The bible is used as grounds for many Christian arguments, but it may surprise you to know that many of these are not based onmerit, specifically from the Bible itself. It seems as though many Christians apply their own words, rather than the words of the Bible, to certain arguments, or simply repeat what they’ve always heard. What is considered biblical is not always correct, and the passages used to defend these views are often misinterpreted or just made-up.
God is not against gays
One thing that’s always been at the forefront of Christians arguing against homosexuality is that it is a “sin.” That is simply not true, as in the bible it states a message of love rather than of hate or condemning towards gay people. This passage from 1 John 4:7-8, for example, emphasizes the centrality of love by saying “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” This passage suggests that any kind of love is always from God, and a reflection of God. So, no matter what form it takes, be it between a man and a woman or a woman and a woman or a man and a man, love comes from God and glorifies God.
Abortion is not murder
Many see abortions as morally wrong because it is taking away the potential life of another human being, but that is just simply wrong not only on medical and scientific reasons but for moral and religious reasons as well. As Dr. Willie Parker, an OB-GYN and devout Christian, puts it, the will of God is extended to humans as free will, and in the “ancient cultural context” of the Bible, abortion is never mentioned. Instead, the death of a fetus is considered as a loss but not a crime, and across Jewish scripture, a fetus only becomes human when it’s head emerges from the birth canal.
God does give you more than you can handle
You often hear people say “God does not give you more than you can handle,” but as it turns out, that is a lie. People go through a lot as humans, and it’s perfectly normal to feel that you cannot handle something if it weighs heavy on your heart. Many passages in the Bible express the feeling of suffering, and even Jesus said, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38). This means that yes, sometimes we are thrown more than we can handle in life.
Satan did not appear as the snake that tempted Eve
There’s a common misconception that the serpent that appeared to Eve was Satan, but nowhere in the book of Genesis does it say that the serpent was actually Satan. Similarly, it never said what type of fruit the “forbidden fruit” actually was, although most artists usually depict it in the form of an apple.
Jesus was not born on December 25th
You might know this one already, but contrary to popular belief, Jesus was not born on December 25th although Christmas is often celebrated as such. The reason December 25th is celebrated as Jesus’ birthday is because early church leaders wanted an alternative to the pagan holiday of Yule. The fall is often the approximated time of Jesus’ birth.
The Bible is not against premarital sex
Some believe that the Bible forbids sex before marriage, but there’s actually a story in the Bible that gives a “green light” to it without consequence. The book of Ruth explains how she was encouraged by Naomi to adorn herself and approach the owner of the fields she was gleaning at night to see what would happen. The story goes that she “uncovered his feet,” which in Hebrew, feet can be a euphemism for male genitals, before they got married.
The bible does not explicitly forbid tattoos
Again, it’s popularly argued that getting tattoos is a sin and against God, but in actuality, these arguments hold no merit from the Bible as it does not explicitly mention anything about them.