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Christian Fallacies
A CROSS-SECTION OF COMMON FALLACIES FOUND IN THE VARIOUS BRANCHES OF MODERN CHRISTIANITY THROUGH LACK OF ADEQUATE TEACHING
He whom Jesus with reason called the –
"Father of Lies"
commonly uses truth to deceive, in what we would today call –
'half-truths'.
The damage of a deception is most often not the deception itself but what that deception hides or distracts us from . . !
:: THESE ARE LISTED BELOW AS AN APPEAL FOR A MORE BIBLICAL / A MORE AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY ::
blue pinGod the Father is the Creator        One nation under God!   Nationalism is good
There was no death before Adam sinned   Sunday is the Christian Sabbath   A one-world-government is Satanic
Cain was unblessed for not bringing his First-fruits   Ten Commandments are a guide to living  
Before the Flood the earth had one climate   The Kingdom of God fulfils David's kingdom Antichrist's followers will have his mark on them
    David's bloodied hands prevented him building the temple Cash-less society is Satan's plan
  God set life expectancy at 120 years   Israel's 70-year exile began with destruction of the temple    
  God set life expectancy at 70 years   The Ten Tribes are the Anglosaxon-nordic nations   Christ's incarnation made our earth sacred
  Death is a law of God for humanity   Ten Tribes of Israel were lost in history   Social Reconciliation is a Gospel Task
  God decides when you will die        
  Suicide is an unforgivable sin   The Holy Spirit restrains Antichrist     Allah is a false god
    The Holy Spirit leaves earth at the Rapture   Halal is like food offered to idols Bible
  The sabbath is a day of worship Blaspheming the Holy Spirit is the unforgivable sin   Islam is the enemy of Israel
King Melchizedek was really Jesus Falling down under the Spirit's anointing is a blessing    
Job's suffering was caused by his unbelief The Holy Spirit comes to us through the Sacraments   God is on Israel's side in Middle East conflicts
God punishes children for the sins of their parents   Every Christian has a gift from the Holy Spirit   Supporting Israel brings blessings from God  
Adultery and fornication are different sins   A revelation must be confirmed by two or three      
    'where two or three' is a promise of Christ's Presence   Israel's Ark has been found  
Christian baptism saves you   Satan cannot understand speaking in 'tongues'      
Baptism enrolls you in the local church Satan specially attacks Christian marriages   Babylon city will be built again  
We are all born unclean before God Indigenous religious curios are demonic      
Christians must always forgive A Christian cannot have a demon   Elijah must come back to die  
Prayers help the Dead Alternative medicine is demonic      
There is power in prayer Cremation is a pagan practice   The Pope is the Antichrist  
There is power in the spoken word   Demons fear holy symbols   Antichrist must be a Jew  
Unity in prayer will increase its results   Satan lives in Hell      
        A 'day' in Bible prophecy means a year  
The Church canonized the Holy Scriptures   Son of Man is a Messianic Title   A 'day' in the Bible means 1000 years  
Eucharist is the receiving of Christ's flesh   Christ's ministry was the Ultimate      
Mary is the Virgin Mother of God, etc.   The gospel is the story about Jesus   144,000 Jews will evangelise the world  
There is Power in speaking The Word   Jesus came to bring Peace on Earth   Israel is converted before Christ returns Bible
Christians should 'plead the Blood' Son of Man' in Daniel Seven is Jesus    
Bible        
It... is blessed! Jesus is 'Son of God' as part of the Holy Trinity   God has fixed the time of the End
Healing is an Ordinance of the Church Sermon on the Mount is Christ's New Covenant   Christ may return at any moment
The Church/Christians represents Christ to the world The Gospel may be summarized as two commands    
Each church should be under an apostolic 'covering'   Christ suffered for sicknesses as He did for our sins   Christians live forever in the New Jerusalem
Polygamy is not permitted in Christ's Church   Christ's physical suffering is part of our Atonement   The 'Marriage' of the 'Lamb' happens in Heaven  
ALL the above are – incorrect / wrong / not true / incorrect / wrong / not true / incorrect  — LET THE BIBLE RULE AMONG US —  wrong / not true / incorrect / wrong / not true / incorrect / wrong / not true!
TO ALL PASTORS –  "...you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness."   (James 3:1).
Myth 1.  GOD DECIDES WHEN YOU WILL DIE to top of page
This
is a half-truth that misleads. God gave us real choice. For instance, King Saul's suicide was not God's action. But, for those who walk with God – those who love Him in practice – and ONLY for them, God works all things together (including the exact time and manner of death) for their good; but only for them!
Outside of Christ, we really are victims of circumstance. Jesus said it – in response to why God had allowed the Galilean worshippers to be slaughtered as they worshipped in the Jerusalem temple (Luke 13:1-5).
God's grace alone (which requires a personal trust-response) lifts us above our environment/circumstances. Thus, for those who walk in His grace (only for them!) the sovereign management of God in all things is retroactive, anticipatory, absolute!
But 'fatalism', even when expressed in Christian terminology with Bible quotes, is not Christian.

 
Myth 2.  GOD SET LIFE-EXPECTANCY AT 120 YEARS to top of page
This
is based on a misunderstanding of the 120-year warning period before the Flood of Noah. It was the period from God's command, to Noah to build the great Ark, until the Flood itself came (Gen.6:3). This 120-year sentence expresses God's limit on His patience with that generation – their terminus time. NO-ONE in that following generation lived to only 120 years. So, if we believe the Bible to be true it can only mean the warning period of Noah's preaching and preparation.

See:
Probable Cause


Myth 3.  GOD HAS SET LIFE-EXPECTANCY AT 70 YEARS to top of page
This
idea comes from the psalm of Moses (Ps.90:10) where our human frailty under God's rebuke is observed to be 70 years long, or 80 years if one is strong. But our 'strength' could not add even ten years to life if God had really set it at 70. Nowhere in God's Word does God ever decree a life-expectancy. The prayer of this Psalm is that God would teach us to number or value our days constructively so that we are able to present a heart of wisdom to God at life's end. Moses himself lived to 120 years and made his last 40 years mean more than his previous eighty. (Thus God answered his prayer of Psalm 90:17, awesomely).

See:
Moses Depression


Myth 4.  TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL WERE LOST to top of page
Rather,
as one historian said, 'not lost, just melted.' It was after the Exile (from which the ten tribes are supposed to have never returned, according to this fallacy) that the priest Ezra led the returnees in sacrifice, on behalf of all Israel –
"12 bulls for all Israel" (Ezra 8:35).
Further, Jesus specially appointed 12 apostles for ministry to the 12 tribes of the "lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matt.10:1-2,6). But the inspired description of the apostle Paul to king Agrippa in 60 AD is absolutely decisive against this error. He said –
"I stand here on trial for hope in the promise made by God to our fathers,
to which our Twelve Tribes hope to attain as they earnestly worship night and day."
(Acts 26:6-7).
What were the other claimants to Israel's identity doing at this time? Certainly not worshipping God day and night. Paul's identification applies only to the Jewish people. So, if ten of the 12 tribes were lost to some, it was certainly not to the witness of the apostle Paul or to the ministry of Jesus. In first century Palestine, Roman Judaea represented all 12 tribes of Israel no matter how far scattered individuals may have become.


See also:
God's promise that in judging Babylon He would reunite Israel and Judah (Jeremiah 50:4-5).
Myth 5.  ISRAEL's TEN TRIBES ARE THE ANGLOSAXON-NORDIC NATIONS to top of page
In spite
of a mountain of circumstantial 'evidences' heaped up by disciples of this theory, the Bible in one verse destroys ALL possibility of ANY truth in this idea. Hosea, a prophet to these ten tribes of Israel, prophesied (Hos.3:4):
"the sons of Israel will remain for MANY days
"without king or prince – 
(NO political head or administration)
"without sacrifice or sacred pillar – 
(NO temple offering or pagan worship)
"and ephod or household idols" – 
(NO priestly service or domestic idolatry)
If one understands the detail of this inspired statement accurately it is clear that there is – in all human history – NOT ONE nation, tribe, or people group, that has simultaneously fulfilled this description, even briefly, let alone "for many days".
• The Jews and ONLY the Jews fulfil these conditions in their many years of being simultaneously
1.  without government,   2.   without pagan worship,
3.  without temple, and  4.   without priestly service.
and no one else! Every other people group has had one or more of these factors in every period of their existence. Hence, if the Ten Tribes exist, they are certainly Jewish!

 
Myth 6.  THE GOSPEL IS THE STORY ABOUT JESUS to top of page
When
Jesus described the mission of the church as "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached..." (Matt.24:14), He had not as yet been crucified, or resurrected, nor had He ascended – three cardinal divine acts of our salvation. What then did He mean by "this gospel"? The essence of the gospel is what Jesus Himself preached!
• This is the revelation of the true nature of God and His "kingdom" rule. Christ expressed this in His works of compassion and in His parables such as that describing God as the 'father of the prodigal'.
• Thus the gospel is more than the biography of Jesus, descriptions of His death or His authority, or doctrinal definitions. The gospel is nothing less than the revelation of God's atoning mercy! The works of God in Christ's death, resurrection, ascension and His gift of the Spirit, all four of which wonderfully secured and expressed the fullness of "this gospel", but they cannot be truly "gospel" if they are expressed in any way that is less than Christ's original revelation of the character of God, that redeeming love demonstrated in Jesus' own Palestine ministry.

See:
The Whole Gospel


Myth 7.  BAPTISM SAVES YOU to top of page
From
the beginning of the Church, baptism was associated with repentance and faith, the heart-act of becoming a Christian. The development of institutional Christianity led to baptism becoming the act of conferring a Christian identity, before which a probationary period passed. But, by the early Middle Ages baptism had become sprinkling rather than dipping, and Christianity was an inherited religion from one's parents. This depreciation of choice as a prebaptismal condition led to baptism being seen ever more firmly as the act of making a Christian. The rediscovery of the personal spiritual nature of the Church led back to personal choice (repentance and faith) as the precondition to baptism.
• However, in certain modern groups (e.g. the 'Church of Christ' group of churches) personal faith is deemed incomplete and therefore inadequate to save the soul until one is baptized. Much use is made of Peter's words – "baptism saves you" (1 Pet.3:21). But this is an abuse of Holy Scripture, for what Peter actually says is that "baptism saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ" and not by His crucifixion.
• In other words, as the resurrection was an outward statement by God (not the saving instrument) of the efficacy of Christ's crucifixion to save, so also baptism is a believer's outward statement of faith in the efficacy of that crucifixion for our sin. No human act saves, other than personal surrender to the mercy of God as revealed in Jesus Christ.

 
Myth 8.  CHRIST SUFFERED FOR OUR SICKNESSES JUST AS HE DID FOR OUR SINS to top of page
God
is omnipotent and full of mercy, but to root God's healing grace in the Atonement from sin is to put healing from sickness at the same level as forgiveness of sin – mandatory. The Unforgiven are responsible for their state simply because forgiveness is available to them, as to us all – for the price of our guilt, all of it, has been paid! Hallelujah! However, to say the same of the Sick is to blame them for still being sick because healing is supposedly available to all, in the same way. This is patently not true!
• Christ's miracle of turning water to wine cannot be separated from His miracles of healing. As Christ's first miracle, it set-the-tone for all miracles that followed. The miracles are signs that God cares. Yet, I have not (yet) heard those who teach 'healing-in-the-atonement' also teach that, for those who believe, supernatural replenishment-of-groceries (eg. wine) is also in the Atonement.
• A book by Henry Wright, 'A More Excellent Way', symptomatic of this fallacy, twists Holy Scripture, violating its context, and uses God's Word to lie to God's people, saying –
'If we come to a Communion service, and partake of the cup and the bread, but we deny healing and deliverance as part of the atonement today, we eliminate the provision of God in our lives as a human being apart from salvation and eternal life in that day. ...For that reason many of us are filled with disease and insanity today because we have said in our heart that it passed away two thousand years ago yet we still participate in the sacrament of Communion which represents its reality for today.' (page 42, emphasis mine).
Likewise, to Wright: osteoporosis is caused by envy; liver cancer is caused by pornography; aneurysms, strokes, haemorrhoids, and varicose veins are caused by fear and anxiety; cancer of the right breast is caused by a woman's conflict with her mother-in-law; etc. and other such total nonsense.
• Yes, lifestyle, including moral behaviour, can cause illness, but using illness in return/reverse to read/diagnose moral behaviour is to apply physical methodology in the moral realm and thus a misleading deception.

Remember: misleading half-truths which stimulate faith in God may bring blessing for that reason, but will still lead us into error!






See:
'Why am I not healed?'



Myth 9.  GOD PUNISHES CHILDREN FOR THEIR PARENTS' SINS to top of page
The
error here is the word 'God'. If God warns about the consequences of an action, it does not mean that it is His personal threat of what He Himself will do. God has set natural law in this world. His warnings to us are words of love not of threat! The only capacity in which God is in any way responsible for punishing the innocent for the sins of the guilty is in His design of the natural cause and effect in relationships as the Creator of all.
• This wrong idea comes from misunderstanding Exodus 20:5, where God said that He will place the "iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and fourth generation" of those who hate Him. This text itself carries the explanation. God Himself is not limited by how many generations ago our ancestor may have sinned. So what does this mean? Why the limit?
• The limit to "third and fourth" generation is a limit because, at that time, this was the usual extent of a person's direct influence over their family. In the Hebrew inclusive-counting, 'third' means to grandchildren, 'fourth' – to great grandchildren. Negative personal influence in-the-family is the channel by which any negative effect affects our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. This limit is confirmed contrastingly, for instance, in God's blessing on Job to his own fourth generation (Job.42:16). His example blessed them to the limit of his personal lifetime.
• A Jewish rabbinic explanation, which says that it means – 'God will not punish you for the sins of your parents if you live right so that your children will not be punished', implies in principle that the taking-of-hostages in a conflict situation is also acceptable. This is a terrorist-mentality that has no place among those who know God, especially in ascribing such an attitude to God! Rather, Israel's own Law from God directly contradicts this, saying –
"Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers.
Each one shall be put to death for his own sin."
(Deut.24:16)
• This rabbinic error is similar to the view rebuked by righteous Job and recorded as a lesson forever to Israel –
"You say, 'God stores up their iniquity for their children.' Let Him pay it out to them, that they may know it." (Job 21:19).
But to the foolish who say this, God said/says – "...you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has" (Job 42:8) and for this misrepresentation of God there will be accountability.

See also that God said:
"Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin."
(Deuteronomy 24:16)
Myth 10.  SUICIDE IS AN UNFORGIVABLE SIN to top of page
This
false reasoning means – killing yourself is a sin and death ends our opportunity to repent, therefore every suicide is damned forever! This shallow thinking forgets God.
• No-one is damned for sin, not even suicide, for all sin was paid for when Christ became sin for us (2 Cor.5:21). All deserve Hell. But, surrender to the ownership of Jesus Christ makes us part of His family with the resultant new nature from the Spirit of God. Forgiveness is not 'maintained' by our goodness, any more than it was initially earned by our goodness. It is wiser not to speculate on what God does to the one who falls into His hands, lest we grieve the God of grace! The only unforgivable sin is the rejection of His grace, and no other! It was specifically concerning this attitude in the Pharisees (Matt.12:31-32) that the Lord Jesus warned them about the unforgivable, the only unforgivable sin – the rejection of the convicting work of the Holy Spirit through which this grace of God comes to the individual.

