18 Widespread Myths About the Bible Busted

SharePinEmailAs the Bible was written such a long time ago, various misconceptions will inevitably arise about its contents. Partially because of cultural shifts, historical interpretations, and translation issues, many different readers of the Bible have varying opinions about its teachings. This article debunks 18 common misconceptions about the Bible, setting the record straight once and…

As the Bible was written such a long time ago, various misconceptions will inevitably arise about its contents. Partially because of cultural shifts, historical interpretations, and translation issues, many different readers of the Bible have varying opinions about its teachings.

This article debunks 18 common misconceptions about the Bible, setting the record straight once and for all.

The Holy Book Should Be Taken Literally

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The Bible is a guidebook for many people, helping them to navigate life. However, many biblical teachings should not be taken literally. For example, the creation stories found in Genesis should be read through a metaphorical or symbolic lens rather than taking them as fact.

One Person Was Responsible For Writing the Bible

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It is easy to assume that one author wrote the Bible. Many people naively believe that the Bible was written, or at least dictated, by God. However, it is much more likely that multiple authors contributed to the Bible over many, many years. As the Bible has been translated into several different languages including Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, there is a high chance that different people have added their input.

Slavery is Promoted in The Bible

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A common misconception about the Bible is that slavery is promoted. Although certain passages do refer to slavery, it is important to take into consideration the context and the period when it was written as slavery was normal then. The overarching themes of the Bible such as justice and compassion should be focused on instead.

Homosexuality is Explicitly Forbidden

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Even today, many people reference the Bible when trying to justify their hatred of those belonging to the LGBTQ+ community. However, the Bible verses they are referencing are only interpretations of homosexual acts being condemned. 

The Bible Has Always Remained the Same

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Like many stories, the Bible has been adapted over time as it has gone through translations, interpretations, and edits over centuries. The emergence of historical evidence such as old manuscripts has also had an impact in reworking the Bible.

Biblical Passages Encourage Hatred Against Women

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Women have a mixed relationship with the Bible as many of them believe that they are not represented favorably in scripture. On top of this, all the disciples were men which possibly supports this belief. However, there is evidence of powerful, resilient women in the Bible such as Deborah and Esther which might deconstruct this belief.

English Was The Only Language the Bible Was Written In

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Although it may seem that the Bible was only written in English as most of us read it in this language, the truth is that the original manuscripts of the Bible were written in ancient languages such as Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.

The Bible Has No Relevance Today

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While the Bible was written in a completely different time, it still reflects the issues that people struggle with in daily life. In this way, messages of hope, love, forgiveness, and compassion can be separated from their context and can be applied to how we live our lives in modern society.

Everyone Has Always Had Access to the Bible

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Despite common belief, there was a time when access to the Bible was limited. Religious institutions decided who was allowed to read the Bible and who wasn’t, which is difficult to believe today as so many people own a copy of the holy book.

There Are No Positive Messages in the Bible

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Today, the Bible has gotten a bad reputation as a strict text that contains various stringent rules and regulations. While it does offer commands and guidance, there are also many positive messages such as love, mercy, and redemption.

It is Easy to Understand the Bible

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In many schools, the Bible has been taught to young people. As the Bible contains a blend of genres such as poetry, prophecy, and letters, it can be difficult to decipher some of the meaning in its passages, especially because there is also a lot of symbolism and allegorical language.

The Bible is Boring

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Possibly because it is a lengthy text, the Bible has been categorized as boring by many people. Yet the Bible is rich with drama with various stories and themes that inspire people to critically think about their own lives. It has also been used by many artists and writers to give substance to their creative work.

There Were Three Wise Men in the Bible

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The wise men are notable figures in the Bible, but despite what most people might believe, there were never three of them as the Bible mentions wise men, but not their specific number. Their number, which varied in different accounts from two to twelve, eventually settled on three, most likely because of their three gifts.

Christians are the Only Ones Who Can Relate to the Bible

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Christianity and the Bible are synonymous with each other. However, the Bible has a universal appeal, with messages and lessons that are also applicable to Judaism and Islam. Even those who subscribe to atheism and agnosticism can learn something from the Bible.

The Bible is a Scientific Textbook

The inevitable clash with science, particularly in the teaching of evolution, has continued to this day. However, the Bible serves as a spiritual guide rather than a scientific textbook, aiming to convey religious teachings and moral principles. 

The Holy Book is Chronologically Ordered

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Contrary to popular belief, the books of the Bible are not ordered chronologically. Instead, they are structured according to genre, authorship, and theme, meaning that those who want to fully understand the Bible in its entirety will need to read all of it.

Biblical Passages Should Only Be Read Alone

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Reading the Bible alone can indeed help you concentrate better and absorb the words contained within the passages. However, discussing the Bible with other people will help you to get an insight into different perspectives and interpretations which can enrich your understanding of the holy book.

Jesus’ Birthday Was Confirmed as December 25th in the Bible

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Christmas is celebrated on December 25th as many individuals believe that this was when Jesus was born. However, the Bible never explicitly mentions that he was born on December 25th. In fact, archeologists say they have traced the origins of the first Christmas to be celebrated on 25 December, 300 years before the birth of Christ.

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