The Holy Bible is one of the greatest documents in the history of humanity, if not easily the greatest. To date, the Bible is the best selling book of all time, selling over five billion copies more than the number two. It has inspired billions and leads the way for the largest religious group on Earth, us Christians. With all the poetry, history, prophecy and moral teachings in this book, the Bible remains one of the most influential books of all time, taking the attention of the worlds greatest philosophers to walk this Earth. Indeed, many are even surprised by its complete lack of any errors whatsoever… However, some would like to challenge that. Indeed, the non-believers have been attempting to, for centuries, come up with a single error in this entire document, the Bible yet again finds itself in the way of another attack.
Funnily enough, once you deal with these critters long enough, you realize they’re wrong before they’ve even started. Apparently, these people postulate that the Bible contains a scientific error in the Book of Leviticus! The Bible, to these people, scientifically blunders as it laughably says insects only have four legs, when they have six in reality!
[Leviticus 11:20-23] “All winged insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you. But you may eat these kinds of all the winged insects that walk on all fours: those that have jointed legs above their feet for hopping on the ground. You may eat these: any kind of locust, katydid, cricket, and grasshopper. All other winged insects that have four feet are to be detestable to you.
The only way to respond to this attack from the non-Christians against the Bible, is to identify exactly what the passage says first. The verse is in the contest of the Levitical dietary laws and restrictions, where is it naming specific foods you can and cannot eat. So, what does it say? The verse specifically focuses on winged insects, as can be identified in the first few words of the passage, and it says that all winged insects that “walk on all fours” cannot be eaten, aside from the locust, katydid, cricket, and grasshopper. In order to really understand what the Bible is saying here, the only thing we can do in order to undergo an honest examination of the contents of this passage is to first see exactly what the Bible is talking about regarding these winged insects that walk on all fours, and the only way to do this is to look at the four clean examples it gives us. That being the locust, katydid, cricket and grasshopper.
These insects are similar, especially the grasshopper and katydid, and all four insects have six legs. Although, it’s obvious that when the Bible says “all fours”, it’s making a distinction between the front four legs and the hind two legs, as they serve completely different functions. Only the front four legs are counted as feet, whereas the fact that the hind two legs serve a much different function due to their completely unique anatomy, size and responsibilities for the organism, are not counted as feet, rather merely legs. Biblical anatomy has different forms of classifications and descriptions for its biological terms than we do today, and that’s not very surprising considering it was written over three thousand years ago. In other words, this is obviously not a Bible error, this is just a difference between how people today classify different parts of insects and how Moses did thousands of years ago. The Bible does not count “jointed legs above their feet for hopping on the ground”, as the passage in Leviticus above phrases it, as feet, and likely any set of legs on an insect where the hind legs serve completely distinctive functions from the four front legs. It would seem ridiculous to assume that the ancient Hebrews didn’t know winged insects have four legs, considering they literally ate them raw. One type of winged insect that “walks on all fours” that would be prevented from being eaten according to this passage in Leviticus would be a honeybee.
As you can see, the hind legs of a honeybee are distinct from the front four legs, just like they are with the locust, katydid, cricket and grasshopper. Indeed, the two hind legs in the honeybee maintain a distinctive function from the front four legs. The hind legs in a honeybee differ in size from the front four legs, as well as how they are situated in the bee. In a bee colony, there are many types of bees. There is a queen, there are drones and there are also workers. Amongst all the types of bees in a colony, the hind legs have a different size in each of them. These hind legs are also specifically used to collect pollen from flowers. Although the hind legs can indeed be used similarly to the front legs in walking, they are clearly and vastly different in both appearance and function from the front legs. Likewise, this probably would be classified by the Bible’s anatomical classification system as a winged insect that walks on all fours. So there is no scientific error with the Bible, clearly, it’s simply the difference that exists between modern forms of classifying anatomical features in insects and how it was done many thousands of years ago.
God’s Word remains to be without error, and God’s many inventions, such as the bee, grasshopper and locust, all attest to the miracles God is responsible for creating.