Law of the Conservation of Mass


1.  In 1789, a French chemist by the name of Antoine Lavoisier established what has become known as the “Law of the Conservation of Mass”

  • Simply put, chemistry has established that “mass is neither created nor destroyed in any ordinary chemical reaction” – it simply changes form
  • Another way of looking at this is that the mass of substances producing (products) a chemical reaction will always equal the mass of the reacting substances (reactants)
  • An example or two should suffice:
    • 1.0 grams of Carbon + 5.34 grams of Sulfur = 6.34 grams of Carbon Disulphide
    • 2.0 grams of Carbon + 10.68 grams of Sulfur = 12.68 grams of Carbon Disulphide 1

2.  The Law of the Conservation of Mass is so closely related to the Law of the Conservation of Energy, that they are often stated together

3.  The ramification of this is that our Universe was either created or it must necessarily be eternal!

  • If this universe is unable to create mass or energy, then we have only these two choices
  • However, the Laws of Thermodynamics dictate that the Universe is not eternal, for it is winding down…this leaves just One Possibility

4.  This established Law of Science was anticipated in the Bible by nearly 3,000 years…


That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us.”                    – Ecclesiastes 1: 9 – 10

I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it. And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him. That which already has been, and what is to be has already been;” – Ecclesiastes 3: 14, 15
You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.”-Nehemiah9:6

5.  Solomon writes the words to Ecclesiastes @ 950 BC

  • His statements would seem to merely be yet another way of stating the Law of the Conservation of Mass

6.  Nehemiah is scribing his words @ 440 BC

7.  The Bible is accurate in its chemistry