Scientific and Medical Facts Found in the Bible (part 2)

read part 1 here

In this post we continue to explore scientific facts and principles mentioned in the Bible, validating it as a book containing truth.

The primary purpose of the Bible is not to reveal science but to reveal God and salvation, but nevertheless, biblical scientific revelations are a good addition to the armamentarium of the Christian apologist.

Twentieth century discoveries have solidified our understanding of space and matter in that we understand that all matter is composed of invisible molecules, which are made of smaller atoms, which contain subatomic particles, and many of those subatomic particles are not… particles at all, but quanta of energy orbiting other particles and so forth.

The point is that these atomic and sub atomic building blocks are invisible and detected only using special equipment in university research labs.  These invisible atoms make up everything that is visible.  And of course we know this from Hebrews 11:3 where it was clearly written 2000 years ago:

“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

In Old Testament times when various sources declared that the Earth was fixed on the back of an elephant or a turtle, the book of Job revealed what science now affirms as true: that our planet is not supported by anything except the invisible gravitational pull of the sun.  It hangs free of physical support while orbiting the sun!  What a radical idea first presented thousands of years ago by Job!

Here is what Job 26:7 says about God:  “He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.”

Starting in the last century, we came to understand the complex anatomy and physiology of blood.  As an anesthesiologist, one of my most important jobs is to monitor a patient’s circulating blood volume and blood loss during surgery, because the most important function of blood (and there are about a thousand such important functions…) is to facilitate cellular respiration.  It delivers oxygen to organs and tissues while removing carbon dioxide and other metabolic waste.

Without this critical function, in a matter of 2-3 minutes cells begin to die, with brain cells being the most sensitive to lack of oxygenated blood.  That is why in the Emergency Room we say “time is brain” in the case of a stroke.  We must restore blood flow to the affected tissue immediately for that tissue to have any chance of survival.

But wait… as recently as 150 years ago contemporary medicine was practicing “blood-letting” for nearly every illness, with many patients dying of severe anemia resulting from repeated intentional hemorrhage.

If they only would have read Leviticus 17:14 “For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life,” this bleeding practice would not have persisted throughout the middle ages!

And so… for a long time in the case of “blood-letting” people were also perishing physically not only spiritually from not knowing the word of God… Hosea 4: 6  “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

to be continued…

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9 comments on “Scientific and Medical Facts Found in the Bible (part 2)

  1. another great post! And for the record, as early as a decade ago they were still practicing bloodletting in Romania. During a visit there, the doctor performed it on my dad, and he did become anemic.

    great analogy of Hosea 4:6 ! love these posts!

    • wow… As of right now, I can think of only one illness among the many many thousands of illnesses that plague mankind for which bloodletting may be used (hemochromatosis) periodically in very controlled setting…

      Why would they do this to your dad 😦 ?

  2. You should definitely look into King Hezekiah’s healing for the future post. I believe Isaiah was guided by the Holy Spirit when he instructed the people to lay figs on Hezekiah’s boils. Haven’t looked into it much…this could turn out to be a goldmine!

    • Figs are excellent for treating quite a few ailments. Fig poultices can treat boils, warts, ulcers, etc.

      Figs have anti-parasitic, anti-ulcer, antibacterial, laxative, and emollient properties.

      It’s amazing how effective God’s “pharmacy” is. Hippocrates was a wise man when he said something to the effect of let food be your medicine.

  3. interesting! Coincidentally, I spent some time thinking about some aspects of the topic you discuss topic when I read about kosher laws regarding the sanitary/hygiene issues mentioned in the Bible, which contain so much common sense and current health protocol regarding disease control, not to mention my personal favorite verse, which diagnoses/predicts the prevalence of mental disorders when individuals forget that “cei cu frica de Domnul au o minte sanatoasa.” This verse took on new meaning for me once I started working with the large scale general public and observing behaviors.

    • Yes, Ligia. We will get to sanitary laws and the principles behind them in future posts. And then, psychological health… the Psalms and other texts have a plethora of bits on it. Truly amazing when you study the Word of God and He reveals these things to us.

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  5. “If they only would have read Leviticus 17:14 “For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life,” this bleeding practice would not have persisted throughout the middle ages!”

    –YESSSS, if only they believed in the God’s inspired Word or as they call it, “that archaic book.” It’s funny how scientists receive credit for discovering things that the prophets have already told us. But most overlook the countless errors scientists made and the fact that they have to change what they say over the years. God’s Word is timeless because He never changes [Hebrew 13:8]. Great post, Delight In Truth!

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