Medical claims by the bible confirmed by science

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Firstly, great emphasis is given that the contents of this series are intended to give Biblical information and insights on some of its contents. They are not intended to scare or offend anyone. It is one’s prerogative to read and never be shoved into one’s throat.

This piece is a simple sharing of bible passages. It doesn’t endorse any specific faith, religion, denomination, system of beliefs or theology aside from those in the bible.

It is in the “exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference” as provided by The Philippine Constitution that this article was made.

If you find them scary, intimidating or offensive, please feel free to take them with a grain of salt and regard them like a badly written movie script.

The bible is not a medicine book

This series would like to give proofs that don’t rely on bible contents to prove the book’s veracity and that it is not outdated. There are medical facts mentioned in the bible way before they were proven to be such.

Before going to the medicine facts, the bible made clear what kind of book is it. It is intended for those who want eternal life. It is not a medicine, science or history book. Many tend to forget this.

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” John 5:39-40, New King James Version

So, this piece is not to be used as a medical reference. This piece is made to point out that the bible is truthfully giving accurate and true information, even in the field of medicine.

There are some instances where the bible gave very specific instructions that had medical/health relation without giving the reason/s why.

Modern medicine unlocked the reasons why and confirmed the  writers of the bible indeed knew they are writing about.

The bible’s calling card for medical topics

Leviticus 17:6 (see first topic on the list) is likely the “calling card” of the bible for this topic, it shows an action that was undeniably medically sound.

Among the topics of the bible is worship of God and his love for humanity. This verse showed how God took care of both in one sweeping request: demanding the offered animal’s fat and blood as his share.

The people of Israel would likely not have knowledge how beneficial to them both physically and spiritually this was so at the time the request was made was made.

Here are some samples of biblical information that was stated way before their time and proven to confer with modern medicine:

God takes away blood and  fat from being  eaten by his people, science confirms both are unhealthy foods

I personally feel this a homerun for the bible in a medical perspective because it substantiates two of the primary objectives of the bible: (1) worship of God by humans, and (2) love of God for humans.

Observe God wants his people to blindly follow this particular offering process:

6“And the priest shall sprinkle the blood on the altar of the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and burn the fat for a sweet aroma to the Lord”, Leviticus 17:6, New King James Version

Did the early Israelites wonder why God demanded the blood and fat of animal sacrifices be offered to him? Why not the entire animal?

Here’s a clear-cut instruction on blood and fat:

17‘This shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings: you shall eat neither fat nor blood.’ ”  Leviticus 3:17, NKJV

There clear indication that blood and fat should not be eaten.

Here are more instructions from God about blood:

15“And every person who eats what died naturally or what was torn by beasts, whether he is a native of your own country or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. Then he shall be clean. Leviticus 17:15, NKJV

There is clear indication that blood is undesirable to be eaten and it is unclean.

While these demands are made for worship and sacrifice purposes, they also makes perfect sense in a medical way. Medical wisdom today revealed pretty good reasons why eating animal blood and fat are undesirable and unhealthy.

Of course, it is now common knowledge, even to laymen, that blood can be a medium to transfer diseases like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV and that fat may have a sweet aroma but is generally an unhealthy food.

Livescience.com says blood is a possible transmitter of diseases and toxins.

According to the website, in very small amounts (say, a few teaspoons), and if the blood is free from pathogens (such as the many blood-borne diseases), blood might not harm you. Beyond that, watch out.

The strange fact is, blood, when drank, is toxic. When confined to places where blood is supposed to be, such as the heart, vessels, and so on, it is essential for life. But when ingested it’s a very different story. Of course all toxins have doses, and just as a tiny bit of poison won’t necessarily harm you, the more you eat or drink, the greater the danger.

Because blood is so rich in iron, and because the body has difficulty excreting excess iron, anyone that consumes blood regularly runs a risk of iron overdose. While iron is necessary for all animals (and indeed most life), in high doses it can be toxic. This condition, called haemochromatosis, can cause a wide variety of diseases and problems, including liver damage, buildup of fluid in the lungs, dehydration, low blood pressure, and nervous disorders.

