20 Biblical Beliefs Not Found in the Scriptures

SharePinEmailThe Bible is a sacred text for millions of people around the world, but there are some “facts” that are not supported by scripture. So, here we’ll explore some of these well-known details that are not confirmed in the Bible. The Apple Adam, Eve, and the apple is an iconic story in the Bible, but…

The Bible is a sacred text for millions of people around the world, but there are some “facts” that are not supported by scripture. So, here we’ll explore some of these well-known details that are not confirmed in the Bible.

The Apple

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Adam, Eve, and the apple is an iconic story in the Bible, but did you know that the fruit in the Garden of Eden is not specified? While an apple is often used in artistic depictions of this biblical story, the actual text refers to “the fruit of the tree.” Hence the apple as the forbidden fruit is not stated. 

The Fruit as the Symbol of Sin

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This follows on from the previous point, but the forbidden fruit is often thought of as the symbol of sin. But in the biblical story, it is not labeled in this way. The fruit is taken from the tree of knowledge and the theme of the story is disobeying God. 

Three Wise Men

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While nativity scenes and plays often feature three wise men who visit Jesus after following a star, their number is not confirmed in the Bible. The scripture discusses wise men or the Magi, but the specific number of three is not mentioned. It is likely that this “fact” came from the three gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh presented to Jesus. 

The Pairing of Animals on Noah’s Ark

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Noah’s Ark is a well-known biblical story that is particularly popular with children, but the idea that animals are boarded two by two is not explicitly stated. While the Bible does mention pairs of animals, seven pairs of some animals were saved. 

Jonah and the Whale

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Another popular story is Jonah being swallowed by a whale, but this is not specifically mentioned. The actual tale involves a “great fish” rather than specifying a whale. The whale has likely come to be seen as biblical fact due to later Christian artistic interpretations. 

The Immaculate Conception

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Jesus is the son of God and the Virgin Mary, but the immaculate conception refers to Jesus being born without original sin, rather than a virgin birth. Church tradition maintains Mary as a virgin, but after Jesus’ birth, there is nothing about this issue in Biblical texts. 

Satan is a Fallen Angel

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There is a misconception that Satan is a fallen angel, which has become a common narrative in theology. This “fact” has evolved due to a variety of religious traditions and interpretations, but it is not explicitly stated in the Bible. 

The Serpent in the Garden of Eden is Satan

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Many assume that the serpent in the Garden of Eden tempting Eve to eat the forbidden fruit is Satan. But this connection is not explicitly made. While the serpent is often symbolic of evil, the concept of the serpent being Satan is a theological interpretation rather than fact. 

The Seven Deadly Sins

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The seven deadly sins have been featured in books, movies, and other media with a Biblical connection. But this list of sins is not directly taken from the Bible. The concept is a product of Christian teachings and the early church. 

Jesus’ Appearance

If you were asked to describe Jesus, you would likely think of a man with a beard and long hair. But this commonly accepted image is based on artistic depictions. There are no details about Jesus’ physical appearance in the Bible. 

Mary Magdalene was a Prostitute

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Many people believe the “fact” that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute before becoming a follower of Jesus. This is never stated in the Bible and since there are many figures in the holy book called Mary, it is likely the reason for the misconception. What is stated about Mary Magdalene is that Jesus freed her from demon possession. 

Moses Having Horns

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There is an incorrect perception that Moses had horns, but this is a misunderstanding. The idea stems from older and incorrect translations of Hebrew texts which then influenced sculptures and artwork. 

The Eye of a Needle

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When Jesus is discussing the rich entering God’s kingdom, he uses the phrase “eye of a needle.” Modern readers may immediately think of a sewing needle, but it is thought to refer to a gate in Jerusalem. It could also simply be a metaphor to help people understand the difficulty. 

The Rapture

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Another biblical fact that has been used in books and movies is the concept of the Rapture. During the Rapture, believers will be taken up to heaven while the remainder of the world is left to deal with the end times. This is part of modern Christian theology rather than something that is detailed in the Bible. 

Hell is Fire and Brimstone

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Hell is often depicted as a place of fiery terror where souls are left to suffer. This image of fire and brimstone is literary and artistic license rather than a biblical description. There are a variety of metaphors that describe hell, but the fiery imagery is part of more modern Christian culture. 

The Tower of Babel and the Origin of Languages

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Although the Tower of Babel is associated with the origins of multiple languages, there are no explicit details in the Bible for how the languages emerged from this event. The actual biblical story provides a more symbolic explanation. 

Spare the Rod

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The phrase “spare the rod, spoil the child” is often quoted as a biblical phrase, but it does not specifically appear. The exact wording is taken from a 17th-century poem and while there are proverbs about discipline, this is not a biblical fact. 

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness:

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This is another popular phrase that is often attributed to the Bible, but it is not anywhere in the scriptures. It is taken from a John Wesley sermon, and it dates back to the 18th century. 

All Angels Have Wings

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Angels are not consistently described in the Bible as having wings. Some passages discuss winged creatures, but the conventional portrayal of angelic figures with wings is an artistic interpretation. 

The Disciples Determined the Canon

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Many people believe that the disciples determined the biblical canon in the early church. But, there were a variety of councils, such as the Council of Carthage, that determined which books should be included in the Bible. 

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