UNSCIENTIFIC TEACHINGS IN BIBLE, SCIENTIFIC TRUTH IN VEDAS
1. UNSCIENTIFIC TEACHINGS IN BIBLE
(i) The sky has windows
The sky is nothing but a vacuum. It does not have windows. But Holy Bible states that the windows of sky were opened
No scientist will agree to the above text.
(ii) The earth has foundations, pillars and four corners!
According to Biblical Geography (Social Science), the earth has foundations, pillars and four corners ! Read the following three verses :
The Earth has foundations :
171. “5. Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.”The Earth has pillars :
172. “8…… for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he bath set the world upon them.”The Earth has four corners :
(iii) The sun, not the earth, moves !
Joshua commanded the sun to standstill and not the earth. This is Biblical Science ! The following passage indicates that Joshua stops the sun and the moon :
All the educated people of the world know today that the sun never moves, it is the earth that revolves. When Copernicus declared this scientific truth for the first time, the clergymen raised hues and cries against the learned scientist calling him atheist, because he contradicted Holy Bible. Consequently he was humiliated and tortured. Martin Luther, the German religious reformer who was the founder of the Protestant Reformation, commented upon the Copernicus theory as under :
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru writes in his ‘Glimpses of World History’ :
James A. Haught states in his book, ‘Holy Horrors’ :
While commenting upon Biblical Science, George Bernard Shaw, the famous playwright, critic and essayist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1925, observes :
In modern scientific era, educated Christian missionaries feel ashamed to give any publicity to the afore-mentioned verse of the Holy Bible.
In spite of the fact that Holy Bible is replete with erroneous and unscientific statements, the Christians claim that it is authority on each and every matter of the earth and anything can be proved from the Holy Book. In this connection Thomas Paine, great thinker of American Revolution, observes :
Antonio Fogazzaro, the renowned Italian novelist, observes :
According to George Bernard Shaw, the fundamentalist clergymen are the worst enemies of religion, and the Holy Bible, in spite of being the work of many highly gifted authors and translators, is a jumble of savage superstitions. He states :
According to George Bernard Shaw, Bible-educated man is ignoramus. He opines :
(iv) Is disease caused by devil ?
According to Jesus, disease is caused by devil. If the devil is removed from body of sick man, he becomes all right. The New Testament of Holy Bible narrates that Jesus Christ removed devil from the body of a man in synagogue :
Here is another verse indicating that disease is caused by devil, and Jesus Christ healed many patients by removing devils from their bodies :
Thomas Jefferson, the third President of America, states
(v) Can a sick be cured by priest or doctor ?
If there is any sick among you, you need not call for a physician. A true Christian calls for ‘the elders of the Church’; because according to Holy Bible, the elders of the Church, (not doctor) will cure the sick. Here is a precept in the New Testament :
If the elders of the church can cure any sick man by anointing him with oil, then all hospitals must be closed, and all qualified doctors should change their profession and learn to become churchmen. Alas ! this unscientific teaching has caused innumerable deaths in the families of the illiterate gullible people.
people fully know that a disease is not caused by devil and it can be cured
only by doctors, not by the elders of the church. Had the sick man
been cured by ‘the elders of the church’, Christian missionaries would
not have established hospitals with qualified doctors. Their own
action in establishing the hospitals contradicts the precept of the Holy
2. SCILENTIFIC TRUTH IN VEDAS
(i) The earth, not the sun, moves
Holy Vedas, in spite of being the most ancient scriptures, are in complete harmony with modern science. Brown, the Western scholar, opines :
We find scientific truth in Yajur Veda so far as motion of the earth, (not the sun as in Holy Bible) is concerned
AayaM gaaO: paRiSnark`xmaIdsadna\ maatarM paur: |Mrs. Wheeler Willax, an eminent American writer, states:
(ii) Disease is cured by medicines, not by priest
Holy Vedas do not approve of unscientific statement that disease is caused by devils. Only illiterate superstitious people believe in such unscientific teachings. Disease is caused due to infection (bacteria virus), unhygienic diet, pollution of air and contamination of water etc.
In ancient times, even the civilised nations of the world used to seek guidance in connection with art of healing from the Hindus who were called the Aryans during the days of yore. The Western physicians have now begun to realise the detrimental reactions of allopathy. They have started appreciating the efficacy of ‘Nature Cure’ and Ayurvedic medicines mentioned in Holy Vedas.
(iii) Nature cure
The cure of all diseases whether they are physical, mental, ethical and spiritual, lies in nature. Separation from nature results in decay and death, while communion with her brings harmony and hilarity. ‘Return to Nature’ or ‘Acquire knowledge of nature’ is the axis round which philosophy of Vedas revolves. Unnatural modes of medicines cause great harms. Hence Vedic religion pleads for nature cure. Elements of nature possess great powers to cure the most chronic diseases. On the surface of the earth or beneath the water, God Almighty has created most useful herbs which are panacea for all sorts of diseases. Man, being frail creature, having limited knowledge, is unaware of the precious uses of elements of nature. The diseases can be cured by water, earth, air, fire and sunshine. These are the chief elements of nature. Vedas encourage and inspire man to explore and acquire the knowledge of nature cure.
Apsva1ntarmaRtapsau BaoYajamapaamauta pa`Sastayao |Here is mantra of Sam Veda elucidating the advantages of the rays of the sun :
ApaamaIvaamapa is~aQamapa saoQata duma-itama\ |(iv) Ayurvedic medicines
Ayurveda is the foundation stone of the ancient medical science of Aryavarta. It is considered by some scholars as Upaveda consisting of supplementary hymns illustrating the definite properties and uses of drugs and medicinal plants. The earliest description of medicinal plants and their precious uses is to be found in Rig Veda which is the oldest scripture in the world.
Bharat is an emporium of medicinal plants, herbs and shrubs. Approximately more than seventy five per cent of drugs described in the British pharmacopoeia grow in India in a state of nature. Professor Greenish of the London School of Pharmacy rightly remarked, “India, owing to the remarkable variations she possesses of climate, attitude and soil, is in a position to produce successfully every variety of medical herbs required by Europe.”
The pharmacists and physicians of the West have now begun to realise that indigenous herbs of India penetrate and probe into the root of the disease and cure the patient permanently. It was proclaimed with confidence by the ancient Indian physicians in Vedic era. The following mantra of Rig Veda bears testimony to it
yasyaaOYaQaI pa`sapa-qaaD:gamaD:\ga par]Ypar]: |Joccolliot, the famous writer of the West, opines candidly
- Swami Vivekananda====================================
92 James A. Haught : ‘Holy Horrors’, published by Prometheus Books, New York, 1990, p. 53
93 George Bernard Shaw : ‘The Complete Prefaces of Bernard Show’, Chapter entitled ‘Preface to the Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God’, London, 1965, p. 649
94 Thomas Paine : ‘The Age of Reason’, published by Watts and Co., London, 1796, p. 35
95 N.S. Rajaram : ‘The Dead Sea Scrolls and The Crisis of Christianity’, London, 1997, p. 174
96 George Bernard Shaw : ‘Everybody k Political What’s What ?’, Chapter XLIII, ‘Religious Summary’, London, 1950, p. 357
97 George Bernard Shaw : ‘The Complete Prefaces of Bernard Shaw’, Chapter entitled ‘Preface to the Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God’, London, 1965, p. 650
T.J. Randolph : ‘Memoir. Cor. and Misc.’, Vol. 4, p. 325