Article by Samekh Aeun
If you are interested in just getting to the juicy stuff, then scroll down to the first image you see to avoid my long introduction. It’s not required to enjoy the list of Christian beliefs not found in the Bible. If you’re a devout Christian, you should probably just not read this. This is in no way an attack on Christianity but does not hold the religious dogma as objective fact. Enjoy!
7 Christian Beliefs Not In The Bible
Christianity is the most prominent and influential religion in the grand story of humanity. It has had a profound impact on cultures around the globe and altered the course of history forever. This religion broke the will of the most powerful empire the world had ever seen at the time and changed the paradigm of the entire known world. Yet, when someone thinks of Christianity (at least in modern times), there is a pretty clear picture of what they’re going to get. Despite all the vast denominations, there is consistency.
Many words we connect to Christianity meant very different things in the ancient past, and morality as a whole did a 180 in the Western world. Ya see, during Roman times, morality and virtue were all about being the strongest and coming out on top. The word virtue in Latin is literally a way to say strength. To the ancient world, the worthy who had the right to rule was self-evident by who was in charge and in control. Power was seized by those who were blessed by the gods. And empires forged on the anvil of eternal war. Might was right. Those who dared to rise up and grasp their desires were the ones that deserved what they attained (by any means necessary). That was morality to the ancient Romans and the ancient world in general. It was a much more brutal yet elegant time.
Then came along the Christians, and changed the entire paradigm of western culture. The Christians were essentially saying, “It’s not who wins; it’s how you play the game,” whereas the Romans were saying, “What are you talking about? We ARE reality. Look at us; we’re winning and on top. Check out our dope empire!” But the Christians outright rejected this paradigm of the past that the Romans clung to so desperately. This “King of the Jews” dared to defy Roman rule and go against the Pharisees (who were just one sect of the Jewish religion which is a little known fact), and the Romans did not like it when someone shook the boat. No matter how hard the Romans tried to kill the Christians, they didn’t care. To them, Christianity stood for something more significant, and beyond material power and wealth, something horrifically alien to the Romans. The Christians were like the Hydra from ancient Greece; no matter how many heads they cut off the beast, two more grew in its place. In the end, Jesus indeed was the ruler of the Romans, the “king” if you will. The entire empire that conquered his people and horribly murdered him now worshipped him as the messiah, and nothing on Earth was ever the same again.
Ya see, most people who demonize and attack Christianity have no idea the good it brought to the ancient world. It changed the entire way the west looked at reality, to resemble more what we see as morality in modern times. People try to blame Christianity for the fall of the Roman empire, which is incorrect. Corruption, stagnation, and other cultures around the Roman territory catching up to them in military technology ended the empire. Despite the darker nature of the religion, Christians substantially helped in the evolution of human consciousness for the better, and they were the keepers of knowledge during the Dark Ages.
However, most Christians don’t know (and most people in general, I guess), is that there was no solid canon in the early centuries of the faith. It wasn’t until the Council of Nicaea with Constantine the Great that Christianity was forcibly streamlined. It was absorbed by the system (which is the enemy in any era) and turned into the state religion. This caused a schism in the Church, and many believers were forced to obey what was declared canon or suffer the wrath of the majority. It was not a pretty picture.
Even worse, the people who chose what books were to remain in the Bible and what was to be taken out were horribly corrupt and self-serving. There were edits, and entire outlooks on Christ as a whole banned from mainstream faith. The religion has a long history of committing genocide on its own believers if they interpret things differently than Christian factions more powerful than them. So, after it went mainstream, Christianity became a part of politics, and power-hungry clergy (politicians) ran it, and the faith would never be the same again. In a sense, a part of Christianity died long before it ever became global, and the mystical nature of it was sidelined for hierarchies, dogma, attaining wealth, privilege, and power over the masses. Something the original Christians and Jesus would have been horrified by, but sadly goes hand in hand with history. Many medieval/renaissance popes never even read the Bible, and if you research them, they were complete maniacs. To the elite, Christianity became about power, leaving it to the common smallfolk keep the spirit of Christianity alive and not those who were supposed to be its Earthly representatives. Modern Christianity isn’t even close to resembling its original forms.
Yet, Christianity would go on to dominate the western world for millennia, and still till this day remains a powerful force to be reckoned with. Surprisingly, many Christians accept things as given to them without doing any research on their own. But, I understand why they don’t, because it takes coming from a place of respect and objectivity, while also understanding things are rarely what they seem at face value.
Resulting in the religion having many mainstream beliefs that have no origin or reference in the Bible (or having a plethora of liberties in taken). Many Christian views are just translated wrong or built up through religious pop culture. The following is a compilation of such things nowhere to be found in the holy book yet is commonly believed by mainstream Christians. Do note, though; I completely respect Christianity and its impact on human consciousness, and this article is in no way an attack on the Faith. If you’re a Christian that is sensitive to alternative perspectives concerning your religion, then I humbly ask you to stop reading now.