See:
The Complete Gospel
Myth 11.  THERE IS POWER IN PRAYER to top of page
Unanswered
prayer is meaningless. The power of prayer lies in the answer of God, not the asking, not the human petition; no matter how many voices ask. Power comes from the Throne – from the throne of the Most High God alone, and not ever from the lips of the petitioner/s.
• Yet, God takes our words seriously when mixed with sincere faith in Him and a caring heart for others' a heart that agrees with His heart. In the merciful grace of God, all things are possible through believing prayer. Hallelujah!

 
Myth 12.  UNITY IN PRAYER WILL INCREASE ITS RESULTS to top of page
Numbers
do not impress God. Unity only affects the results of prayer when that unity expresses our obedience to God by sharing His caring for each other's welfare. And the more we care in prayer the more we can be trusted by God with results.
• The power-of-solidarity, on any issue, has absolutely no influence with God. It may affect human attitudes and behaviour, but it is God who is on the Throne, and answered prayer is the power of His throne and no other. There is no democracy in Heaven, so numbers do not affect the outcome of prayer unless they share the attitude of God.
• Lack of unity however, is a symptom of spiritual breakdown, and issues that hinder godly relationships must be dealt with, if God is to trust us with His works.

 
Myth 13.  PRAYERS HELP THE DEAD to top of page
The
practice of prayers for the Dead, in various forms, is widespread in Christianity (Requiem Masses, Prayers at the grave, and other personal pleas). To God however, as sincerely well-intentioned as they may be, they are nevertheless a direct personal insult!
• Beyond this life we are completely in God's hands alone. To pray to God or to anyone else for the welfare of the Dead implies some capacity-for-improvement in God's conduct towards the Dead. This is an insult to the Most Holy, the Most Gracious, from whose love-initiative our salvation has come. This erroneous view is born from unbelief (lack of trust toward God), helped by the spiritual arrogance of religious practitioners who aspire to an influence beyond the grave.
• These prayers may be well-intentioned and so sincere, but they are an insult to the care and competence of the most merciful God. When a life is out of our hands it is in God's hands, and there is no-one better to be in the hands of. Not to know or believe this is to not know God!

 
Myth 14.  THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES TO US THROUGH THE SACRAMENTS to top of page
This
error arises from ignorance about the nature of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ! The Church of Jesus does not exist beyond the common faith of all those who personally submit to the ownership of Christ. To these – to all these therefore – and to none other than these – was the Holy Spirit given, as irrevocable gift on the Day of Pentecost by the ascended Christ Himself.
• For those who hold to an 'apostolic succession' teaching (conferring authority to minister the Spirit and forgive sins) which is based on the idea that only the Apostles (less Thomas and Judas Iscariot) were present when Jesus breathed on them and said 'receive the Holy Spirit' (in anticipation of Pentecost), Luke's Gospel specifically tells us that others (non-apostles) were also present on that occasion, such as Cleopas, his unnamed friend, etc. (Luke 24:33). Therefore the first apostles held no exclusivity or copyright on Spirit-anointed ministry.
• The Holy Spirit belongs to those who belong to Christ! But, events of faith, such as the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion /  Eucharist) and a believer's Baptism, simply raise our spiritual awareness, and thus help open up our relationships of love and service toward God and others. These, all these who came to Christ, are they through whom the 'living waters' of Holy Spirit flows out to others, as Jesus had prophesied (John.7:38-39).

 
Myth 15.  EVERY CHRISTIAN HAS A GIFT FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT to top of page
A gift
of the Spirit is not a natural ability, not even an inspired natural ability.
It is the Holy Spirit's ability shared with us. It is His supernatural equipment given among us to minister His personal care. The nine gifts of 1 Cor.12 are not the limit of this, they are only illustrative. There can be no limit on the Holy Spirit's equipping of a believer except by the choice of the Spirit Himself and the faith-filled obedience/submission of that believer.
• To say that every Christian has a supernatural gift of the Spirit is, however, misleading. It is only potentially true because every Christian has received the Spirit Himself who is infinite, and it is God's desire and command that in coming to Him in faith we become an extension of His ministry. This requires our obedient faith, rather than introspective analysis to identify a 'gift'.
• Most often, well-meaning but ignorant leaders persuade sincere believers to list abilities and interests in order to identify their gift or calling and in so doing at best simply identify the natural ability of the individual. This is really irrelevant.
Growing in love toward God to share His love for others allows Him to entrust a believer with a particular 'gift' of the Spirit as the Spirit may choose. Self-analysis has no application to this issue, but love/caring for others does have a very direct relevance.
• A Scripture sometimes quoted to support this myth is 1 Peter 4:10-11 which says –
"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:
whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies
– in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ."
However, the preceding verse indicates that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit are not in view – "Show hospitality to one another without grumbling" indicates that it is simply the natural opportunity of the human situation which is in view and not the supernatural abilities of the Holy Spirit in operation. Scripture is always to be understood in its own God-given context if we respect it as God's Word.
(In addition: we do not 'use' the supernatural gifts/abilities of the Holy Spirit. They are not detachable! Our responsibility is to be available, in-tune with Christ, soaked-in-His-love for others, so that the Spirit Himself may do through us whatever and whenever He alone chooses! Our choice is simply to be the channel of His love to others and whatever that implies.)

See: Gifts of the Spirit


Myth 16.  FALLING DOWN UNDER THE SPIRIT'S POWER IS A BLESSING to top of page
Yes,
the priests of Solomon's temple could not stand when the anointing of the Presence descended (2Chron.5:14). But that experience simply expressed the power of the presence of God, not the condition of the priests. Where a person today falls under the power of God's Spirit, the event also says nothing about that person. As at Solomon's temple, it simply witnesses to the power of God's Spirit present and not to the state of the person who falls, such as murderous Saul prostrated in the street under the Spirit's anointing as Samuel and his disciples prophesied in mutual praise to God (1Sam.19:20-24).
• The Quakers of Christian history quaked because they had special regard for God's presence and so He honoured them with it, not because they were the holiest Christians of that time. The rebellious also fall when God's power touches them. Injuries, and on rare occasions death, have resulted from God's power touching a person.
• Falling under the Spirit's anointing is as significant as a blown fuse is to an electrical power-surge. If genuine, it bears witness both to God's power and to human inadequacy. Falling under the Presence indicates natural human discomfort with the power of God's presence rather than spiritual harmony with that Presence. It is not a sign of spirituality! But hype associated with it has created the false impression that it is a sign of God's approval or blessing, and so the 'placebo-effect' kicks in and 'performances' occur.
• But, praise God for His presence to those who submit to Him. Ideally, the presence of God ought to flow through us, without our natural inadequacy to His anointing being any kind of distraction from His gracious purpose, either by trembling, jerking or falling.

See:
Jonathan Edwards'
comment in 1741 AD.


Myth 17.  EACH CONGREGATION SHOULD BE UNDER APOSTOLIC 'COVERING' to top of page
This
idea assumes a supervisory authority in apostles as the most senior rank of spiritual oversight. This is not a biblical view. The spiritual leadership gifts given at Pentecost (Eph.4:11) were enabling gifts of spiritual equipment, not ranks of relative authority in a hierarchy.
• There is only one supervisory rank recognized as such in Scripture – the eldership, all those who lead the church as shepherds of God's flock (not as a board of directors). Spiritual gifts of leadership affect the character and scope of such leadership but NOT its seniority or rank. (i.e. Its nature and scope or 'width', but not its 'height'). The hierarchical (pyramidical) view of Christian ministry is a secular influence that has infiltrated Christianity under spiritual guise. It is not of God! (This is also true of the unbiblical seniority of a so-called Diocesan Bishop).

See: Gifts of the Spirit
Myth 18.  CHRISTIANS WILL LIVE FOREVER IN THE NEW JERUSALEM to top of page
The
metaphors and symbols of the Revelation are much abused. The 'New Jerusalem' is God's redeemed people. They are historically built upon the eye-witness testimony of the Twelve, hence the personal names of the Twelve (neither title nor office) are in the foundation. Believers themselves are the new people of God in which He Himself dwells. This symbol-city is a 12 x 1000 stadia cube (equivalence in other measurement scales destroys the symbolic meaning), as the ultimate fulfillment of the Holy of Holies (10 cubit cube in the Tabernacle, 20 cubit CUBE in the Temple).
• The whole city is the final Holy of Holies of God's immediate presence fulfilled in His resurrected Church! The New Jerusalem is not Heaven. It comes down out of Heaven from God as God's Church in the completion of His redeeming work.

 
Myth 19.  THE 'MARRIAGE' OF THE 'LAMB' HAPPENS IN HEAVEN to top of page
The
Holy Spirit through Isaiah thought otherwise –
"And the LORD of Hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain" – Zion / Jerusalem (Isaiah 25:6).
This celebration is the climax of God's work of grace and the inauguration of His kingdom on earth. It contrasts with the judgment banquet on the armies that had gathered against Israel at the end time (See Rev.19), and is a figure of speech for great celebration.
(Ellen White's SDA teaching of a political 'marriage' of Christ with His capital 'New Jerusalem' does not deserve comment here).

Myth 20.  144,000 JEWS WILL EVANGELIZE THE WORLD to top of page
The
12 tribes in the Revelation (7 & 14) which make up this number are not the same grouping or order that settled Palestine under Joshua. Dan is missing and Simeon and Levi whom God disinherited from a tribal portion are listed. The reason is that Israel here represents what Paul called the "Israel of God" (Gal.6:16). The 12x12 number represents the completed number of God's people from all times and from all places.
• There is simply no substitute for the obedience of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ to carry out His evangelistic commission to all the world as the precondition of His coming (Matt.24:14).
• Those who teach this Myth usually teach that it will occur after the Holy Spirit has been taken out of this world in the Rapture of the Church. It is ludicrous, and an insult to the Spirit of God, to believe that 144,000 believing Jews will do more in worse circumstances without the Holy Spirit than the whole Christian Church has done with the Holy Spirit! Yet some sincerely do.

Myth 21.  ISRAEL IS CONVERTED BEFORE CHRIST RETURNS to top of page
The
Bible expressly says in Zechariah 12:10 that Israel comes to spiritual repentance and faith at the moment of Christ's coming, when they see Him. This is not a previously converted Israel. This is a representative remnant of the nation that survives the future final holocaust, referred to in Zech.13:8-9;14:1-2, Rev.12:15, and by Jesus in Matthew 24:22.

 
Myth 22.  GOD IS ON ISRAEL'S SIDE IN MIDDLE EAST CONFLICTS to top of page
God
has never been on anyone's side! Those who walk with Him are on His side. To walk with Him means to be in tune with His character of holy love. Let state churches and national religions hear this!
• Christian Zionism is not a biblical position, except by twisting the Word of God out of its context in exploitation of Christian ignorance. Sincerity is not a substitute for truth.

Christian-Zionism
is not Christian!
See: The Israel Heresy
Myth 23.  SUPPORTING ISRAEL EARNS BLESSINGS FROM GOD to top of page
Charity
to the poor because they are poor earns God's reward. Charity or political manoeuvring to earn God's goodness is as oil and water – they do not mix. Scripture quoted out of context, among Christian Zionists in particular, is an insult to the purposes of Jesus Christ, and will bring an appropriate consequence.
• The perverse and unbiblical perspective of Christian organisations such as 'Christians United for Israel' blinds believers to God's purposes in the Middle East, hinders the Holy Spirit, and shall be dealt with by Him appropriately. Do not put yourself at risk by association.

See: The Hagee Heresy
Myth 24.  ANTICHRIST'S FOLLOWERS WILL HAVE HIS MARK ON/IN THEIR SKIN to top of page
The
idea is a metaphor first used by God in Exodus (Ex.13:9). It graphically expresses the controlling influence on all that is thought (upon the forehead) and all that is done (upon the right hand). This figure of speech is used concerning the followers of the Lord (Rev.7:3) and also the followers of Satan (Rev.13:16). If it is meant literally in the book of Revelation, then it must apply to both groups. I have yet to hear anyone teach that believers will have 777 or any other mark imprinted on their foreheads.

 
Myth 25.  ALLAH IS A FALSE GOD to top of page
See:
Islâm & God
 
The fool commonly known as Pastor Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainsville, Florida, USA, is reported to be promoting the slanderous inflamatory film which insults Muslims (which was deceitfully made by convicted criminal Nakoula Basseley Nakoula under the fake name 'Sam Bacile'). The blood of lives lost as a consequence lies at his door.


Allah is the standard Arabic word for God from pre-Islamic times, and is used by Christian-Arabs today as well as Muslims. Allah derives from Ilãh, the North Arabian longer form of El, the same root as the Old Testament Hebrew term for God. This use is illustrated in a stone lintel recovered by archaeologists and dated to about 100 years before Mohammed which reads in Arabic "Blessed be Allah the father of our Lord Jesus Christ" – a quote from Ephesians 1:3. (reported by John Gilchrist).
• The stories circulated by some so-called Christian teachers that Allah was a pagan moon god which Mohammed promoted as only sovereign is just not true from the evidence of pre-Islamic Arabia. Some of Allah's attributes may be as misrepresented in Islam, just as they are frequently misrepresented in Judaism and in Christianity, but He is most certainly the One and the Only – the Most High God. Blessed be His holy name!
• Most Middle-Eastern Christians and Arabic-speaking Jewish Communities (including the Yemenite Jews, and some Sephardim) use Allah as the proper noun for 'God'. Allah is also found in all Arabic translations of the Bible and even in Indonesian translations. Therefore any Christian 'leader' today that asserts this myth, as some have ignorantly done, owes an apology to all Arabic-language Christians, to say the least. In addition, from Christian beginnings in Malta, God is called 'Alla' in the Maltese language.
• It would be wise for 'Pastor' Rod Parsley of World Harvest Church, Columbus, Ohio, USA, to awake from his nationalist-religious myth which he so proudly totes in this regard, twisting the truth and energising Islam against the Christians in their midst. This would of course included the stupidity of 'Pastor' Terry Jones and his public Qur'an burning. Satan does not need helpers!
•  It might help the naïve to note that our New Testament teaches by example concerning Paul's inspired address to the leaders of ancient Athens in which he quotes a well known pagan poem in honour of their supreme god Zeus as a reference to the one and only Most High God (Acts 17:28). But wisdom requires humility!

