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Poor Science Fails in Attacking Scripture

Does the Bible Make These Serious Sciehntific Mistakes? No!

THE HUMANIST'S CLAIM: The Bible is also incorrect in saying the bat is a bird (Leviticus 11:13,19), the hare and rock badger chew the cud (Leviticus 11:5-6), and the mustard seed “is the smallest of all seeds” (Matthew 13:32).

Finally, it’s inconsistent with science – and ludicrous – to believe that God confounded the language of humans because he was afraid they would build a tower high enough to reach heaven (Genesis 11:1-9)

These are very common "objections" that have been answered many times.

Question About Bats & Birds

These, moreover, you shall detest among the birds; they are abhorrent, not to be eaten: the eagle and the vulture and the buzzard, and the kite and the falcon in its kind, every raven in its kind, and the ostrich and the owl and the sea gull and the hawk in its kind, and the little owl and the cormorant and the great owl, and the white owl and the pelican and the carrion vulture, and the stork, the heron in its kinds, and the hoopoe, and the bat. - Leviticus 11:13-19

The answer is in the definition of "bird." The Hebrew word used here is "oph," Strong's 5775. The literal translation is "flying creatures." Is a bat a flying creature? Yes. Does a bat then belong on this list? Yes.

Case closed.

BTW, if you've not heard of it before, "Strong's is an exhaustive concordance of the Bible... meaning it lists every word in the Bible and shows you every verse where that word is used. It also includes both a Hebrew and Greek dictionary in the back allowing you to look up the meaning of words. It is a very handy Bible reference to have and not very expensive. I have a Strong's for the NASB and another one for the KJV.

Hares and Rock Badgers Chew Cud

Likewise, the shaphan, for though it chews cud, it does not divide the hoof, it is unclean to you; the rabbit also, for though it chews cud, it does not divide the hoof, it is unclean to you;and the pig, for though it divides the hoof, thus making a split hoof, it does not chew cud, it is unclean to you. - Leviticus 11:5-6

In this case we don't even need to look at the original language. The Hebrew means "‘raising up what has been swallowed". And that's literally what chew the cud means... most of the time.

Animals that chew their cud, such as cows, sheep and goats, partially chew their food, swallow it into one stomach, then later regurgitate it and chew it again. They are called "ruminants" and they all have four stomachs.

It turns out the hares and rock badgers do the same thing, but they only have one stomach and they do it a little differently. But, what they do is so similar to ruminats that Linnaeus, the father of the modern classification system, initially classified them as ruminants (more information here).

Hares and rock badgers chew their food, but it goes through the animal and is passed out. These "pellets" are different from their regular "poop." The re-eat it, chew it again, and this second time through their stomach it is fully digested. So hares and rock badgers do chew cud. They just do it with a single stomach and by eating their poop.

Is the mustard seed the smallest of all seeds?

He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches. - Matthew 13:31-32

The humanist left out the context of verse 31, which is very important for answering this accusation.

What type of seed is being used as an example? A seed which is "sowed in a field." That means it must be a seed the local farmers are familiar with, and it must be one that is sowed by a farmer. For people in Judah at the time of Jesus, the mustard seed would be the one that meets these requirements.

God confounded the language of humans

Why? The humanist say because he was afraid they would build a tower high enough to reach heaven. Here is the scripture. Did the humanists get the reason right?

Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. The Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth. - Genesis 11:1-9

The people of the earth wanted to build a tower into heaven. But, that's not the reason God gives for stopping them.

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We need to know something else. In Genesis 9 God told the people to "increase in number and fill the earth." What did the people do? They decided to stay in one place, and build a gigantic tower as a symbol of their power -- "let us make a name for ourselves." Why do they want to do that? "Otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth."

The people were directly opposing God's command, and the tower was a symbol of how they could work together and thus be powerful... supposedly even able to oppose God.

What does God say the problem is? "they are one people, and they all have the same language... nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them."

How does God solve the problem? He addresses it directly. He confuses their languages so they can't understand one another and work together, and scatters them over the face of the whole earth. The solution perfectly fits the problem.

Conclusion: Once again the humanist comes up empty. Once you know the rest of the story, every one of the humanist's accusations is proven to be empty.

What's next? A science wrap-up they call: Overall Effect of Bible Science

White summarizes the historical results of relying on the Bible for answers about the physical world. It’s not a pretty sight: “[T]here were developed, in every field, theological views of science which have never led to a single truth – which, without exception, have forced mankind away from the truth, and have caused Christendom to stumble for centuries into abysses of error and sorrow.”

In view of the Bible’s numerous mistaken beliefs about the physical world, there’s no reason to think its writers were any more correct about unseen and abstract matters. Being so greatly in error regarding the tangible and observable universe, the Bible cannot be considered a reliable guide for spiritual and ethical issues.

A complete fabrication. I'll show you why on the next page. Click here...