Will science ever catch up to the Bible?

Ignaz Philipp Semmelweiss, a medical doctor, worked in a hospital that had two wards, one run by midwives and the other run by doctors. In the midwives’ ward, 4 out of 400 patients died, while in the doctors’ ward, 100 out of 400 died.

What was the difference?

Semmelweiss investigated and found that doctors did not bother with cleanliness. Doctors would routinely leave the morgue without washing and then go directly to the patient ward.

Believe it or not, in the early 1800s, doctors took pride in how blood-encrusted their lab coats became.

The midwives, in contrast, did no autopsies, wore clean clothes, and frequently washed their hands. Dr. Semmelweiss saw the difference and instituted handwashing with soap and water. The death rate in the doctors’ ward immediately dropped.

The other doctors thought this was just a coincidence and rebelled against the dreadful burden of washing their hands.

Semmelweiss was fired for causing discord among the medical staff. The hospital threw out the basins with the soap and water. Of course, the death rate climbed back to record highs. Much later, in the 1860s, doctors finally acknowledged that hand-washing and cleanliness did prevent disease.

Thousands of people needlessly died between the time when Dr. Semmelweiss solved this problem and his solution was finally acknowledged.

These deaths were caused by pride, ignorance, resistance to change, and stubbornness. These deaths could have been prevented if the Bible had been believed.

In the books of Leviticus and Numbers, strict rules are set forth concerning contact with corpses and people with disease (Numbers 19:13-17, Leviticus 15:13). We take this for granted today, but God revealed these truths over 3,000 years ago.

Whenever the Bible touches upon scientific subjects it is accurate. Instead of washing our hands of God’s Word, we need to apply all that it says to our lives – even when it comes to washing our hands!1

“Anyone whom the one with the discharge touches without having rinsed his hands in water shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening.”

Leviticus 15:11

References and Notes

  1. Malone, Bruce. Inspired Evidence: Only One Reality. Search For The Truth. Kindle Edition.[]

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