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Friday, February 8, 2013


     What If It Is, In Fact, All True ?  The Bible (Part 2)

     About a month ago I posted a Blog entry where I contended that the Bible is true and accurate in all respects. The main thesis of that prior post and this one is that the Bible is really true. Logically, however, I will stipulate at the outset that the Bible is either really true as it claims to be or it is NOT really true as it claims to be.
     Should the Bible be shown to be really true, then there really is a God; There really is a Heaven; The Son of God, AKA Jesus, the Christ, really lived as a fully human man, was really crucified and really rose on the third day and now really sits at the right hand of God; There will really be an end to time after which there will really be a judgement of all people.
     Should the Bible be shown to be really UNtrue, then with respect to the previous paragraph, in the immortal words of that celebrated Saturday Night Live character, Rosanna Danna Danna, "NEVER MIND!" If the Bible really is just a book filled with nice stories and some not so nice stories then we Christians and observant Jews are being foolishly naive and pathetic.

     So lets examine some of the evidence that proves that the Bible really is what it purports to be and is really true.
     In the Book of Genesis, Chapter 2, verse 7, we read...

               "Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his 
                 nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being." (NASB)

...Science confirms that the human body is made largely of water but also the same elements found in earth.
     Leviticus Chapter 15 describes how someone becomes "unclean" and how to become "clean" again. It describes that any bodily discharge renders one unclean. That person would have to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water to become clean. He would be unclean until evening.
     Anyone who touches that person, their discharge or touches anything that that person lies on or sits on or wears also becomes "unclean." To become clean again the person had to wash his clothes and bathe in water and he would be unclean until evening.
     It wasn't until the late 1800's that medical science discovered germs and how they were transmitted from those who were infected to those who became infected. Doctors learned that the simple act of washing under running water went a long way towards preventing the transmission of germs.
     Question...How did the writer of Leviticus know this? Leviticus was written around 1400 B.C.
Oh, by the way, the Hebrew word for "water" means flowing or running water.

     One of the great scourges to plague mankind are the diseases Cholera, Typhoid and Dysentery. Whenever there is a natural disaster that causes widespread devastation anywhere in the world, a primary concern of relief workers is sanitation. Poor sanitation is a primary cause of these three diseases.
     Deuteronomy 23:12, 13 instructs the Israelites to have a designated place outside the camp for the purpose of relieving themselves. It further requires them to bring a shovel and bury their excrement. This went a long way towards keeping these three diseases at bay.

                " You shall also have a place outside the camp and go out there, and you shall have a spade among your tools, and it shall be when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and shall turn to cover up your excrement. " (NASB)

      Again Deuteronomy was written around 1400 B.C. How did these ancient people know about the importance of sanitation?

     Another serious and often fatal disease that affects women is cervical cancer. Thousands of women have died from this particular cancer. A review of medical records in different hospitals showed that there was a much lower incidence of cervical cancer among Jewish women. Further investigation by the researchers concluded that the reason why Jewish women did not contract cervical cancer as often as non-Jewish women is because of circumcision. Doctors learned that circumcised males were cleaner and did not transmit bacteria into the cervix as uncircumcised males did.
     Genesis 17:12 records God's instruction to Abraham that every male child will be circumcised on the eighth day of life. An interesting side note is that on the eighth day of life a child has the highest level of blood clotting agents in their blood, about 110 percent, of what they normally will have for the rest of their life.
      How did the ancient Israelites (Jews) know what doctors found out in the late 19th Century and confirmed by further study in the early 20th Century about the affect of circumcision in preventing disease?

     I submit to you that they did not know these things until God told them. Obviously someone wrote these things down for the purpose of instructing future generations. There are also many other examples of ancient people possessing knowledge that was not "discovered" until hundreds or thousands of years later.
     I further respectfully submit to you that the only plausible explanation for ancient people possessing this advanced knowledge is that there really is a God who is all knowing and that the Bible, His Word, is really true.

     Again, I urge you to not take my word for it. Check it out for yourself! If I may be of assistance please let me know. Also, come worship with us at the Manchester, NH, church of Christ at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. God bless you!

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know about the clotting thing - nice information. thank you.