Says who? Which authoritative Catholic teacher? That sounds awfully MODERNIST to me. Some even go as far as to attack the very credibility of the Bible, which really is in no danger of being undermined, but this is a natural result of denying that the Bible is totally inerrant in all matters.
It is only false science that distorts the facts of reality, which can even appear to undermine the Bible.
Only in cases where taking the Bible literally is untenable are we allowed to depart from the literal and obvious sense.
And just because Judeo-Masonic pseudo-science and the Vatican II antichrists would have us believe that the Bible is riddled with anti-scientific nonsensical myths that impart some spiritual truth, doesn't mean that the Bible's depiction of real events and miracles is untenable, or that necessity requires that we depart from the literal and obvious sense.
There are all sorts of scientific concepts mentioned in the Bible, some of which no man could have known until the advent of modern technology.
Take, for example, Job's knowledge of SCIENCE as well as the SCIENCE lesson he received of God:
Earth is suspended in space:
Job 26:7: "He stretched out the north over the empty space, and hangeth the earth upon nothing."
Light travels as a beam through a path in space.
Job 38:19 "Where is the way where light dwelleth, and where is the place of darkness:"
Light can be spread (as in a prism).
Job 38:24: "By what way is the light spread, and heat divided upon the earth?"
Air has mass and weight:
Job 28:25: "Who made a weight for the winds and weighed the waters by measure."
And of course, there is a lot more:
Astrophysical data show the universe is expanding:
Psalm 103:2: "And art clothed with light as with a garment. Who stretchest out the heaven like a pavilion"
Isaias 40:22: "It is he that sitteth upon the globe of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as locusts: he that stretcheth out the heavens as nothing, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in."
Jeremias 10:12: "He that maketh the earth by his power, that prepareth the world by his wisdom, and stretcheth out the heavens by his knowledge"
The Second Law of Thermodynamics (entropy, the universe is winding down and energy will become disordered and dispersed):
Psalm 101:26-27: "In the beginning, O Lord, thou foundedst the earth: and the heavens are the works of thy hands. They shall perish but thou remainest: and all of them shall grow old like a garment: And as a vesture thou shalt change them, and they shall be changed."
Every star is different:
1 Corinthians 15:41: "One is the glory of the sun, another the glory of the moon, and another the glory of the stars. For star differeth from star in glory."
At any time, it is both day and night on different parts of the earth:
Luke 17:34-35: "I say to you: in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together: the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left: two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left."
The water cycle:
Ecclesiastes 1:7: "All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea doth not overflow: unto the place from whence the rivers come, they return, to flow again."
Isaias 55:10: "And as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return no more thither, but soak the earth, and water it, and make it to spring, and give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:"
The currents in the oceans:
Psalm 8:9: "The birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea, that pass through the paths of the sea."
The life of creatures is in the blood:
Leviticus 17:11: " Because the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you, that you may make atonement with it upon the altar for your souls, and the blood may be for an expiation of the soul."
Scientific research has proven that on the 8th day of a baby's life his blood clots at its fastest rate (due to optimal levels of Vitamin K).
Genesis 21:4: "And he circumcised him the eighth day, as God had commanded him,"
There is much more than this, but this should suffice to make the point.
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