The truth is most people haven’t even read the Bible. They’ve read a clumsy translation with biased edits, translated on top of translation of translations of translations of copied translations over and over and over from countless handwritten copies of copies of copies on and on and on and on. From the time of Christ to when the New Testament was actually put together into one amalgamation was around 400 years, and much of this was thrown out by the Roman Emperor Constantine. Think about that. The Old Testament is even more faded from its original glory. It was written thousands of years before the New Testament and was heavily modified while the Hebrews were in captivity in Babylon. Cirus The Great himself wanted alterations to the texts that, even in ancient times was not a solid canon. You have to remember too that back then, everything was handwritten, and there was no way to preserve anything (unless it was carved into stone or clay). Parts of the Bible were lost forever, not to mention personal liberties taken out of necessity from lost material or personal bias.
A lot of the old handwritten translators weren’t even literate; they were artists that copied what they saw the best they could. To make things even harder, it was first translated in Koiné, the ancient Greek language that spanned the Mediterranean. This language was written in unbroken sentences, which would mesh words together to say things they didn’t say, giving rise to a plethora of cascading opposing interpretations. Sentences like, godisnowhere which was intended to say God is now here, could be translated as God is nowhere, ext (use your imagination). Not to mention certain words could only be used in a certain context and changed completely in meaning depending on where it was even used in a sentence. Both Hebrew and ancient Greek have such a nuanced linguistic nature.
The sad thing is people were so blinded by indoctrination, and brainwashed to the point reason was useless, that all the priestly people in charge of things thought God guided the hands of those writing the Bible and translating it (which is insanely lazy and irresponsible). They figured they could do no wrong, and whatever happened was God’s will. There is no doubt from Biblical scholars and those who are disciplined to achieve in-depth research into the subject know that the current works of the Bible are insanely different than the earlier ones. Hell, even copies from the same time periods that have survived are vastly different from one another.
A lot of the differences don’t seem like a huge deal, but it is a domino effect. It just goes deeper and deeper and changes more and more to the point a lot of scriptures don’t even mean the same thing (or the metaphors are entirely lost). The facts are, God was not controlling anyone’s hands by the objective reality that evil men made many of the discrepancies and changes. The majority of powerful clergy were profane and entirely irreverent to the teachings of Jesus. When you really research the Church, it’s insane just how many of its leaders were devils in disguise. Entire sentences from scripture have been proven to have been removed because it didn’t gel with the emerging dogma and accepted orthodoxy.
In saying all that, here are seven commonly held Chrisitan beliefs that are not even in the Bible.
1. Angels are the ONLY heavenly entities and they all have WINGS
So, there is literally no mention whatsoever in the Bible of God’s angels having wings. The seraphim have wings but are actually distinguished as something separate from Angels in the Bible. There are three classes of heavenly beings: The SERAPHIM, CHERUBIM, and the ANGELS. Angels in the Bible are depicted as appearing very human and are the messengers of God. There is nowhere that an angel is depicted with wings, which was popularized in art later on down the line thanks to Italians of the renaissance. Seraphim and Angels are distinctly mentioned as separate things, and seraphim have six wings, not two. Cherubim are another heavenly entity. If all these entities were Angels, then why is a Cheruben called a Cheruben and not an Angel and why is a Seraphim called a Seraphim and not an Angel. There are more than one heavenly entities is the only conclusion, but somewhere along the line, it became a tradition to chock them all up to the same thing, Angels. There are also no female Angels in the Bible even though they are popularly depicted in religious art across the centuries from many Christian cultures. The majority of Angelic encounters are just a regular dude in a robe.
Even stranger still, is many Angels from the Bible are very different than how we would think of them. In fact, they are quite horrifying. In Revelation 4, the Apostle John has received a vision of himself leaving Earth behind and ascending into heaven.
“…and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance, and there was a rainbow around the throne like an emerald in appearance. And around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones, I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.”
The worst thing about this passage is that the “Elders” are never identified or elaborated on. But, the passage continues:
“…and from the throne proceed flashes of lightning and sounds of peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God; and before the throne, there was as it were, a sea of glass like crystal.”
What most people don’t put together is this same thing has been encountered before in the Bible. In the Old Testament, the Hebrews and Moses encountered the exact same thing almost word for word in Exodus 10:16, and this is where things get interesting because the heavenly entities are introduced. There before him were Seraphim, Which had also been mentioned by Isaiah in the Book and passage of Isaiah 6.
“SERAPHIM stood above Him (God), each having six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.’ And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the Temple was filling with smoke.”
Here they are again described by John’s experience in Revelation: “…and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. And the first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who to come.”
Seraphim are trippy as hell, but not quite as much a….
The Cherubim are distinct from Angels as well and seem similar to Seraphim in some ways. cherubim are not the Cherubs of Valentine’s day that shoot arrows to make people fall in love looking like babies with wings. The Cherubim that inspired them to have nothing to do with creating love between people. These entities are high ranking and are the guardians of God’s Holy Presence, but they are also direct extensions of his will in a militaristic sense as he sends them to battle.
