The Bat is not a Bird, it's a Mammal

  

Supposed contradiction and verses:

The bat is not a bird, it is a mammal, yet these verses say it is.

Leviticus 11:13-19

And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,

And the vulture, and the kite after his kind;

Every raven after his kind;

And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind,

And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,

And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,

And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.

See also Deuteronomy 14:11-18

 

Answer:

Actually, this is quite simple. How do we know that the bat is a mammal? Science. When was this science produced that defined it? Under 100 years ago. It is quite safe to say, until this was discovered, most people defined it as a bird. Why? That's how they categorized it. I mean, look at it. It has wings, and flies, and is close in size to most birds. If you were going to categorize something, why would it NOT fit into this category? The Bible did not categorize this based on biology, but rather, general categories we, and more so the Hebrews of ancient time, would understand. If we did not know, due to modern science, that the bat was a mammal, we would say it was a bird too!

The ancient Hebrews used a different classification system than what we have with modern science. Now, if they were to have used today's biological classifications and called it a bird, then there would be a contradiction. That's not the case, nor how they were categorizing them. No contradiction!

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris



 

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