الله
See Islam


God the Father
الله الأب
God the Son
الله الابن
God the Holy Spirit
الله الروح القدس
Myth 26.  Halal IS LIKE FOOD OFFERED TO IDOLS to top of page
In Islam
halal means "something that is lawful and permitted". For most Muslims, the concept of halal, and its opposite haram, is about food ingredients and their sources. A halal item can even become haram (not permitted) if it has been acquired through illicit means. Apples are halal, but if a thief steals an apple, it will be haram for him and all those who know that it has been stolen.
• Concerning 'food offered', Muslim halal foods have not much more to do with religious offerings than every Christian mealtime prayer. But even if the accusation were true, it would have absolutely NO meaning for a Bible believing Christian. In the founding years of Christianity, its Jerusalem conference (Acts 15) sent a letter from James to all non-Jewish Christians instructing, among other, abstinence from offerings to idols and non-kosher slaughter (15:20). This, as the conference itself also, was for the sake of protecting spiritual unity between Jewish Christians and non-Jewish Christians. We know this for certain because the same Paul who propagated this Jerusalem letter to the non-Jewish churches (Ac.16:4) taught this himself in 1 Corinthians 8:1-13.
• So Arab Christians are not required to stop their halal diet, especially in an Islamic community. This, at the very least, would be a serious hindrance to the spread of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Islamic world, and Satan does not need help.

 
Myth 27.  ELIJAH MUST COME BACK TO DIE to top of page
This
idea comes from missing the point of the Two Witnesses in Rev.12. The name of neither is given but both their ministries remind us of supernatural events in the lives of Elijah and Moses. In addition, Jesus implied that Malachi's prophecy of the coming of Elijah was more than its fulfillment in John the Baptist and Elijah's appearance on the Mount of Transfiguration. Knowing this, those who concluded that Elijah is to physically reappear to preach in the time of Antichrist, had to find an explanation for the death of the Witnesses. So it was theorized that everyone must die and that therefore Elijah and Enoch  would reappear, witness and be killed as martyrs, because both had been removed from this world without natural death. 
• This muddled thinking ignores the fact that all Christians alive at Christ's return will be caught up out of this world without experiencing death. The Witnesses of Revelation 11 beautifully represent the climax of the testimony of Christ's Church – in all its authority and suffering; and they are 'two' for this is the minimum witness for a court of judgment, as the witness of the Church is toward Antichrist's realm in these 1260 days.

See Also:
Elijah – Sign of the End


Myth 28.  ISRAEL's ARK OF THE COVENANT HAS BEEN FOUND to top of page
This
story comes from  Ron Wyatt's exploitive fraud of the sincere. He claims to have found Israel's Covenant Ark, on January 6th 1982, under rubble in a cave under Gordon's 'Calvary'. His lie, if it were true would have meant that while Jesus and His disciples honoured the Temple as the place representing God's presence, its most sacred symbol of that same presence gathered dust outside Jerusalem in a lost cave a few metres away from Jesus. Wyatt claimed it lay there waiting for the earthquake at Christ's death to allow the blood of Jesus from His cross on the hill above to drip onto it's atonement cover.
• Not only is this in contradiction of Jeremiah 3:16, it is a mockery of what the ark stood for.
The haemoglobin of Christ's veins certainly did not save us. It was nothing less than Christ Himself who bore our sins in His separation from the Father – an absolute spiritual suffering that is only represented by His blood.
• In addition, Wyatt's bus-station crucifixion site is contradicted by all the facts that deserve to be called archaeological.
Wyatt even 'saw' the golden pot of manna with the Ark, whereas the Bible says that when Solomon brought the Ark into the Temple it contained only the two tablets of stone (1 Kings 8:9). I'd rather believe the Bible than Ron Wyatt.
• Yet, perhaps even more shocking is the lie (published by a Seventh-day Adventist UK website) that –
"Ron discovered that this same blood and water poured down through the earthquake crack and fell upon the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant. ...The fascinating finding in this blood was that instead of 46 chromosomes, there were only 24. There were 22 autosomal chromosomes, one X chromosome and one Y chromosome. This evidences that the person to whom this blood belonged to had a mother but no human father, because the normal contribution of paternal chromosomes is missing."
Though more disturbing is the fact that the Seventhday Adventist Church has irresponsibly tolerated this deceptive nonsense in contradiction of the Bible as long as it seemed to support their doctrines.

See Also:
Seventhday Adventism


Myth 29.  THE POPE IS THE ANTICHRIST to top of page
Martin
Luther and many other thought so, but Antichrist is principally a political leader who, in confederation with ten rulers, destroys the seven-hilled city of "Babylon" – Rome in history, fake-church in metaphor (Rev.17:16).
• Some have argued against this fact because the word means 'mountains' not hills. But this misses the point of the double significance – that the seven are also a succession of seven rulers ('mountains').

 
Myth 30.  THE ANTICHRIST MUST BE A JEW to top of page
Jesus
said (Matt.24:15) that Daniel prophesied of Antichrist as a "little horn" speaking "great things" (Dan.8:9), which was previewed in Syrian king Antiochus Epiphanes; as John of the Revelation also saw Nero Caesar of Rome, in disguising his name by its numeric value (666).
• So, as far as the true Messiah is concerned – Yes, He was Abraham's seed (Gal.3:16). But, concerning Jewish adulterous allegiance toward the last world ruler of human history – no, decidedly no!
This myth, that Antichrist will be a Jew (of the tribe of Dan), can be traced back to the early 3rd century AD (Hippolytus of Rome), and was another sly lie of Satan to hinder the gospel of Jesus among Jews.

See Also:
Antichrist and the Tribulation


Myth 31.  BABYLON CITY WILL BE BUILT AGAIN to top of page
God
said it would never be built again (Is.13:19-22), and He does not make mistakes! This strange idea of its rebuilding comes from misunderstanding the symbolic meaning of "Babylon the Great" in John's Revelation in the New Testament – the 'prostitute city' in contrast to the city described as the Bride of the Lamb.

See Also:
His Bride's Day


Myth 32a. A 'DAY' IN THE BIBLE MEANS 1000 YEARS to top of page
This
idea comes from a misunderstanding of 2 Peter 3:8. Peter actually says that the eternal God does not work according to our sense of time. Sadly, abusers of Scripture (sincere and otherwise) have turned it into a formula to hold God accountable for the dates they then calculate – violating the very purpose of this truth! (This fallacy has been fed by the deception in the pseudo-epistle of Barnabas).
• Moses comforted himself with this truth in Psalm 90:4 –
"For a thousand years in Your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch [three hours] in the night."
This truth should be obvious to all except those whose prior allegiance is to a set of beliefs rather than to the Lord and His precious Word.

See Also:
Elijah – Sign of the End
and
The Core Concept


Myth 32b. A 'DAY' IN THE BIBLE MEANS A YEAR to top of page
This
error grew into a fallacy in the early 19th century to interpret the 2300 'days' prophecy in Daniel 8:14. At that time, political events in the Middle East had persuaded many that the end was near and so some tried to find in Daniel 8 a way to calculate an end-date. Justification was sought in Ezekiel 4, who was performing a symbolic act and which has no bearing at all on the language of Daniel.
• This fallacy developed from ignorance of two factors:
1.  
The word translated 'days' in Daniel 8 in translations of the time and subsequently misunderstood as representing 'years' is the common phrase "evenings and mornings" ('erev and vô'ker) and simply means a twenty-four-hour period. This is reinforced in Scripture by the angel of God referring to this 2300-day prophecy as the vision of the "evenings and mornings" (Dan.8:26).
2.
This prophecy had already been wonderfully fulfilled exactly to-the-day when Judas the Hasmonian cleansed the Jerusalem Sanctuary from Seleucid sacrileges. This event has been celebrated ever since every year in December by Jews around the world.
 This ignorance was exacerbated at the time by the sad ignorance in the Christian Church of the Hidden Time, referred to in our New Testament (Ephesians 3:6, 9-10; Colossians 1:26-27), which splits Daniel's seventieth 'week' prophecy (leaving 1260 days of witness under Antichrist still to be fulfilled), and was hidden from all prophets and angels until revealed through the gift of the Spirit to God's people at Pentecost.
• This fallacy became a Satanic deception which gave rise to both the Seventh-day Adventist and the Jehovah Witnesses movements, and has continued to damage the Christian witness in this world by public misrepresentation of end-time Bible prophecy. (See: Chronology of Confusion).

See Also:
Hellenization
and
'2300 Evenings and Mornings'


Myth 33.  CHRIST MAY RETURN AT ANY MOMENT to top of page
No!
He made His return contingent on the completion of the great task (Matt.24:14), and how some squirm to get around that! Before then it cannot happen, but when this task is completed then, and only then, will His disciples see the Sign that the time of His return has come (24:15).
• For this reason the apostle Peter, who had asked Jesus about the time of His return as they sat on Olivet, said that our obedience "hastens" that Day (2 Pet.3:12) of completed obedience and fulfilled testimony.

 
Myth 34.  GOD HAS FIXED THE TIME OF THE END to top of page
No.
Jesus said, concerning the End, that His Judean disciples must pray to influence at which season of the year and which day of the week the End begins (read Matt.24:20).
• Thus, because the time is affected by human behaviour, it is not and cannot be fixed. Of course it is known to God (obviously), but it is NOT fixed!
• Neither does God have a 'time-table' as Jack van Impe claims (secret, or mysteriously interwoven in Holy Scripture for 'professionals' to disclose) for our time. See 33 above!

See:
Chronology of Confusion


Myth 35.  THE HOLY SPIRIT RESTRAINS ANTICHRIST to top of page
This
misunderstanding of 2 Thess.2 has been possible because of Paul's concern not to mention in writing the identity of the restraint on Antichrist's lawless coming.
• He had told the Thessalonian Christians personally but did not wish to write it, probably because it would be misinterpreted by Roman authorities and precipitate persecution of the Christians. (See Myth 36)

See:
'Apostasia' Sign

Myth 36.  THE HOLY SPIRIT LEAVES AT THE RAPTURE to top of page
He,
the Spirit, has not ever come to this world, therefore, He the omnipresent One, cannot leave! He came to the Church and only the Church, that is – into a relationship that made Christ's disciples into one spiritual body.
• The idea that the Holy Spirit somehow "leaves" comes from misunderstanding Paul's deliberately vague statement concerning Antichrist's coming, that "he who restrains" will do so "until he is taken out of the way" (2 Thess.2:6-7). The Holy Spirit can NEVER be "taken out of the way" for He is Lord in the Church (2 Cor.3:17).

See:
'Apostasia' Sign


Myth 37.  ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT IS SATANIC to top of page
This
view is a confused reaction to the Bible prophecies of Antichrist's world-wide tyranny. It ignores the important New Testament truth that Christ's first coming was when circumstances were ripe (Gal.4:4). That unique situation in world history of the Pax Romana (the peace of the empire founded by Augustus) underlies the amazingly rapid spread of Christianity. The common language (Hellenistic Greek) and Roman law and order with its range of beneficial effects in travel and commerce, created a climate in which Christianity flourished in spite of opposition from Jewish communities and later from Roman authorities.
• It is likely therefore, that the wisdom of God will use similar means to brings to conclusion the Gospel task that began in such a marvelous manner. That Antichrist usurps this world wide authority, does not detract from the political fact that the prophet Daniel so emphasized – the Lord raises up and the Lord puts down politically, whomsoever HE will!

See:
European Union


The Apostasia Sign

Myth 38.  NATIONALISM IS GOOD to top of page
As
part of apocalyptic alarmism over a 'new world order' or one-world government (as the tool of Antichrist), nationalism has sometimes been presented, or implied in contrast, as the true God-given political order. But Nationalism is only an 18th century development!
 
• For 15 centuries Christianity believed in the secular ideal of a universal world-state. It is only from the end of the 18th century that civilization was considered to be based on nationality or the nation-state. Nationalism, while helping to unite people for good or evil, has also helped disintegrate empires (Hapsburg, Ottoman, etc.), develop democratic freedoms, and even ruinously destabilize primitive societies.
• But it bears NO divine mandate! Worse: when nationalism is combined with religion, such as religious Zionism, it easily becomes an instrument of cruel oppression, that has the potential to outdo Hitler in its marshalling of resources against competitor groups.
• The 'Pax Romana' of one-world government (from Caesar Augustus to Caesar Aurelius), under which New Testament Christianity spread with such amazing speed, was a God-given environment comprehended under the Bible's expression – "fullness of time" (Gal.4:4). Today, with modern technology facilitating travel and communication, and international organizations striving for greater freedom in trade and travel, and the protection of human rights, our world is moving to an even larger fulfillment of this same 'fullness of time' – certainly for the completion of what Christ began in the 1st century. (Upon this hangs other end-time issues, and not vice versa).
• A clue as to how God thinks on nationalism is how He structured Israel: preventing the tribes from coalescing so that there was a built-in regional brake on the development of one central authority, which unchecked always leads to the exaggeration and abuse of national identity.
• Nationalism unchecked has proved to be a very poisonous root in human history, responsible for Hutu massacres in Rwanda, Serbian massacres in Bosnia, etc. For the Bible believing Christian, in Christ there is no Jew, Greek, or Scythian, or any other division of humanity!

See:
The Victim
Mentality Cycle
Myth 39.  A CASH-LESS SOCIETY IS SATAN'S PLAN to top of page
Distrust
toward anything new is common. Telephones were initially condemned as a possible threat to public order if bored housewives spread gossip. Forks for eating were condemned as a worldly invention, and are still avoided in Islam today. Similarly, a superstitious fear of a federal world-government will tend to see improvements in world commerce as part of an Antichrist system. But neither fear of nor faith in conspiracy is a Christian attitude. It smells of unbelief! Our God reigns!

 
Myth 40.  DEMONS FEAR HOLY SYMBOLS to top of page
Demons
ONLY fear what deserves to be feared – God Himself. They would like us to become bound by superstitious practice and will therefore perform accordingly to convince us of 'power' in things. The power of God flows through FAITH, not through things religious or otherwise. Therefore, the acts of faith in God, that express God's gracious caring – terrify the enemy.

 
Myth 41.  SATAN CANNOT UNDERSTAND 'TONGUES' to top of page
The
effectiveness of praying in 'tongues' (1 Cor.14:5) does NOT lie in Satan's ignorance. 'Tongues' is simply prayer that is not limited by human understanding, that is – prayer prayed by the believer, but designed by the Holy Spirit. Of course Satan understands it! The Bible says that 'tongues' is simply the languages of men and of angels (1 Cor.13:1) and Satan is ignorant of neither.

 
Myth 42.  CHRISTIANS SHOULD 'PLEAD THE BLOOD' to top of page
The
'Blood' refers to the sacrifice of Christ for our sins. This is a completed sacrifice which cannot ever be repeated or added to, and should not be confused with the continuance of Christ's suffering in His church, that is – the cost of obeying God (Col.1:24).
• If to 'plead the Blood' means to come to God with faith in the merits of that Ultimate Offering, that is good. But, if it means repeating a spiritual formula against demonic influences, then it is as meaningless, deceptive and as silly as using the sign of the Cross to dispel evil.