Meanwhile, https://www.healthline.com states most saturated fats are animal fats. According to the website, eating too much saturated fat can increase blood cholesterol levels and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.

While the idea that higher saturated fat intake will increase heart disease risks has been questioned, this fats are still not the best choice for fats.

A 2015 review of 15 randomized controlled trials looked at saturated fats and heart disease. The researchers concluded that while the heart disease risk reduction is low, these differences could make a difference to your health.

What a way for God to set an example in preparing animal food! Remove the blood and fat first before eating the meat.

How pinpoint the bible was here in a medical sense. God retained his demand for worship but accomplished in a way that the parts of the sacrifice offering he demanded are those bad for human consumption!

It’s fascinating to actually see how the wisdom imparted by God was in a way protecting his people from becoming unhealthy at a time they have absolutely no idea how.

People who were alive during the time this verse was written could not understand what we do now and offering the sacrificed animal’s blood and fat (which prevents them from eating it) was actually for their own good.

If you still doubt instruction coming from God is nonsense, this one should make you think twice. He has knowledge that you might not know yet and His instruction is given because He truly cares.

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For more medical facts in the bible, click here to go straight to another bible claim related to medicine:
God takes away blood and  fat from being eaten by his people, science confirms both are unhealthy foods
Body fluids spreads disease; Quarantine, Social distancing, sterilization are excellent ways to prevent disease spread
Wine is a good disinfectant and oil helps heal wounds in various ways
Loss of Blood causes death and blood gives life
Prohibition against eating bats and certain birds, generally birds of prey
Laughter is is like a good medicine
Means of preventing diseases

Body fluids spreads disease; Quarantine, Social distancing, sterilization are excellent ways to prevent disease spread

Modern medicine has confirmed different body fluids could transmit diseases such as COVID-19 and HIV, among other.

For COVID-19, Medical experts encouraged the wearing face mask and other types of protective equipment against contact with cough droplets.  In addition, different health offices of governments emphasize the importance of quarantining and social distancing to prevent COVID-19 spread.

The bible had asserted these principles way back before medicine understood why. It even applied a 14-day long quarantine period, although for a different case. Numbers 12 relates the instructions from God, himself, telling Moses to quarantine Meriam who got spit on:

14Then the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut out of the camp seven days, and afterward she may be received again.” 15So Miriam was shut out of the camp seven days, and the people did not journey till Miriam was brought in again.” Numbers 12: 14-15, NKJV

One of the well-known healing stories of Jesus was the cleansing of the Ten Lepers. Let Luke’s account of the incident show how the lepers applied physical distancing when they went to met Jesus.

11Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.” Luke 17: 11-12

Leviticus 13 shows God applying a 14-day long quarantine to determine a scab from leprosy:

1And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: 4But if the bright spot is white on the skin of his body, and does not appear to be deeper than the skin, and its hair has not turned white, then the priest shall isolate the one who has the sore seven days. 5And the priest shall examine him on the seventh day; and indeed if the sore appears to be as it was, and the sore has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall isolate him another seven days. 6Then the priest shall examine him again on the seventh day; and indeed if the sore has faded, and the sore has not spread on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean; it is only a scab, and he shall wash his clothes and be clean.“, Leviticus 13: 1; 4-6

The book of Numbers Chapter 31: 19-24 tells the instructions of Moses and Eleazar to men of Israel who just returned from war [see how becoming in contact with blood, quarantining and sterilization by fire or water were emphasized]:

19And as for you, remain outside the camp seven days; whoever has killed any person, and whoever has touched any slain, purify yourselves and your captives on the third day and on the seventh day. 20Purify every garment, everything made of leather, everything woven of goats’ hair, and everything made of wood.”

