Articles by Joel Hendon


Articles by Joel Hendon

"Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way" (Proverbs 23:19)


In my searches for valuable websites to link to, I often run square into some that are not so valuable. But then, maybe they are.

More years ago than I care to think about, I had a close friend, a member of the Lord's church who even did a little preaching on the side. But as years went by and, after a disappointment or two, he left the faith and began to make some disparaging remarks about the church, God, the Bible, etc. I talked with him as much as I could, but he would not listen, and soon became vehement, very passionate with his arguments, even to the point of tears.

On a few matters, I was able to successfully show him where he was wrong, but he found many others that he would not accept logical reasoning on. And he gave me his proof text that convinced him that the Bible was not inspired, Leviticus 11: 21 and 22. He contended that these verses were saying that Grasshoppers were 4 legged insects. And, since the language is a little confusing, at the time I was unable to make a satisfactory argument against his view to convince him.

He died a couple of years ago, and since then, I have been able to reach a full understanding of those verses and now realize that I may have been able to save his soul if I had but only studied them more diligently. Today, I found an infidel's website who had a very smart remark about those verses, and it brought them back to mind. Here is a segment taken from his website:

Many of the biological mistakes in the Bible were anatomical in nature. The Leviticus writer (let bibliolaters think this was Moses if they want to) was so unobservant, for example, that he apparently thought insects were four-legged creatures:

"All winged creeping things that go upon all fours are an abomination to you. Yet these may you eat of all winged creeping things that go on all fours, which have legs above their feet, with which to leap upon the earth; even these of them you may eat: the locust after its kind, the bald locust after its kind, the cricket after its kind, and the grasshopper after its kind. But all winged creeping things, which have four feet, are an abomination to you (Lev. 11:20-23, BB)."

Although the specific references to locusts, crickets, and grasshoppers in this passage indicate that insects were the creatures under consideration, a curious thing about the Hebrew word oph that is here translated "winged creeping things" is that it was the same word used six times in the creation story (Gen. 1:20-30) to refer to birds. It is the same word used twelve times in the Genesis account of the flood to refer to birds. In the KJV and ASV, the word is translated birds or fowl(s) in all of these places. The KJV, in fact, even used fowls to open the Leviticus passage cited above: "All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you."

The man cannont understand what he reads, nor can he properly understand translation information so how can he possibly criticize an inspired writer of the Bible? He criticizes the translation of what he says is "oph" to "winged creeping things." The spelling of the word he refers to is owph and is not the original but a transliteration of the original Hebrew "vw(" the definition of which is: "Flying creatures, fowl, birds, insects; (a) Birds, Fowl (b)winged insects. So the translators of the King James version knew more about what they were doing than this man which the Bible refers to as a "fool". (Psalms 14:1, 53:1)

But, back to the 4-legged grasshopper problem. The fact of the matter is, the writer is very explicit in his description and I do not know what took me so long to discover it. Notice verse 21 "Yet these may you eat of all winged creeping things that go on all fours, which have legs above their feet, with which to leap upon the earth;"

Now when you study the anatomy of a grasshopper, you will find that he has 4 small legs growing from the bottom of his thorax. These are used for walking, thus he goes on all four. Then, notice that the writer expressly states "which (referring to the type insect) have legs above their feet, with which to leap upon the earth". This is in reference to his large hindermost legs that he uses for leaping. Many will argue that he uses them also for walking. Not true, they may move and appear to be helping him walk, but what would you have him do with them? Drag them? We swing our arms as we walk to help us maintain our balance and momentum, but that does not mean that we walk with them. The term "above" does not mean "growing from their feet to their body". Above is used to express such meanings as "in addition to", "more", "greater" and things of this nature and is so used here ie, (1 Cor. 10:13"...who will not suffer you to be tempted above [more] that ye are able:") (John 6:13, "...which remained over and above [in addition to] unto them that had eaten."

So, you see, God's word has again proven itself to be accurate when it expresses anything. Would not the people mentioned in Psalms 14:1 be elated if only once they could show even the slightest proof that there is an error in the scripture? Below, you will find some good articles on this subject.

| Some Atheistic Arguments Answered-Wayne Jackson |

| Steve Allen Attacks The Bible-Wayne Jackson |

| They Are Without Excuse-Roy Allen Davison |

| Truth-Allan Turner |

03/18/03 JHH

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