20 Common Myths About Jesus That Are Simply Not Biblical

Jesus, His life, and Christianity as a whole have all been part of our history and narrative as human beings. However, despite many popular beliefs, a number of myths and misconceptions about Him and His teachings still circulate and contradict biblical narratives. From His very existence to His purpose on Earth to His family’s financial capacity, here are the top 20 most common myths and misconceptions about Jesus that should be debunked now!

Jesus and His Existence Are Just Myths

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Centuries after Jesus’s life on Earth, a lively debate among scholars and people of various faiths continues to question the historical reality of His existence. Some proponents of the Christ myth theory suggest that Jesus was a charismatic figure who, like many historical figures, gained a significant following. Others argue that the concept of Jesus Christ was a strategic tool of the Romans—a form of psychological warfare or a figure created to mobilize the masses for a specific purpose.

Jesus Never Claimed to Be God

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The statement, “I am God,” was never explicitly said by Jesus. However, this belief came about through various verses or pieces of evidence we get from the Bible. For example, in John 10:29-33, Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” In the same excerpt, Jewish listeners said, “You, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Jesus Looked like a “Typical White” Guy

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In today’s world, we mostly see images or depictions of Jesus as your “typical White” guy—someone with golden blonde locks and striking blue eyes. However, in reality, the Bible never explicitly said anything about what Jesus looked like physically. An article from 1517 says, “No one knows what Jesus actually looked like. All we know for sure is that He was indistinguishable from the ordinary person.”

Jesus Was Born on December 25, Which We Now Consider Christmas

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In modern times, we consider December 25, Christmas, to be Christ’s birth date. However, in reality, we don’t know His exact date of birth. December 25 was just picked to be His birthday, so it would be easier for non-believers to accept it since it was a special day for certain pagan events, such as the Roman Saturnalia and the birth date of the Persian god Mithra.

Bethlehem Was the Birthplace of Jesus Christ

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Christian thinking as we know it claims that there’s no other place Jesus was born than in Bethlehem. However, more recently, more and more counter theories have surfaced, saying this claim was probably false. An article from NPR states, “There is evidence the other Bethlehem in the West Bank, or what Israelis call Judea, was not even inhabited in the first century.” The Bethlehem we’ve come to know today is around 150 kilometers from Nazareth, so some scholars think it’s simply impossible for Joseph to take Mary on a journey atop a donkey for hundreds of miles.

Jesus Didn’t Have Any Brothers or Sisters

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Most, if not all, stories, movies, and documentaries about Jesus Christ focus only on Him. They sometimes touch on His relationship with Mary but never really His other family members. Because of this, some people are pushed to believe that Jesus was an only child when, in fact, He had at least four half-brothers and at least two half-sisters. Mark 6:3 reads, “Is not this the carpenter, the Son of Mary, the Brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?”

The Holy Family Lived a Life of Poverty

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Given that Joseph was just a carpenter, many would easily assume that Jesus and His family were very poor. In fact, they are portrayed to be living everyday lives—not wealthy, influential lives—making it even easier to make this mistake. However, Jesus’s parents here on Earth were descendants of King David’s royal line. While they weren’t affluent, they also certainly weren’t in poverty.

Jesus Constantly and Perpetually Acted Like a Peacemaker

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When we think about Jesus, conjuring an all-loving, all-accepting Man is easy. However, though He was all these things, Jesus also got angry. Daily Democrat says, “There are five instances recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John where Jesus got angry: He was angry at those who refused to help someone with a shriveled hand; He got angry at His disciples for believing that children were second-class citizens; He got angry at those who had turned the temple into a ‘den of robbers,’ taking away the opportunity for Gentiles to draw nearer to God. He got angry when He looked at someone who was facing death or ill; His emotion was one of anger at a life that was not intended to be like ‘this.’”

Jesus Was the One Who Baptized His Followers

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Being the Son of God and the one who preaches to people about the Kingdom of God, it’s understandable that some would assume He baptizes His followers. However, this is not true; even Jesus Himself was baptized by another person—St. John the Baptist. Regular Baptist Ministries explains, “By not doing so, He presented baptism as being apart from Him—enough so that when the New Testament church was born, and throughout the Church Age, it would be carried out without His being there bodily. By the Savior’s not baptizing, people were less likely to put salvation into the meaning of water baptism, as many people have done down through time, including today, and have been misled as to their eternal status.”

Jesus Despised Money

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Countless verses in the Bible talk about money, and when you read some without context, it’s easy to make a mistake and think that Jesus despised money. However, He never suggested or implied that money, in and of itself, is evil. Instead, He preached that love or greed for money is evil. Some examples of this include Matthew 6:24, which reads, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other; you cannot serve God and money,” and 1 Timothy 6:10, which reads, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”

Jesus Hated the Concept of Taxes

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One of Jesus’s disciples, Matthew, was a tax collector before he became a follower of Christ. Even more so, Jesus Himself paid taxes. This is evidenced by Matthew 17:26, which reads, “‘Then the children are exempt,’ Jesus said to him. ‘But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line: take the first fish you catch; open its mouth, and you will find a four-drachma coin; take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.’”

