Life is a search for truth.
Scientists search for truth about our physical world.
Medical researchers search for truth for ways to heal our bodies.
This search for truth is a constant peeling away of an onion. Each layer exposes yet another layer. Each layer gives us more knowledge – and this knowledge is precious.
This website is dedicated to bringing to you, in everyday language, the most current knowledge of medical and scientific research about the immune system – all statements backed by hard research.
The Foundation for the Search for Truth
Scientists agree we are each made of two parts – mind and body.
Your body is part of the physical realm (atoms, molecules, and chemicals). The brain is part of your physical body. It can be seen and touched.
Your mind (thoughts, soul, and feelings) is part of the spiritual realm. You cannot see or touch a thought or feeling.
There is a mind-body connection. Research by Candace B. Pert, Ph.D. led to the scientific proof of the existence of this mind-body connection. Dr. Pert discovered receptor sites on the surface of immune cells that allow the brain and the immune cells to communicate directly with each other.
Your thoughts and feelings (the spiritual realm) become emotions that create chemical messengers (hormones – part of the physical realm) to be released in your body. Dr. Pert refers to these hormones as Molecules of Emotion – the title of her book about her research.
According to Dr. Pert, “You are a spiritual being, living in a physical body.”
There Is a Source of Truth about the Spiritual Realm
The Bible is in more households in our country than any other book. The Bible is not a science manual, it is a spiritual manual. However, the Bible does make many scientific claims. A way to base an evaluation about the truth of the spiritual promises of the Bible is to check the accuracy of the scientific claims.
The very first sentence in the Bible makes two specific scientific claims – that there is a beginning to time and that all matter in the universe was created: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” For centuries this statement was not accepted by the scientific community. Now, with proof of the Big Bang Theory, it is agreed by scientists that the universe, and time, had a beginning (scientists say about 13.8 billion years ago). The universe was created, which implies it has a Creator.
The biblical story of creation has withstood the test of time. Modern scientific discoveries and demonstrated facts are in harmony with the scientific statements of Genesis 1:1.
There are many scientific claims made in the Bible. To me, the most beautiful, and amazing, statements are made in the book of Job, written over 3000 years ago. Job was a real person who lived around the time of Abraham. You are probably aware that Job was very rich and had a large loving family. In a very short period of time Job lost all of his wealth, his possessions, and his children. He also was struck with a physical illness that left him in excruciating pain, covered with sores from head to toe.
Job called out to God to ask why these things were happening to him. God answered by asking Job a series of questions. In one part, rhetorically, God asked Job about three constellations. What God says reveals some amazing scientific truths that science has only recently confirmed. God asked Job:
“Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?”
(Job 38:31-32 ~ King James Version)
Mazzaroth is a Hebrew word that means in general the constellations of the zodiac. God is asking Job if he is able to bring forth the constellations in their seasons – and does Job know these facts about Orion, Pleiades, and Arcturus?
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God asked Job, is he able to loose the belt of Orion? God is speaking specifically about the three stars that form the belt on the Orion constellation. These three stars appear fixed and rigidly aligned to form a relatively straight line. God is asking Job if Job is able to separate these stars, implying that He (God) is able to do it.
It may seem as though the band of stars is fixed, but Garret P. Serviss, the noted astronomer, wrote about the bands of Orion in his book Curiosities of the Sky. “Today, this band consists of an almost perfectly straight line of second magnitude stars that are equally spaced and very beautiful. In the course of time, however, the two right-hand stars, Mintaka and Alnilam, will approach each other and form a naked-eye double star; but the third, Alnitak will drift away eastward so that the band will no longer exist.” In other words, one star is traveling in a certain direction, at a certain speed; a second one is traveling in a different direction, at a second speed; and the third one is going in the third direction, at a still different speed. As a matter of fact, every star in Orion is traveling in its own course, independent of all the others. As time passes, this band of stars will indeed be loosened, just as God told Job.
It may seem to you that it is logical that in time, all stars drift away in different directions. Not so, as God explains to Job.
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God asked Job if Job can bind the cluster of Pleiades. God seems to be challenging Job in exactly the opposite manner from what he said about Orion! As it turns out, the seven stars of Pleiades (you may know them as the “Seven Sisters”), are in reality a grouping of 250 suns, all traveling together in one common direction. Isabel Lewis, of the United States Naval Observatory (quoted in Philip L Knox’, Wonder Worlds), tells us that astronomers have identified 250 stars as actual members of this group, all sharing a common motion and all are drifting through space in the same direction. Lewis says they are “journeying onward together through the immensity of space.” Dr. Robert J. Trumpler (quoted in the same book) says that, “Over 25,000 individual measures of the Pleiades stars are now available, and these measurements confirm that the whole cluster is moving in a southeasterly direction. The Pleiades stars are like a swarm of birds, flying together to a distant goal.” It’s as if God is saying, “Job, can you bind Pleiades together? I did!”
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Once again, God seems to be challenging Job. It is as if God is saying, “Job, do you think you can direct Arcturus anyway you want? Well, I can!”
Arcturus is one of the brightest stars in the sky, it moves at a tremendous rate of speed. Moreover, Arcturus is not moving in the general stream of stars – in the flat disk of our Milky Way galaxy. Instead, it is cutting perpendicular through the galaxy disk.
Arcturus is one of the greatest suns in the universe, and it is a runaway star whose speed of flight is about 257 miles per second. It is thousands of times more massive than our own Sun, which is traveling only 12 1/2 miles a second. Charles Burkhalter, of the Chabot Observatory, (quoted in Wonder Worlds) says, “Arcturus’ high velocity places it in a very small class of stars that apparently are a law unto themselves. Arcturus is a runaway. The combined attraction of all the stars we know cannot stop it, or even turn it in its path.” When Mr. Burkhalter was directed to the book of Job, he studied it in the light of modern discovery and made a statement that attracted worldwide attention:
“The study of the book of Job and its comparison with the latest scientific discoveries has brought me to the matured conviction that the Bible is an inspired book and was written by the one who made the stars.” ~ Charles Burkhalter, Chabot Observatory
These scientific facts recorded in the book of Job concerning the Pleiades, Orion, and Arcturus constellations anticipated scientific discovery by nearly 3000 years. Scientists only discovered these startling facts in the Twentieth Century, yet they were recorded in the book of Job nearly 3000 years ago.
Truth of the Bible in the Spiritual Realm – and Stress
The Bible makes many statements and claims about science and the physical realm. The more scientists discover about our physical universe, the more they verify the accuracy of the scientific statements made in Scripture about the physical realm. Science has not made any discoveries that provide proof of any inaccuracies in the statements made in the Bible.
A consistent spiritual theme of the Bible is “fear not.” We know today that chronic stress, fear, and anxiety cause the release of the hormone cortisol into your bloodstream. This chronic release of cortisol is directly related to chronic heart disease, dementia, impaired immune function, cancer, and a host of other chronic diseases.
Many people, through faith, rely on the spiritual promises of the Bible and experience a freedom from anxiety and stress.
Spiritual promises found in the Bible are “truth” and can be relied upon as a healing balm – if you would like to test a few of these promises. Click here.
“All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more strongly the truths that come from on high and are contained in the Bible.” ~ William Herschel
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We are not meant to live a life of stress,
We are meant to live in the truth of the Bible’s spiritual promises.
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