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Evangelism:
The Time Is Now!

Section 7, Chapter 5

Absolutely Reliable
Scientifically

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*The Population of the Earth

According to Evolutionists man has been on the earth for over one million years and according to the Bible man has only been on the earth for six thousand years. Based on our current population, which is correct? Scripture teaches that eight people in Noahís ark survived the flood 4,300 years ago. Through known history we know that the average family produces 2.5 children per household which is lower than the average family for this century. The average life span through history has been 43 years per generation. This means that in 4,300 years there would have been 100 generations lasting 43 years each. Scientific calculations show, taking consideration of disease, natural disasters and wars, that the population of the world today would be around 6.3 billion worldwide.325/414-426 The current world population as of July 18, 2003 is 6.351 Billion.

What would the population be if man had been on the earth 1 million years? This would mean that there would have been 23,256 generations in this time. This calculates to 102091 people. How large of a number is this? There are only 1080 electrons in the known Universe. It is slightly, ya!, larger than this. If man had been living on the earth for over a million years, the population of the earth would be so large that we would literally be standing on a huge mountain of bones from the trillions and trillions and trillions of people who ever lived. Unfortunately the science of archaeology has not found a fraction of the trillions of skeletons that should be here if the theory of evolution were true. The story of the universal flood 4,300 years ago is in total agreement with the population of the world today.

*Hygiene & Sanitation Laws
     In The Old Testament

In Exodus 15:26 God promised the Israelites the following:

"And He said, ĎIf you will give earnest heed to the voice of Yehovah your-Elohim, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, Yehovah, am your Healer.í"

God promised the Israelites if they obeyed His commands to them they would not have any of the diseases they saw and certainly experienced in the land of Egypt.

Moses was a prince in Egypt, therefore he was educated in the universities and ways of Egypt (Acts 7:22). What were the ways of the Egyptians for dealing with sicknesses and diseases? There medical prescriptions included lizards, blood, swineís teeth, putrid meat, stinking fat, moisture from pigsí ears, milk, goose grease, assís hoofs, animal fats from various sources, excreta from animals, including human beings, donkeys, antelopes, dogs, cats, and even flies. The list of things I have just mentioned come from the Papyrus Ebers manuscript that was translated in S.E. Massengillís A Sketch of Medicine and Pharmacy.288/141

Some examples of Egyptian cures: for constipation was prescribed zizyphus bread, gurma, catís dung, sweet beer and wine. To treat a tumor they mixed fly dung with sycamore juice and applied it to the tumor. For a baby who cried too much they prescribed spn-seeds, fly dung from the wall which they made into a paste. Hot water was then poured and strained through this paste and given to the baby for four days. The crying ceased after the baby died from the deadly poison. Because of their lack of knowledge of germs and infection, their prescriptions brought death rather than a cure. Study of other cultures showed similar prescribed cures.

When the Israelites left Egypt, were these Egyptian cures what Moses prescribed to the Israelites for their problems and infections? No. What did Moses prescribe? Moses prescribed practices, over 613, which he recorded in the first five books of the Bible known as the Pentateuch or Torah,292 which he claimed Yehovah-God gave him and that if followed would prevent them from having any of the diseases the Egyptians had suffered. These instructions of the Bible contain detailed medical laws that concerned the inspection of meat and exacting sanitation regulations regarding the handling of dead bodies and exposure to other natural petri dish circumstances for disease.

One must remember that man did not have the technology or instruments to know anything about microscopic germs or how these germs were passed from one person to another until the end of the last century. Doctors had believed that people contracted diseases by chance. If a person became sick, he was treated in the home without realizing that by doing so they were spreading the disease to everyone else in the home. This was because whoever was caring for the sick knew nothing about the importance of the need of sanitation before treating the next patient or touching a person in proximity of the patient. Dr I. Mcmillen in his book, None Of These Diseases, documents that in the mid 1800's that the death of women after giving birth in hospitals was tremendously high. Again this was because after delivering a baby, without properly cleaning themselves, the doctors and nurses would go to the next patient and handle them with the germs and diseases they had just picked up from the previous patient.

