Leviticus continues on. In the last chapter we learned God likes to make new rules with the consequence of death. Are the rules sane? Nope. Are they moral? Nope. But people die from them because God is ‘loving’. Chapter 11 discusses the difference between clean and unclean food. This should be good! 🙂
“You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud.” – Leviticus 11:3
Because that almost makes sense.
“There are some that only chew the cud or only have a divided hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you. The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.” – Leviticus 11:4-8
Just in case you weren’t sure which animals have a divided hoof and which chew their cud. Except the Bible gets it wrong!!! Rabbits do NOT chew their cud!!! This is a quote from God in the Bible and it is WRONG! God, the supposed creator of all doesn’t know that His creation, the rabbit, does NOT chew its cud. Sigh.
“Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams you may eat any that have fins and scales. But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales—whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water—you are to regard as unclean.” – Leviticus 11:9-10
The clean and unclean rules extend to the sea as well. I won’t post it here, but the next few verses point out the clean and unclean birds and insects.
“You will make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. 25 Whoever picks up one of their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.” – Leviticus 11:24-25
Or one could just wash his/her hands. Just a thought. The next several verses go on about waiting until evening to be clean if you touch something unclean.
“I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.” – Leviticus 11:45
I’ve had Christians argue with me that this verse alone proves God is holy. God stating He is holy is proof He is holy? Huh?
I’m glad God spent a full chapter discussing clean and unclean animals while completely ignoring the morality of rape. Not once does God say why certain things are unclean. He simply says, “Because. Do it or else.” Dear Christians: Read your Bible. All of it.
Coming Soon: Leviticus – Chapter 12: Purification After Childbirth