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Top 10 The Best Embarrassing Christian Myths

By Thao Pham Mar 8, 2024

Contrary to popular belief, most Christians are not as obstinate and resistant to change. Throughout its two millennia of existence, Christianity has not adhered to the same doctrines universally. Christianity has evolved over time, and while its fundamental ideas have remained constant, some of its more unusual tenets have come and gone. These are a few of the most bizarre early doctrines that Christians have subsequently given up on.

10. The Cross of Apocrypha

Books of the Bible that were once accepted by some early Christian groups (like the Gnostics) but were later proven to be false are the source of many of the most strange beliefs on this list—many of which are still held by some denominations. Although it was eventually shown to have been authored by individuals who claimed to have “discovered” the Book of Enoch, it was actually a history of fallen angels imparting knowledge that was prohibited to humanity. The Gospel of Thomas, another book, described Jesus’ early years. It describes how he revived a dead playmate who had fallen out of a building and brought clay birds back to life. However, there are no supporting sources for this tale, which was demonstrated to have been written decades after Christ’s death. The Gospel of Judas, purportedly written by Jesus’ traitor Judas Iscariot, first appeared more recently but was quickly exposed as a hoax, just like the others.

9. Biblical Prohibitions

Bible in chainsThe Bible wasn’t always as accessible as it is now. In fact, during the Middle Ages, some Bibles were chained up to keep people from stealing them. The Great Bible of King Henry VIII is the most well-known example of a chained Bible. This can be mostly attributed to the exorbitant cost of a complete bible, which was composed of handwritten text by monks. when the majority of the populace was illiterate and the Bible was regarded as God’s sacred message, it was thought unnecessary to spend money on copies of the Bible for them, especially when churches read it aloud every day (see item 9). For hundreds of years, there was intense debate regarding who should be able to read the Bible, even after it was printed in mechanical type. Many hold this dispute responsible for the horrific 30-year conflict that broke out between Catholics and Protestants. Christians today not only support everyone’s freedom to read and study the Bible, but they also value Bible knowledge and study. To the extent that contemporary Christian missionaries are willing to put their lives in danger to sneak Bibles into nations where they are forbidden (including, shockingly, Saudi Arabia).

8. The Mystic

Aleister Crowley, 4Anyone who peruses this list is undoubtedly familiar with the “Occult,” which includes spiritualism and arcane magic. Christianity and occultism are bitter enemies now, but when occultism originally emerged, it was seen as benign, even beneficial. While holding a seance was always regarded as sinful in the Catholic Church, it wasn’t thought evil or improper in any way during the late 19th century, when seeing a psychic was thought to be harmless entertainment. This is true even though the Bible expressly forbids the use of occult and spiritual arts. The Occult started to face condemnation once more in the later 1900s, with the development of the more nefarious occultists such as Alistair Crowley.

7. Other Deities 1678 Molok1

For a period, the early Christian church was somewhat disorganised. Many of them still grappled with the idea that the God of Abraham was the sole Deity, even though they embraced the core premise that Christ was the Son of God and that of his sacrifice. The scriptures of the time mentioned a number of other deities, specifically devils, like Baal, and did not expressly rule out the existence of other “gods.” The early scriptures never affirm the existence of the deity, even though they do admit that some people believe in these other gods. This belief was actually dispelled before the canonical Bible was completed, as Saint Peter forbade the early churches from allowing the image of the Christian God to be displayed alongside the images of the Roman gods, and the Apostle Saint Paul chastised them for acknowledging other gods in his letters.

6. White Jesus Christ-Re 2

It was widely believed in the past that Christ had fair features, brown hair, and a European appearance. Many different representations existed, although they were hardly ever accepted as canonical. Jesus is shown as a Caucasian man in thousands of paintings and statues; the early church accepted this as the image of Christ without any solid evidence. Though most contemporary Christians acknowledge that Jesus’ appearance probably differs from our perception of him. Although the majority of religions maintain the image of the white Jesus for historical reasons (Christ the King, for example), it is generally acknowledged that he was a Galilean who looked a lot like a contemporary middle easterner. Additionally, there is a sizable contemporary movement that proposes Jesus was Ethiopian.

5. Santos, Cynocephaly (2005)

There were some remnants of ancient mythology in the very early Christian era. The first was the notion of cynocephaly (see item 5), or the existence of individuals with dog heads. It was believed by many that many of the farther-flung peoples, such as Indians or Central Africans, had dog heads and that, after baptism, these people would revert to their original state. Several saints, like as St. Christopher, who are supposedly from far-off places, were pictured with a dog’s head (see above). There were even legends concerning Cain’s offspring, who lived in Canaan prior to the arrival of the Israelites, saying they “barked and ate human flesh.” Although many of the people Marco Polo spoke with claimed to have seen “dog headed barbarians” in Asia, it is reported that Marco Polo was startled to observe no dog-headed people in China.

4. Satanic Ritual Maltreatment

The StrathlocholivMany Christians thought there was a massive Satanic conspiracy in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with the aim of enlisting children in their ranks. Christians thought that Satanists were hiding messages in popular music, games, and cartoons to lure kids to the satanic church, where they would be used as sacrifices, prostitution, and pornographic material. Some Christians even said that cartoons like Rainbow Brite were “Graphically violent, and filled with Satanic imagery.” Others said that concealed satanic chanting could be found in rock songs and that cartoons like He-man were intended to “replace God” and featured “Intentional Occult References.” When Christian leaders addressed numerous musicians and animators, the allegations confused them, and the trend was largely dismissed.

3. Self-Declaration pp-Flagrum

The “flagellants,” a radical Christian sect that emerged in the 13th century, held that striking oneself stupid with whips, switches, and other unpleasant, painful implements to mimic Christ’s beating was the greatest method to atone for sins. Moderate “Mortification of the flesh” (see item 3) was popular from the very beginning of the Church, but the Pope swiftly denounced this practice. Flagellation was temporarily used by the puritans later in the 15th century, according to Hawthorn’s book “The Scarlet Letter.” Since self-flagellation is still practiced by several religious organisations, the Catholic Church, and some South American communities, I was a little hesitant to include this one.

2. Selling Luxuries

A few avaricious bishops in the mediaeval ages made the decision to sell indulgences in order to supplement their income. Special prayers known as indulgences can absolve a person of all or part of the penance due for grave sins; however, indulgences are useless if the offender has not admitted their transgressions. The selling of indulgences, which in reality rendered them invalid, continued for a considerable amount of time until the Pope discovered it and outlawed it. Although indulgences have not been sold since, the scandalous actions of those Bishops have made them a well-known Mediaeval custom. Indulgences are still used by the Catholic Church, and new ones are introduced by each of the current Popes while they are in office.

1. Lilith Lilith

The early church genuinely held the view that Adam had a previous wife before Eve, especially the Gnostic groups. Apocryphal texts of the Bible claim that Lilith was made from the same dust and at the same time as Adam. She eventually married with an Archangel called Samiel and was banished from the Garden of Eden because she refused to submit to Adam. Lilith is a prominent figure in numerous ancient Jewish and Christian stories, primarily pertaining to her eventual offspring with Samiel. Many think their progeny ended up being the half-human creatures from Greek mythology, such as the Minotuar and Centuar. Some people think they turned into vampires. Racist organisations and later cults hold the view that Lilith, or “Lillam,” is the ancestor of all non-Caucasian people.

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