Bible Says Insects Have 4 Legs Cartoon

Nothing is ever straightforward with the Bible, but when I drew this I thought it was a straightforward observation based on Lev. 11:20-3 – All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you. Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth; even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.

Mainly, the Bible was written in a different time period when insects may have been viewed as having 4 legs for one reason or another or we have a translation issue. Therefore, trying to use it as a historical reference for scientific observation is pointless. This is one problem that continues to plague literalism and sometimes the criticism of literalism. Scripture may infer certain things we can investigate, but as one skeptic pointed out to me when I said this was a Biblical error, “You can’t apply modern taxonomy onto a piece of scripture. ” In other words, it’s hard to know for sure the intent of the Biblical author or their interpretation and therefore saying that it is an outright error based on how we define insects now may be an error in of itself.

So there are two sides to the debate which are actually quite interesting. Check out these articles:

An explanation of why the Bible says insects have 4 legs

An explanation of why the Bible makes no sense about insects having 4 legs

Should we throw out the Bible because insects have 4 legs? The problem is not the 4-legged insects, the problem is the “all-or-nothing” approach to the Bible. It’s either all true or it’s not true at all. This seems to be an anti-intellectual approach from both atheists and Christians. Parts of the Bible can be true, but much like scientific inquiry, conclusions are always up for debate. We can’t simply say the Bible is true based on faith. Much like these leg-picking literalists, modern views, modern science and modern morality are forced onto ancient texts. It’s an awkward way of reading the Bible and often can have humorous results. The Bible does not “live” or stand alone which is why churches are necessary to keep adding to the moral codes and theology (as well as subtracting certain pieces of Biblical morality incompatible with our modern laws). The Christian religion would be much easier to digest if this approach were taken (and some denominations have). A living church makes more sense than a living Bible.

5 thoughts on “Bible Says Insects Have 4 Legs Cartoon

  1. The Bible never said that insect “walk on all four “!!! I am a hebrew speaker , messianic jew who reads his Bible in the original hebrew , the above is …bunch of nonsence …sorry to blow the bobble and kinda dismentle the whole discution ( it is fun though , in a way ) 🙂

  2. Oh and forgot , grasshopers are not an abomination , there are kosher and could be eaten ( check out John the Baptist )

  3. Last remark ( no promises ) .. The Bible is the most scientific scripts you can find ! you just have to know the bible well inough and science well inough to actualy apply it one to each other . The point is Scripture have a lot of “weird” stuff in it but for many who are scientists those things make a lot of sence , whether this is Biology , astronomy , chemistry and even the supernatural manifestations of the Bible have a schientific reason behind them ! Even the aliens are in the bible ! The point is if you do not believe it “ALL” just as a step of faith even if you don’t understand it then you are not a believer ! The things in the Bible aren”t true cause they are in the Bible , But rather they are in the Bible cause they are true ! So Repent , Believe the Gospel , get saved , get baptised and Let Jesus baptise you as well in Spirit and in Fire ! then Your life will be like a walk in the park ( sometimes like the NY Central Park at night , but still… ) Cheers ! Be Blessed

  4. “The Bible never said that insect “walk on all four “!!! I am a hebrew speaker , messianic jew who reads his Bible in the original hebrew”

    So Hayim, what does the original Hebrew translation say? 6 legs? Nondescript? Did we insert 4 legs into the English translation? If there’s an error of sorts it would be interesting to get more information on what you’re talking about?

  5. Hi,

    The Bible is not “The most scientific book”. Here’re some examples:
    1. The bible claims the whole universe is ~7,000 years old. This is not scientific at all. We can see light from stars which are millions of light years away. This means the light traveled millions of years before landing on our telescopes
    2. The bible claims all animals to be created as read-made templates. This is far from being scientific as we find evidence which clearly show the same animal in different form. We see whole lines of transformations, whales with legs, smaller horses, human-apes, etc.
    3. The bible claim the universe was created in 7 days. 1 day was devoted to create the grass, 1 day for the animals, 1 day for the sun and the moon and 1 day for the rest of the universe. This is pure rubbish.

    These are just 3 samples of how the bible is far from scientific. The whole idea for the word “scientific” is that ideas change, concepts about things change as we get more evidence. The bible is the pure opposite of change and as such it’s scientific as much as the phone book being scientific.

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