 
Myth 43.  ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IS DEMONIC to top of page
Superstition
and occult practice are commonly associated with people's needs, otherwise they would have less appeal to people. So their occurrence in 'healing arts' is to be expected. However, 'alternative' often simply describes what is not based on scientifically verified medicine. When Isaiah the prophet applied a herbal remedy to Hezekiah (Isa.38:21) it was certainly not a demonic practice. It was folk medicine.
• Even when superstition and occult ideas colour 'alternative' medical procedures it often simply exploits qualities and truths that are not yet understood, such as Jacob visually affecting the quality of sexual reproduction among the flocks of his father-in-law (Gen.30:37-43).

 
Myth 44.  INDIGENOUS RELIGIOUS CURIOS CAN BE DEMONIC to top of page
Demons
have absolutely no interest in objects other than to impress and affect people. As much as an object may reflect the beliefs of its makers it may represent what is demonically inspired, or to another it may represent wonderful memories of a world tour. BUT the object itself has NO spiritual effect whatsoever other than its psychological association in the mind of its owner.
• The Bible is very clear that there is nothing that is unclean "in itself" but only because of the one who "thinks" it is unclean (Rom.14:14-18).

See:
Animist Deception in Christ's Church Today


Myth 45.  SATAN SPECIALLY ATTACKS CHRISTIAN MARRIAGES to top of page
It is
not marriage that is Satan's target, per se. It is relationships, whether these be legal, customary, or otherwise!
• For all its precious special character, marriage does not exist in God's sight other than as a relationship. The target of the enemy's attack is therefore simply on how we treat each other. Remember:
love is owed, but trust is not – it is earned!

See:
Man & Woman in Marriage


Myth 46.  VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, etc. to top of page
Eternal virgin? Born sinless? Heavenly intercessor?
'Mary, mother of God, pray for us ...' is a common call in church liturgies. This entrenched fallacy grew up from error in the churches of the Roman empire, into its fullest refinement in the Roman Catholic church today; with the Church of England (Episcopal/Anglican) and Orthodox churches trailing not far behind.
• The Bible however, knows no such thing! Instead, the Gospel of Matthew says of Joseph's sexual relationship to Mary, plainly and significantly – 
"he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son." (Matt.1:25).
Joseph's sexual abstinence had a time limit! That is what the Bible says! If the Word of God is not misleading, this means that after Christ's birth Joseph and Mary were truly husband and wife in the God-designed manner, that is sexually – she was no longer a virgin!
• The Bible says that the people of Jesus' home town (Nazareth) knew Mary as having four other sons and more than one daughter –
"Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers – James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?
Aren't all his sisters with us?"
(Mat.13:55-56).
• But, Catholic obfuscation of the evidences teaches that Joseph was a widower with children from a previous marriage. This certainly does not fit the rest of what the Bible reports! For instance –
1.
If Joseph had brought children from a previous union into his marriage to Mary they would all have been older than Jesus, and by the time Jesus was around 30 years old they would certainly not have come to him to claim family support as the Bible reports they did! (Mat.12:46-50; Mk. 3:31-35).
2.
Mary herself described God as her Saviour! (Luke 1:47). She knew that she needed His salvation, in contrast to the twisted exaltation of her status in tradition (sinless and ascended).
Small wonder then that Mohammed thought, from his contact with Christianity (Syrian Orthodox in particular), that Mary was part of the Trinity, and therefore pronounced curses upon the idea that God had sex with Mary to produce Jesus as the Son of God. (Mohammad was not anti-Christian. He sincerely believed that he was thereby protecting the holiness of God among his followers).
Mary, like all faithful believers, rests today in the mercy of Christ her Saviour, with all her deceased fellow Christians.
• Christ alone is our intercessor! No one has more mercy than Jesus! No-one has access to God as Jesus has! Therefore to call upon Mary is to dishonour Christ!
• Remember, of Jesus the Holy Bible says –
"His mother said to the servants, Whatever He says to you, do." (Jn.2:5).

See:
Isaiah's 'Virgin' Prophecy


Myth 47.  MASS IS THE EATING OF CHRIST to top of page
This
error uses the Bread-of-Life words of Jesus, spoken to unbelievers, to mislead Christians:
namely –
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you..." (John 6:52-58).
The misinterpretation and misapplication of this passage has given the Roman Catholic church organization great power over its adherents. Excommunication has been presented as exclusion from the Mass and therefore from 'salvation', rather than simply exclusion from Christian fellowship.
Christ's words are however, self-explanatory! He statement above was followed by His explanation –
"As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father,
so whoever feeds on Me, he also will live because of Me."
(John 6:57).
The Bread of Life metaphor is demonstrated in Christ's own dependent behaviour toward His Father as the pattern of how we also should feed upon Him. This has nothing at all to do with the Mass other than its symbolic portrayal!
• It is a way-of-life that Jesus expresses in terminology that was deliberately designed to offend Jewish unbelievers (drinking blood, etc.) to whom it was spoken. Remember, the Christian Church has no absolute other than that which Christ the lord of His Church has spoken.

 
Myth 48.  SUNDAY IS THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH to top of page
God
set apart the seventh day for rest (not religion) and this Genesis teaching for all humanity was incorporated into Israel's national covenant at Sinai, summarized in the Ten Commandments. Confusion of the Sabbath with Sunday received its impetus when Roman emperor Constantine set apart Sunday (Roman courts and other government functions closed) for two reasons –
1. 
He liked to think of his own glorious victory and beneficence as represented in the sun (hence 'Sun'-day); and,
2. 
To win support of the large number of Christians within his empire who met each first day of the week (Sunday) to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
• This Christian custom, of meeting on the 'Sunday' (a work day) to worship Jesus, arose from its Jewish background in both the Jewish religious festivals of 'First Fruits' (ביכורים, Bikkurim) and that of 'Weeks' (שבועות, Shavuot, Pentecost). Both these festivals were held on the first day of the week (Sunday) and both found spiritual fulfillment in the mission of Jesus: 'First Fruits' in the resurrection of Jesus (I Cor.15:4,20,23), and 'Weeks' in Christ's gift of the Holy Spirit to all His people.
• Prophetically, Psalm 118:22-24 calls on all believers to celebrate Messiah's resurrection:
"This is the day the Lord has made;
 let us rejoice and be glad in it."
[Jesus' resurrection day]
[this First day of the week]
Accordingly, early Christians met to worship their resurrected Lord on the first day of the week and to encourage each other (1 Cor.16:2).
• Sunday never was a day of rest in itself, but the necessary principle of one day of rest in seven remains even for us today as part of God's natural design, just as much as God's design of marriage (Gen.2:24) remains for us today and neither are religious issues.

See:
Sabbath Observance


Myth 49.  THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ARE A GUIDE TO LIVING to top of page
Given
as the representative core of God's unique covenant with Israel (Ex.20:2-17;Deut.5:6-21), the Ten Commandments summarize a moral code with its roots in humanity's origins and are reflected to some degree in common moral awareness world-wide (Rom.2:14-15). But they add nothing to the character of the Christian life – absolutely nothing!
• For the Church ever to have fallen back on Israel's moral code for its own morality only reflects the desperate poverty of a church's spirituality.
• Christian character is drawn from Christ alone. Nothing less than this is Christian! The whole moral law of Israel, which is summarized under total love for God and love for others as much as for oneself, is fully superceded in Christ by the instruction to follow Christ's example in loving more than we love ourselves –
"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, you should also love one another." (Jn.13:34)
"As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you; continue in My love." (Jn.15:9)
"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (Jn.15:12)
By this we have known the love of God, because He laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers." (1Jn.3:16).
It is this character, and nothing less than this, that has the persuasive power of authentic Christianity.
"By this all shall know that you are My disciples, if you have love toward one another." (Jn.13:35).
And the apostle Paul explains the change from the old to this new ethic in contrast to the old as –
"But now we having been set free from the Law, having died to that in which we were held,
so that we serve in newness of spirit and not in oldness of the letter."
(Rom.7:6).
"...realizing that the Law is not intended for a righteous person, but for lawless and rebellious people, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers..." (1Tim.1:9).

See:
Ten Commandments Morality
Myth 50.  JOB's SUFFERING WAS CAUSED BY HIS UNBELIEF to top of page
This
idea is justified from Job's words –
"For the thing which I greatly feared has come upon me" (Job 3:25).
Spawned in the Faith Movement, this twisting of Holy Scripture robs the believer of the whole message of the Book of Job. Blaming Job for his calamities is precisely his three 'miserable comforters' attitude – which God completely condemns.
"The LORD said ... 'My wrath is kindled against you and your two friends. For you have not spoken of Me what is right,
as My servant Job has.'"
(Job 42:7).
• The message of this book is that God's rule or kingdom on earth is not based on what people get from it, its benefits, in contrast to Satan's rule which is based on selfishness. God's people do not serve Him because they are bribed by His blessings (1:11;2:5). God demonstrates this by allowing Satan to strip Job of everything that made his life worth living – and still Job keeps his integrity before God.
• In the midst of his devastating calamities, Job says of God –
"Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him". (Job 13:15).
This is the man of whom God said, before he was put to the test –
"there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man,
one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?"
(Job 1:8).
This is the man of whom God said, in the midst of his suffering –
"there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man,
one that feareth God, and escheweth evil and still he holdeth fast his integrity,
although thou [Satan] movedst Me against him, to destroy him without cause."
(Job 2:3).
So 'without cause' means Job did not deserve what happened to him, for any cause!
• The powerful message of the Book of Job is that God's kingdom or rule is not based on selfishness – what benefits it brings to its citizens, as Satan's rule is. The moral foundation of God's rule over this universe is the real issue, not why good men suffer! The sad damage by the Faith Movement's misinterpretation of this Book is to rob God people of an understanding of the foundation of God's rule. God does not rule our universe because He made it and so it is simply a personal possession. God does not rule our universe because He is stronger or most clever or most organized, either in theological terms of omnipotent, omniscient, or omnipresent, or any other. The foundation of God's Throne – His right to rule – which is the heart of Satan' challenge, is righteousness and justice –
"Equity and justice are the foundation of Your throne." (Ps.89:14; 97:2).
The Book of Job portrays the clash of kingdoms, Satan's and God's, at their ethical roots! A bigger canvas of reality there could not be.

 
Myth 51.  BEFORE THE FLOOD THE EARTH HAD ONE CLIMATE to top of page
But
the Bible says –
"And the LORD God planted a garden..., and there He put the man whom He had formed.
And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food..."
(Gen.2:8-9).
For this first human couple, God had planted a special garden, a specially watered garden! Why?
• Because the whole earth was not a garden. It did not have an equitable climate. It was often hostile, from the beginning. Its life-forms would need to be subdued (Gen.1) and brought under dominion by those who were made in the Creator's mage to represent Him.
• Remember, in the way God has made our world, climate is the main determinator of vegetation. Therefore God's special action in Eden in contrast to the rest of the planet is a statement to be taken seriously concerning earth's original state.

See:
'Genesis Prologue'


Myth 52.  CHRIST'S INCARNATION MADE THE LAND/EARTH SACRED to top of page
This
myth came from the effort of Christianity in its first centuries to counteract the dualism between spirit and matter in Greek philosophical thought. As all spiritual misdirection does, it feeds on half-truths to gain credibility among believers.
• The curse of Gen.3:17-19 was not lifted at Christ's birth. Instead, God tells us that –
"the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now." (Rom.8:20-22).
• This bondage state of the physical world is anticipatory of its deliverance at Christ's return, and only then. Our own bodies are in the same state, but the gift of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost has given us a foretaste of the future by making our physical bodies to be a temple of the Spirit, a physical place where our world can meet God, who dwells in the believer (1Cor.6:13-20; Heb.6:4-5).
• However, national churches which have historically aligned themselves with the culture of their mother-country have sometimes fallen into this error in foreign missions (in a sincere attempt to bridge the cultural bias inherent in their own church identity) by presenting Christ's incarnation as a bridge between God and the physical world to make the land sacred, in view of the sacralizing of nature in most pagan belief systems.
• It is nevertheless a form of syncretism which violates Holy Scripture and misleads the believer!



See:
Animism in Christ's Church
today



See:
The Foretaste
Myth 53.  THERE IS POWER IN SPEAKING THE WORD to top of page
Quoting
the Word of God asserts the truth, as Jesus did; and gearing our faith to that truth makes us an instrument of the Holy Spirit's authority. Praise God!
• But, the exaggeration of this to the level that the Faith Movement has now done, particularly in the USA, is a deception of no more value than a placebo effect at best, and at worst has opened the door to the kind of arrogant corruption in the example that follows.
• In evangelist Kenneth Copeland's public teaching (that Christ entered Hell after His death to conquer Satan as part of our Atonement, which is utter nonsense) he perversely claims inspiration for his twisted teaching, as follows –
“The Spirit of God spoke to me and He said,
    ‘Son, realize this. Now follow Me in this and don’t let your tradition trip you up.’ He said, ‘Think this way – a twice-born man whipped Satan in his own domain.’
And I threw my Bible down...like that. I said, ‘What?’
    He said, ‘A born-again man defeated Satan, the Firstborn of many brethren defeated him.’
    He said, ‘You are the very image, the very copy of that One.’
I said, ‘Goodness, gracious sakes alive!’ And I began to see what had gone on in there, and I said, ‘Well now you don’t mean, you couldn't dare mean, that I could have done the same thing?’
    He said, ‘Oh yeah, if you’d had the knowledge of the Word of God that He did, you could have done the same thing, ‘cause you’re a reborn man too.”
(Tape #00-0202 “Substitution and Identification”, side 2, emphasis mine).
• This false teaching of Copeland's –
'you could have done the same thing' as Jesus 'if you had the knowledge of the Word of God that He did'
– makes a mockery of a central New Testament teaching that our spiritual authority is specifically and only in the Lord's name:
"whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Col.3:17).
• Christ's defeat of Satan was because of His proven sinlessness, not from a special technique of using Scripture quotations! Jesus simply did not yield to temptation as Adam did and we have all done. Therefore, in Christ alone we are more than conquerors! And therefore also we are more than conquerors.
• Consequently this honour, this liberty, is unearned and open to every believer, even the most ignorant who have perhaps never even possessed a copy of God's precious written Word (as is likely in some parts of our world), let alone had an opportunity to memorize it. Hallelujah!

Also –
James 5:14;
2 Thess.3:6.



