The other night I stepped out of the Wednesday night class (4th-6th Grade) I help and took care of some issues in another area. When I returned they were facing the other way and enthralled in the Bible story. One of kids looked around and nearly fell out of his chair because I had, in his mind, just appeared.
One other time, the kids were involved in an activity and some turned around and were startled because I had, in their estimation, just appeared. They wondered from where I had come. Of course, I did not give them a straight answer. Instead, I said, “Through a magic portal.”
They did not believe me and neither do you. However, there are other fantastic myths and sayings we hang out hearts on every day. Some are myths, others are superstitions. There was one guy quoted to have said at a party Jesus attended that Messiah would just appear.
“For we know where this man comes from. When the Messiah comes, he will simply appear; no one will know where he comes from.” — John 7:27
Really? The Messiah was just going to appear?
- Jacob said that the Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah. Genesis 49:10
- Jeremiah said that the Messiah would be a descendent of David and he came from Bethlehem. Jeremiah 23:5
- Micah said that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem. Micah 5:1-2
Even if you negate the first 2, Micah says that Bethlehem would provide the Messiah. When Herod was asked about this “new king”, the advisors said that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. They were quoting Micah. So it was widely acknowledged that Bethlehem would be the birthplace.
So how could this guy say that Jesus would magically appear? Because the truth had been adjusted or misunderstood. Like the game telegraph we played as kids. The phrase you started with was never the phrase you ended with because of how it changed as it was told.
Other myths and magically delicious things believed that are not supported in Scripture are:
- God will never give you more than you can handle. This is a favorite of so many people, but it is not true. The actual verse represented is 1 Corinthians 10:13 which deals with God not forcing you to sin. God will not allow a temptation so great that you have no choice but to sin. He will, however, allow much more than you handle.
- A Christian home guarantees a godly child. Of course this comes from Proverbs 22:6 which talks about training up a child. There have many a Christian home with god-fearing parents who have rebellious kids. Being a pastor’s kid, I learned it all from the deacon’s kids! It just goes to prove that there is no guarantee because it is a personal decision to follow Jesus. Teach and train and a child and that training will not leave them, but embracing that training is their choice.
- I can do everything because of Jesus Christ. This comes from Philippians 4:13. This sounds good and even quotes the scripture. The problem comes in application. I am a slow, fat, white boy and will never dunk a ball or even have a massive crossover that breaks ankles like Derrick Rose. No matter how much I believe I can or pray that I would be able. I cannot dunk a basketball. However, everything that God wants me to do in His Will I can do because of the strength Christ gives me.
We must be careful when considering trap doors and super-secret spiritual shortcuts. Take the Scripture honestly and in context. There is much to be amazed with in the Bible and we are to read it for all its worth. Let’s not read into it more than it says, but take out from it all that it does say.