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