As a Christian, I have long claimed to follow Jesus. Most Christians make that claim, despite never opening their Bibles and actually reading his words. I’ve recently held quite a few conversations with self-professed Christians who made claims about our Savior that actually shocked me. I quickly learned that there are many common misconceptions among believers of today and wanted to take the time to dispel them in this post. Here goes …
Misconception #1. His name is Jesus. His actual name, in Hebrew, is Yeshua. Jesus is the Latin translation. Now, I’m not a sacred namer by any means, and there will people who will argue the actual pronunciation of his name with you until they are blue in the face. (I’m not one of those people). But I can tell you that I’ve heard stories of people who used the name Jesus and the name Yeshua in the presence of demons and dark forces and found the latter to be more powerful at getting them to disappear.
Misconception #2. He came to bring peace. He actually said he came not to bring peace but a sword. Seriously. Look it up. Matthew 10:34. He said a lot of hard things like that, which many people would be surprised to hear if they’ve never really read their Bibles (and I’m finding that most people haven’t.)
Misconception #3. His second coming is imminent. In reality, if you want to get technical about it, his second coming has already passed. He was born of a virgin, died, resurrected and ascended into heaven before coming back down and reappearing to his disciples. If you think about it, that was actually his second coming. We are waiting for his third coming. Interesting to note, at least I thought so.
Misconception #4. He abolished the law. Nope, nope, nope. You don’t know how many times I’ve heard well-meaning preachers not only say that he abolished the law, but that he broke the law in order to save lives. This is simply not true. If Jesus broke the law, that would make him a liar, and if he’s a liar, then he’s certainly not the Messiah. Jesus did not break the law, and he did not abolish the law. He lived a perfect, sinless life, and in doing so, fulfilled the law of God, which he never once spoke against. On the contrary, he was the living, breathing example of who we are to be and how we are to walk as followers of Him.
Misconception #5. He was white. This is sort of a joke. Since I haven’t actually seen him, I can’t tell you what color his skin was, but I seriously doubt it was pale. The man was an Israelite. Jews have dark skin. So all you racist people out there who want to claim our Messiah had white skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes are probably in for a serious shock when you see what he really looks like. Just sayin’…
Misconception #6. His last name is Christ. It kind of made me laugh when I heard that there are people out there who actually believe this. Christ is a generic title. It was most certainly not his last name, and in fact, we really should say Yeshua Messiah instead of Jesus Christ. I think the phrase “Jesus Christ” confuses people and leads them to believe things like “Christ was Jesus’ last name.” What a crazy and laughable thing to say. It makes me sad that this is such a common misconception.
What other hilarious assumptions about Jesus have you heard before? Share them with us in the comments below!