by Lou Binninger
People familiar with the Bible smile as science “discovers” a record of a king and kingdom or an aspect about the universe when the information was noted in the Bible long ago.
Early man thought of the earth as flat, but Is. 40:22 referred to its shape as circular. Job 26:7 says the earth is suspended in space. However, the ancient world thought that it must be supported by something.
Before the telescope was invented, people believed they could count the stars. Even astronomer Johann Kepler numbered the stars at just over one thousand. Not until modern times did man realize that counting the stars is impossible. Jeremiah 33:22 says, “As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured.”
God instructed (Lev. 13:45-46) Israel to quarantine those with infectious diseases. This procedure was unique among people groups at the time and is used today.
The children of Israel were forbidden to drink water from small or stagnant pools or from water that had been contaminated by coming into contact with dead animals or meat (Lev. 11:29-36). It is only in the last 100 years that medical science learned that contaminated water can cause typhoid and cholera.
To further prevent the spread of disease Deut. 23:12-13 says, “You must have a place outside the camp to go and relieve yourself. And you must have a digging tool in your equipment so that when you relieve yourself you can dig a hole and cover up your excrement.”
With regard to science, Biblical writers were unique among their contemporaries in the following ways: (1) they did not repeat the common errors of their day (2) they spoke of things that only present-day science has come to realize as scientifically accurate.
However, even with no knowledge of germs, many ancient civilizations had an understanding of the need for careful sewage disposal, but this insight was lost or ignored in the Middle Ages in Europe. The result was terrible sanitary conditions, polluted waterways, and periodic outbreaks of disease.
One of the greatest advances of the modern era was the recognition that disease could be caused by pathogens, and that poor sanitary conditions were a prime culprit in the spread of disease. Sanitary engineers in the nineteenth century were in the forefront of the development of sewer systems that protected the public from epidemics of cholera and other water-borne illness.
A survey conducted by the British Medical Journal in 2007 asked a group of experts and doctors what they considered the greatest medical advance since 1840. The answer, preferred over antibiotics and modern surgical methods, was sanitation.
Liberal think is now understood to be a mental illness. Therefore, world class cities of San Francisco (SF), Seattle, Los Angeles and San Diego now run by liberals have welcomed a resurgence of epidemic-style illness by allowing transients to poop and pollute where they wish. This is considered modern progressive revelation.
Since 2011, there have been 118,352 reported deposits of human fecal matter on San Francisco streets. The city has taken steps to clean up the mess but not stop it. Over the last year, the Department of Public Works instituted a “Poop Patrol.” Initially consisting of five employees, each worker earns $184,000 in pay, perquisites and pension benefits.
However, pooping and polluting in public spaces is increasing as politicians are perplexed as to how to persuade people to not excrete where we eat. Reported SF incidents increased from 5,547 in 2011 to 28,084 in 2018. It’s as if today’s leadership has ingested a stupid pill.
Romans 1:21-23 states, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.”
Look for a lot of sickness and sadness before today’s leaders rediscover what has been known for a few thousand years.