Is Science Superior to the Bible?
the Bible make these serious mistakes?
section of our web site answers over 180 accusations against the Bible. These
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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).
its 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.
Bats & Birds
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
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.
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 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
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
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.
the mustard seed the smallest of all seeds?
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.
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?
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 anothers 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
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.
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.
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.
Its 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.
view of the Bibles numerous mistaken beliefs about the physical world, theres
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.
complete fabrication. I'll show you why on the next page. Click