Myth 54.  CHRISTIANS MUST ALWAYS FORGIVE to top of page
  Our
act of forgiving others is meant to reflect God, who does not forgive without repentance. The Bible clearly does not teach forgiveness without repentance, and confusion on this issue arises from a failure to understand God as our role-model.
• Apart from 'new age' sentiment, this mistaken idea derives from misunderstanding Christ's command to love our enemies; and the apparent only alternative to 'forgiveness' of otherwise carrying hate or resentment toward those who hurt us. Rick Warren, for all the good in his book 'The Purpose Driven Life', confuses forgiveness with letting-go-of-the-past (2002:143). Confusing resentment, a desire to retaliate, with the need to forgive the offender is understandable, but also unbiblical regardless of misleading quotes out of context.
• Sometimes even the words of the so-called Lord's Prayer are quoted "forgive us as we forgive others" as though this implied un-conditionality, but this statement assumes acquaintance with God and so inherently carries a prescribed repentance (turning away from the sin/offence) and is therefore decidedly not unconditional for we do not set the factors involved. To imply that is dangerously ignorant arrogance!
• No one loves more than God Himself loves. Christ demonstrated that. We are called to carry the Lord's own attitude toward all, and God Himself does not always forgive! In addition, for us to forgive on God's behalf while that person continues to sin is to defile the very concept of God's forgiveness.
• Forgiveness requires real repentance (not simply being sorrowful or regretful of the consequences). Repentance means an internal turning away from that which caused the offence. This essential precondition to giving forgiveness applies to every Christian as much as it applies to God Most High. Forgiveness that allows destructive behaviour to continue is not love and therefore is not of God!
• This does not mean that we carry anger, hurt, or resentment against a person, as Warren assumes, until that person repents. No! Turning the 'other cheek' means simply refusing to be their Judge. It means passing all judgment over to God, the only one worthy to judge, and so continuing to walk in God's wisdom and loving care toward that same person.
• Even among Christians, although, for the inadvertent and minor issues in others that offend us, we are to ask forgiveness of God on their behalf, there are other issues (issues which contradict Christian character) for which we are not to pray for forgiveness –
"If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask,
and God will give him life – to those who commit sins that do not lead to death.
There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray
[for forgiveness] for that."
Full repentance (which is a direction-change on the issue concerned) must precede forgiveness, just as the sinning Christian in 1 Cor.5:5 needed first to repent or physically die. Christian forgiveness, as representing the life of God in Jesus Christ, is never unconditional.

Rick Warren's Error!








1 John 5:16.






Myth 55.  ONE NATION UNDER GOD to top of page
  This
is an evangelical call that seems so right! But, subtly implicit in this for many Christians is an assumption that people groups can adopt a Christian identity. To think of people in terms of their national or cultural group is natural, but this has no place whatsoever in Christian identity, no matter how traditional this thinking may have become.
• When the Word of God says –
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus"
(Gal.3:28),
it is saying no to any form of group distinction. Neither socio-cultural, economic, nor gender distinction has any place in the Christian identity, which God gives individually and in newness to all those who believe. This truth applies as much to racial, geographic and political groups as to any.
• In other words, our group or national identity simply cannot be Christianised as distinct from other groups! Our group or national identity may even be dominantly Christian but, unlike the religions of this world, it never 'owns' a Christian identity. It is for this reason that baptism can never be coerced, in spite of this kind of atrocious behaviour in European history. Nor can nationalism be augmented by Christianity, as various rulers have tried to do, and which Satan has then used to motivate other national-religions (Islam/Hinduism/Buddhism) to use political/military force to oppose Christianity.
• Human group-identity in various forms can be a powerful motivating factor, whether thought of as nationalism, patriotism, or racism, and it often damagingly blunts sensitivity to those of another group, but even more seriously, it allows the divisions or distinctions of this world to affect the relationships among God's precious multi-national people, and as such it is a corrupting influence.
• There can be no distinction of any kind among God's people under the name Christian, anywhere, ever! The Christian Church is by its nature multi-national.
• Note! America's national founders such as: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Wilson, and Hu Williamson were all personally Deists, not even Theists, let alone Christians.

See: America's Christian
Identity Myth

CURRENT
The disrespect with which many Americans speak of their leaders without correction by their Christian churches indicates that as-a-nation they are not "under" anything in regard to God. (Ex.22:28). This rebuke specifically includes the lies of self-promoting 'Dr' Jack Van Impe and his TV wife who prostitute Christianity for personal gain, with among their many misrepresentations, the character assassination of their President Obama and irresponsible lies about the essence of Islam!
Myth 56.  BEFORE ADAM SINNED THERE WAS NO DEATH. to top of page
  This
fallacy arose from ignoring the Bible's teaching about the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden (Gen.2:9; 3:22-24). Adam was given the Tree of Life before he sinned, and was only denied access after he sinned.
• Why was he denied access after he sinned? So that he would age and die just like the rest of the world of which he was part! In other words, our first parent's exemption-from-death lapsed when they disobeyed the One whom they had been formed to represent.
• Before Adam sinned he had access because he needed access – to negate the natural process of aging, death and decay; a count-down process design-built into every cell of the human body at chromosomal level. It is the process which ultimately produces the fertile top soil of our world. God's design is beautiful, but Adam was exempted from this process of aging and death because he was to represent God (made 'in His image') and therefore to exercise control or 'dominion' over all on God's behalf.
• His failure to learn the lesson of self-control in the Garden resulted in guilt ('knowledge of good and evil') and in consequence he lost access to the Tree of Life, even though he later became a believer after God's intervention and promise concerning the woman Adam had blamed (naming his wife 'mother of life' before she had become a mother).
• The general fallen state of nature (Gen.3:17-19) results from God's judgment being declared over Adam's field of responsibility (the earth and all its life forms) as a result of his sin, therefore all is out of balance, even the physical body of every Spirit-filled Christian, until Christ returns to end the dominion of Satan (Rom.8:19-23). This is not the origin of death except in humanity by loss of its exemption. Therefore this is represented by 'thorns and thistles' and 'pain' in natural processes such as child-birth. 'Death' as an indicator of sin's existence is only true concerning humanity.

Unfortunately, this error is mixed in with the good in the Creation Museum, and in Answers in Genesis and consequently tends to discredit the Bible with those who do not know better.
Myth 57.  GOD THE FATHER IS THE CREATOR to top of page
  This
error arose from seeing the Trinity of God as an eternal hierarchy.
• In the night of His betrayal, Jesus taught His disciples in His prayer to the Father that He had shared the glory of the Father 'before the world was' (Jn.17:5). That is – the act-of-creation was Christ's self-humbling step-down; which the Bible repeatedly teaches was the personal and direct work of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (Jn.1:3,10; Col.1:16). Before this Creation event then, Jesus shared fully in all the glory that was with the Father.
• Thus, the One we today call God the Father only became the Father in His relation to Christ and therefore to us (and accordingly the Judicial head over all things) when Infinite Jesus humbled Himself in bringing the dimensions of time and place into existence, within which He created all that exists. This self-humbling began Christ's sonship in relation to His Father. Christ is directly the Creator through this self-humbling, as distinct from the rest of God's being. Thus the Father is only indirectly the Creator, through His Son.
• Hence, it is Christ who walked in the Garden with Adam and Eve, lunched with Abraham (Jn.8:56), and it was Christ who gave the Ten Commandments on Sinai (Ex.19:20). And, when God's purpose in Creation is fulfilled, the Lord Jesus will become again as He was before all things, co-infinite and so beyond time or place. Hallelujah!
• Some have deceptively or unthinkingly quoted Proverbs 8 as though it spoke of Jesus before time helping God the Father create (such as Jehovah's Witnesses allege we teach). This is not true! It is simply Wisdom personified as a woman"then I [wisdom] was beside Him, like a master workman, and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always" (Prov.8:30). In Proverbs, Wisdom is thus personified as a good woman and Foolishness as a prostitute. This message, about the desirability of wisdom, in no way is meant to represent the internal life of the eternal infinite being of the Holy Trinity of God. Perish the thought!

See:
A Biblical
Structure of History
Myth 58.  THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH REPRESENTS CHRIST TO THE WORLD to top of page
  The
Christian Church is 'Christ' in this world. It does not represent Him, it represents the Father – the One upon the Throne, the One whom Christ represented!
• As the continuance of Christ's ministry in the world, the Christian Church represents that which Jesus represented – God the Father. Why this is very significant is that authority resides only in the One upon the Throne. Which is why Jesus taught us to pray to the Father and not to Himself.
• The Roman Centurion in Capernaum recognised this representative nature of Christ's authority and he therefore had more faith in Jesus than all Israel (Matt.8:9-10, in spite of them having the Old Testament T'nach and the ministry of the prophets). In the same way also today, as Christ's spiritual Body the Christian Church represents the Most High, just as Jesus did – and on the same terms.
• Before the Throne, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ represents us collectively – so that His people (enabled by the same Holy Spirit as Jesus was enabled) may represent God the Father here on earth today.
• This distinction is very significant regarding the essential authority of Christ's Church in this present world. Hence the Centurion, in a representative military relationship himself, recognised the representative nature of Christ's own authority, and brought joy to the heart of Jesus.

See: The Church
Myth 59.  BAPTISM MAKES YOU A MEMBER OF THE LOCAL CHURCH to top of page
  If it
were true, it would be true of the Ethiopian court official whom Philip baptised at the roadside in Gaza (Ac.8:39), but it is not. Baptism is part of the ministry of evangelism. It is linked directly to the conversion event.
• The history of Christianity, which confused baptism with infant dedication and turned it into a sacrament of the organised church, created a situation which, in the rediscovery of the Biblical significance of baptism, led to it becoming an act of the local church rather than a purely personal submission to the lordship of Christ under the hand of a fellow believer in identification with the death and resurrection of Jesus.
• As a sad consequence of seeing it as an act of membership, many unnecessary extras have been added, such as examination of personal life-conduct, preparation courses, etc, which undermine baptism's character of being part of the Christian conversion event!

See: Baptism
Myth 60.  CREMATION IS A PAGAN PRACTICE to top of page
  Yes,
so is burial of the body. Both forms have a pagan history and associated pagan ritual. But the implication of the statement in Christian circles is that Christians should therefore not cremate their dead.
• That idea has no Biblical foundation. Instead, the Bible speaks positively of the valiant men who cremated ('burned') the bodies of King Saul (first king of Israel) and his sons at Jabesh (1 Samuel 31:12).
• In no sense whatsoever does the Bible condemn the practice of cremation. Christians burned at the stake for their faithfulness to God pose no problem to the Holy Spirit in turning scattered ash into resurrection glory at Christ's return!
• Unfortunately some Christians have been sincerely mislead by certain preachers who ludicrously teach that the cellular DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) in your bones is destroyed by cremation and that therefore you will have no part in the coming resurrection at Christ's return, twisting God's condemnation of Moab in Amos (2:1) for burning the bones of the king of Edom's corpse to humiliate that nation, as though it were a condemnation of cremation. That is deceitful handling of Holy Scripture.
Perhaps Martin Luther was right when he said, what the Bible does not condemn, neither should we.

Myth 61.  'SON OF MAN' IS A MESSIANIC TITLE to top of page
  Son
of Man is not and never has been a Messianic title! This myth began with scholars thinking they had found a Jewish pre-Christian document in the fraudulent Parables or Similitudes of the Ethiopic Book of Enoch. To thinking persons however, who knew and believed their Bible, it should have been clear from the beginning that the Lord Jesus Christ did not think it was a Messianic title when, using it frequently publicly to refer to Himself, we are told –
"He strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that He was the Christ [Messiah]" (Matt.16:20).
This is the Jesus whose favourite way of referring to Himself was as 'son of man'. In the Jewish context of His coming, both in the Hebrew and in the Aramaic (common language of the people at that time) the term 'son of man' is simply a synonym for 'human person' and the Lord used it to emphasise His identification with the people, that is – His human nature; not His uniqueness!
• The fallacy of its messianic nature has robbed many Christians of an understanding of the authority of their restored humanity in Jesus Christ. For instance, Jesus said –
"The Sabbath was made for man [humanity],
not man
[humanity] for the Sabbath.
Therefore the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath
". (Mark 2:27-28)
If 'son of man' meant 'messiah' then the Bible verse – "God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind" (Deut.23:19), like a 'son of man', would then mean that the messiah is not to be trusted.
Curse the thought!
Remember, capital letters to designate a title are not in the original text. They are only the opinion of the translator/s.
  By
making the term 'son of man' to be the title of a 'unique' person, the message of Christ's teaching in this statement is destroyed.
• Jesus is saying that because the Sabbath was designed for human benefit therefore He, Jesus, has authority over the use of the Sabbath. In other words, it is His human identity as God meant us all to be, and not His uniqueness, which in God's sight gave Him authority concerning the use of the Sabbath. And He spoke these words to the Jewish Pharisees, without their rebuttal, who were regarded as the local experts in Scripture interpretation and did not believe He was the Messiah.
   
• This error has been amplified by a disrespectful use of Scripture in Daniel 7:13, where "one like a son of man" prefigures the character of the coming kingdom of God in contrast to the four animal-empires of history, from Daniel's time to the Messiah (Babylon to Rome).
• It is not a reference to Jesus Christ, as is so often ignorantly alleged by commentators who should know better. It is the Kingdom of God (7:18) symbolically contrasted with the four 'beast'-empires; just as the Daniel 2 parallel prophecy of the same history contrasts four 'metal'-empires to the 'rock mountain' of God's Kingdom which will fill the earth. Of course the Kingdom of God comes in Jesus Christ as the only human worthy! But the phrase 'son of man' is not and never has been uniquely attached to Him; rather the very opposite is true, by which He walked in our shoes. Hallelujah!

Myth 62.  ISLAM IS THE ENEMY OF ISRAEL to top of page
  This
myth, fed by such respected Christian writers such as Hal Lindsay, confuses God's promise to Hagar concerning her son by Abraham (about the spread of Arab culture) with the modern religion of Islam. If one's view is determined by our Western media, this error is forgivable, but not if one's claim to understanding is presented as based on the Bible.
"And the angel of the LORD said to her, 'Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael ['God hears'], because the LORD has listened to your affliction [Sarah's bullying]. He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen'." (Gen.16:11-12).
This awesome prophecy describes the wild nomadic nature of the Arab tribes descended from Ishmael whose historic homeland would be in the deserts of the Middle East. What is conveniently left out of the picture by Hal Lindsay and others, which impedes this confusion of Arab with Islam, is God's precious later assurance to Abraham –
"As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly.
He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation."
(Gen.17:20).
Abraham understood God's meaning in these words of promise which is usually lost on our modern ears. The number twelve carried a special symbolic significance in Abraham's world and does not refer to Israel's future tribes.
It represents God's ordering or governing, just as the year was divided into twelve moons, or months as we call it today. The number twelve concerning Ishmael meant the same as the number twelve concerning Israel – God would supervise and govern the history of Ishmael's descendants, the Arabs under God's care – for Abraham's sake.
The largest Islamic nation today is Indonesia, who are not Arabs! One of the most vociferous Islamic nations today concerning the conflict between Israel and Palestine is Iran, who are not Arabs!
The deliberate blurring of this issue among modern Christian writers, in an attempt to explain Islam's general hostility toward the State of Israel, is a public shame upon the Christian Church in its mission to Muslim communities around the world and needs to be repented of!
For most of Christian history, Islam has been good news to Jews, as a refuge from 'Christian' persecutions. The hostility in modern Islam toward the State of Israel is a direct product of the treatment of Palestinian Arabs in the rise of Zionist nationalism. Zionism had been a belief in the restoration of Israel within its historic homeland under their Messiah – until it was contaminated by the racist nationalisms of Europe in the late nineteenth century to become a political movement. Historically, Jews received better treatment under Islamic regimes than under any 'Christian' rulers, from Byzantine Palestine to the Ottoman Empire.
• Organised terrorism against civilians in the Middle East, so associated today with extremist Islam, really began in August 1937 with Jewish Irgun attacks on Palestinian-Arab civilian buses in response to rioting and mob attacks against Jewish immigration (before the Holocaust), for the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917, so hyped by the Zionist cause, had included – "it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine".
But God is still true to His word to Abraham and, although not part of God's *conditional promise to him concerning the land of Palestine, the people of Ishmael are respected by God for Abraham's sake (and so by all Bible-believing Christians).
Any modern Islamic extremism, or even any aspect of the religion of Islam which arose in Arabia about 2,679 years after the birth of Ishmael, has absolutely nothing to do with God's prophecy to Hagar which He faithfully fulfilled! Praise God!

