The Bible Beats the Sceptics (Again) …
The book of Leviticus contains a number of food laws that the ancient Israelites were to obey. Modern medicine has shown that many of them had very good health benefits for people in that time and place. As the Law of Moses was our tutor to lead people to Christ (Galatians 3:24), many of the individual commands are no longer applicable after Christ’s death for our sins and His bodily resurrection from the dead. In particular, the Lord Jesus and His Apostles declared that all foods are now ‘clean’ (Mark 7:18–19, Acts 10:10–15, Colossians 2:16).
Some of the food laws have been attacked by sceptics as ‘proof’ that the Bible makes mistakes, meaning it could not be God’s written word. For example, Leviticus 11:3–6 says:
- ‘Whatever divides the hoof, and is cloven-footed, chewing the cud, among the animals, that you shall eat.
- ‘Only, you shall not eat these of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: the camel, for he chews the cud but does not divide the hoof; he is unclean to you.
- ‘And the rock badger, because he chews the cud, but does not divide the hoof; he is unclean to you.
- ‘And the hare, because he chews the cud but does not divide the hoof; he is unclean to you.’
We showed a photo of the camel’s hoof in Creation 19(4):29, 1997, proving that the Leviticus 11:4assertion was right that the camel did not completely ‘divide the hoof’, despite what some sceptics claim. Other sceptics have claimed that the Coney (Hebrew shaphan, = hyrax, rock badger) and hare (Hebrew’arnebeth = hare/rabbit) don’t chew the cud….
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