Cherubim are first mentioned at the beginning of the Bible in Genesis 3:24. Adam and Eve had eaten from the forbidden fruit and been granted the knowledge of good and evil (just as planned?) and gained sentience and self-awareness. God then sends the Cherubim to banish them from paradise.
“So He drove the man out; and at the east of the Garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life.”
This is fascinating because this is always usually interpreted as Angels who did this and the Angel with the flaming sword who guards the entrance to Eden. However, it is not Angels and all but Cherubim, and they look nothing like Angels. In Ezekiel 1:5-12 God grants Ezekiel a vision of the eldritch horrors, and it is trippy af.
“…and within it there were figures resembling four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human form. Each of them had four faces and four wings. And their legs were straight and their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they gleamed like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides were human hands. As for the face and wings of the four of them, their wings touched one another; their faces did not turn when they moved, each went straight forward. As for the form of their faces, each had the face of a man, all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and all four had the face of an eagle. Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another being, and two covering their bodies. And each went forward; wherever the Spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they go. “
Yea, those ain’t no Angels…
“…and their whole body, their backs, their hands, their wings, and the wheels were full of eyes all around, the wheels belonging to all four of them. The wheels were called in my hearing, the whirling wheels. And each one had four faces. The first face was the face of a cherub, the second face was the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. Then the cherub rose up. They are the living beings that I saw by the river Chebar.” -Ezekiel 10:12-15
In Ezekiel 10, the Babylonian conquest is beginning. However, Ezekiel can’t get over the Cherubim and how trippy they are, recounting what he saw.
“These are the living beings that I saw under the God of Israel by the river Chebar; so I knew that they were cherubim. Each one had four faces and each one four wings, and beneath their wings was the form of human hands. As for the likeness of their faces, they were the same faces whose appearance I had seen by the river Chebar. Each one went straight ahead.”-Ezekiel 10:20-22
The Cherubim are mighty, and often displayed in statues at the Hebrew Temple, the Tabernacle, upon the Ark of the Covenant, and many other holy relics. They are quite horrifying, and sadly never represented in their true form in Christian culture, art, or anything beyond ancient Hebrew design. Most likely because they’d just cause nightmares to anyone who looked at them.
Also called wheels, these heavenly beings are entities of Justice, the Spirits of “will” who live in the essence of the symbolic astrological sphere known as Saturn. This has nothing directly to do with the physical planet of Saturn but is merely analogous to it.
The Thrones supervise judgment for individual karma and for humanity as a whole and are also depicted as the record keepers of the sacred Universal laws representing the “will” necessary to administer Divine justice in the Universe. Thrones are entities that are manifestations of the spiritual divine essence of God and his omnipresence in our reality.
Many ancient alien believers say that the “Wheels/Thrones” are UFOs but the people who saw them could only describe the phenomenon as best they could with their little understanding of concepts like aliens and spaceships. Hence spinning divine wheels with eyeballs.
But, also if you look even deeper into this topic, there even more spiritual beings in separate categorizations than Angels. Such as the Powers, Dominions, Virtues, and Principalities. These entities sound like places and groups but they’re actually the names of individual spiritual beings. But they’re much more esoteric so let’s just focus on the main show of Christendom:
“And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away from the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his garment was white as snow, and the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.” -Matthew 28:2-4
That’s a pretty badass Angel moment. But still, not once in the Bible is an Angel ever described as having two wings, or seeming too different from an ordinary human for the most part. Here is a description from the main man himself, Abraham.
“And when he (Abraham) lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the earth.” -Genesis 18:2
Again Angels are depicted as being quite ordinary men in Genesis 19:1 with no wings.
“Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.”
“…and they (Sodom residents) called to Lot and said to him, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight?’ Bring them out to us that we may have relations (AKA butt stuff) with them.”
Angels have many functions as a servant to God, being mostly messengers, but also warriors, with the Archangel Michael the most famous (and the only one mentioned by name in the Bible) but with all the banned books of the Bible and Cabalistic lore there is a rich and sprawling lore surrounding Angels, and the Enochian language with which they communicate with mortals. Still though, no wings yo.
2. That heaven is the final place souls live forever
It’s objectively stated all humans will be given life on a renewed Earth. For Humans, heaven is more a temporary hang out spot. You can do a lot with interpreting this too (Reincarnation anyone?) and a lot of the ideas about heaven don’t even originate from the Hebrews. Such as “the Kingdome of Heaven is within you.” Does that sound familiar? Well, it should because it’s a common Christian saying from history. Yet, its origin is a maxim from the ancient mystery schools of Egypt.
