This movie requires Flash Player 8. Download Flash Player 8

 
Issue Features
  
View this issue online as it looks in print
Discovery Magazine 3/1/2008

Can Germs Think? Does God Talk about Germs in the Bible?

by  Digger Doug

Dear Ashley and Justus,

 

Thanks for sending excellent questions about germs. I always love getting thoughtful questions from Discovery readers. Germs are microscopic, living things that can sometimes make our bodies sick, but are too small to have brains. Of course, we do some things to prevent the spread of germs, such as washing our hands and covering our mouths when we cough. However, certain germs are helpful, such as bacteria that make our digestive systems work properly. Other germs help scientists develop medicines and vaccines.

The children of Israel knew nothing about germs, but God knows everything (Psalm 139:1-4), and so He commanded the Israelites to do certain things to protect themselves against deadly germs. For example, God commanded the Israelites to avoid touching dead bodies (Leviticus 11:31-33) and to stay away from sick people (Leviticus 13). God even prescribed a recipe for ancient “soap” (Numbers 19). Hundreds of years before modern scientists learned about germs, God knew all about them, and protected His people. It is wonderful to serve the all-knowing Creator.



Copyright © 2008 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Please keep in mind that Discovery articles are written for 3rd-6th graders.

This document may be copied, on the condition that it will not be republished in print unless otherwise stated below, and will not be used for any commercial purpose, as long as the following stipulations are observed: (1) Apologetics Press must be designated as the original publisher; (2) the specific Apologetics Press Web site URL must be noted; (3) any references, footnotes, or endnotes that accompany the article must be included with any written reproduction of the article; (4) textual alterations of any kind are strictly forbidden; (5) Some illustrations (e.g., photographs, charts, graphics, etc.) are not the intellectual property of Apologetics Press and as such cannot be reproduced from our site without consent from the person or organization that maintains those intellectual rights; (6) serialization of written material (e.g., running an article in several parts) is permitted, as long as the whole of the material is made available, without editing, in a reasonable length of time; (7) articles, in whole or in part, may not be offered for sale or included in items offered for sale; and (8) articles may be reproduced in electronic form for posting on Web sites pending they are not edited or altered from their original written content and that credit is given to Apologetics Press, including the web location from which the articles were taken. Further, documents may not be copied without source statements (title, author, journal title), and the address of the publisher and owner of rights, as listed below.

For catalog, samples, or further information, contact:

Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
U.S.A.
Phone (334) 272-8558

http://www.apologeticspress.org

Web Store

Is the Bible Reliable? - DVD

Answering Alleged Bible Disprepancies

Featured Audio

Listen

Click the following link to visit our Multimedia section.

Featured Audio