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'For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.'  Leviticus 17:11 (NAS)

"Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.  Genesis 9:4 (NAS)

Over 1500 years before the birth of Christ when the Book of Leviticus was being written, God had told his people about the life being "in the blood."

Science vs. the Bible In Earlier Times

You might ask why we point out in this lesson the Biblical information given over 3500 years ago.  It is commonly known today that the blood carries vital oxygen and nutrients to the human body.  However, this was not understood clearly by scientists and physicians even as late as the 18th Century.

As one example, you can look at the practice of "blood letting" in the 18th century A.D.   Benjamin Rush, an American physician and political leader, a member of the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence insisted upon bloodletting, purging, and other debilitating therapeutic measures because of a belief that all diseases came from fevers caused by a person having "too much blood" which over stimulated the blood vessels.

It is said that George Washington's death was hastened by the letting out of too much blood(1). Following is an excerpt from the Britannica encyclopedia:

"As a physician, Rush (Dr. Benjamin Rush) was a theorist, and a dogmatic one, rather than a scientific pathologist. Striving for a simple, unitary explanation of disease, he conjectured that all diseases are really one--a fever brought on by over stimulation of the blood vessels--and hence subject to a simple remedy--"depletion" by bloodletting and purges. The worse the fever, he believed, the more "heroic" the treatment it called for; in the epidemics of yellow fever that afflicted Philadelphia in the 1790s his cures were more dreaded by some than the disease. (Britannica Encyclopedia)

(1) Havron, Dean (1981), "Curious Cure-Alls" Science Digest, 89(8):62, September.

Fortunately today, "modern science" in this 21st century does not follow men such as Benjamin Rush when it comes to science related to blood. Today's modern science and physicians have discovered what God told Moses over 3,500 years ago; that the life is "in the blood." 

Some claim that the Bible is not the inspired word of God. If so, how would man have this scientific knowledge so long ago?

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