Is the Bible at odds with science? Let us take a look at some of the claims of this book, shall we?
We shall not go in any particular order, but pluck out things as I think of them.
I will not pick on easy things, such as the fact that the Bible asserts that God made the Earth in a few days. Even though we know that the Earth formed over millions of years.
Nor will I focus on the fact that the Earth is not, as the Bible seems to think, a flat circle.
I will not discuss the dome that the Bible asserts is above the Earth which keeps the waters in space from falling onto Earth.
Nor will I go into how Noah could not have gathered two animals of every “kind” onto the Ark.
No, there are many claims the Bible makes about the world or how it works that I will not go into. But what am I going to go into?
I will focus on somewhat less obvious or less well-known ways in which the Bible is wrong.
Our List of Blunders
Let us start with what the Bible thinks about insects…
The Bible Thinks Insects Have Four Legs
Here is one of the things the Bible has to say about insects:
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. But all other winged creatures that have four legs you are to detest.Leviticus 11:20–23
Insects have six legs, not four. Therefore there are not any four-legged flying insects. Unless the Bible s, for some reason, concerned about insects that have lost two legs.
Surely the Bible authors noticed that insects have six legs?
Well, they noticed they had six limbs. But they did not count two of the limbs as legs. Why? Because at least for the insects described here, they did not consider the two hind legs as walking legs but leaping legs.
But all the same, insects all have six legs. So it is wrong to say that they are four-legged creatures.
The Bible Does Not Know Anything About the Mustard Seed
Let us see which seed the Bible considers to be the smallest seed.
Another parable put he [Jesus] forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.Matthew 13:31;32
The mustard seed is not the smallest seed. Jesus might not have known that. But I suspect farmers and the like might have known that.
The mustard seed does not grow into a tree either. The mustard plant is clearly not a tree and looks nothing like a tree.
It might have been classified by some as a tree back then because it grew relatively tall. But that is not a scientifically valid reason to classify something as a tree.
The Bible Thinks Pi is 3
Let us turn to the Bible describing a cauldron and see if we can figure out if the all-knowing God knows the correct value of pi.
Also, he made a molten sea [cauldron] of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.Kings 7:23-24
The more mathematically astute among you may have already seen the problem. Let me point it out.
Pi is a circle’s circumference divided by its diameter.
The circumference of a circle equals pi times the diameter.
Pi = Circumference divided by diameter.
Now, let us look at what the Bible says. It says that the cauldron is 30 cubits around. So, if we consider the circumference of the circle formed by the rim of the cauldron, it says this circle is 30 cubits around.
It also says that the cauldron is 10 cubits from one brim to the other. So, the diameter of the rim is 10 cubits.
Therefore, according to the Bible:
Pi = C/d or 30/10 = 3.
But we know that pi is not equal to three. It is about 3.14 and the decimal digits go on indefinitely.
It certainly is not equal to three!
The Bible Thinks the Moon is a Light
Let us see what the Bible says about the Moon, shall we?
And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars.Genesis 1:16
This seems to be talking about the Moon. The greater light would be the Sun and the “lesser light” seems to be the Moon.
But there is one big problem with this. The Moon is not a light, it gives off no light of its own. It is a big bunch of rock. People only think it is light because it reflects the light of the Sun.
So the Bible does not even know what the Moon is. Nor that it has no means of giving off any light of its own!