One of the biggest problems I have noticed for most people, especially scientists, in accepting the Bible as true or real is the language and terms used in the Bible to describe events or items. You have to remember two very important things about the writing of the Bible.
First, their understanding of science and level of technology during the writing of the entire Bible, 2,000 to 3,600 years ago, was very limited and primitive. The most modern invention at the time of Moses was the iron chariot. They had not even developed steel and, since iron is so brittle, they were still using bronze swords. Imagine trying to describe a very advanced being or the things such a being did when the potter's wheel was considered high technology. Most of the people were goat herders, farmers, or other common laborers. Only a very small number of people were educated enough to read and write. Just being able to write guaranteed you a good paying job as a scribe.
It wasn't that long ago that a group of scientists made first contact with a group of Indians in the Brazilian rain forest. The scientists flew in with a helicopter. The natives had seen planes and helicopters fly overhead but had never seen a helicopter land. They were terrified and began worshiping the scientists as gods. Even after the scientists had spent some time with the natives, had explained that they were not gods, and had tried to explain enough technology for the Indians to understand the helicopter, the Indians persisted in calling the scientists gods. Now, imagine how much more difficult it would be for people thousands of years ago.
The second fact you must remember is the language barrier we face. The ancient Jews of even 2,000 years ago had less than 5% of our vocabulary. Words we take for granted such as car, plane, bicycle, television, radio, telephone, and electricity did not even exist. A great example is to study an older language such as German. They still use the word wagon to mean car. The original meaning of the word is clearly a wagon you would pull with horses. Imagine how hard it would be for scientist thousands of years from now to understand what a German was talking about when he called a car a wagon. It is only logical that the ancient Jews did the same thing. So what were they talking about? That's what I wish to explore in this page.
We have already explored a possible and very probable explanation for the creation of life with molecular construction of living organisms to farm life on Earth. I personally believe that we may still not have the knowledge or technology to understand God's creation of our cosmos or what we would probably call either planetary or cosmological engineering. It may take us another 50 to 100 years to be able to understand that feat.
The burning bush could simply have been a very bright light coming from the bush. The only artificial light at that time was made by fire such as fire places, torches, and oil lamps. Therefore, it would only be logical for people of the time to equate light with fire. On the other hand, a being which is capable of controlling atoms and molecules well enough to perform molecular construction of a living organism may also be able to control atoms well enough to prevent fire from causing harm to an object or organism. This must be considered as a possibility.
Of the eleven plagues visited on the Egyptians by God, the gnats, flies, frogs, and locusts can be easily understood by molecular construction of living organisms. Such a being could easily change the molecular structure of water and turn it to blood or create a plague of boils on men. Killing cattle and human first born would simply involve disrupting the life functions of the organisms. The hail storm which had fire included is unusual but shows the ability to control the weather which we are trying to do ourselves. The fire could have been actual fire or they could have been trying to describe something else. Although, we ourselves have any number of ways of causing fire with such items as flame throwers, napalm, and lasers. What else will we have 50 years from now?
I love the crossing of the Red Sea. The critics simplistically try to explain this by saying the Jews actually crossed the Reed Sea which is a wetlands with large dry stretches running across it. Below, I will include the actual description so you can see for yourself that this explanation is unrealistic and unacceptable.
Exodus 14:9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.
Exodus 14:13-31 And Moses said to the people, Fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord which he will show to you today, for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall see them again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you and you shall hold your peace.
And the Lord spoke to Moses and said, Why do you cry out to me? Speak to the children of Israel that they go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea, and divide it, and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians and they shall follow them and I will get me honor over Pharaoh and over all his host, over his chariots, and over his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord when I have gotten me honor over Pharaoh, over his chariots, and over his horsemen.
And the angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them, and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them. And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel, and it was a cloud and darkness to the Egyptians but it gave light by night to Israel, so that the one came not near the other all the night.
And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand, and on their left.
And the Egyptians pursued and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And it came to pass that in the morning watch the Lord looked out at the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, and took off their chariot wheels, that they drove them heavily so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.
And the Lord said to Moses, Stretch out your hand over the sea that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and upon their horsemen. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea and the sea returned to its strength when the morning appeared and the Egyptians fled against it, and the Lord over threw the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned and covered the chariots, and the horsemen and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them, there remained not so much as one of them.
But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the seashore. And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians and the people feared the Lord and believed the Lord and his servant Moses.
I don't know about you, but that does not sound like a bunch of goat herders crossing a wet lands with no more than six inches of water. It sounds much more like what we would call the levitation of massive amounts of water. We, ourselves, can now levitate much smaller amounts of matter, but only a few ounces.
Some sceptics say that there was a huge chasm of over 1,000 feet deep at the center of the Red Sea which would have prevented the crossing but, really, don't you think that a being capable of levitating that much water could have easily levitated enough mud to make a bridge across the chasm and use the dry winds from the east to dry the mud?
This is just to show that there are scientific possibilities for the things in the Bible which some say are ridiculous. All of the healings would be called molecular regeneration. Christ walking on water or being lifted up into the clouds would be levitation. This being, God can clearly control the weather, movements of the earth, and many other things that we are studying and hoping to be able to do some day. Now why isn't it possible that someone else has already done these things and more?
Translating these ideas into modern scientific concepts makes them much more realistic and believable. I am hoping that this will get you to look at the Bible from a different and more realistic perspective. I believe that this being is real, He lives, He exists. He is not a religion; He is God.