See:
Jews under Islam & Christianity


See:
Zionist Hostilities



*Genesis 15:16;
Leviticus 25:1,23.




Myth 63.  HEALING IS AN ORDINANCE OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH to top of page
  This
error arises principally from the statement in James 5:14-16 taken out of its context which says –
"Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed..."
 
   
This oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit's anointing of that person anointed. That is, the elders hereby are confessing their acceptance of the spiritual identity of the person they anoint, as being part of Christ. This procedure, in which the sick person initiates the request and the leaders of the congregation respond, is a reconciliation in relationship between the sick person and the congregation. The negative of this is the lack of reconciliation and unity among believers who did not practice this special regard for one another as Christ's Body, as it is expressed in 1 Cor.11:30 –
"That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died."
So, James is not teaching sin-confession to a priest or a church ritual for healing. He is teaching reconciliation by dealing with the prospect of disunity which commonly makes Christian believers vulnerable to disease and premature death by their hardness of heart toward one another. For that reason he says 'therefore confess your sins to one another' (to those you have offended) and 'pray for one another' (practicing caring for each other), to open the way for God's healing to restore the body given to you in which to serve God.

 
Myth 64.  POLYGAMY IS NOT PERMITTED IN CHRIST's CHURCH to top of page
  This
myth has damaged the Christian mission in polygamous societies. Although marriage by divine design is always between one man and one woman for life, God makes it plain in Holy Scripture that polygamy is not regarded as immorality. The ideal remains however, and therefore spiritual leadership among God's people requires both monogamy as well as the obedience of a leader's children (1 Tim.3:2-5), but this standard is not a gateway for admission to salvation in Christ, nor is it a requirement for baptism and fellowship in His Church, for the morality of God does not change from His Old Covenant revelation to the New.
 
   
In the history of Christian mission among both the Zulu (Kwazulu) and the Sotho (Lesotho) peoples in Southern Africa, kings of these respective peoples were rejected from Christian baptism by missionaries because they refused to abandon their many wives in favour of one, a requirement which the respective kings regarded as unethical.
 
   
In Lesotho for instance, two among the hundred wives of king George Moshweshwe (Moshesh) became Christians, but were then refused baptism unless they divorced their husband the king. To his credit the king of Lesotho granted these courageous wives a divorce out of respect for their desire to identify themselves as Christians. This sad foolishness of Christian missionaries resulted from Church traditions not being ruthlessly subjected directly to the text of Holy Scripture, and to Holy Scripture alone!

 
Myth 65.  A CHRISTIAN CANNOT HAVE A DEMON to top of page
  This
myth comes from the false idea of incompatibility-of-presence between the Holy Spirit and a demon. The Scripture usually quoted to support this is that the body of a Christian is the temple of the Holy Spirit, therefore... This view exposes an ignorance both concerning the person of the Holy Spirit, and of the Bible and its context.
 
   
The Bible teaches us that the master of all demons, Satan himself, is the Accuser of God's people before the Throne of God in Heaven itself (Rev.12:10), and this is illustrated for us in chapters one and two of the book of Job. There is no holier place in all this universe than before the Throne of God, and Satan and his unclean spirits (demons) are required to regularly give account before that same Throne with all other angelic beings.
 
    "Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing beside Him on His right hand and on His left; and the LORD said, 'Who will entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?' And one said one thing, and another said another. Then a spirit [demon] came forward and stood before the LORD, saying, 'I will entice him.'
And the LORD said to him, 'By what means?' And he said, 'I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.'
And He said, 'You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do so'.
"
(1 Kings 22:20-22; 2 Chron.18:18-21)
See:
Demon Possession
   
The Christians of Corinth to whom the following 'temple of the Holy Spirit' statement was made did not think that the body of a believer 'contained' the omnipresent Spirit of God. Rather the opposite – that the Holy Spirit simply has rights of ownership over a Christian believer's physical body.
 
    "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?
You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."
(1 Cor.6:19-20)
The statement by Jesus "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer" (Mark 9:29) refers to the spiritual unpreparedness of His own disciples to deal with a more senior demon (the word 'fasting' in Matthew is not part of its original) than they had previously experienced.
   
In their New Testament world, one Greek god such as Zeus may have many temples with a statue of him in each, but Zeus of course lived on 'Mount Olympus'. To these Corinthians then a 'temple' was simply a place which represented a god, it was not the home of a god, nor did it contain the deity. It was simply the appointed place of interaction with that god. It is In this cultural sense of the term that the physical body of every Christian is the place where God Most High is represented to our unbelieving world. Therefore every Christian is exhorted to be 'filled with the Spirit' which, in its context, means to be subject to the controlling influence of the Holy Spirit!
   
Demonic contamination of the body in its psychosomatic experience is far more common than is generally recognised, for the forte of the demonic is deception, at every level. The popular conception of diagnosing the presence of a demon by its bizarre trance-behaviour is simply not true. A demon will usually do all it can to pretend not to be in-house.
   
The presence of a demon is not the primary issue however. It is the moral factor/s which have authorised/allowed contamination by that unclean spirit. Once these are dealt with, the ownership rights of the Holy Spirit in the body of every believer requires the evacuation of that demon, and so the direct assertion of faith (as of a child) in Christ is enough to dislodge the worst, for that area to then be filled with God's desires and appropriate responses to Him.

Myth 66.  SOCIAL RECONCILIATION IS A GOSPEL TASK to top of page
  This
seems so right! What could be wrong with seeing the Christian calling as including social reconciliation within a nation divided by colour, class, culture, and/or past injustices?
 
   
For an essential reason! The Church's message is demonstrated in its identity. The Church does not have a dual role of building national/social reconciliation as well as the redemption of individual souls. It has one message expressed practically in its identity or it is simply not Christian. This is not a narrow-minded approach, for to compromise on this central issue is to undermine the essential character of Christianity. This essential character is described as –
"For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ [as new identity]. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Gal.3:27-28)
See:
The Sign of Identity
   
The temptation to respond to socially perceived needs and become an agent for social change is great for it seems to offer a platform for greater recognition and an increased opportunity for influence, an opportunity for social influence that seems to agree with the character of God's grace and His reconciliation in Jesus Christ. But it betrays the character of the Christian Church!
See:
'One Nation Under God'
   
The Bible makes the strongest statement possible in this regard. Even Christ's Jewishness is to be disregarded in the newness of God's reconciliation. There is no place for group identity of any kind within the Church of Jesus Christ!
 
   
"...we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh [as Jewish],
we regard Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away;
behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them,
and entrusting to us the message of
[this] reconciliation." (2 Cor.5:16-19).
 
   
The usurping of the Christian message by well-intentioned but ignorant agents of social and national reconciliation, is not an adjunct to the work of the Church. It undermines it, and helps obfuscate its character! Failure in this area has led to Christianity becoming nothing more than a religious aspect of society in many parts of our world and thereby tending to invalidate its existence before God.

 
Myth 67.  ADULTERY AND FORNICATION ARE DIFFERENT SINS to top of page
Christ's
own words are the answer to this traditional error –
"But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
(Matthew 5:28)
 
   
This general statement by Jesus does not assume that the woman is married, nor that it only applies to looking at married women, even though today many Christians apply 'adultery' only to a violation of marriage vows and any other sexual transgression as simply 'fornication'.
See:
The Essence of Marriage
   
Translated as 'fornication' in older versions of the Bible and as 'sexual immorality' in later versions, the word πορνεία (porneia) is simply a general term which includes adultery.
 
   
The word μοιχεύω (moicheuō) in our New Testament translated 'adultery' refers directly to illicit sexual intercourse with another person. All adultery therefore is fornication, though not all fornication is adultery if it does not include sexual intercourse.

 
Myth 68.  DAVID COULD NOT BUILD ISRAEL'S TEMPLE BECAUSE HE HAD BLOOD ON HIS HANDS to top of page
  This
common error arises from not understanding why Jerusalem became special to God in the first place; in the time of King Melchizedek whom Abraham honoured (Gen.14:18-20). It was then called Salem, meaning 'peace' because this was the characteristic product of his righteous rule in this small town on a hill in central Canaan. It was not on a trade route, nor was it a strategic control point at that time. Its geography simply does not explain its special significance.
 
   
Remember that Christ, Israel's Messiah, is appointed by God as a priest after the 'order of Melchizedek' (Ps.110:4). In other words, Jesus is not High Priest according to Israel's Jewish 'order of Aaron' (by an inherited priesthood), but He is recognised by God on the same terms/basis as that of Melchizedek – an earned priesthood before God, recognised for his moral character.
 
  Note:
even the reason for Christ's ascent to God from the Mount of Olives, and His future return to that same Mount at His second coming (Zech.14:4), is not incidental. This place is honoured for Melchizedek's sake, for the Bible tells us that, before David's Jerusalem, God was worshiped on that Mount (2 Samuel 15:32). Bible history indicates that this could only have been in the time of faithful Melchizedek. [Note from this therefore: God is faithful to the extent of His ability if we are faithful to the extent of our ability. Think on this! Hallelujah!]
 
   
Therefore, Jerusalem as a place, a geographic locality, will always be special to God. David understood this before he was old enough for his military service in Israel and therefore (even though he lived near Bethlehem) after his killing of Goliath he took the severed head of that giant to Jerusalem city long before that city ever came into Israel's possession (1 Sam.17:54). It is the place that is special (not its use or who owns it) for Melchizedek's sake.
See:
For Melchizedek's Sake
   
King Solomon, who built Israel's temple, was not in any way more righteous than his father David, nor more acceptable to God in any way than his father. It was the state/condition of Jerusalem city that made the difference. God's reference to 'blood' (1 Chron.28:3) is not a reference to David's guilt as is commonly thought. It was simply the violence necessarily associated with war that prohibited David's rule at the time of building! Jerusalem was necessarily at war during the reign of David as he pacified the enemies of Israel.
 
   
Solomon inherited the benefits of his father's wars, as well as David's inspired temple design (1 Chron.28:19) and his accumulation of materials for building the temple (1 Chron.29:2-5). To truly/authentically represent God's name in His temple in Jerusalem, Jerusalem (Uru-Salem) had to necessarily become true to its name of Peace. (This also applies by analogy to the Christian Church).

 
Myth 69.  THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH CANONIZED/AUTHORIZED ITS HOLY SCRIPTURES to top of page
  This
common fallacy points us to decisions of ancient ecumenical synods of the Christian Church as the basis for the authority of Holy Scripture today. These decisions did take place – to remove uncertainty and to rebut objections to certain books included in our Bible, but these decisions did not confer authority of any kind on Holy Scripture as the Bible itself tells us.
 
   
For instance, the Apostle Paul treats the writing of the Greek medical doctor Luke as equal in authority to the writing of Moses which is the basis of our Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, also known as the Jewish Torah. No part of Holy Scripture has been regarded with more authority than the Law or Torah, so to put Luke's Gospel on the same level is a very significant statement –
"For the Scripture says, 'You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,' [Deuteronomy 25:4]
and, 'The laborer deserves his wages'.
[Luke 10:7]" (quoted by Paul in 1 Timothy 5:18).
 
   
Luke's ink was hardly dry on the parchment of his precious Gospel when the Apostle Paul wrote this instruction to Timothy, a leader in the Christian Church. In other words, it did not need time for authoritative Scripture to become authoritative Scripture.
 
   
This truth is further reinforced by the Apostle Peter who tells us that even the direct personal experience of a leading apostle of the Lord Jesus, such as himself, is not as certain and authoritative as Holy Scripture –
"...we ourselves heard this very Voice borne from heaven, for we were with Him on the holy mountain.
And we have something more sure, the prophetic Word, to which you will do well to pay attention
as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,
knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation."
(2 Peter 1:18-20).
See:
How Do We Know?
   
Holy Scripture is given by the Spirit of God to address us with instruction, encouragement and correction as members of Christ's Church. It can therefore never be subject to the Christian Church either through its members or its clergy. This fallacious idea arose from a seriously wrong view of the nature of the Christian Church.

See:
Ultimate Authority
Myth 70.  SATAN LIVES IN HELL to top of page
Jesus
Christ referred to Satan, in His prophecy of end-time judgment, saying –
"Then He [Christ as king] will say to those on His left,
'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels."
(Matthew 25:41)
European Medieval Christianity, without access to the Bible in the language of the people, developed the idea that Satan rules in Hell as though he were a king, sending out his demons to torment and drag unrepentant sinners down to his lair. This is totally devoid of any truth whatsoever.
See:
Satan
   
The Bible teaches instead that Satan's activity is on this planet and that, apart from his management of his (corrupted) angels his most important activity is in Heaven before the judicial throne of God as the Accuser of God's people (Eph.6:12). This is portrayed for our understanding in the first two chapters of the book of Job; and Jesus referred to his ongoing prosecutorial activity when He said to Peter –
"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded [before the Throne] to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,
but I have prayed
[to the Father] for you that your faith may not fail.
And when you have turned again
[repented], strengthen your brothers." (Luke 22:31-32).
 
   
Peter's tendency to presumptuous impetuosity gave Satan a case to use to obtain permission from God to exploit this weakness, and he did. Peter's denial of Christ in the Jewish High Priest's courtyard while Jesus was being interrogated so shamed him when he remembered Christ's warning that the Bible says he went out and wept bitterly at his failure to be faithful (Matt.26:75; Mk.14:72).
 
   
At a yet future time, when God's people have come to spiritual maturity and the full completion of their world mission as the Bible indicates (Matt.24:14;Eph.4:13;Ps.110:1), then Satan's judicial right to appear before the Throne of God will end and he will be forcibly removed (Rev.12:10,12). This precipitates the final time of our age when Satan's activity is confined to this earth and his anger at this produces the worst of all times, as Jesus described it, in all human history of 1260 days ((Matt.24:21-22). (When a limited time is prophesied in Scripture it is to encourage those in that time to endure to its end).
 
   
Satan's angels (demons) do not drag people down to Hell. Hell (the Bible 'Gehenna') is under God's supervision and is only an end of days judgment. Only God's angels take the dead to their appropriate place, which, for the believer, is Christ's presence, and for the unbeliever Hades/the realm of the dead. God rules in all His universe. Satan has no jurisdiction anywhere except under special permission granted by God. Satan is only called the god/ruler of this world (Jn.12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 2 Cor.4:4) because this world listens to his misrepresentations/deceptions.

