2009-12-18 - Spas of the
OK before you go any further take this little test. Use only your memory
not your Bible.
Does the Bible say:
Adam and Eve had three sons?
All the animals went on the ark in twos?
Jesus was born on December 25 - Christmas Day?
The wise men came to the stable in Bethlehem?
There were three wise men?
Jesus was a carpenter?
Judas Iscariot went to Hell?
"It is better to give than receive"?
The streets of Heaven are paved with gold?
Answer all of them before going any farther.
Congratulations on all your YES answers - you have obviously listened very
well to preachers and teachers. But you haven't carefully read what the
scriptures say. If you answered YES to anything then my challenge is prove
it - prove the statement by scripture.
Here's what the Bible says:
Adam and Eve had 3 sons - after Seth Adam had more sons and daughter (Gen
Animals went on Ark in 2's- nope some were in 14s - 7 pairs (Gen 7:2,3)
Jesus was born on Christmas - probably was not winter since shepherd were
out with sheep in the fields. Also doing the math it is possible to estimate
the birth date of Christ and no estimate I have seen ever places it in the
winter months. but these estimates are also merely speculation based on scripture
The wise men came to the stable in Bethlehem - the wise men came to a house
There were three wise men - Matthew 2:11. Eight may have given gold, two
given him frankincense, and four others given him myrrh. We do not know how
many wise men there were or even the number of gifts only the number of types
of gifts. It may have even been two men. One gave a gold box filled with
frankincense and another given a gold jar of myrrh. The word men only implies
more than one. The wise men came bearing three gifts frankincense, myrrh
Jesus was a carpenter - only says he was son of one. (Matthew 13:55)
Judas Iscariot went to Hell - (Luke 22:3, John 13:2) said Satan possessed
him but later only that he repented returned the money and hung himself.
It is better to give than receive - good idea and though argument could be
made that with loving neighbors as yourself and the golden rule that this
is a good idea, it is not in the Bible. not mentioned only that God loveth
a cheerful giver (2 Cor 9:7)
The streets of Heaven are paved in gold - three wrongs. Only one street is
mentioned. It is pure gold not paved or covered with gold. It is not in Heaven
but in new Jerusalem that comes down to earth (Rev 21:21)
These are all common mistakes that many of us believe are true based on tradition
rather than scriptures. Often more serious error has been introduced into
the church, with solid Scriptural "proof". A bunch of verses are quoted,
so we assume the position must be right. Have we checked to see if the verses
are used in context and how they fit into the rest of Scripture?
To be continued...
Note: this begins another series based on a message preached almost
eight years ago (12/31/2001).
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted