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The Chicken Came Before the Egg
Bible study on creation and evolution.

Metro, a newspaper in London, broke the news on July 13, 2010. The headline reads, "'The chicken came first, not the egg', scientists prove."

British researchers found that ovocledidin-17 (OC-17), a protein found in chickens' ovaries, is necessary for the formation of eggs.

"It had long been suspected that the egg came first, but now we have the scientific proof that shows that in fact the chicken came first," Dr. Colin Freeman said, a professor from Sheffield University who worked on the study.

The Bible is Scientifically Accurate
Discovering that the chicken came before the egg is shocking to people who put their faith in scientific theories rather than the Bible. But to Christians, this is just another instance of science catching up with what we already know from God's word.

The Biblical account of God creating birds tells us the chicken came before the egg.

  • "Then God said, 'Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.' God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.' There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day" (Gen. 1:20-23).

Notice that God created birds that flew the day they were created, and were mature enough to reproduce. God did not create eggs.

And besides, common sense tells us the chicken had to come before the egg, because there had to be a chicken to sit on the egg.

Other Examples of the Bible's Scientific Accuracy
People more educated than me have put together lists of Scriptures showing the scientific accuracy of the Bible. So, I'll just mention two of the more obvious ones here.

At one time, men thought the earth was flat. But as scientific knowledge increased, the flat earth theory was disproved and the Bible was proved to be scientifically accurate. Today, science agrees with the Bible. The earth is circular, and is suspended in space (Job 26:7; 40:22).

God's Word First, Scientific Theories Second
This latest discovery reminds us to believe God's word first, and scientific theories second.

Many things still separate Christians from prevalent scientific theory.

For example, we believe God created the universe from nothing, by speaking it into existence. Man did not evolve over millions and billions of years, but was instantly created by God, through the power of His word.

So when science contradicts God's word, we must believe God rather than human theories.

You'll Suffer Persecution
Everyone who wishes to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution (2 Tim. 3:12). Whenever we put God first, and the ideas of men second, we will suffer persecution.

Just as people persecuted Galileo for saying the earth was round, we'll be persecuted for believing God's word and rejecting theories that contradict it.

And remember, Galileo was persecuted by the Roman Catholic church, not a scientific organization. So, we too must be prepared for persecution by religious organizations that merely tickle the ears of the ungodly to gain power.

As a result of suffering persecution for believing God's word, we'll be blessed.

  • "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matt. 5:10-12).

Times like this, when many in the scientific community are shocked by a discovery disproving a theory concerning the beginning of life, vindicate God and our faith in His word.

We do not glory in ourselves, but glory that our God's word is proven to be right, and superior to human theory.

I pray people will open their eyes and see the truth, confessing their sins in obedience to God.

But that's rarely the case. Paul, speaking of the foolishness of those who reject the truth of God's word, says:

  • "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen" (Rom. 1:20-25).

Obey God's Word
Scientific accuracy of the Bible reminds us that God's word is absolute truth (Jn. 17:17).

As such, we must obey God's word to please Him, and be saved from our sins.