Snakes Don't Eat Dust. Did God Lie?


Supposed contradiction and verses:

Snakes do not eat dust


Genesis 3:14

And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:


Micah 7:17

They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.



   Snakes don’t appear to eat dust. We don’t see them bite it and swallow like they do prey, so to those biased of the Bible, it appears to be a contradiction. Anyone who has watched a snake sees it move across the ground with its tongue protruding, and knowing how easily dust comes up from the ground, we can assume this is a metaphor because dust will inadvertently get on their tongue and into their mouth. Opponents say that explains the verse in Micah, but not the one in Genesis, in which it says eat….so it must be a deliberate action. Well wait, it gets better!

   Snakes have an organ called the Jacobson’s organ. It is located in the roof of the snake’s mouth and helps its sense of smell in addition to using its nose. The snakes tongue shoots out and picks up samples of dust on the forked section of its tongue. Not surprisingly, these forked sections of tongue have matching sensory organs in the roof of its mouth. (Try explaining that one EVILution!) Once the snake uses the dust to “smell” it in this fashion, the tongue is cleaned off for the next sample by……wait for it……. wait for it……. SWALLOWING!! The snake then does in fact, literally eat dust all the days of its life. No contradiction!


In His Grace,

            Mike Harris


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