When religious traditions and legends are started and repeated through the years, it’s common for us to just accept them as true unless we are determined to read the Bible for ourselves. Those of us who would rather have the truth over tradition often find it necessary to examine what we’ve been taught compared to what the Bible actually says so we can set aside false information in order not to pass them on ourselves. Here are a few things that I’ve been told are in the Bible, but they really aren’t.
- Adam & Eve fell into sin when they ate an apple. Genesis 2:17 tells us that they weren’t supposed to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It wasn’t an apple tree.
- Satan is the exact opposite of God. In order for this to be true, Satan would have to be equal to God in his power and abilities. The Bible says time and again that God has no equal and that he is the most powerful being in the universe [Isaiah 46:5]. Satan is a being created by God who is opposed to God, but he will never be God’s exact opposite.
- There are seven deadly sins–pride, avarice, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. This list is a spin-off of Proverbs 6:16-19 which says “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” Notice how the two lists don’t exactly match. The Bible names a whole lot more than seven sins that cause a person to end up in hell [see 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Revelation 21:8]. The seven deadly sins are a man-made tradition that came courtesy of Catholicism.
- God was silent for the 400 years between the Old Testament & New Testament: This is an assumption that is made based on scriptures like Matthew 11: 13 where Jesus said, “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.” However, Jesus must have meant something other than a 400 year silence from God between OT prophets and John. Why? Because God sent messages via Gabriel to John’s father Zacharias and to Mary before John was born. I’m not even sure it’s accurate to say that God could be silent 400 years. After all, if God is “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” [Isaiah 46:10], then God speaks through fulfilled prophecy that is prophesied in scripture and that’s how he spoke between the testaments. God didn’t speak in any additional scripture form during that time, but he still spoke.
- Jesus never spoke against homosexuality. This lie has been told repeatedly by liberal professors at universities and seminaries and via the secular media, and is now promoted by so-called liberal “Christians”, but Jesus only deemed valid any sexual relationships between a man and woman who were married to each other [Mark 10:6-9]. He considered all other sexual relationships as fornication and he condemned fornication [Mark 7:21-23]. So by default, he spoke against homosexuality.
- Jesus & his disciples drank grape juice, not alcoholic wine. In Matthew 11:19, Jesus admitted to drinking alcoholic wine which is why the religious leaders called him a winebibber. Jesus drank but he never, ever got drunk since that would have been sin. The context of Matthew 11:19 was that Jesus socialized by feasting and drinking wine, but he was falsely accused of excessive eating and drunkenness since the simple acts of eating and drinking would not have been condemned by Jewish leaders. Furthermore, Paul advised Timothy to drink a little wine to help Timothy’s stomach ailment [1 Timothy 5:23]. Only alcoholic wine has medicinal properties. Plain old grape juice doesn’t.
- Jesus never said he was God. This myth has been made popular in recent times by the Jesus Seminar and others who falsely claim Jesus was deified by his followers after his death and the death of the 12 disciples. However, the Bible proves otherwise. In John 8: 56-59 we find Jesus telling the Jews–Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself… Jesus referred to himself as “I am”, a phrase that God used of himself when he revealed himself to Moses in Exodus 3:14. The Jews knew exactly what Jesus was saying, so they picked up stones to kill him. Several chapters earlier, in John 5:18, we are told–Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. So Jesus made it clear to everyone that he was God in the flesh.
–Harry A. Gaylord–