This may seem like a odd topic to you, but it is an area that much has been written about. We started this series last week and will continue with it this week as well.
What are the qualities you would expect to find in a book that claims to be from God? First you would expect that it does not lie. If a book is from God, then it cannot contain lies. Second, you would expect that it would only contain truth and does not contain any errors. Third, you would expect that it is accurate when is discusses history, culture, and yes, even science.
Let me make this very clear: the Bible is not a science book. That is far from the purpose of the Bible. It was not written so that we could show how scientifically accurate it is. It was written so that people might come to personally know the God that created them. With that being said, when the Bible does make a statement about science, it must always be correct. Therefore, our proposition is that when the Bible makes any statement about science, medicine, or even astrology it is always correct. The examples in this article all have to do with sanitation and bacteria.
Flush the Toilet1
There was a command in the Old Law to bury waste. In Deuteronomy 23:12-14 it says,
“You shall have a place outside the camp, and you shall go out to it. 13 And you shall have a trowel with your tools, and when you sit down outside, you shall dig a hole with it and turn back and cover up your excrement. 14 Because the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and to give up your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be holy, so that he may not see anything indecent among you and turn away from you.”
This may seem very obvious and unscientific in comparison to our waste management and plumbing systems that are basic today, but waste management has not always been common practice.
In fact, in the middle ages the break out of the black plague in Europe was cause by poor waste management. People would literally use the bathroom in the ditches in the street. The exposure to this was led to this breakout of the black plague and caused over 13 million deaths.
Eating Pork—No Bacon?2
One of the obscure laws of the Old Testament were the laws that prohibited eating certain foods. One of these food laws specifically prohibited pork. In Lev 11:4-7 it says,
“Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you shall not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 5 And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you.6 And the hare, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 7 And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. 8 You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.
Pigs often ingest a dangerous parasite called Trichinellspiralis that causes trichinosis. Later one when apparently it was safer to consume pork, this law was removed under the new covenant (Acts 10). Today it is very safe to consume pork as our pig-raising practices are much cleaner and our cooking and preserving practice are much more sanitary.
Animals of Natural Death3
To some who hunted for their food, finding a dead animal might seem like an easy catch. However, the Old Law was very clear that this was not to be done. In Leviticus 17:15 it says,
“And every person who eats what dies of itself or what is torn by beasts, whether he is a native or a sojourner, shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening; then he shall be clean. 16 But if he does not wash them or bathe his flesh, he shall bear his iniquity.”
The Law taught not to eat animals that died naturally. This is now a common FDA practice and is against the law.
As has been shown again in this article, the Bible always agree with modern scientific practice. We can trust that the Bible is from God.
- Butt, Out With Doubt,
- Harrub, Convicted, 83.
- Harrub, Convicted, 83.
by Noah Icenhour