Sunday, April 19, 2020

Five Commonly Believed Myths


Years ago, a wise person told me, “Read the Bible for what it actually says, not what you think it says.” That bit of advice is a good tool to use in correctly interpreting the Bible. Here are five myths that many people believe, but are not mentioned in the Bible.

Myth #1: Three Wise Men came to Jesus. The magi, or wise men, came to Jerusalem to find the King of the Jews (Matt. 2:1-2). People assume there were three magi because they presented Jesus with three gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh (2:11). However, the Bible doesn’t tell us how many there were.

Myth #2: Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was bad eyesight. Some people teach Paul’s thorn in the flesh was bad eyesight, based on Galatians 4:15 which says the Galatians would have given him their eyes. It’s likely Paul’s vision worsened as he grew older, and they didn’t have glasses in those days. Paul tells us the thorn in the flesh was an angel of Satan to keep him humble. Click here to read more…

Myth #3:  The “eye of needle” that a camel must pass through was a small city gate.
Jesus said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God (Matt. 19:24). “Camelgate” is the theological scandal that changes the eye of a needle to a small city gate. Someone came up with this idea to make the impossible example possible to believe. Luke, who was a physician, uses the Greek word of a surgeon’s needle, thus blowing the doors off Camelgate. Click here to read more…

Myth #4:  Jesus was beaten with 39 lashes. None of the gospels say this. It was Paul who was beaten with 39 lashes on five separate occasions (2 Cor. 11:24). We know Jesus received “stripes” from being flogged (Isa 53:5, Matt. 27:26), but the Bible doesn’t tell us how many He received.

Myth #5: The forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden was an apple. God told Adam and Eve they could eat any fruit yielding seed (Gen. 1:29). Apples have seeds, so the forbidden fruit was not an apple.
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