Life Is In The Blood

In 1616, William Harvey discovered that blood circulation is the key factor in physical life. However, the Bible had revealed this fact 3,300 years before man would agree with Harvey’s discovery.

Dr. Benjamin Rush

For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof:  …  Leviticus 17:14 (See also Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 17:11).   

The practice of medical bleeding as a treatment (using incisions and often leeches) was a common practice until the middle of the 19th century.

Dr. Benjamin Rush, a medical doctor and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was an important advocate of bleeding. Unfortunately, as other physicians of the day, he mistakenly thought that the body held 12 quarts of blood instead of the actual 6 quarts.

George Washington

Shortly before his death, George Washington was bled 4 ‡ quarts in 24 hours for an infected throat and died not long after.* Many historians believe that George Washington’s bleeding was the cause of his death. Ironically, by his bedside was probably a Bible that stated in Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.”

Again, the Bible reveals a great deal of scientific truth written hundreds, and sometimes thousands of years before being “discovered” by modern scientists.

*(Thayer, William R., George Washington, 1922, p. 240)


Lanny Johnson

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