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Secondly, fact that earth is of spherical shape is generally considered to be recent knowledge. However, Isaiah 40:22 spoke of circle of earth approximately 750 years before Christ. Other statements in Bible also indicate that God revealed this truth long ago. For example, David said that God has removed our transgression from us as far as east is from west (Ps 103:12). On a spherical surface, east and west are infinitely separated in sense that one can travel indefinitely in either direction without ever attaining other. However, Solomon described wind as blowing in circuits, first towards south and then turning toward north. North and south are not infinitely separated as east and west, because a southward traveler on a spherical surface will be heading north after crossing South Pole (David Pyles).
Thirdly consider this: What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and beasts of field; The fowl of air, and fish of sea, and whatsoever passeth through paths of seas. Matthew Maury (1806-1873) is commonly known as father of oceanography. He was among first to discover and chart systematic ocean currents. Maury claimed that his research was inspired by Ps 8:4-8 (David Pyles).
Fourthly, in Leviticus 17:11 it says that ďlife of flesh is in bloodĒ (KJV). Thatís very interesting because science didnít know about properties of blood until centuries after Moses received Law from God on Mount Sinai. Every ancient Jew was taught validity of Godís Word for practical living as well as its spiritual value. Every Jew was taught that Leviticus 17:11 referred to life of living creatures. If one drained blood out of his sacrificial lamb, lamb died; therefore, blood equaled life. Here again, it was centuries after this Biblical knowledge that blood was discovered by means of science to circulate throughout human body.
Fifthly, it wasnít until time of Pasteur that germs were discovered as culprit to spoiling French wine. Pasture eliminated microbes by ďpasteurizingĒ wine. The process is still used today with dairy products. The Old Testament proscribed certain meats as being unclean for human consumption. Today we know that many of these banned meats, if not properly prepared and fully cooked, can sicken or cause death in humans because of bad bacteria.
Time does not permit me to list Bibleís instructions on washing clothing when contaminated by disease and death. Or to list what Bible says regarding effectiveness of quarantines for diseases and importance of early diagnoses of skin diseases.
The Bible, if itís nothing more than an ordinary ancient book, is certainly unusually accurate in its scientific foreshadowing. I believe thatís because itís more than just an ancient book. It is Holy Word of God with a scientific accuracy long before inductive reasoning was used to challenge what had been unchallenged until Age of Enlightenment.
Keep faith. Jesus is our Healer and soon coming King.
Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK. Writes short articles for the fun of it.