Scientific Errors in the Bible
Before I begin, note that this post is all in good cause. Merely something I find interesting about the most identifiable text of our time and often argued the most recognizable in history.
Maybe these scientific errors are cause for concern for those identifying with the Christian theologian faith, or maybe God wanted these scientific missteps placed in scripture to appease the people at the time of writing. I’ll leave that for you to ponder on.
Deuteronomy 14:6–7: “You may eat any animal that has a split hoof divided in two and that chews the cud. However, of those that chew the cud or that have a split hoof completely divided you may not eat the camel, the rabbit, or the coney.
Hmmm…well, the camel, is fitting, it has both a “split hoof” and chews “the cud” but why does the rabbit get thrown into this? Rabbits don’t chew “the cud” and don’t have split hoofs. The quote seems to leave out some apparent animals that meet these criteria — such as a cow.
Leviticus 11:20–22: All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you. There are, however, some winged creatures that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground. Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper.
Well, I wouldn’t want to eat insects anyway, flying or walking on all fours. Then again, no insects are four-legged. Weird.
Matthew 4:8: Again the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
Neat, I guess God is a flat-earther. Although, it would be kind of sweet to be living on a floating disk. Am I right?
Psalms 104:5 He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.
Word on the scientific streets is the earth is always moving. It’s always moving around the sun and on its axis. Plus, I don’t know what the foundation is but that sounds like some flat earth mumbo-jumbo again.
But maybe God just had some fun literary wordplay — and not trying to spread bad science.