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Disease Protection Research Affirms Biblical Teaching

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A study of the risk factors for teenagers contracting meningitis affirms the biblical exhortation for intimate relations only in monogamous, life-long marriages. A team of scientists analyzed the various genetic and environmental factors that influenced teenagers’ risks for catching the meningococcal virus. Among the most significant risk factors was intimate kissing with multiple partners. Conversely, religious observance mitigated the risk at a level similar to vaccination. Both of these results affirm that biblical wisdom protects from destructive behaviors and provides “length of days and years of life and peace.” (Proverbs 3:2, NASB)

o   Joanna Tully et al., “Risk and Protective Factors for Meningococcal Disease in Adolescents: Matched Cohort Study,” BMJ 332 (2006): 445-50.


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Dr. Fazale Rana

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence—evidence that is being uncovered day after day—for God’s existence and the reliability of Scripture. Read more about Dr. Fazale Rana