Before the exodus both the Egyptians and the Israelites, without any knowledge of the importance of cleaning their dishes and utensils would daily eat out of the same dishes. However, after the exodus, Moses through Godís instruction told the Israelites that they were not to prepare food in pottery that was cracked where germs could cultivate but that they were to throw it away. He also instructed them that after eating out of bronze vessels that the vessel was to be scoured and rinsed in water before being reused (Leviticus 6:28). Concerning animal carcasses, in Leviticus Chapter 11 Moses makes plain that if the dead carcass of an animal touches anything that they eat out of, that it is to be destroyed and no longer used for cooking or eating. In Leviticus 7:24 Moses forbids the people to eat of any animal that has died naturally or by other wild animals.

If someone came into contact with a dead person, they would be declared unclean and would have to live outside the camp for seven days. On the third and seventh day they were to wash themselves with running water (Numbers 19:5-17). This water contained the ashes of the Red Heifer that had been burned with cedar, hyssop and scarlet thread. As a result these ashes first of all contained cedar oil that came from a kind of juniper tree that grew in both Israel and in the Sinai. This cedar oil irritated the skin which encouraged the person to rub the solution into their hands. The hyssop tree, associated with mint and possibly marjoram, would produce hyssop oil. Hyssop oil is actually a very effective antiseptic and antibacterial agent. Hyssop oil contains 50% carvacrol which is an antifungal and antibacterial agent that is used in medicine today.288/153 The person who touched the dead body was to be cleansed with this purification water which cleansed and disinfected him.

This applied especially in times of war. If anyone killed someone or touched a dead person, not only were they to do the above, but they were also to do it to their captives and any leather, anything woven of goatsí hair and anything made of wood (Numbers 31:19-20). Whatever could be cleansed through direct application to fire was to be done so and then cleansed with the water of purification to insure that it was disinfected. If it could not be put through fire, such as clothes, it was to be washed and run through water on the third and seven day. Then and only then could they reenter the camp (Numbers 31:23-24).

The Israelites were also commanded to clean themselves in running water anytime they came into contact with fluids of the body such as a discharge. Not only where they to bathe themselves but they were to wash their clothes as well (Leviticus 15:13).

Disease such as Leprosy, for which they had no known cure except Godís supernatural healing if He so chose, were permanently quarantined from the rest of the camp so as not to spread the disease to others (Leviticus 13:43-46). It was not until the 20th century that man realized the importance of quarantining patients with highly contagious diseases from the rest of society.

If a leper became healed, in order to be reinstated in society, first the priest had to inspect him to see that yes indeed he was healed. Then Leviticus 14:8-9 records,

"The one to be cleansed shall then wash his clothes and shave off all his hair, and bathe in water and be clean. Now afterward, he may enter the camp, but he shall stay outside his tent for seven days. And it will be on the seventh day that he shall shave off all his hair: he shall shave his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair. He shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in water and be clean."

Those who treated the segregated patient were also given instruction to change their clothes and wash in running water and then expose both themselves and their clothes to to the sunís light.

It is only because of our modern technology which has made us aware of germs and infection that we have come to understand how right Mosesí instruction to the Israelites was to avoid infectious disease. How could Moses, who had only been trained in the way of the Egyptians, come to have this knowledge and understanding? Only through a divine revelation of God. The Bible truly is the Word of God.

In the Middle Ages, man throughout Europe was plagued with many diseases. The worst of these was the Bubonic plague known as the Black Death. This disease destroyed entire towns and villages. The medical advice given to try and stop the plague was to stop eating pepper or garlic.288/148 Others thought the position of the planets and stars was causing the disease. All the doctors could do was comfort their patients while they themselves contracted the disease.

How was this dreaded disease finally brought to a halt? Some Church leaders in Vienna got together and begin to search the Scriptures for an answer.288/148-149 They decided to follow Mosesí strict laws of sanitation, handling of the dead, cleaning with running water and quarantine practices. Those who cared for the sick outside the city were not allowed back into the city. They were to stay with the sick until it was over or they themselves were overcome by the plague. Those who died in the city were instantly removed and buried outside the city limits. Only as a result of their following Godís commands recorded by Moses in the Torah 3,400 years earlier were they able to bring the plague to a stop.

Concerning human waste God commanded the Israelites to do the following:

"You shall also have a place outside the camp and go out there, and you shall have a spade among your tools, and it shall be when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and shall turn to cover up your excrement." (Deuteronomy 23:12-13)

This is basic to us but that is because we take this for granted, but our understanding of this kind of sanitation is because of our knowledge of disease and germs which knowledge no civilization had until the past century. Moses did not know about germs or disease, but God did. The fact that Moses would give this kind of instruction to the Israelites was just as Moses said: a divine revelation from God.

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