21Then Eleazar the priest said to the men of war who had gone to the battle, “This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord commanded Moses: 22Only the gold, the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin, and the lead, 23everything that can endure fire, you shall put through the fire, and it shall be clean; and it shall be purified with the water of purification. But all that cannot endure fire you shall put through water. 24And you shall wash your clothes on the seventh day and be clean, and afterward you may come into the camp.” Numbers 31: 19-24, NKJV

These are sound medical advises that are confirmed to be effective ways of preventing diseases by advance medicine.

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Wine is a good disinfectant and oil helps heal wounds in various ways

In the gospel of Luke, Jesus was telling about a parable of a good Samaritan helping a stranger who got robbed and wounded by thieves because he fell ill. Part of the things the Samaritan did to help the man was the use of wine to treat his wounds:

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”, Luke 10:33-34, New King James Version

Notice the use of wine, oil and bandage to treat the wounds. This practice could have been observable during the time this was written so it may not be surprising that this wound remedy was so written.

Still, the medical reasons of this remedy that Jesus supported had been better understood when modern medicine explained its significance.

Wine is proven to the an effective disinfectant useful for reducing risk of wound infection while some oils can benefit the victim with reliefs such as disinfecting the wound, reduce the risk of infection and bacteria, calming and soothing pain and itchiness, and stopping the bleeding.

A doctor also realized that his practice of cleaning wounds and leave it open to “breathe” was so wrong. Dressing is an essential need for wound healing.

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Loss of Blood causes death and blood gives life

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11, New King James Version

Chapter 17 of Leviticus basically discusses the sanctity of blood. Among the importance emphasized here are the requirements to Israelites to offer blood of ox, lamb, or goat to the tabernacle and the prohibiting of eating of blood.

Verse 11, it specifically states “life of the flesh is in the blood” long before science showed us its proper function.

We now know this to be true. As a student, we are taught in school the basic information that blood is a vital element for man to stay alive. It carries oxygen throughout the body. nourishment to the body, removes the waste material from the body, and maintains the body’s temperature.

We now also understand that blood can reveal different sickness and impurities in the blood compromises one’s life, as well as why blood transfusion and dialysis could extend the life of a sick person.

No wonder God uses it to symbolize an offering to atone souls!

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Prohibition against eating bats and certain birds, generally birds of prey

The Covid-19 pandemic has taught many why the bible’s advice against eating bats is a good idea for places where these are legally allowed for human consumption.

Nature Reviews Microbiology shares that “over the past 50 years, several viruses, including Ebola virus, Marburg virus, Nipah virus, Hendra virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), Middle East respiratory coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and SARS-CoV-2, have been linked back to various bat species.

It is widely reported that COVID-19 originated from a live animal, most likely a bat, at a wet market in Wuhan, China and likely have caused the human transmission through eating.

Further, sciencenorway.com confirms humans could not eat like scavengers and explains why humans cannot ingest all kinds of nasty things and carcasses that are long dead even if they heat treated it beforehand.

 

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Laughter is like a good medicine

The is a very popular saying “Laughter is the best medicine”.  The bible could have inspires the saying with a verse from Proverbs:

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22, NKJV

The saying, as well as the verse, are proven true in several aspects. Here are medical experts and psychologists confirming this fact:

mayoclinic.org, in its article “Stress relief from laughter? It’s no joke”, stated A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body.

The clinic’s staff enumerated the short and long benefits of a good laugh:

Short-term benefits

  1. Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  2. Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure.
  3. Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Long-term effects

  1. Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  2. Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
  3. Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
  4. Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.

Cynthia M. Thaik M.D., who wrote the article “Happiness is the Best Medicine”  said laughter is contagious and it makes you feel good. Not only that, but being happy also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. In fact, your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to improve your daily mood and emotional state, which supports your overall health. When you live a joyful life your entire body benefits, especially your heart and mind.

Aside from the benefits mentioned above, Thaik also added that joyful people have less chance of having a heart attack and are more likely to have lower cholesterol, weight management, decreased stress levels, and boosted energy levels.

While the difference between a jolly and angry person is observable during the biblical times, the specific benefits of laughter and joy were still far from being confirmed by researches.

