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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.


Examination of Some Passages -- 2

Dr. Johnson C. Philip, ThD, PhD, DSc


XI). RUNNING ISSUES" FROM THE BODY: The whole of Leviticus chapter fifteen is devoted to "running issues". The chapter mentions many types of unusual bodily discharges of men and women. The discharges mentioned in this chapter can be identified with many communicable diseases. The easiest way to stop them from spreading is isolation.

In medicine, isolation and washing are very recent practices but the same have been explained in detail in the Bible. Any qualified doctor will testify to the effectiveness and the medical worth of these Biblical laws.

XII). LIFE IN THE BLOOD: Till recent centuries science did not know the exact function of blood. Patients suffering from various diseases were "bled" to cure them. As recently as in 1799 president George Washington died when he was "bled" to cure a mere cold. However, Bible correctly identifies that "The life of the flesh is in the blood" (Leviticus 17:11). This fact, obvious to everyone today, was discovered only as late as 1616 A.D. by William Harvey.

XIII). THE HEMISPHERES AND THE STARS: Deuteronomy 4:19 speaks of the stars and the heavens. About the stars it comments: "which the Lord God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven".

People often have this erroneous notion that the night sky visible to them is the same as is to all other nations. But the stars visible in the northern and the southern hemispheres are entirely different from each other. Man discovered this only in the modern era, but Bible gave us the same information over 3500 years ago. It says that the Lord has divided the stars unto the nations.

XIV). CONSERVATION: "If a bird's nest chance to be in thy way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs and the dam sitting upon the young or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young".  (Deuteronomy 22:6).

Man has hunted animals and birds from the very ancient times. Indiscriminate hunting has caused the extinction of thousands of species. Today we cannot restore the extinct ones, but we can surely conserve those species that are near extinction. Exactly this is being done by World Wildlife Fund and other concerned organizations. Yet the modern man is so ignorant of this need of conservation that even these enthusiastic organizations are not able to achieve full success. This is the 'wisdom' of the modern era.

But 3500 years ago strict instructions were give in the Bible that birds should be conserved. If birds were hunted, the mother-birds were to be left free to keep the bird-population in equilibrium.

XV). SEWAGE DISPOSAL: And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee"(Deuteronomy 23:13).

In the above verse, Moses ordered that body-wastes should be buried with the help of a special shovel or paddle. It was always to be with them for the proper disposal of faeces.

Today people take pride in the "all-knowing" twentieth century, yet we can see countless people in our country who do not even know that such wastes need to be disposed off properly. There are innumerable cities, towns and villages where people do not even know the importance of a properly constructed latrine. It has been estimated that those places in India where people do not dispose off human wastes properly, more people suffer from communicable diseases than other places.

To realize the medical/scientific accuracy of the above Biblical statement, we should compare it with the ignorance that exists on these matters even in the twentieth century in the developing countries.

XVI). BUBONIC PLAGUE: The story of the capture of the Ark of the Covenant recorded in I Samuel 5 and 6 contains a detailed account of bubonic plague. Bubo is as enlarged and inflamed lymph node particularly in the axilla or groin, due to such infections as plague, syphilis, gonorrhoea, or tuberculosis. Today we know that rats are a carrier of bubonic plague, but this knowledge is of recent origin. The Biblical passage, written about 3000 years ago has come to the same conclusion. It says "And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the Lord was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts" I Samuel 5:9. This is a description of bubonic plague. The carrier of the plague has correctly been identified in I Samuel 6:5 which says, "Wherefore ye shall make images of your emerods, and images of your mice that mar the land".

If the laws of health and hygiene given in the Bible were studied and imposed in the past centuries, some of the catastrophic worldwide plagues could have been arrested.

XVII). THE VALUE OF Pi: "And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other; it was round all about his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about. And under the brim of it round about it there were knops compassing it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: the knops were cast in two rows, when it was

cast. And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it contained two thousand baths". (I Kings 7:23,24,26)

Using the data obtained from the above verses, the value of "Pi" (the ratio of radius to circumference of any circle) can be deduced correctly up to the 3-figure value of 3.14 used in the modern classrooms. This is in striking contrast to the Egyptian Value of 'Pi'= 3.16 and Babylonian value of 'Pi' = 3.125. It was the Greeks who much latter calculated it correctly up to 3.14. Thus the Biblical mathematics was much more accurate in this matter over the contemporary maths.

                                                                         To be continued....

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