18 biggest unanswered questions in the Bible

SharePinEmailThe Bible provides fundamental guidance for Christians across the globe. We learn through the teachings of Jesus Christ how to live a full life with faith in our hearts, with the ultimate aim of reaching eternal salvation. But some gaps in the Bible leave unanswered questions and remain a mystery. Where Is the Garden of…

The Bible provides fundamental guidance for Christians across the globe. We learn through the teachings of Jesus Christ how to live a full life with faith in our hearts, with the ultimate aim of reaching eternal salvation. But some gaps in the Bible leave unanswered questions and remain a mystery.

Where Is the Garden of Eden?

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We are told in the Bible that Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden. They were cast out of the garden by God due to eating the forbidden fruit. But we are never told the location of the Garden of Eden.

Genesis 2:8-14

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Genesis 2:8-14 provides some clues as to the location of the Garden of Eden. We are told that there were four riverheads named Pishon, Gihon, Tigris, and Euphrates. The rivers Tigris and Euphrates are present in the Middle East today so we can guess that the garden was located somewhere in that area.

Are There Two Creation Stories?

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Genesis contains two different stories of creation. The first story of creation features a chronological chapter where the author organizes the creation of the world in Genesis 1. Then, Genesis 2, focuses on the creation of man. But these two creation accounts are not contradictory and instead complement one another.

Genesis 1:1-2:3

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The first creation story in Genesis describes the process of creation over six days. The cosmos is described, with a focus on the power of God. We are told that God rests on the seventh day, using the name “Elohim” for God. 

Genesis 2:4-25

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The second creation story in Genesis adds a greater depth of description, focusing on humans and the environment around them. The term “Yahweh Elohim”, or Lord God, is used in this chapter.

What Happened to the Ark of the Covenant?

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The Ark of the Covenant contained the tablets of the Ten Commandments. It is referenced both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. We are told that the Israelites made the Ark of the Covenant with Moses, and it was later kept in the Holy of Holies and then the Temple of Jerusalem. However, the exact location of the Ark of the Covenant today is a mystery.

Revelation 11:19

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“The God’s temple in Heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant was seen within His temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.”

Did Jesus Christ Experience “Lost Years”?

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There is little reference to Jesus Christ in the Bible during the ages of 12 years old to 30 years old. Some theorists think that Jesus lived in Nazareth during that time and had a normal life working as a carpenter, whilst other theorists believe that Jesus traveled to other locations such as Egypt.

Matthew 13:55

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“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?”

Who Are the “Sons of God”?

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The “Sons of God” are referenced at various stages in the Bible, but who were they? Some theorists suggest that they were the fallen angels, or that they were descended from Seth, a child of Adam and Eve.

Genesis 6:2

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“The Sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.”

Who Is Lucifer?

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Many people think that Lucifer is another name for Satan or the devil. But things may be more complicated than that. We are told that Lucifer is a fallen angel, cast down by God to the Earth as he wanted to be more powerful. Some theorists think that Lucifer became Satan. Other accounts describe Lucifer as a Babylonian ruler or even a “morning star”, so there is no definitive answer.

Isaiah 14:12

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“How you have fallen from Heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the Earth, you who once laid low the nations!”

How Did Humans Originally Multiply?

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We are told that Adam and Eve had children, but then how did humans multiply from then on? Incestuous relationships would be wrong and lead to genetic disorders. Theorists believe that either more than two humans were created during creation, or that God prevented such genetic disorders.

Where Is Noah’s Ark?

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Scientists today agree that the Great Flood probably did happen, with some experts determining that Noah’s Ark was left on Mount Ararat in Turkey. Wooden fragments are said to have been discovered as much of the wooden ark would have rotted over the centuries.

What Happened to Elijah? 

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Elijah is described as a powerful prophet in the Bible, leaving the Earth in a “chariot of fire”. Some theorists do not think that Elijah died in the physical sense, although we do not really know what happened.

2 Kings 2:11

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“As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to Heaven in a whirlwind.”

What Happened to the Lost Tribes of Israel?

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The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah were formed with twelve tribes of Hebrew people. Although we are not told where the tribes eventually went, some theorists think that people dispersed into different lands. No one really knows what happened although many experts are still trying to find out.

What Happened to Enoch?

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Enoch is described as a “witness” in the Bible and has an exceptional relationship with God. We are told that Enoch “walked faithfully with God for 300 years” before God took him away. Some theorists think that Enoch simply died. He was 65 years old and so this is a possibility. Other theorists believe that Enoch mysteriously left the Earth and lived for a total of 365 years, so we do not really know.

Genesis 5:23-24

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“Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”

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