There is nothing worse than having a conversation on spirituality with a conservative Christian who takes the Bible literally, then refuses to back up other things in the Bible that doesn’t suit their current worldview. I have often found myself thinking “well, which one is it? Is the Bible 100% infallible, or are some things irrelevant?” It can be intellectually frustrating to have a deep understanding of the Bible, yet not be taken seriously by Christians simply because you don’t parade yourself around as a part of THE ONE TRUE RELIGION IN THE WORLD like they do. The word heaven is to describe the place in which the full presence of God is manifested, which turns a simple idea of a kingdom in the clouds with everyone wearing white roads on its head.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” -Revelations 21:1-4
With this passage, it’s also clear that the form of Heaven on the spiritual plane won’t even be around forever. So much of the Bible is meant to teach in parables and metaphors, so one of the worst things a mainstream Christian can actually do is accept the scriptures literally. The slave virtues indoctrinated into the masses after the Emperor of Rome seized the faith as his own is where this blind acceptance comes from. The original Christians were a culture of philosophers each and every one willing to debate the nature of anything.
Also what is little talked about is the nature of reincarnation in both ancient Hebrew and early Christianity. Back in 1945, some controversial original Christian texts were discovered in Egypt. The area the texts were found is historically an area many Christians fled to during a renewed Roman invasion to recapture Jerusalem. For two thousand years, they were untouched and are easily as important as the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The texts blatantly describe a spiritual phenomenon that can only be categorized as reincarnation in modern terms.
Reincarnation is also found in Hebrew which is referred to as gilgul which translates to “rolling” as in the soul rolling through time from one existence to the next. The Rabbi Saadia Gaon, a profound medieval philosopher talks about such things in an attempt to understand why God would allow young innocent children or the innocent in general to die unfairly without committing sin. But, there are many sects of Jewish thought throughout history that believe in reincarnation, with the Kabbalists taking the idea to heart fully.
In any case, there is much more than meets the eye when it comes to the afterlife concerning both Hebrew and Christianity. None of the ideas are accepted in mainstream traditions of the two religions in modern times, but objectively looking at things, there is much more legitimacy to different ideas of death and the soul than one would suspect.
3. Satan was once Lucifer and is the ruler of Hell
This one is as mainstream Christianity as it gets. However, the Devil’s origins are elusive if you go read the Bible. This is an idea that has consumed Christian minds and has had a huge influence on the faith through the centuries. Lucifer’s pride lead him to lead a rebellion against God and fall down into Hell to rule as Satan, it’s powerful stuff. However, Satan in Hebrew is not a proper name. It’s a title, and it means “adversary.”
Even more confusing is that “Satan” hangs out with God in the Old Testament, and seems to serve for him and do his bidding. At no point in the Bible is Satan ever stated to rule the underworld. Most of how modern Christians perceive Hell comes from “Paradise Lost” (which is where we get the Lucifer was Satan thing from) and “Dante’s Inferno” from the Renaissance. Luke Chapter 10 of the New Testament does state that Satan fell but doesn’t really give any context and in no way is it ever stated that Satan was once an Angel, or separate from Heaven.
In the Book of Job, Satan is called one of the “heavenly beings” and literally hangs out before God is his heavenly splendor. The Book of Zecharia even states Satan to be standing at the right hand of God. But is Satan an Angel? Who knows because it never stated objectively, but there are a few translations of the old testament that turn Satan into “the Angel of the Lord” but this is not to be taken too seriously because the more legit translations of ancient Hebrew and Greek do not state Satan as the Angel of the Lord that talked to Moses and other prophets throughout the Bible. That Angel is never given a name other than its duty title.
In the book of Revelation, there is also no statements that Satan was an Angel or once Lucifer or anything. It talks about all kinds of crazy monsters and the antichrist, but most are plural and not meant to be taken as more than a metaphor. There is a great dragon that hunts the faithful of Jesus in Revelation, but it’s never called Satan. There is also no accounts in the Bible of Satan ruling Hell, which is pretty crazy if you think about it concerning Christian dogma. As is Satan seems more like a dedicated servant of God who has a tough job, but someone has to do it.
Lucifer is only mentioned once in the Bible in Isaiah 14:12, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How are thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” In ancient Hebrew, Lucifer means “The Morning Star” or “The Shining One” which was used to describe the planet of Venus. Venus in a world without light pollution is actually very bright and appears before dawn. Hence the word “Morning Star.” Venus was closely associated with Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, as well as all Babylonian kings in general. So calling a Babylonian king Lucifer was actually a thing. All the Bible verses surrounding Lucifer support this. Lucifer is described in ways that a man would be described, not the most brilliant and loved Angel as mainstream Christians say.
Even more bizarre that may rub some Christians the wrong way is that there was a time in the faith’s history that Lucifer didn’t have any bad connotations to it. The word was interchangeable with Jesus because he was the “Morning Star” and other illuminators that were revered by the name Lucifer. It was not until much later in history people started calling Satan Lucifer or associating the name with an evil fallen Angel out of their own speculations and what not. If you want to know more about how Lucifer is not what many translations and interpretations of the Bible think he is, then here is a link that will break it down for you in much greater depth.
