Misunderstanding the Bible
Common misbeliefs about the Bible
|A typical trait of angels is that they sing.
The Bible says that the earth is flat.
The Tree Of Knowledge of Good and Evil was a bad, bad tree.
Sarah snickered because she didn't believe she'd be a mom.
Jonah was gobbled up by a whale.
Satan is God's counter-pole. Darkness and fire belong to Satan.
In the Bible black stands for bad and white stands for good.
A true story is something that actually happened.
The Bible is the Word of God
The Bible is infallible
If you're good, you'll go to heaven. If you're bad, you'll go to hell.
God destroyed the Tower of Babel to punish the builders.
During a duel with Satan, God wrecked Job just to make a point.
Jesus was born in a stable; ox, donkey, and the angels sang!
Astrology is always wrong.
Hand palm reading is always wrong.
Jesus was a Jew, from the line of David
Jesus had nails through His feet.
Jesus asked God to forgive His executioners for crucifying Him.
Jesus was very poor
Thomas was a heinous unbeliever, made a fool of by Christ.
Yes! No! Yes!
The question whether the Bible is the Word of God sits on a very slippery slope and if we say "no" now, we'll probably get booted off every Christian search engine.
We regularly use the phrase "Word of God" for the Bible, and there's nothing wrong with that. After all, God speaks to people through the Bible most clearly; the Bible is a word, and the Bible certainly comes from God, so the answer is yes.
Yet God also speaks through other texts (see list on the left), or buildings (the tabernacle, for instance) or nature (Rom 1:20) or people that otherwise talk nothing but nonsense (Balaam, Numb 22 to 24). The Bible is the word of God - the word from God and the word about God, as opposed to the word of or about someone else.
In the Bible itself, however, the phrase Word Of God (in Hebrew: Dabar YHWH) is reserved solely for a Person of the triune Godhead, namely the One who became flesh in Jesus Christ (John 1). That Person first shows up in Genesis 15:1, where He comes to Abraham to tell him about His plan for the world, and to indicate that He will be a human some day.
The Bible, on the other hand, is a compilation of books, not a Person. Jesus saves people, but the Bible doesn't. You can learn the whole Bible by heart and still not be saved. You can pray to the Bible and thus blatantly violate the First Commandment. You can love the Bible, but the Bible won't love you back.
It's a bit like the difference between New York City and New York State. If you're standing on Times Square and a daft tourist asks you if we're in New York or not, you can wholeheartedly affirm. If you happen to be in Albany, however, you might tell the tourist, "Yes! No! Yes!"