2 Peter 3:10 says “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be desroyed with intense heat.”
This was written 2,000 years ago by an unschooled fisherman who was inspired by God. Peter was speaking of the end times, “the day of the Lord” which is spoken of in other passages as “great and terrible.” But our focus here is on the concept of elements melting or being destroyed. Note the way the various translations render the key terms:
ESV: burned up and dissolved
NASB: destroyed with intense heat
KJV: melt with fervent heat
NRSV: dissolved with fire
One of the terms here means to unloose or to untie. So the phrase is that the elements themselves will be unloosed or dissolved and consumed with intense heat.
I’ve always found this interesting, since the ancient Greek term for atom meant “uncuttable.” The thought was that objects were made of little hard pellets of matter that were indestructable and could not be cut. We know today that atoms can indeed be cut, and doing so unleashes tremendous energy. We also know that matter can be converted to energy, such that dissolving the atom releases heat energy.
So it seems that an unschooled fisherman in the first century has given us a hint at what it took modern science a good while to demonstrate. We can hold this to be one more support for the accuracy of the Bible.