See:
The Core Concept
Myth 71.  KING MELCHIZEDEK WAS REALLY THE LORD JESUS to top of page
  This
error comes from a shallow approach to the words of Holy Scripture. It arises from a misinterpretation of Hebrews 7. Yet this same chapter's quote of Psalm 110:4 should have prevented this misunderstanding for the careful reader. If this error were true it would mean 'Jesus is a priest forever after the Order of Jesus', which says nothing and is therefore nonsense. This Psalm 110 quote is really saying that in contrast to the inherited priesthood of the Order of Aaron, the priesthood of Israel's Messiah would be an earned priesthood before God, just as godly Jebusite-king Melchizedek was recognised by God as a priest on behalf of his people (Gen.14:18).
See:
For Melchizedek's Sake
   
The passage in Hebrews 7 which gives rise to this error is not describing history. It is describing the text of Genesis! In that Genesis passage no genealogy or descendants of Melchizedek are listed, nor is his birth or origin, for that had no bearing on the character of his priesthood. This is then used, including his throne-name and city-name, as spiritual metaphors for Christ's priesthood.
 
   
It is true that the Lord Jesus visited our planet on special occasions before his incarnation into our humanity through Mary. It was Jesus and two angels that had a meal with Abraham, which Christ refers to in John.8:56 as described in Genesis 18. Jesus appeared to Joshua before he faced his first big leadership test outside Jericho as described in Joshua 5:13-15, and so on. But Melchizedek was king of the Jebusite city of Salem, with citizens who paid their taxes to him. This was certainly not a special appearance of the Holy Son of God from Heaven. The Bible needs to be treated with greater reverence for its own context, if its exposition is to be honest.

 
Myth 72.  THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT IS CHRIST'S NEW COVENANT STANDARD to top of page
  In
His Sermon on the Mount, Christ corrected the traditional interpretation of Israel's Covenant. He introduced nothing more than God had always required of every Israelite since the founding of their nation at Sinai. Christ's New Covenant was only introduced after the Old was abolished in His death –
"...in His flesh... abolishing the Law of commandments ...so making peace [with God],
and might reconcile us both
[Jew & Gentile] to God in one body through the Cross..." (Ephesians 2:13-16)
 
   
Christ's Sermon on the Mount, as recorded in Matthew, corrected the traditional teachings of Israel's religious leaders at that time (Scribes and Pharisees), which are today reflected in the Jewish Talmud. This is why Jesus did not start each of His corrections of Old Covenant exposition with a contrastive 'it is written', as He did when quoting Holy Scripture (e.g. Matt.21:13), but rather with the words – 'you have heard it said'. Jesus was not improving on Holy Scripture under some superior covenant standard, as is sometimes foolishly asserted!
 
   
Jesus' correction of these Pharisaic interpretations of Scripture showed that the violation of God's commandments to Israel lay in the motive of the heart and not in the method of their behaviour in technicalities of conduct –
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But [in contrast] I say to you
that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
(Matthew 5:27)
Christ was neither contradicting nor adding to the so-called 'Old Covenant' that God had instituted with Israel under Moses at Sinai. He was publicly correcting the interpretation/exposition/exegesis thereof by the teachers of that Law. Christ Himself fulfilled all requirements of that Law to its fullest (Matt.5:17), that He might become the Lamb of God on our behalf as a sacrifice for sin. This fulfilling of the Law in Christ is not a reference to fulfilling of prophecy or typology as Lamb of God in His sacrifice for sin, but in His demonstrably sinless life under that Old Covenant Law – as all Israelites ought to have done.
See:
Law Versus Grace
   
There is no law in the New Covenant but love, shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us; the very love of God Himself (Rom.5:5).

 
Myth 73.  WE ARE ALL BORN UNCLEAN BEFORE GOD to top of page
  This
error has its origin in the old pagan dualism between spirit and matter in ancient Greek philosophy. It is not Christian. This idea has often used Scripture quotes, such as David's words of contrition over his sin with Bathsheba, in which he says –
"Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." (Psalms 51:5)
This was not an accusation against his mother. This is simply how he felt in his self-abhorrence for his adultery and the murder of her husband when it was exposed by Nathan. It is not God saying it!
 
   
On the contrary, the New Testament speaks to us on this specific issue through the experience of the Apostle Paul. In showing the value of the Law to lead us to repentance but its incompetence to save from sin, he makes the point that before the Law came to him personally, that is before he was taught the commandments as a child (he was raised as a strict Pharisee by a Pharisee father, and so knew the Law from the earliest possible) he was spiritually alive before God.
"I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died." (Romans 7:9)
The illustrative commandment he refers to is "You shall not covet". And he describes that it was his own first awareness/understanding of this commandment that brought its guilt-verdict upon him. Without this knowledge (of right and wrong) he would have continued alive to God in his childhood. In other words, the selfish-nature of human instincts with which we are born cannot condemn us ("For apart from [knowledge of] the law, sin lies dead") until we become aware of responsibility to choose the good. We start off in innocence.
"For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me." (Romans 7:11)
In other words, he died spiritually when guilt touched him through knowing right and wrong (a knowledge that is learned, as presented to the Jewish children in the Law) and not before. Paul is not an exception. He holds himself up to us as an example of what he taught and preached, and here specifically uses his own experience to explain the value of the Law but its incompetence to redeem.
 
   
The uncleanness of guilt/sin cannot be inherited. We are no more born guilty, than we are born righteous. We are born innocent – until we are responsible for our actions. Paul explains that the instincts of our flesh naturally work against the way of God, but they have no spiritual effect until, as his Jewish context experienced it, the Law came to him in childhood as a young trainee Pharisee.
"The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me." (Romans 7:10)
 
   
Sadly however, Calvin following Augustine, tried to turn these words of Paul to mean that he was deluded into thinking he was 'alive' and, that 'died' under the effect of the Law, simply means that by the Law he woke-up to his guilt with which he was born. It is not wise to twist the words of Holy Scripture to fit church theology, no matter how logical that theology may sound.
See:
Calvin's Corruptions
   
So, in showing the inability of the Law of God to save the soul, Paul makes it clear that he was alive to God until he died under the guilt induced by knowing-better. Salvation from sin therefore lies only in Jesus Christ and not in the Law of God no matter how sincere one may be.

 
Myth 74.  CAIN'S SACRIFICE WAS UN-ACCEPTABLE TO GOD BECAUSE IT WAS NOT HIS 'FIRSTFRUITS' to top of page
  This
error has been employed to promote priority in financial-giving as being the key to God's blessing. But the Bible does not say so. The Bible teaches that it was the contrast with Abel's acceptance by God which exposed the problem inside Cain, and this is not presented in Holy Scripture as anything to do with any act of giving to God, either as first-fruits, or because he did not bring a blood sacrifice as some also fancifully allege. The Bible itself points us to the fact that the problem of Cain's rejection and Abel's acceptance did not lie in their offerings but in the attitude/state of heart of the worshipper.
 
  God's
discrimination between the offering of Cain and that of his younger brother simply exposed the existing problem, which is then shown by God to lie in Cain's attitide or feelings.
 
  God
God said to Cain, in response to his depression ('why has your face fallen?'), –
"If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door.
Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it."
(Genesis 4:7)
did not expect Cain to remove it, but to simply bring it under control, or it would control him. That was the issue!
 
   
There is nothing in the text of Holy Scripture to even hint at a presumed failure to bring so-called 'first fruits'. The problem which caused God's non-acceptance of Cain's sacrifice was something that Cain needed to master, to control. As Adam's first-born, Cain was simply jealous of the place that his younger brother now held in their family. He must learn to 'rule over' this feeling of jealousy, God warns him. It is lurking at the door of his heart like a predator ready to pounce, and he must get control of it, or it would control him and so destroy him. He did not, and in a fit of jealousy killed his brother and so was exiled from his family.
 
   
Those who try to use this to teach priority-giving to the church miss the whole point that it was not God's discrimination between the offerings of these brothers that produced their conflict (that was simply it's symptom), but the unclean attitude of the elder-brother's heart toward his younger sibling about which God spoke, and which sadly eventually overcame him.
 
   
It is vitally important to treat Holy Scripture within its own context; otherwise the context of our own interests will subvert and twist its meaning, to our shame before God.

 
Myth 75.  DEATH IS A 'LAW OF GOD' FOR HUMANITY to top of page
  This
idea arose from misreading Hebrews 9:27 which says –
"And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ..."
      where the reason for the death of Israel's Messiah is being explained.
Hebrews 9:27-
  Our
understanding of any part of Holy Scripture must always be measured against the rest of Holy Scripture for God is consistent! He does not contradict Himself.
 
   
Unfortunately, this particular verse has been used to construct a theory to explain the apparent return of Elijah the prophet as an end-time witness and to speculate that Enoch is the second witness; neither as having died and so needing to come back to die. Both ideas are wrong, for the context of Revelation 11 teaches us otherwise.
 
  The
Bible is very clear that all of God's faithful people who are alive at the time of Christ's return will be physically changed without dying first (1 Thess.4:17). They will not die! This is true, apart from the fact that during His ministry to Israel the many whom the Lord Jesus raised from the dead are no longer with us today. That is, they died a second time.
 
   
This Scripture verse used/abused above is simply an observation dealing with the need for Christ-the-Messiah's death: an event that was totally unexpected in Jewish thinking (the people addressed in the letter to the Hebrews), and which is unrepeatable as a sacrifice for sin. Hallelujah!

 
Myth 76.  THE MINISTRY OF JESUS WAS THE ULTIMATE to top of page
  This
myth developed from attempts to explain the words of the Lord Jesus –
"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do;
and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father"
So, even though this verse itself gives the explanation ('because'), the myth generally propagated is that the word 'greater' simply means greater by 'multiplication' of the ministry of Jesus across the planet in the Christian Church rather than by any personal 'addition' increase to that level of ministry.
John 14:12 ESV.
  The
key to understanding this verse is in the status of the Holy Spirit to Christ's disciples, which Jesus explains in this same passage (14:16). As Christ had been to His disciples (παράκλητος/paraklētos/'helper'/'advocate'/'comforter'), so after His departure the Holy Spirit would be to them in the same way (through Christ because of His atonement, as if they were Christ).
 
   
At this time, when Christ spoke these words, the disciples had been led by Jesus, but after His departure they were to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit, as Jesus Himself had been led and empowered by the same Spirit.
 
   
There is no limit on the Holy Spirit's ministry, and never can be! So, what was done by Jesus was not the limit and therefore not the 'ultimate' – for, through our faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit chooses as He considers wise at a particular time and place!
 
  This
is directly demonstrated for us in the New Testament record:
•  Jesus killed a fig tree with a word (Matt.21:19).  But 
Peter killed Ananias and Sapphira with a word (Ac.5:9), and Paul blinded Elymas with a word (Ac.13:11).
Jesus healed by a touch (Matt.8:3,15)
But
Peter's shadow healed all the sick lying in the street (Ac.5:15-16).
• 
Jesus walked on water (Matt.14:26).
But 
Philip flew in the Holy Spirit from Gaza to Azotus (c.34 miles; Ac.8:39-40).
There is no limit, and never can be!
The miracles of Jesus have nothing to do with His deity. They do not show His deity any more than they did in Elijah and Elisha. They are a product of the Holy Spirit!
The Bible
teaches us that the climax of this age is not the evacuation of the Christian Church in a rapture to Heaven but in the demonstration of the authority of Christ through His people –
"Sit at My right hand [in Heaven], UNTIL I make Your enemies Your footstool...
Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of Your power"
Psalm 110:1,3 ESV.
So, on the contrary –
 Christ will remain at the right hand of the Father until His power is fully demonstrated in His people! 
This future climax which completes Daniel's 'seventy-weeks' prophecy is described in the Revelation in the metaphor of the Two Witnesses, in their defiant authority as His representatives before the face of Antichrist (Rev.11) until baptised into Christ's suffering.

See: The Hidden Time
 
See: His Bride's Day!
Myth 77.  THE SABBATH IS A DAY OF WORSHIP to top of page
  God's
own behaviour is presented in Genesis One and Two as our example – of six days work and a seventh of rest. God certainly did not worship on the seventh day. It was separated/made holy as a day dedicated to rest, complete rest.
Genesis 2:3.
   
The idea of the sabbath being used for worship developed in Jewish practice during Israel's exile in Babylonia, in which it became convenient as the day to gather for the public reading of the written Word of God.
Genesis 3:8.
   
But as it was in the beginning, the first humans probably met with God each day at the end of their day (the cool of the evening), which is first referred to after Adam's sin regarding his shame before God.
 
   
The New Testament exhortation to not neglect to "meet together" refers to public loyalty toward other believers and not simply church meeting attendance.
 
  The
Bible's teaching regarding the sabbath day concerns human welfare, not religious observance.
Therefore the Lord Jesus said –
"The sabbath came into being for man's sake, not man for the sabbath's sake.
Therefore the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath also"
Mark 2:27-28.
   
For this reason the Lord Jesus often contradicted Jewish religious practice on the sabbath in the interest of people's welfare. This principle does not change.

 
Myth 78.  THE GOSPEL MAY BE SUMMARIZED AS: 'Love God & others', and 'Make disciples' to top of page
   
The Gospel is not a call to obey divine instructions; and at its essence can never contain any commandment!
 
  The
Lord Jesus defined the Gospel as the content of His own ministry to Israel ("this gospel" Matt.24:14), and made the completion of this Gospel message, spread to all the nations, as God's precondition for the End and His coming kingdom.
See:
The kingdom of God
   
Jesus was not preaching 'commandments' of any kind to Israel. They already had the 'love'-commandment from Moses' time at the founding of their nationhood, and the 'make disciples'-instruction was never preached to Israel. It is an instruction given only to those who have personally accepted the Gospel. So the idea that the Gospel of Jesus could be summarized as these two commands is simply silly. The Gospel is the 'good news'!
 
  The
Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ was preached and demonstrated in His ministry, and, if it be summarized, it is the true revelation of God's character (as shown in Christ's words and miracles), which was being so misrepresented by Israel's religious leaders at that time.
 
   
For instance, the parable of the Prodigal Son illustrates the Gospel of Jesus (as its companying illustrations of lost sheep and lost coin): God is as a Parent waiting for the repentance/return of the Fallen. He requires no penitence, and rejoices in the return of the Lost! The Gospel is the revelation of God! He is the good news!

Luke 15:3-32.
Myth 79.  THERE IS POWER IN THE SPOKEN WORD to top of page
  God's
creative words in Genesis One are often used as examples in this regard and Proverbs 18:21 is sometimes quoted "Death and life are in the power of the tongue", but this does not mean the spoken words contain in themselves anything supernatural.
 
   
The supernatural power which applied these spoken words of God in Genesis One is stated in that same passage to have been the Spirit of God! (Gen.1:2). Even though Jesus Christ was 'God in the flesh' not one of the miracles of His ministry derived from His spoken word, even though that word sometimes acted as a trigger in a particular situation, it did not contain the power.
 
  Jesus
Himself said it – "if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom [rule/authority] of God has come upon you". For this reason the Christ of God necessarily received the anointing of the Holy Spirit at His baptism. There is no other supernatural power for believers.
Matthew 12:28.
   
