With a total of 66 books and thousands of years of history, people know most about the Bible and Christianity. However, along the lines of history, some facts get obscured or buried, yet still remain interesting. Below is a list of the Top 10 Bizarre Facts About The Bible and Christianity.
The good book is what they say about the Bible. It’s the book that most Christians seek for guidance and revered holy. What if you find out that slavery is not condemned in the Bible!
You can read all about it in Leviticus 25:44. It basically says that it’s ok to have slaves as long as they are from another country or if they have different beliefs. That’s one of the craziest foreign policy ever.
9) Vacation Mass Murder
Nowadays, traveling almost means a jolly good experience. For some, traveling is so fun that it goes to their personal travel blogs.
This could be all different if people were following the Bible to the letter. You can check Deuteronomy 13:12-15 to see what this article means.
Basically, it says that when you are in a different place and the people there have a different belief, you must kill all of them. All means spare no one.
This might be unthinkable, but hey, your personal travel blog will be far from boring!
Cheating is a very big issue for any people who are in a relationship. Good news, there is a set of rules on how to address cheating in the Bible. The bad news is, you won’t probably like it.
According to Leviticus 20:10, any man or woman that cheats are going to be put to death. Wait! That’s not the best part! The best part is, both the man and woman are put to death!
It’s already bad enough being cheated, now there’s death added to the package. That makes “Putting Salt On The Wound” quote an understatement.
7) Unruly Kids
Kids will always be kids. While kids are a bundle of joy, they can be a pain in the ass if they start misbehaving. Worry not, the Bible tells you exactly how to deal with misbehaving kids.
According to Leviticus 20:9, any misbehaving done by a son or daughter is considered as a capital offense. What’s the punishment? We’ll that’s the easy part – death, of course!
While the laws could easily produce properly behaved children, but one grocery tantrum may result to the death of your bundle of joy.
Being under siege from an invader is a serious business. Because of this, the Bible has a guideline on how you may tackle the situation in case you get hungry.
According to Deuteronomy 28:53, it basically says when you are in “dire straights” and you go hungry, you only need to hack out your children and eat them! That’s right, cannibalize your own kids! Think of it like this way, you do not have to worry about the pizza delivery guy getting late.
Most Christians would finish their prayers saying the word “Amen”. Most Christians would tell you that the word translates to “so be it”. However, when you do a little research, you’d be surprised to uncover a few interesting facts. For example, the term comes from the word Amen-Ra.
If that’s not interesting enough, Amen-Ra is an Egyptian God that sometimes goes by the name Amun-Ra. Amun-Ra is an old God, as his followers became bigger, the God is being associated with Ra-Herakthy. There are lots of contradicting explanations and translations, but the short version is that his followers send their prayers to “Sun Of God”.
Israel is mentioned several times in the Bible. Most people think that it is the same Israel that we know of today. Here’s a hint, the country that we know of Israel today is actually very recent. This goes to say that the present Israel country is not the same Israel that is mentioned in the Bible. The Israel in the Bible specifically talks about “Canaan”. Although you can argue that some parts of this “Canaan” is still located in modern Israel’s territory, but is also being shared with other countries like Syria, Palestine and Egypt.
What’s more, when you dissect the word Israel, it reveals something interesting.
Isis – is a term to describe one Egyptian God that is part of a Trinity for the Egyptian belief. The Trinity comprises other gods such as Osiris and Horus, which translates to literally to “Son Of God”.
Ra – is one of the Egyptians Sun Gods, specifically the midday sun. It’s kind of weird they have different gods for different “sun” times of the day; but hey its their belief, it’s not like other religions have their own “weird” beliefs.
El – well, this one comes from the Hebrew language. This translates to the word “God”. In some other semantic languages, Ra is a also word to describe the Canaanite’s father God.
When you observe the pattern, it is not hard to conclude the word Israel comes from two religious sects that merges with the Hebrew’s God.
3) Bible Prophesies
What’s a religion without prophecies, right? Well, the Bible and Christianity have its own prophecies and it’s estimated that 3200 prophecies are already fulfilled. Don’t get excited, as there are 3100 other prophecies that are unfulfilled or completely missed the mark.
In the Christian world, everybody knows about the Vatican. In fact, it’s the center of the Roman Catholic religion. What’s interesting is that if you trace the word Vatican, it comes from the word but “Vaticanus”. It is a Latin word that translates to “Place Of Sorcerers”.
1) Uncannonized Books
While everyone knows that the Bible has a total of 66 books. However, what is not known that this is not the case in the past. The original Bible has a lot more books. Some of the books were confusing and contradicting with each other. The church finally stepped in and dubbed other books as uncannonized. These uncannonized books are the ones that were filtered out as they were always contradicting or not making sense.
The Bible and Christianity are always an interesting subject as its one of the biggest religion in the world today. Countless books and movies are written around the subject. Its rich history and secrets make a perfect plot for a story of suspense. While it is true that the Bible and Christianity has a rich history with people remembering the important facts. However, there are other obscure facts about the Bible that most people of today do not know. Thankfully, you have read this article! However, you might not want to start a debate with your Christian friends. Here’s something that is not an obscure fact – talking about religion in general social circle is usually a bad idea!