The word “Lucifer” meant “the shining one” or “the morning star” and was often used to refer to the planet Venus, which was the first celestial body to appear in the night sky around dawn. The ancient kings of Babylon were religiously tied to the planet Venus, and many maxims were relegated to the kings as titles. In the Bible, Lucifer was originally being used to refer to the king of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar and the Bible verses state his ultimate fall and demise, despite having once outshone all the kings of the Earth.
4. The seven Archangels are all in the Bible
Hilariously, the only books that talk about the Archangels in detail were the ones that Constantine and the corrupt clergy took out of the Christian canon at the Council of Nikea. The banned books of the Bible got em, but in the mainstream Bible that all Christians swear by, there is only one named Archangel, and that is Michael in the Book of Jude 1:9. The reason most people identify with Gabriel as an archangel is from a non-canonical Second Temple piece of Jewish literature, and the rest of the Archangels from material not in the Bible. The angel Gabriel is very much in the Bible, but never once is he named Archangel. Though in Cabalistic texts (Hebrew Mysticism) the Archangels are indeed mentioned, but nadda in the mainstream Bible. So in order to really research the Archangels all Christians swear by, you have to look anywhere BUT the Bible.
In scriptures, there are “princes” mentioned in the Bible in reference to heavenly entities, and many people have categorized them as Archangels, no matter how unobjective that is (confirmation bias is a bitch). But there is much such wishful thinking that altered how the Bible is interpreted. As an example, most Christians will swear by the fact that Archangel Michael is the commander of God’s heavenly armies. This is completely untrue. Not once is Michael ever mentioned as being the General of the Lord’s forces. He is named as “the great prince who is in charge of your people” (Israel) in the book of Daniel 12:1. Michael is the holy guardian of the Hebrews, not the leader of Heaven’s armies. That is reserved for “the Angel of the Lord” who pops up a lot of times in the Bible and is encountered by Joshua outside the gates of Jericho in the book of Joshua 5:13-15 and Moses at the burning bush in Exodus 3:2 and Acts 7:30-31.
“When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, ‘Are you for us, or for our adversaries?’ And he said, ‘No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, ‘What does my lord say to his servant?’ And the commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, ‘Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.’ And Joshua did so.”
The Angel of the Lord is never named but is a powerful presence in the scriptures none the less. Many have speculated the nature of the entity and come to the conclusion that the angel is an avatar of God himself as much as he can take form in the material world without annihilating it. People think Moses was talking to God at the burning bush after all, but no, it was this guy. Despite all the efforts to label the Angel of the Lord, the entity is too cryptic to put in any category and will remain enigmatic.
Modern Christians look at the Seven Archangels mostly based on forbidden books of scripture that were ripped out of the faith’s canon. It is the book of Enoch that really goes into detail about the Archangels. They are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Raguel, Ramiel, and Sariel. There are actually even more Archangels, but this is the seven of mainstream thought.
Ramiel is one of the Seven Archangels but turned rogue with 200 of the Watchers (a type of Angel) that defied their instructions in looking after the Earth. These Watchers became fallen Angels and took human wives, mated with human women, and walked among the terrestrial children of God openly. Ramiel got heat mostly because he taught forbidden knowledge to the children of men. He gave them many tools yet to be discovered naturally through humanity’s advancement through history. The offspring of the Watchers and the women of Earth were the Nephilim. Which has been translated in a variety of different ways (the word giant often being used), including some people in modern times associating them with aliens. Ramiel was once known as one of the leaders of the Watchers, and his name translates to “Thunder of God” with a couple of other translations. However, unlike other fallen Angels, Ramiel isn’t a dick.
The book of Enoch is all about the Nephilim and watchers. What’s interesting about good old Enoch is he’s referenced in the canon Bible and so are the Nephilim. He’s mentioned in Genesis, Luke, and Hebrews; and the book of Enoch was quoted by both Jude and Peter. Which is bizarre since the tale of Enoch is part of the forbidden scriptures. After it was banned from canon, the copies of it were destroyed, and the book was lost for almost two thousand years. That is until an intact book of Enoch was discovered in Africa in the mid-1700s. People tried to call it fake who didn’t like their little reality being shaken, but then the authenticity of the book of Enoch was proven when a copy was also found among the famous Dead Sea Scrolls.
5. Hell was always a part of the canon
Nope. There is never any mention of even the word Hell in the Bible. It’s the King James Bible that is filled with the word Hell, and this version of the Bible is also one of the most inaccurate translations in existence. This is the version of the Bible most traditional fundamentalist Christians cling to. Other popular translations also include the word Hell such as the globally popular NIV version. The truth is that translators have taken four different words occurring in the scriptures and just smooshed them together being represented only by the word, Hell. These are the words in the Bible used to talk about the afterlife without bad translations.
