6 myths about the Bible
Here are six common beliefs about the Bible. All of them are false.
1. The Bible says Adam and Eve's only children were two boys
False! If Adam and Eve were the first man and woman, and they had only two children who were boys (Cain and Abel), the population of the earth could never have increased. But the Bible says in Genesis 5:4 that Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters. Jewish tradition says they had 33 sons and 23 daughters. (Remember that Adam lived 930 years, so he and Eve had plenty of time to have 56 children!) See the article Where did Cain find his wife?
2. Men have fewer ribs than women
False! A common misconception among some Christians is that men have fewer ribs than women. They wrongly deduce this from the Bible's Book of Genesis. In chapter 2, verses 21 and 22, we read that God created the first woman (Eve) by causing a deep sleep to fall upon Adam (the first man). God then took one of Adam's ribs and closed up the flesh, and made the woman from the rib. Therefore all men since that time have one fewer rib than women. This idea is wrong. See the article Do men have fewer ribs than women?
3. The Bible teaches that the earth is flat
False! Many people think the Bible teaches that the earth is flat. It does not. It teaches that the earth is spherical. In fact, we did a study of 5000 writings from the time of Plato and Aristotle up to modern times, and could not find one writer who believed the earth is flat. The flat-earth idea seems to be a myth that flourished after Darwinists tried to discredit the Bible. See the article Does the Bible teach that the earth is flat?
4. Scientists have verified the “long day” of Joshua's time
False! People have been circulating a rumor since the late 1800s that scientists have confirmed the “long day” recorded in the Book of Joshua (Joshua 10:13). The story goes that scientists had been calculating back in time and found that a day in history was missing. Then one of them remembered the Bible's account in Joshua that “the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.” Have scientists found a missing day that verifies the Bible account? Absolutely not! See the article Did NASA find Joshua's missing day?
5. Humans invented the seven-day week
False! Our week of seven days has no astronomical basis. It does not divide exactly into a month or a year or any other time measurement. Yet it works amazingly well. That is because humans did not invent it. God did. See the article Where did the 7-day week come from?
6. The “eye of a needle” that Jesus spoke about was a small gate for camels, and the Aramaic word for camel is the same as for rope. So Jesus must have had one of those meanings in mind
False! People have tried to water down Jesus' statement about it being harder for a rich man to enter Heaven than it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. Some wrongly interpret the eye of the needle to be a small gate entering the city. Others wrongly interpret camel as meaning rope. But Jesus used a wonderfully clever illustration, and meant what He said. See the article What is the eye of a needle in the Bible?