It was another pinpoint claim for the bible as: stress, heart attack, depression, tension, compromised immune system, bad mood, high cholesterol, improper weight, and low energy levels,  the things joy and laughter tends to reduce or cure, lead to “drying of the bones”.

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Means of preventing diseases

Washing and bathing in running water

And when he who has a discharge is cleansed of his discharge, then he shall count for himself seven days for his cleansing, wash his clothes, and bathe his body in running water; then he shall be clean”, Leviticus 15:13, NKJV

When the army goes out against your enemies, then keep yourself from every wicked thing. If there is any man among you who becomes unclean by some occurrence in the night, then he shall go outside the camp; he shall not come inside the camp. But it shall be, when evening comes, that he shall wash with water; and when the sun sets, he may come into the camp.”, Deuteronomy 23, 9-11, NKJV

Don’t wonder why washing of hands in running water is the best recommendation given by health officials to avoid COVID-19.

Here’s the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety definition of hand washing: “Good” hand washing techniques includes using an adequate amount of soap, rubbing the hands together to create friction for at least 20 seconds, and rinsing under running water.

Here’s the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the benefits and illnesses prevented by hand washing:

Washing hands prevents illnesses and spread of infections to others because it removes germs from hands. This helps prevent infections because:
1. People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick.
2. Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks while people prepare or consume them. Germs can multiply in some types of foods or drinks, under certain conditions, and make people sick.
3. Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, table tops, or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands.
4. Removing germs through handwashing therefore helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.

Further, handwashing with soap could protect about 1 out of every 3 young children who get sick with diarrhea and almost 1 out of 5 young children with respiratory infections like pneumonia.

Handwashing also helps battle the rise in antibiotic resistance. Preventing sickness reduces the amount of antibiotics people use and the likelihood that antibiotic resistance will develop. Handwashing can prevent about 30% of diarrhea-related sicknesses and about 20% of respiratory infections (e.g., colds). Antibiotics often are prescribed unnecessarily for these health issues.

If handwashing does these things, how much more could washing the entire body in running water accomplishes.

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Purpose of the bible

The bible made clear what kind of book is it. It is intended for those who want eternal life. It is not a science or history book. Many tend to forget this.

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. John 5:39-40, New King James Version

It also made its theme clear. While there are many tales narrated by the bible, one thing remains clear from start to finish: Humans caught in a crossfire between powerful adversaries and one of them, God, is offering redemption/salvation.

The bible says the devil rebelled and continues to rebel against God and dragged humans along to be involved in this godly battle he started.

7And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. Revelation 12:7-8, NKJV

…she [Eve] took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband [Adam] with her, and he ate…  And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent…I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed…. Genesis 3: 6, 14-15, NKJV

12Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Luke 8:12, NIV

God’s love and the danger posed prompted Jesus to come to earth and provided everyone a way to get out of the mess.

16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16, NKJV

8He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8, NKJV

These verses encapsulates what the new testament is for. If you are encourage by these verses, you are invited to search the bible deeper and find out more about Jesus and his teachings.

Conservative approach

The presence of spirits and unexplainable events and multiple scientific, medical, and logical reasons that supports the bible and its authors’ credibility project a possibility that God do exists. As such, being conservative might be the best alternative here.

Accountants describe conservatism as selecting the option that would show the worst possible financial standing of a business entity when two or more unproven alternatives are available. This is to remove the user of the account’s output be exposed to a bigger risk in case the worst possible scenario happens.

As it stands, the risk of not believing in and obeying God far outweighs the benefits of doubting his existence. It might be best to act conservatively, believe what the bible says, until it is absolutely proven that there is indeed no God nor hell.

By: Armando M. Bolislis
If you are inspired and want to give Jesus a try, go on a deeper search of the bible, especially the New Testament. This will show you how to become his disciple. Always ask the Holy spirit for guidance in your search.

If you feel the want to belong to a Christian church or organization, find one that will help you improve your relationship with Christ and lead you to his eternal promises.

The opinions and suggestions contained in this article are solely of the author and doesn’t necessarily reflect the stance of Baguio Herald Express management and staff.

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