Contagion

“This is the law when a man dies in a tent: All who come into the tent and all who are in the tent shall be unclean seven days; and every open vessel, which has no cover fastened on it, is unclean. Whoever in the open field touches one who is slain by a sword or who has died, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.”                         – Numbers 19: 14 – 16

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1.  This passage and others like it refer to an “uncleanness” that goes along with coming into contact with diseased or dead bodies, carcasses or other material (such as containers in this passage)

  • The concept of contagion (spread of communicable diseases) has only been understood by medicine as long as we have understood germ theory (namely just the past few hundred years)

√ Source: See section on “Development of Germ Theory” – hyperlink within Christian Evidences website to section

2.  Moses is penning the words to this passage 3400 years ago

3.  The Scripture meticulously describes the care that must be taken when dealing with bodily fluids

“The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When any man has a bodily discharge, the discharge is unclean. Whether it continues flowing from his body or is blocked, it will make him unclean.

This is how his discharge will bring about uncleanness: ‘Any bed the man with a discharge lies on will be unclean, and anything he sits on will be unclean. Anyone who touches his bed must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. Whoever sits on anything that the man with a discharge sat on must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. ‘Whoever touches the man who has a discharge must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. ‘If the man with the discharge spits on someone who is clean, that person must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. ‘Everything the man sits on when riding will be unclean, and whoever touches any of the things that were under him will be unclean till evening; whoever picks up those things must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening.

‘Anyone the man with a discharge touches without rinsing his hands with water must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. ‘A clay pot that the man touches must be broken, and any wooden article is to be rinsed with water. ”  – Leviticus 15: 1 – 12