- Sheol (Hebrew)
- Hades (Greek)
- Tartarus (Greek)
- Gehenna (Greek)
In the New Testament, Hell is described as a lake of fire and a land where fire never goes out. Wondering where the demons are that torture you and stuff? Well, not there to be honest. There is no objective description of Hell or what goes down in there within the Bible. For this, we must once again Thank Dante and his inferno, as well as other renaissance and medieval writers. The descriptions of “Hell” are vague and open to interpretation.
Contrary to popular belief, the ancient Hebrews very much did believe in an afterlife. The underworld is a universal part of all human cultures throughout history. The Hebrew underworld was mysterious and ineffable, but one day the fallen reawaken.
“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” -Daniel 12:2
In 2nd Maccabees 7:9-14 a mother whose sons are being killed says this:
“Therefore the Creator of the world, who shaped the beginning of man and devised the origin of all things, will in his mercy give life and breath back to you again, since you now forget yourselves for the sake of his laws.”
Do not fear this butcher, but prove worthy of your brothers. Accept death, so that in God’s mercy I may get you back again with your brothers.”
Sheol was not originally a place of torment and horror. The Hebrew underworld slowly developed and changed throughout history as “the revelation” was being revealed to humanity. So there are many different views of it talked about in the Old Testament. Originally it was a dark shadowy realm where everyone exists in a dream and were shades drift through the void. Good people, bad people, the rich, the poor, even animals would descend to Sheol after death. Sheol was devoid of hate, love, and all the dualities of material nature.
Ideas around Sheol would change as history progressed. Eventually, there was the idea of resurrection, and then the thought that there were different levels to Sheol similar to the Greek Hades. During Jesus’ time, Sheol had evolved to include a section for the righteous and the wicked. It was during this era that the afterlife had changed in Jewish ideas to become a place where one would feel torment.
“The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.” -Luke 16:22-23
6. The Antichrist as a singular person that takes over the world during the apocalypse
As I’ve already said, the Antichrist is plural and only ever talked about a total of four times in the New Testament.
“Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the Antichrist.” (2 John 1:7)
The Antichrist is always talked about just like this. It’ anyone who doesn’t believe in Christ. There is no singular person that carries the title. In the Book of Revelation, there are people who have been called the Antichrist by Christians, but it’s never stated as such in the Bible. Such as the False Prophet who looks like a lamb and talks like a dragon. There is also “The Beast” that is a crazy looking psychedelic monster that comes out of the ocean that does not resemble a human in any way and is never called the Antichrist. The Beast is what is associated with the number 666 and it was Saint Irenaeus who started calling the Beast the Antichrist in his fan fiction, and it caught on. Objectively, however, no. The Beast only started to have stories about it as a person or human in the middle ages, and not once is the Beast described that way in the Bible.
But even if we tie the Antichrist to a singular person through confirmation bias and knowledge filtration, there is still much that goes against the Antichrist being the singular big bad guy during the Apocolypse, and a lot of the symbolism in Revelation is analogous with ancient Rome. The ancient Roman Empire is notorious for having crazy assholes as emperors. Out of all the Roman emperors, there are only nine good ones:
- Augustus (63 BC-14 AD)
- Trajan (53 AD-117 AD)
- Marcus Aurelias 121 AD-180 AD)
- Tiberius (42 BC-37 AD)
- Claudius 10 BC-54 AD)
- Hadrian (76 AD-138 AD)
- Vespasian (9 AD-79 AD)
- Antonius Pius (86 AD-161 AD)
- Constantine 272 AD-337 AD)
In 54 AD the Roman Empire made a massive mistake by allowing an immature and mentally unstable sixteen-year-old boy who was pampered and spoiled to the point he had no objective grasp on reality to take over as Emperor. Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (or just Nero) couldn’t have been a worse choice to take over and was put into power by the corrupt Praetorian Guard. His actions lead to the death of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty inspired by Caesar and solidified by Agustus that birthed Rome as an empire, as well as his own suicide to avoid execution. And the best way to sum up what kind of guy Nero was is this: the dude killed his own mom.
Emperor Nero hated Christians and slaughtered them wholesale. He would even string them up on poles and burn them alive for lighting at parties he threw. If there was one thing that this maniac with god-like authority enjoyed, it was Christians suffering agonizing deaths. Nero also ruled basically the known world and oppressed the faith all across the Empire (fitting nicely with the prophecy in Revelation).
Well, to be honest, there are three Roman Emperors whose names numerically reduce to 666, Vespasian, Domitian, and Nero. And like I said earlier the Antichrist is supposed to be plural and refer to more than one being, so it fitting three emperors is logical. My personal belief is that it was meant to represent Roman Emperors in general (or non-believers and opposers to Christianity).
Emperor Nero is first called out as the Antichrist in the book of Ascension of Isiah.
