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25 Common Myths About Christianity, And Answers From James Emory White

11. The Bible is so riddled with errors you can’t believe any of it.

Name a single true “contradiction” in the Bible that isn’t readily explained through an understanding of the biblical text itself. The vast majority of supposed contradictions are easily cleared up through proper biblical interpretation, knowledge of the original language, historical context and biblical context.

12. The Genesis account forces you to believe that the earth is only about 6,000 years old.

The sun and the moon were not created until the fourth day, so the idea of each “day” being 24-hour solar days is far from a necessary reading of the genre of Genesis. Further, the Hebrew word for “day” is “yom,” which can mean any manner of time periods.

The Bible never tells us how God created, only that God created.

13. There is no way to reconcile a good God and a screwed-up world.

That’s right, but it’s not an indictment on God. He had nothing to do with it. It’s not the way it was meant to be, and we’re the ones to blame.

Nonetheless, the love of God continues to seek its redemption … and ours.

14. The early Christian movement was almost entirely political.

Any reading of the gospels shows how clearly Jesus attempted to avoid those who sought to make His message and mission political, or tp put Him into a political position of power or authority. His followers followed suit.

Any politicization of Christianity came much later and was ushered in through human sin.

15. The God of the Old Testament is a God of wrath, and the God of the New Testament is a God of love.

The God of the Old Testament shows equal amounts of love, and the God of the New Testament does not shy away from matters of judgment.

In truth, the two testaments are balanced in their presentations of a God bringing both grace and truth to bear on the human condition.

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James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, and the ranked adjunct professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president. His newest book, Christianity for People Who Aren’t Christians: Uncommon Answers to Common Questions, is now available on Amazon or at your favorite bookseller. To enjoy a free subscription to the Church & Culture blog, visit ChurchAndCulture.org, where you can view past blogs in our archive and read the latest church and culture news from around the world. Follow Dr. White on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.