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Moses reveals that blood is the essence of life (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Moses reveals that blood is the essence of life (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.

Claim CH135.2:

The Bible reveals that our blood is the essence of life (Lev. 17:11), attesting the Bible's scientific accuracy.


  • Jeffrey, Grant R., 1996. The Signature of God. Toronto: Frontier Research Publications, p. 146.
  • Morris, Henry M., 1986. Science and the Bible. Chicago: Moody Press, pp. 15-16.

CreationWiki response: (Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

1. The view of blood as the essence for life predates the Bible. The Code of Hammurabi from Mesopotamia (about 1727 BC, before Leviticus was written) has a phrase which translates, "to pour out his life-blood like water." In the Enuma Elish, blood was an essential ingredient which mankind was created from. Ugaritic and Egyptian sources also note the importance of blood.

The fact that there are other ancient references to the importance of blood does not change the fact that the Bible is accurate on this point. It is just one of many such points that support overall Biblical accuracy.

2. That blood is essential to life is not hard to figure out, especially to people who slaughter livestock.

This only shows that no special revelation was required for the writers of the Bible to know of the importance of blood. It does not change the fact that the Bible is accurate on this point.

3. Blood is not the essence of life. We would not survive long without lungs, lymph, muscles, nerves, etc. either.

Talk.Origins is missing the point. It is not just that blood is needed to survive, but the fact that it carries oxygen and food to every cell, as well as removing waste. At least for a time all of the other systems can be bypassed to keep a person alive artificially, but the blood still needs to be kept circulating and supplied with food and oxygen.