New Knowledge

Question: 

Did the Bible ever communicate knowledge not known by humans at the time of its supposed writing?

Answer: 

Yes. But you have the right basis for understanding before you can “get” it. All new knowledge is built on existing knowledge. For example, no one can understand the issues in modern physics without the appropriate bases in mathematics. Many ideas in the Bible are similar. They are easily misunderstood when people lack the right framework for understanding.

Let us take two examples of “modern” discoveries made in the 60s:

  1. The Big Bang
  2. The Matthew Effect

The Bible was widely (and still is) mocked because of its “Genesis” story. One of the reasons was that it, quite illogically, had “light” preceding the creation of the sun and stars. Scientists like Einstein believed that the universe was in a “steady state” without a beginning or an end. Then it was discovered that the cosmic radiation background could only be explained by a clear beginning. According to current models, stars like our sun didn’t arrive in the universe until about 250 million years after light did.

The Matthew Effect is also very interesting. The name comes from the quote in Matthew 25:29, “For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” While this idea was never considered illogical, it was (and still is) considered unchristian and unfair. The unequal distribution of things was and is considered evidence of human flaws, evil, and oppression rather than mathematical laws. It wasn’t until the 60’s that this was discovered to be a mathematical principle applying to a wide variety of conditions in the real world based on completely random process. So many principles, and “laws” are now based on this idea in so many fields that it would be hard to list them all.

The Matthew’s Effect comes from natural progression from beginning states to a “standard distribution” (the bell curve) to a “logarithmic distribution” (the long tail). The principle is simple: early winners in a random contest become more likely to survive in that contest, eventually accumulating the lion’s share of the rewards.

Consider a computer model of a game of Monopoly where all players start with the same money. Over time, the money will eventually be distributed according to a bell curve. This has nothing to do with the skill of the players because this is a computer simulation. It is a result of the rules of the game and the random throw of the dice. In the bell curve stage, there will be some players with less than average and others with more than average with most players bunched in the middle and a few at the extremes.

What happens as the game continued, however, over time, it that those at the “have” extreme will accumulate more and more of the money. The distribution will become logarithmic. A few will have almost all the money, with a long “tail” of have-nots. If the simulation keeps running, eventually one player has all the money.

The more you know, the more there is to be discovered in the Bible in terms of orienting your thinking to the way the world really works. This is why I personally study it every day, writing at Christswords.com.