Our DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), as we all know, comes from our blood, more specifically our white blood cells. It is a self-replicating material, which is present in nearly all-living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes, and It is the carrier of genetic information. Bellow is what scientific endeavors have unveiled so far, that brings out the different layers of depth within the statement: the life of the flesh is in the blood.
In Leviticus 17:11, when God said: the life of the flesh is in the blood, most likely, the people who heard such statement accepted it at face value through faith, given this was said to the Hebrews concerning the atonement of sins. But, only with recent scientific developments is that we can all understand how deep and scientifically accurate that statement is.
So, what are the scientific truths on the statement: the life of the flesh is in the blood? Bellow are two scientific observations that will align very much with that biblical passage.
1) DNA is life’s blueprint
An article published by the newscientist discussed that the DNA is in fact, the genetic blueprint of a living creature. It spoke about the many functions within what was previously called junk DNA, because “….DNA is not as a simple linear code, but an intricately wound, 3D structure that coils and uncoils as its genes are read and spliced in myriad ways.” Having in mind that the DNA is life’s blueprint, it is simple to understand how the technique of cloning works, since this technique is the generation of a genetically identical copy of the original person/animal from which the DNA has been copied.
2) Memories Can Be Inherited
Well if the life of the flesh is in the blood, then God’s command further down that passage will align with his statement, as he says to the Israelites on Leviticus 17:14: ‘You shall not eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood.” But, could there be more into that statement and command? Well, there is. A recent study on epigenetics has found that our life experiences may be passed on to our children and our children's children.
The BBC also reported that behaviour can be affected by events in previous generations which have been passed on through a form of genetic memory. Experiments showed that a traumatic event could affect the DNA in sperm and alter the brains and behaviour of subsequent generations. In this study,mice trained to avoid a smell passed their aversion on to their "grandchildren". Experts said the results were important for phobia and anxiety research. In another report, it was discussed the fact that gender matter in transplants, because researchers looked at almost 200,000 operations, finding an 8% increase in the chance of failure when male kidneys were given to women.
The mounting evidence that memories can be inherited, through the 'consumption' of the DNA of another being, can be further explored with the phenomenon reported by countless scientists and physicians called: “organ transplant cell memory.” Medical daily reported that the most common organ transplants include the cornea, kidney, and heart — with a heart transplant ranking the highest in five-year post-transplant survival rate of 74.9 percent. The heart ultimately stores memories through combinatorial coding by nerve cells, which allows the sensory system to recognize smells, according to cellular memory theory.
It has also been reported that an Australian girl who received a liver from a donor, completely changed her blood group, and completely acquired the immune system of the donor due to the stem cells of her new liver transferring over to her bone marrow. " In effect she had had a bone marrow transplant.
So, what does it mean for us today to find out that God said the life of the flesh is in the blood? It means that certain practices must be taken into more consideration, because clearly they do affect our bodies and furthermore they can be passed through our genetic code to our future generations. Here are a few questions that should be asked about how careful scientists must be when meddling with people’s DNA for their scientific discoveries.
Could the suffering of the animal during slaughter be transferred into our own cell memory, through the consumption of its blood, causing us depression? Could the practice of vaccines cause neurological and other autoimmune diseases, because one of its ingredients are human diploid cells from aborted foetuses containing portions of fetal DNA? Should all organ donations be gender matched to avoid rejection and sexual orientation issues due to cell memory ? Should organ donors be screened to pinpoint if they were murderers or thieves, since a study showed people feel it’s important?
As for the spiritual side of these ‘scientific discoveries,’ we must know that there are many more biblical premises that will be confirmed by science, just as prophet Daniel said: “… many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” If you want to read more about biblical premises being confirmed by science, you may want to read the article: “Studies confirm biblical premise that a man and woman become one flesh after sexual intercourse.”