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Neumann Valley
Genesis 2:7-8
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a...
Joachim Neumann was born in 1650 in Bremen, in what is today part of Germany. His father was a teacher of Latin. Joachim grew up in the Reformed Calvinist Church in Germany. At 16, he studied...

Is the Bible a Book of Medicine?

Numbers 19:18
A clean person shall take hyssop and dip it in water, sprinkle it on the tent, on all the vessels, on the persons who where there, or on the one who touched a bone, the slain, the dead, or a grave.

"The Bible is not a book of science." We hear and read that statement a lot these days but there is a deceptive lie hidden with this claim.

In 1844 in Austria, it was a fearful thing when a woman went into the great Vienna Hospital to have her baby. One mother out of every five died of child-bed fever. Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, set out to find out why. In those days no one knew about bacteria and while the existence of "germs" was suspected it was merely a theory and many did not believe in the existence of "germs." Semmelweis noticed that after examining the dead patients the young doctors would then examine the living and never considered washing their hands between examinations. With great opposition Dr. Semmelweis insisted they wash their hands and the death rate dropped almost to zero. Sadly, Dr. Semmelweis was dismissed and the old practice continued with the awful death rate.

However, Dr. Semmelweis's discovery was not new knowledge. Thousands of years earlier God had given Moses this knowledge and the Israelites knew they were unclean after touching the dead. By Mosaic Law they had to wash and use hyssop branches. Today, we know that hyssop contains a powerful antibacterial and antifungal agent.

So when the Bible touches upon an area of science it is still completely accurate. After all, the Author of the Bible is also the Author of everything that science studies!

Dear heavenly Father, the world declares the Bible, Your Word, out of date and then ignores it, to its own great loss. I, therefore, ask You to forgive me for Jesus' sake, for my own neglect to make Your Word more a part of my life. Help me to abandon the world's way and make the Bible a practical part of my everyday life. Amen.
Thompson, Bert. 1990. Dr. Semmelweis and the Bible. Reasoning from Revelation, June. p. 3.