Monday, April 5, 2010

Bible Science: Astronomy

Okay, by now we should all know that the Bible is full of crap. Despite what it is purported to be, it's full of inaccuracies, contradictions, and sometimes flat out bullshit. So, to continue deciphering what the Bible calls science, I would like to bring our attention to the field of Astronomy: the study of celestial objects (stars, planets, comets, etc.).

Genesis, Chapter 1, Verses 3-5:

"Then God said, 'Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night."

Okay, so what's the point of bringing this passage up? This is what God did on the first day of Creation: he created light. Not only did he create light, but he separated it into night and day. That's an important first step.

So, let's go on a few more verses. This next passage comes from Genesis, Chapter 1, Verses 14-18.

"Then God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth'; and it was so. And God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. And God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good."

That's a long one, but it essentially describes the creation of the Sun, the Moon, and the stars.

As a quick side note, I want to point out that God specifies that the "lights" in the sky are to be used for signs. Yes, there is astrology in the Bible. Of course, we know now that astrology is complete bullshit, but that's for another time.

You see, the problem with the Genesis account is simple: God created light before he created the Sun and the rest of the stars. He also calls the Moon a light, which of course it isn't.

Now, modern science (and in retrospect, which is always 20/20, common sense) has told us that the "light" and the stars are not separate: one is a byproduct of the other. Modern science/common sense also tells us that the Moon is not a light by itself, but rather it reflects the Sun's light, giving it that appearance. What kind of world is it where light exists independent of a chemical process to create it in the first place.

I know what kind of world it is: it's a mythological one, just like the one that is described in the Bible.

Science 3, Bible 0.

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