the heavens go, but how to go to Heaven. Nevertheless, if God inspired words, there cannot be scientific errors.

God is not limited by the ignorance of any times; so if He inspired the Bible, it follows that wherever mention is made of scientific matters, the statements of the Bible will be in harmony with true science, not only in past ages but in every age. And this is exactly what we find.

The very first words of the Bible involve a miracle of revelation. When the creation story was written and for centuries after, men believed the solar system had its center in the earth instead of in the sun. They believed the worlds were geocentric instead of heliocentric; that the earth as the parent body came first, and the heaven with its dependent bodies came after. Dr. D. C. Hutton declares that this Ptolemaic system of astronomy was taught in Yale College as late as 1875.

Did Moses make this mistake? Several thousand years before the Copernican system was discovered, Moses wrote, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). How would Moses know that Heaven was created before the earth? There is only one honest and rational answer: the Bible is the Word of God.

How did Job dare, when the wise men of his day in the sacred books of the Hindus taught that the earth was supported on a platform made of the backs of elephants, that these in turn stood on the shell of a mighty tortoise, that the tortoise stood on the coil of a great snake (though where the snake stood none of them knew), and that when the elephants shook themselves, it caused earthquakes—how did Job, I ask, when men believed that, dare to utter a strictly scientific truth when he wrote, “He [God] . . . hangeth the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7)?

When scientists in his day believed the earth was foursquare and flat, how did Isaiah give preintimation that the earth was round when he said, “He [God] . . . sitteth upon the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22)?

Sir John Herschel with Rosse produced the famous Rosse and Herschel telescope. With it one can read newspaper print twenty-five miles away. This telescope made havoc of several “scientific” theories of astronomy.

What about the Bible? One look through this Telescope and one will see that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God.”

For example: In the year A.D. 125, the astronomer Hipparchus counted 1,022 stars. In A.D. 200, Ptolemy discovered four more and said there were 1,026. Not until 1,400 years after that did Galileo venture the opinion that the stars were too numerous to be counted. The Rosse and Herschel telescope confirmed this opinion as fact.

Men of science once thought they could be numbered. True science now knows they cannot be numbered. What says the Bible? It is strictly accurate in its astronomy. The stars “cannot be numbered” (Jeremiah 33:22).

The telescope further revealed that while all over the heavens there were uncounted and uncountable millions of stars, there was a great empty space in the North without a single, solitary star. This was accounted another wonderful discovery.

Listen, however, to Job 26:7: “He [God] stretcheth out the north over the empty place.” Who told Job about this empty space several thousand years before its discovery? The answer is clear. The Bible is a supernatural Book.

To Be Continued

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*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the Holy Bible: King James Version. In Public Domain.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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