If the words of the Lord Jesus Christ derived their effect/power only from the Holy Spirit of God, it remains so today, for at best we are His followers. To attribute a supernatural effect to anything else is a subtle form of animism which has often deceived the sincere.
See
Animist Deception in Christ's Church Today
Myth 80.  JESUS CAME TO BRING PEACE ON EARTH to top of page
  This
myth was helped by the clumsy translation of the angel's words to the shepherds of Bethlehem of – 'peace on earth, goodwill toward men'; but the Bible really gives us –
"...on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!"
Luke 2:14. ESV
   
Jesus Himself expressly said –
"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth.
I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person's enemies will be those of his own household."
Matthew 10:34.
  The
fundamental contradiction between God's ways and human self-centred conduct means conflict, and those who turn to God's way of selfless-love will find themselves in conflict with the lifestyle of their society.
 
   
For this reason the Lord Jesus taught His followers to be as wise as serpents.
 

Myth 81.  THE KINGDOM OF GOD FULFILS DAVID'S KINGDOM to top of page
  In
their search to explain the New Testament's frequent reference to the 'Kingdom of God' some scholars have rooted it in Israel's Davidic kingdom to be fulfilled by Israel's Messiah, for the Lord Jesus is presented in Matthew's Gospel as holding royal title as his legal descendant through Solomon and Jesus is its messianic king, meaning that in terms of end-time expectations – the whole world will eventually be ruled from Israel's Jerusalem.
 
But sadly,
this presumptious interpretation ignores the bigger picture which the Bible presents, and it consequently dismally fails to comprehend the basic biblical significance of this "kingdom of God".
 
If the
Bible is to be read as a whole and not selectively, it would be seen that –
1. 
The authority mandated to humanity in its very beginning to "subdue" and to exercise "dominion" as God's "image" is the ultimate calling of the whole of humanity; and,
2. 
Christ used the term 'kingdom' specifically in the sense of authority and not for the 'realm of rule':
"...if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you" (Matt.12:28).


Genesis One
  Israel,
as descendants of Abraham's faith, were called in their Sinai covenant to be a kingdom/nation of "priests" (Ex.19:6) to usher the whole human race into the restoration of this founding mandate of God which was eventually directly demonstrated in Jesus as a "son of man" (Ps.8:4,6), but Israel's rejection of Jesus changed that; and so He announced to them –
"the kingdom of God will be taken away from you [Israel] and given to a people producing its fruits"
Matthew 21:43.
See:
The Kingdom of God
• Although this statement has been used to teach erroneously a so-called Replacement Theology (that Israel no longer exists in God's sight and that the Church is now in its place), it is actually simply taking the focus off this nation as the primary agent of God's program of restoration but the program itself continues...
 
  To
Jesus the kingdom of God is higher than any national identity.
"Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith [as in the Roman centurion].
I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom
[its natural heirs] will be thrown into the outer darkness."
It is nothing less than the complete fulfillment of God's original design of humanity, even though in that process the presence of this kingdom and its appearance are now necessarily separated in what was described by the Lord Jesus as the mystery of the kingdom.
Matthew 8:10-12.

 
See:
Mystery of the Kingdom

Myth 82.  THE 'SON OF MAN' FIGURE IN DANIEL SEVEN IS MESSIAH/JESUS to top of page
  This
is such a common fallacy (because it is so natural as much as it is wrong) from reading Daniel Chapter Seven with the New Testament Gospels in mind. It inevitably constructs a false context to this particular part of the sacred Word of God and thereby misleads.
  The
"son of man" figure of Chapter Seven, who receives the kingdom from God, is, in its God-given context, no more an individual person than the four empires portrayed were each an individual person, even though these four 'animal'/predator empires (Babylon, Medo-Persia, Hellenistic, Roman) are there personified as "four kings" (7:17). They are not individuals any more than Medo-Persia was a person. Within its own context this is very clear, when it describes this decision of God's court, which takes the rule over Israel away from the fourth empire (Roman) and gives it to this "son of man" figure in the end time, by saying for our understanding –
"...judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom"
Daniel 7:22
'saints'(קדּישׁ)=holy ones
(not the 'canonized')
  Yes,
Jesus as perfect "son of man' (semitic idiom for human, which Jesus used repeatedly to emphasis His identification with us) deserves the kingdom and therefore He is its rightful heir (Rev.5:5, and so its king). But this 'son of man' term is not a messianic title, never was, and also here it does not even point to an individual person, as has unfortunately been so commonly taught by those who do not take its God-given context seriously enough.
See:
'Son of Man' Myth
   
• Remember, this same revelation was given in Daniel Two, via Nebuchadnezzar's dream, in which the contrast was between four 'metals' and the 'rock' of God's kingdom, which is here portrayed to Daniel in the contrast of the four 'animals' to the 'human' of God's kingdom. This error, of seeing it as the person of Jesus, has exacerbated misunderstanding of Christ's use of the term for Himself as the true human and so has led to many other errors of understanding such as the human basis of Christ's authority over the sabbath (Mk.2:28-28), etc. . .
See: Congruence


Myth 83.  A REVELATION RECEIVED MUST BE CONFIRMED BY TWO OR THREE WITNESSES to top of page


This
error arises from reading the statement of the Lord Jesus, reported in Matthew 18:16-20, in total disregard of it's God-given context concerning disciplinary process to preserve the spiritual unity of God's people –
- i -
"But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you,
that every statement may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the congregation.
And if he refuses to listen even to the congregation, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
- ii -
Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in Heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in Heaven.
- iii -
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask,
it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven.
For where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I among them."
Literal Translation

(As God had
previously said in
Deuteronomy 19:15)
The "two or three" are simply part of this disciplinary enquiry leading to a united act to resolve the particular division within the fellowship.
To use it any other way is to seriously abuse and twist God's Word and grieve the Spirit of Grace by Whom we are born-again.
(But, sadly, this serious abuse is rampant across the Protestant and Evangelical churches of our generation).
Never did any prophet of Israel ever require a second opinion to confirm that his revelation was from the Spirit of God before he publicly announced it!
And the
Christian believer, every Christian believer, as part of a new life in Jesus Christ was given Christ's own human relationship to the Spirit of God at Pentecost in 30 AD/CE. Consequently the ordinary Christian has, in principle, a far closer relationship to the Spirit of God than was ever enjoyed by any prophet of ancient times.
See:
"I Believe
in the Holy Spirit"
   
So remember: Jesus said that spiritually "a tree is known by its fruit", not by its status (Matt.7:18).
And therefore,
whether the revelation of God comes to a person directly from the Holy Spirit Himself, from an angel of God, or in a dream, it's authenticity lies, not in the approval of others no matter who they are, but in its effect upon the lives of the people addressed by it (its 'fruit'); and because God is consistent (truthful) it will always agree to what the Spirit of God previously inspired for us in the Holy Bible.

Myth 84.  BLASPHEMING THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE UNFORGIVABLE SIN to top of page
  When
Jesus, knowing the critical thoughts of the Pharisees, said publicly –
"Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters.
Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people,
but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
And whoever speaks a word
[slander] against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come."
Jesus was not making a theological statement. He was speaking practically in response to the Jewish religious leaders at that time who were undermining His ministry to the needy.
Matthew 12:30-32.
This
statement does not mean that the Holy Spirit is holier than the Lord Jesus Christ and therefore a sin against the Spirit of God is more serious than a sin against the Son of God!
 
   
• Christ's ministry resulted from His anointing with the Holy Spirit, therefore He is called the 'Christ' [Anointed], so the rejection of His ministry, such as by the Pharisees, was a rejection of the direct outreach of God's mercy to them.
 
In other words,
practically, to reject God's hand of forgiving mercy extended to the individual through the Holy Spirit is to reject that forgiveness, and there is no other way to God other than through His forgiveness.
 
Christ's
reference to the 'age to come' does not mean that God holds a grudge. The Lord is simply saying within the context of that situation that slandering Him could be forgiven, but their rejection of God's extended grace closed the door on them and the coming future messianic age which they were hoping for would not change that if they did not change.
 
   
God's mercy is not rationed. His grace is not less than His infinity. But nothing changes unless the hearing heart turns to God.
 

Myth 85.  JESUS IS 'SON OF GOD' AS PART OF THE HOLY TRINITY to top of page
This confusion in Christian history has often misled Islamic understanding of Christianity
See: Isâm & God
 
See:
The Trinity of God
The
Biblical term/title "Son of God" has nothing at all to do with the deity of the Lord Jesus! This title derives from Psalm 2:7 –
"You are My Son; today I have begotten you"
concerning Israel's prophesied Messiah, and so likewise these words concerning Jesus "today I have begotten You" also do not mean in any way that Jesus had a beginning, but are simply the declaration of Christ's messianic status, as was later demonstrated by His resurrection! (Ac.13:33; Heb.1:3; 5:5). Within its original context it is simply an idiomatic statement of messianic appointment, as had been stated in its previous verse – "I have set My King on Zion, My holy hill" (Ps.2:6).
"son of..." implies
secondary, and in
the Eternal Infinity
no part of God
is secondary to
the rest of God!
There is no eternal
hierarchy in God


See:
A Biblical
Structure
of History
The
phrase/title 'Son of God' is a semitic idiom for a specially favoured relationship that Israel's royal Messiah (Anointed) would enjoy with God, and that is all. The ancient Egyptians thought similarly of their royal pharaoh's favoured relationship to the Most High. The subsequent pollution of Christian thought in the early centuries, by being mixed with pagan Greek concepts of deity, corrupted much understanding of this Biblical phrase. It does not imply deity!
  Christ,
before the creation of all things, was part of the eternal infinite plurality of God without beginning, and which is referred to in Christian teaching and tradition as the 'Holy Trinity'.
But, just
as Christ's divine 'sonship' as royal Messiah/'Son of God' had a beginning (Ps.2:7) – so it will also have an end
to no longer be Son of God when His historical role/function as Messiah is completed.
(According to 1 Corinthians 15:24 and 28 which describe the same event).

Myth 86.  CHRIST's PHYSICAL SUFFERING IS PART OF OUR ATONEMENT to top of page
  This
is only true as much as the frame around a painting is part of the painting itself. Our Atonement as an act of God's mercy in placing the blam/guilt for all sin, sin as understood by the Holy One, upon the perfect man Jesus began at 12 noon and lasted 'til 3pm when Jesus cried out "It is finished/completed" (Jn.19:30), even though He had been nailed to His cross at 9am that morning. Our Atonment was a judicial act of God. It was not a contest between Jesus and Satan! Satan had no part whatsoever in that act of God's mercy in Jesus.
 
  The
blood of His cross represents the price paid in the infinite cost of the loss of His relationship to God in that time. The coming horror of that experience took Christ by surprise in Gethsemane during the Passover night vigil of the Jews, which accounts for it's dramatic effect on Him at that time. But when the time came and it happened, even the knowledge of what was happening, which could have given Him courage, was also taken from Him. He was absolutely and totally cut off from God in every sense.
 
  The
haemoglobin that dripped from His pain-filled body no more paid for our sin than it had done when he was circumcised as an infant on the eighth day after His birth.
 
  Our
Atonement in Jesus Christ, anticipated before all things (Rev.13:8), was an act of God in Christ, by which we have been given
an undeserved intimate unrestricted relationship to the Most High which makes us forever the heirs of the future.
 

Myth 87.  IT... IS BLESSED! to top of page
It is
sadly common in Christianity to hear of Christian leaders 'conferring' blessing – upon a home, a person, or a substance, such as anointing oil, holy water, or a crucifix. Yes, bringing a new home to God in prayer to ask for His blessing upon it is good, but the blessings of God cannot be 'conferred' by anyone ever, nor can they become attached to any object of any kind. This magical superstitious thinking is an abominable twisting of the holy, and is part of the widespread deception of animism.
See:
Animist Deception
For instance:
• When Jesus blessed (in thankgiving) the five loaves and two fishes, which then fed more than five thousand people, the food did not multiply when He blessed it, but only when He broke it by faith. The Bible says that He fed the whole multitude with two fish. In other words, the fish did not become more fish when 'blessed', but the broken pieces multiplied in His faith-act of breaking, not in the preceding 'blessing' (Mark 6:41).
 
  The
Enemy of God will always take the good, the precious, and twist his lie around it! That is his nature!
 
   
All the blessing of God resides in His relationship to us, not in things.
 
   
• What we call 'blessing' is a consequence of this, but the link is never 'via' any object. God loves directly, and His relationship to us is the true foundation of our relationship to Him!.
 
Social
manipulation by religious teachers/leaders, promising God's blessing in association with certain acts and/or objects, is a deception
an affront to the direct and immediate intimacy of the Holy Spirit to all of God's people everywhere.
See:
Release of Faith

Myth 88.  ISRAEL's 70-YEAR EXILE BEGAN WITH THE DESTRUCTION OF THEIR TEMPLE to top of page
Jeremiah's
70-year-exile prophecy (29:10) was written to those, and only to those, who had previously been taken into Exile in Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar when he took king Jeconiah captive (March 15/16, 597 BC/BCE) and had then installed Zedekiah as the king of the Jews in Jerusalem.
Israel's temple was
destroyed 586 BC/BCE
  This
correction is significant because many Rabbis incorrectly calculate Daniel's 70-weeks/7s prophecy (9:24) to included these seventy years and then often date this from the 586 BC/BCE destruction of Jerusalem and so take it to the destruction of the second temple (in contradiction of Daniel).
 
  If
correctly calculated, it would show that the Lord Jesus chose to ride into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey in fulfillment of Zechariah (9:9) because it was the exact time of Daniel's prophecy fulfillment (9:26) concerning the coming of Messiah who would be cut off (His atonement) which would thereby end all temple atonement sacrifice before God forever! For this reason, when the Jewish Pharisees complained about the crowd's loud praising Him as Messiah, Jesus said –
"I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out"
For it was the God appointed time as had been given to Daniel.
(It also does not mean that nature will rebel if you don't praise God, as I have heard some foolishly preach!)
Luke 19:40.

Myth 89.  "For where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I among them" IS A PROMISE OF CHRIST's PRESENCE to top of page
This widely
abused quote from Holy Scripture has nothing at all to do with church attendance or with Christian meetings of any kind!
 
The Lord Jesus
spoke these significant words concerning the practical application of individual discipline in His Church, in that those who give evidence (the "two or three" minimum) concerning the wrong-doing of the guilty are doing what Christ would do. Read attentively in its literary context and understanding its Jewish historical context, it can have no other meaning –
"If your [spiritual] brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have gained your brother
[mutually reconciled].
But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you,
that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the congregation.
And if he refuses to listen even to the congregation,
let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector
[completely disassociated].
Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven
[agreed by God],
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven
['binding' and 'loosing' being legal terminology of the time].
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask
[in mutual reconciliation],
it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven.
For where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I among them."
 
The Bible deserves the utmost respect in the way we treat and use its words. Less than this is to disrespect its Author – God!
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