Jesus Only Taught People About Morals and Ethics

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Jesus’s teachings are nothing without love, and with love comes morals and ethics. He taught us that we should act morally and ethically in life so we could live an eternal life with God in Heaven, but this doesn’t mean he was “just” a moral teacher. In Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, he says, “You must make your choice: either this Man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up as a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon, or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God—but let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher.”

Jesus Had a Relationship With Mary Magdalene

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Famous fictional works, such as The Da Vinci Code, claim that Jesus has a modern-day descendant who came from a child of Him and Mary Magdalene. However, the Bible has never explicitly mentioned that Mary Magdalene was indeed Jesus’s wife. An article from History shares, “The prostitute and the wife theories may have been around for centuries, but they are legends and traditions that grew up long after the fact: neither of them is rooted in the Bible itself.”

Jesus Didn’t Like the Jews

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Jesus didn’t have any ill feelings toward Jews as a whole; in fact, He was a Jew Himself because of Mary and Joseph. However, He did have issues with Jewish Pharisees and condemned them. For Jesus, these Pharisees were overburdening people, being motivated by attention and fame, making it hard for people to enter God’s kingdom, neglecting justice and mercy, and focusing solely on external or outward righteousness.

Jesus Was a Carpenter Like Joseph

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It’s common for a son to follow his father’s career. However, in Jesus’s case, He never followed with becoming a carpenter like Joseph. Instead, people believe that Jesus was a stonemason. He would use chisels and hammers on granite and stone to make something out of nothing.

Jesus Had a Halo While He Was on Earth

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Many works of art depict Jesus as a person with a halo on His head. Because of this, some mistakenly believe that Jesus walked around with a halo while He was on Earth. However, in truth, it was just the artists’ way of depicting His holiness.

Jesus Was the One Who Wrote the Bible

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The idea that Jesus wrote the Bible is a viable one. After all, wouldn’t it be completely normal for the one who teaches and preaches to write a book about His teachings? Although this is the case, Jesus never really wrote anything about the Bible—even in the New Testament. There are more than 30 authors who contributed to the Bible, 9 of whom specifically wrote in the New Testament—but none of them were Jesus Christ Himself.

Jesus Can Speak English

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According to The Herald, “Findings from the survey of 1,100 UK schoolchildren revealed that 31% thought Jesus spoke English and 36% thought he spoke Jewish—a language that doesn’t actually exist.” Instead of English or Jewish—which, as stated, isn’t really a language—Jesus probably spoke Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. These were the languages common during His time, and so these were probably what He used to communicate with others.

Jesus Needed to Isolate Himself So He Could Pray

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In the Bible, we see Jesus going into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray before His suffering and going into the desert for 40 days to pray. However, this doesn’t mean one needs to isolate himself before praying. Jesus talked to God, His Father, whenever and wherever. Yes, time alone can make sharing your thoughts with God and organizing your head easier, but this doesn’t mean isolation is required.

You’d Only See Jesus Wearing White

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Similar to Jesus having a halo, He is also commonly depicted as wearing white in many artworks. However, Jesus didn’t consciously try to stick to a specific color of clothing during His time on Earth. Jesus used what was available—clothing made from wool, linen, and the like.

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20 Common Christian Practices That Go Against the Bible’s Teachings

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The Bible’s teachings are classic and timeless, yet many Christian practices have veered away from its core principles over time. Today, we’re exploring 20 prevalent Christian practices that stand in contrast to the Scripture and the Bible. Understanding them will give us a deeper and more thorough understanding of how certain traditions may diverge from Christianity’s foundational beliefs. Read on and find some things you might need to reflect on!

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Many laws and policies highlight how wrong it is for companies or businesses to discriminate against others solely because of age. Even so, they try to find loopholes in the hiring process so that they can forgo hiring people over 50 and instead prioritize those from the younger generations. However, aside from being unfair, companies overlook valuable resources that could contribute one-of-a-kind experiences and skills that could set them up for success!

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17 Things Christians Do That Absolutely Bother and Annoy All the Non-Christians

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Sadly, some Christians might not realize that their behavior is offending non-Christians. Their hypocritical and judgmental behaviors can be off-putting, pushing others to get annoyed and irritated with them. So, if you’re a Christian who wants to improve how others perceive your institution as a whole, read through to the end of this list to identify some key behaviors or habits you need to avoid!

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Author: Karen Danao

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Karen is a writer and also a marketing and advertising professional. Beyond the keyboard and the screen, she is someone who’s out to enjoy every bit that life has to offer!

Poetry, philosophy, history, and movies are all topics she loves writing about! However, her true passion is in traveling, photography, and finding common ground to which everyone from different cultures can relate.

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