Things Your Minister Never Told You
If you’re anything like most Christians, you have lots of questions about your faith – questions that your minister never was able to properly answer for you.
The question that started me down the path of self-discovery was this: Why does one have to seek the Truth? The Bible says, that if you seek the Truth, the Truth will set you free. The implication is that you don’t already know the Truth, not even from reading the Bible. If you have to seek the Truth, it obviously must not be self-evident. So following are certain truths about the Bible that your minister probably never told you about:
- If Jesus was born of a virgin mother, he couldn’t have been the messiah.
The reason is that, according to prophecy, the messiah had to be a descendant from King David and any lineage that Jesus had from King David would have had to have come through Joseph (since Mary was not related to King David). If Joseph was not the biological father, then there would have been no descendancy from King David.
- Jehovah lied when he said, “…there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other” (Isaiah 43:10).
For example, Psalm 82:1 says that, “God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgment among the gods.”
- The Bible says that slavery is acceptable.
See the Tenth Commandment re. coveting another man’s slave.
- How many Adams were there and what were their names?
There was more than one (see I Corinthians 15:45). Even Eve was considered to be an adam (see Genesis 5:2), as the word generally referred to “mankind”.
- The concept of “The Trinity” was not a concept of the disciples or the early Christians.
The word “Trinity” is not even mentioned in the Bible.
- You have never been told about the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven or the wisdom of God.
Down through the ages, this information has always been withheld from the masses. Obviously, that material is not in the Bible, although references to it are (see Matthew 13:11; Ephesians 3:3,5; Romans 16:25; Corinthians 2:6-8).
- Was Jesus the only son of God?
Apparently not. Genesis 6: 2-4 mentions that there were many sons of God, although they may be totally unrelated.
- Who wrote the Bible?
With the exception of some of Paul’s letters, historians and scholars don’t know exactly who wrote the various bible stories. Even some of Paul’s so-called letters were probably not written by Paul.
Unfortunately, when some theologians attempt to answer questions like these they start from the premise that dogma is correct. They then work backwards in coming up with want they think is a “plausible” response which coincides with their dogma. For example, if one were to ask what the Bible says about who created man, the obvious answer is God. However, the obvious answer is really not all that obvious since Genesis 1:26 tells us, “And God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness’….” and Genesis 3:22 says, “And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil”. Those two verses make it quite clear that God had help when he created man and that the others had the same image and likeness of God. Talk about an inconvenient truth. Some deists explain this by saying that it was actually the Trinity who created man – the very same Trinity that is nowhere to be found in the Bible.
The Bible says that the Kingdom of God is within. Within, where? What is it and how does one access it? By now, it should be pretty obvious that I am going to say that… these are things that your minister probably never told you.
“One of the problems is that the average Christian in the average church who listens to the average Christian broadcasting has such an oversimplified understanding of both the Bible and of church history – it would be deeply disturbing for them to really learn church history.”
– Brian McLaren, leading Christian pastor and theologian