“The slayer of his mother (he killed his mother Agrippina), who himself this king, will persecute the plant which the Twelve Apostles of the Beloved have planted. Of the Twelve one will be delivered into his hands. A lawless king will come and there will come with him all the powers of this world, and they will hearken unto him in all that he desires.”
“The Twelve” is referring to the Apostles moreso than the original followers of Jesus, but it fits perfectly with Nero, doesn’t it? But there is so much more that links Nero to be the Antichrist. Little known historical documents written by Bishop Eusebius states that one of the twelve was captured and beheaded in Rome during the reign of Nero (the Apostle Paul).
Also, we must look at the main man himself that is responsible for bringing the Antichrist into Christianity, good old Saint John the Divine. John was around for the utter destruction of Jerusalem by Rome, with his people soon afterward banished throughout the Roman world from their homeland. John found himself banished to the small island of Patmos, where he would go on practicing Christianity with an intense hatred for everything Roman. The Bible itself teaches in metaphors and analogies and such, and John could not openly attack Rome or he would face a painful death, so he followed the Bible’s style and wrote anti-Roman propaganda while in his exile that was masked in the psychedelic trip that is the book of Revelation.
In Revelation 13:17-18 John openly talks shit about the economic system that was forced on the Jews and that their coins were replaced by Roman ones. Well, the Antichrist is supposed to force people to take his mark or they cannot buy or sell (fits perfectly). The Roman Emperors were considered divine, and if one did not include them in their worship they could not use money. Obviously, a strict Christian doctrine is to not worship anything but God, so they couldn’t even engage in any commerce whatsoever. Also, numerically the title of Roman Emperor reduces to the numbers 666, who was responsible for imposing this new financial system on the Jews. Modern Christians believe if when the Antichrist comes people who don’t take the mark of the beast can’t sell or buy. Well, in John’s time, without the mark (money) of the beast (Roman Emperor) then no one in the known world could do anything financially. Boom.
But, it doesn’t stop there because the majority of the book of Revelation can be linked to real-world events that were expressed through metaphors. John uses a host of apocalyptic symbolism to get his anti-roman propaganda across. So, to break down the book of Revelation one just has to understand what the symbolism actually is supposed to mean and represent. There is much symbolism found in the numbers of Revelation (which are not meant to be taken literally or arithmetically).
Thousands of years represent the passing of a long time and months mean the passing of a short time. The number seven (which is everywhere in Revelation) is meant to symbolize perfection, wholeness, or divinity. The number three represents the trinity, or heaven, while the number four represents the Earth. Four plus three equals seven. So when John says he’s writing to the seven churches, what it means is he’s writing for all Christendom as a whole, not just seven unique physical locations. He had to write in code to avoid persecution. Using numeric symbolism was a common Hebrew practice all throughout their history, so John was already pretty adept at understanding it long before his exile. Such as the number six meaning incompleteness or meaninglessness.
When 144,000 are marked with a seal (7:4) to protect them from the destruction of the four horsemen, we should understand that it is 12 times 12 (144), times 10 (1,440) times 10 (14,400) times 10 (144,000––meaning all God’s people. When the period of tribulation is said to last for three-and-one-half years (see 11:3; 12:6; 12:14) we should interpret this as symbolic of a half-seven, a broken seven, for evil can never be complete. Evil is always a perversion of good. When the beast is referred to as having the number 666, it simply means total incompleteness, meaninglessness or complete inadequacy (13:18) -.St. Anthony Messenger Press.
So, from a point of view that is unbiased and free of indoctrination, one may conclude that the book of Revelation has actually already happened if you break it down (which will piss off any modern Christian and that’s why I told them not to read this at the beginning of the article). If one learns Hebrew symbolism (or understand symbolism in general because it is still everywhere even in modern times), the jibberish and weird numbers and bizarre imagery all make sense. Even the colors in the book of Revelation are meant to express symbolism. I can read and write ancient Hebrew (but not speak it) so it’s all there if you really want to find it. Even the prophecy of Jesus coming back and taking over the world happened because Christianity took over the Roman Empire and reigned for two thousand years.
7. The Rapture
Yup, nowhere in the Bible and only came around in the late 1800s. People think it’s in the book of Revelation but go look, it ain’t there. A plethora of Christians believes that at the End of Days talked about in the book of Revelation, the faithful to Jesus will be taken to heaven and rise through the clouds. Depending on the version of the Rapture, this will happen either before the apocalypse starts or at the end game when all the dead believers are resurrected to rise to heaven with them. Some see the rapture and second coming as two separate events while other Christians believe they happen at the same time.
There is even an incredibly popular book series call the Left Behind Series that completely revolves around the aftermath of the rapture and the struggles the non-believers have to face after all the good Christians are taken up to heaven. It is very posted apocalyptic yet still retaining modern technology, and has a vast amount of sequels. The Left Behind Series is a stable Christian Fiction, and there are very few who have not heard of it or read them, which only spread the belief in the rapture even further.
