Just the facts

5 COMMONLY MISCONSTRUED BIBLE FACTS

“Adam and Eve”

ADAM AND EVE

Contrary to popular belief, Adam and Eve were not expelled from Eden because they ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil—which, by the way, the Bible never said was an apple. They were driven out of Eden to prevent them from eating from the tree of life, which would have left them eternally unredeemable. Genesis 3:22-24 gives the real reason: “…The Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.

So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the Garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”

“The fish that swallowed Jonah”

JONAH AND THE FISH

Jonah 1:17: “Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” We all know this story of Jonah and the fish that swallowed him, but how well do we know it? It is commonly assumed that the fish was a whale, but the Scriptures never said so. It was a great fish, and not a mammal which the whale is.

“Samson and Delilah”

SAMSON AND DELILAH

“Samson’s and Delilah’s is one of the most fascinating stories from the Old Testament. Samson’s long hair is cut short to destroy his strength. The common misconception is that Delilah was the one who cut off his long locks. But in fact, it was Delilah’s servant who did it, as seen in Judges 16:16-21.

“Three Wise Men Visit Baby Jesus in the Manger”

THREE WISE MEN

That’s what traditional Christmas lore teaches, but the Bible never said three wise men brought gifts for the baby Jesus in a manger. The Bible doesn’t tell the exact number of men, but indicates the three types of gifts they brought—gold, frankincense, and myrrh—which is probably where the misconception stems from. In addition, the wise men didn’t visit Jesus as a new-born baby in the manger, but as a young child (probably about two years old) in the house with His mother Mary, according to the Biblical account in Matthew 2:11.

Rapture

RAPTURE

Ever tried to quote or refer to a scripture with the word “rapture” in it? If you have, you’d have discovered there’s no such scripture! The word “rapture” doesn’t appear in the Bible. The term in the Bible, commonly known and referred to as “rapture” is from the Greek word “harpazo,” which is translated “caught up.” It means “to seize, snatch, or carry off by force,” referring to the catching away of the saints alive, as seen in 1 Thessalonians 4:17: “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

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