Summary: pt. 2 of this intriguing look at the Scientific, Historical, Archaeological, Scriptural, and Practical Proofs...
HOW I KNOW THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD, PART II
“Questions People Ask”
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Miracles of origination/preservation/circulation…….external evidence
Now the internal evidence………..
1. Scientific Accuracy
The Bible revealed scientific facts hundreds and thousands of years before science learned about them.
While it is true that the Bible is not primarily a science book, not a text book designed to speak to your mind, but rather a love letter to speak to your heart, we should remember that the God of salvation is the God of creation…and when the Bible does speak on scientific matters, it speaks with complete authority and absolute certainty and accuracy.
Every once in a while you’ll hear about modern science disagreeing with the Bible. What should we do when this happens? Be patient, and give science time to catch up! Science has always needed to catch up w/ the Bible. Some examples:
As recently as 1600 doctors and scientists still believed that many ailments and diseases were a result of the human body having too much blood.
Barber shop/pole out front/red and white stripe/it’s not a candy-cane!/the red stripe signified that you could go there to be “bled”. Doctors would prescribe that you go to the barber to be bled! (I’ve been to some barbers recently who must have the same opinion)
When George Washington became ill, his doctors bled him 3 times, the 3rd time they removed almost a quart of blood, and he died! (by the way, just to get even, politicians today have been bleeding us to death!) But now, science knows, it’s the blood that fights diseases/brings nourishment/repairs tissue/promotes growth. If only they had read Lev. 17:11, “the life of the flesh is in the blood.”
14th C./black plague/decimated the population in Europe, as 1 in 4 people died! (count 1, 2, 3, dead!)
It wasn’t the scientists/doctors who brought the plague under control, it was the church. The church applied a principle to the situation that was unheard of in that day, but which we take for granted today…quarantine! Lev. 13:46
46All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.
People in Moses’ day didn’t know anything about microbiology. They didn’t know what a germ was!/virus was! But God gave them the principle of quarantine.
1800’s/physician in Vienna named Semovice, in charge of a hospital there/pregnant women were coming in for routine exams/immediately after exams, many of them were dying of infection. Semovice noticed that doctors were entering the OB area from all other areas of the hospital, including the morgue, w/out washing their hands/he made it a rule/the doctors had a fit!/ “this is ridiculous, it will slow us down!”
The medical field today knows to wash up, but only because science has caught up w/ the Bible in this area.
Thousands of years ago, Moses said in Numbers 19
14This is the law, when a man dieth in a tent: all that come into the tent, and all that is in the tent, shall be unclean seven days. 15And every open vessel, which hath no covering bound upon it, is unclean. 16And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days. … 18And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave: 19And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.
Principles here: quarantine/washing w/ water/changing clothes/time interval for bacteria to die
Mold or bacteria in home? Lev. 14:33-57 (Stan Kupish)
How did Moses know these things? “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.”
So far we’ve been looking at the medical field, and all the verses we’ve looked at so far are from the pentateuch, the first 5 books of the Bible, written down by Moses. Where was Moses from? Egypt!
Egypt was the leader in the medical trade in those days. The ancient Egyptians were considered to be brilliant in the area of medicine. Archaeologists found a medical book in 1855, “Papyrus Eburs”: a comprehensive book containing virtually all the medical info they had in the time in which Moses lived. Some of the info it contained were simply outlandish.
“to prevent the hair from turning gray, you anoint your head w/ blood of a black cat boiled in oil, or with the fat of a rattlesnake”