The theory of a “Rapture” came from the odd translation of the Bible by the name of John Nelson Darby back in 1833 who jumped to some interesting conclusions. Darby kind of had his own cult and name for his belief called Darbyism. The whole thing was called heretical and amateur translating at best. The majority of mainstream Christianity of the time outright ridiculed and denounced the idea, making Darby out to be a false prophet. To come up with the Rapture was grasping at straws, and playing very loose about scripture stating the rapture is the elect gathering with Christ in Heaven after His second coming based off Thessalonians. There is no objectivity and only the vaguest connections. Which is hilarious that down the line in history it would become a widely held Christian belief.
The Greek translation of 1 Thessalonians 4:17 has the verb “harpagisometha” meaning “taken away” or “we shall be caught up,” associating it with a sudden event. In a Latin translation means “we are taken away” or “we are caught up” from the Latin verb “rapio” meaning “to catch up” or “take away”. Unlike many languages these verbs need certain contexts to be used, which can be confusing to English speakers.
The International Version (NIV) of the Bible concerning the scriptures that inspired the idea of the rapture is as follows:
First Thessalonians 4:15-17 “According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord, himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”
It may seem simple to take that badly translated passage above and say “yea, that sounds pretty rapture” but it completely avoids the context of the overarching theme of that book of the Bible. It was meant as metaphors for many Christians in the early days desire to know that if they die before Christ’s second coming, they will still be able to see it. They are not just out of the picture, but will still very much be a part of it until the end game. Just like Jesus died and rose again, the faithful will be resurrected. Though the Lord will not be separate and in heaven, but within them. The key to understanding the context of those passages is the Greek words used to translate them so long ago in Christianities infancy. The Greek word for “air” in the passage is only used to describe physical, real, Earth air as in the literal atmosphere/sky. They are not in heaven. It is an objective fact how the Greek word for air has been mistranslated into English.
However, these scriptures inspired the belief in the rapture even though it is never named and the details are incredibly vague. The details are extremely cryptic and up for interpretation. Not only that, but more Greek words have been mistranslated. The Greek word for “meeting” the Lord in the air (apantesin) shows up in two other places in the New Testament: Acts 28:15 and Matthew 25:6. Both of these scriptures use the word to refer to meeting a dignitary and going someplace with them that he had just come out of, and more means that the faithfull will return with God into a remade world after the end times. The context of the words in the language is important. Jesus and the disciples taught through metaphor, and sadly it looks like a lot of rapture lore was taken literally in its portrayal from the scriptures. Jesus describes the end times in Mather 24, Luke 21, and Mark 13 and says nothing about anything even remotely resembling the rapture events of Christians being whooshed up to heaven.
But I’m sure you can see how confirmation bias and knowledge filtration may blind people to see what they want to see concerning the scriptures. In verse 15, Paul says that “…we who are alive, who are left,” shall be caught up. So apparently you don’t want to be raptured in order to experience it? You want to be left behind? Does that mean the bad guys get taken and the good guys aren’t taken? Then that would defeat the purpose of the rapture in the first place. It doesn’t make sense in the context the rapture believers try and spin it. How can the raptured faithfull be the ones who are left and alive at the end if they were already raptured? It contradicts itself in the same sentence from a rapture believer’s point of view.
Other passages of the Bible often used as evidence for the rapture are Mathew 13:39-43 that states:
“…and the enemy who sowed them [the bad seed] is the devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. The Son of man will send His angels and they will gather out of His kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and throw them into the furnace of fire; their men will weep and gnash their teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”
So it’s very clear here that these passages are not talking about a supposed raptured Christians but the “harvest” at the end times and the “ones who are taken” in Matthew 13 are referring to the Antichrist (nonbelievers/evildoers). They ain’t getting raptured they’re being tossed by angels into hell. The ones who are not taken and left behind will eventually meet up with Jesus and come back as well as all the dead people throughout history. So there is no escape for the faithful through rapture, and the rapture is never mentioned in the Bible, but the ideas of an amateur translator and his cult whos ideas somehow got accepted into mainstream Christianity.
So as I said from the start of this article, I am in no way attacking Christianity. But, like usual things are not what they seem at face value. The Christianity inspired by Christ has been long dead for millennia, and it has evolved over time to something completely different. Not necessarily bad, just different. The plethora of denominations give the religion a lot of options to choose from, but all of them are very far off than originally intended. With the death of the mystical and philosophical aspect of Christianity after Rome took control of it, the religion is essentially like trying to drive a car without an engine in it. Still, It has done A LOT of good for the world (as well as bad who are we kidding?) and spirituality is always a good thing. There is still lots to gain from the Bible and Christianity, and the power of its logos is undeniable. Trying to put the scattered pieces of Christianity back together is impossible, but I would assume many Gnostic beliefs would be in there if it ever happened. And in saying all that, who are we to judge what other people believe? All human beings should have complete sovereignty over themselves, not respecting that is how good things like the original Christianity turn bad and become corrupted in the first place.