5 Big Myths About God’s Word

I have a secret ambition to be one of the MythBusters. I love the idea of taking something that everyone assumes is true and blowing it to smithereens. So indulge me as I write my very own MythBusters script. In this episode, we’ll tackle five big myths about the Bible.

Myth #1: The Bible is old-fashioned (and out of date).

It’s true that the Bible is old, but that doesn’t make it old-fashioned. While the Bible does tell the stories of people who lived a really, really long time ago, when we look at it, we find that the struggles of God’s people in ancient Egypt are the same as our struggles today. The disciples who had never heard of Wi-Fi asked the same questions we are posting about on our Facebook wall.

  • Creation
  • Family
  • Purpose
  • Love
  • Sin
  • Selfishness
  • Fear

These themes can be traced from Genesis to Revelation and straight on through to our modern lives.

Sure, there may be some cultural ideas that feel a little funny in 2016 (like stories of watering camels found in Genesis 24), but the big ideas still apply. (That camel story is really about falling in love. I’m still interested in that topic. Aren’t you?)

The words written in the Bible are as true today as they were when they were penned on papyrus. God’s Word will always, always, always stand.

Plus, being old-fashioned might not be so bad after all. I love this post ” I Am An Old-Fashioned Christian.”

What about that out-of-date business? Are there some biblical ideas we’ve just “evolved” beyond?

Since we are pretending we are fake television scientists, here’s a little equation to answer that.

Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him (Prov. 30:5).

“For I the LORD do not change” (Mal. 3:6).

In (Erin Davis) math terms: God’s Word is true + God doesn’t change = The Bible is timeless.

The words written in the Bible are as true today as they were when they were penned on papyrus. God’s Word will always, always, always stand.

Myth #2: The Bible doesn’t apply to me.

Since I believe all of the Bible is true, I also believe this:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16).

Notice that word I covered in bold? Profitable means it is:

  • useful
  • practical
  • valuable
  • worthwhile.

How about that little word at the beginning? All means, well . . . all.

Like millions of tiny brushstrokes in a masterpiece painting, every verse and idea from the Bible contribute to my big picture understanding of who God is.

All of the Bible, no matter how hard to understand, is worthwhile. Like millions of tiny brushstrokes in a masterpiece painting, every verse and idea from the Bible contribute to my big picture understanding of who God is.

That means, say, I don’t have to be scared to read Revelation just because some of the imagery is weird. I don’t need to race through genealogies just because some of the names are hard to pronounce. When I read the whole Bible and not just the parts that seem to be tailor-made for my life right this moment, I get a bigger, better view of God.

Myth #3: The Bible is a buffet.

Who doesn’t love a buffet? You can pick and choose the foods you love and leave the rest for someone else. But since all of the Bible is useful, the buffet approach has us leaving some of the good stuff behind.

I know this sounds redundant from myth #2, but I want to spell it out.

We need to consider all of the Bible good, important, and useful, not just pick and choose the feel-good parts.

Myth #4: The Bible is all rainbows and sparkles.

The Bible actually does mention rainbows (Gen. 9) and sparkles (Prov. 23:31) and it certainly is a “Good Book” full of “good news” for God’s people, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some bad stuff in it.

Some of it is violent. Some of it is painful. Some of it is kind of gross.

Instead of avoiding these kinds of passages or pretending they don’t exist, we do well to wrestle with them. Go deep! Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the text and of God. It’s long been my position that if you’re not wrestling with the Word of God, you’re not really reading the Word of God.

Sure, there are lots of parts of the Bible that give us warm fuzzies and look great on a Pinterest pin, but there are parts that don’t. Let’s look that fact in the eye and keep reading, asking the Lord to show us how all of His Word applies to our (violent, painful, sometimes gross) world.

Myth #5: The Bible is about me.

If the Bible feels like a giant puzzle you can’t solve, let me set the final piece.

All of the Old Testament points toward Jesus’ coming arrival. The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are like the cream filling in an Oreo cookie, telling the most important story ever told by recording Jesus’ brief time on earth. The rest of the New Testament points back to what Jesus accomplished on the cross. The Bible ends with great expectation of His return.

The whole Bible is about God.

The whole Bible is about God.

I learned so much from this study at SheReadsTruth.com about this big idea, as well as from the Bible study Seamless by Angie Smith. It illustrates how the Bible is one seamless story. I’d highly recommend both resources!

Since the Bible is all about Jesus and what He has done, it can’t be all about us and what we should do. Sure, there’s lots of guidance in there about how God made us to live, but that’s not the point. Think of it less like a rule book and more like a picture book, chock-full of images of the God of the universe!

Practically, that means when we can stop reading the Bible through the lens of “What does this say about me?” and gaze at it through the lens of “What does this say about God?”

Let’s keep MythBusting!

I’d love to hear from you. Are there any myths on this list that you believe about God’s Word? Can you think of some more to add to the list?

If we are going to become girls obsessed with God’s Word, we need to patch the potholes we may believe about it, so let’s keep talking. Be sure to hop back on the blog tomorrow to bust five more myths about God’s Word.

About Author


Erin is passionate about pointing young women toward God's Truth. She is the author of several books and a frequent speaker and blogger to women of all ages. Erin lives on a small farm in the midwest with her husband and kids. When she's not writing, you can find her herding goats, chickens, and children.

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