This book contains “Bible Secrets” that will surprise people. The real teaching of the Bible has been hidden by the interpretations of preachers, priests, and theologians hired by the religious denominations to teach THEIR doctrines of THEIR church hierarchies. This book strips away the nonsense that prevails today in biblical interpretations and presents a fresh new look at “that good old book.” The results will be a greater respect and love for the world’s best seller. People will say: “Why haven’t we been told these things before?” Here are some of the topics covered:
Dr. Ernest L. Martin has taught history for 12 years at a college in England, been the Chairman of the Department of Theology at another in California, has supervised over 450 college students at a major archaeological excavation in Jerusalem for two months each year for a period of five years (and his archaeological educational program was featured in the Education section of Time magazine for September 3, 1973). He has written four major research books which are advertised internationally in archaeological and biblical periodicals and over 600 Planetariums around the world annually show his astronomical and historical material at their December showings. He has written several hundred articles on biblical and historical matters and is listed in the current (1992–93) edition of Who’s Who in Religion.
by Ernest L. Martin
A few years ago I went to the bookstore of a major Southern California theological seminary and asked the clerk for any book they had on “the world’s oldest profession.” Rather sheepishly, he answered that they did not carry such books in their bookstore because their specialty was “theology.” I immediately informed him that this was the very subject in which I was interested, because the world’s oldest profession is theology. This is easily proved.
I informed the clerk that the first discourse ever recorded in history between two professional individuals (or at least they considered themselves professionals or they would not have been discussing the subjects they did) was the conversation between the serpent and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Indeed, it was the serpent who started the conversation by asking Eve a question about God. The serpent asked: “Yea, has God said?” Thus, we are informed that the first professional question in all history was given by the serpent and it concerned God. The serpent then proceeded to answer his own question that he himself had proposed. The dialogue that evolved was a theological one. And since that time the prime questions discussed throughout all history have been ones involving theology. People are very curious to know about God.
With my explanation of “the world’s oldest profession,” the clerk at the bookstore smilingly told me they had over 10,000 books on the “oldest profession” and he would gladly sell me any of them. The clerk liked my appraisal of the theological profession and he began to tell the other clerks in the bookstore that he had finally found out what “the world’s oldest profession” really was. He and the others were so friendly to me that I bought four books about that profession.
In this book we are going to study some interesting matters concerning “the world’s oldest profession.” In 101 Bible Secrets that Christians Do Not Know, we are going to observe some little known (but often profoundly important) biblical teachings about God and his written word that are often overlooked, misunderstood, misapplied, misused or deliberately abused by people who have occupied themselves with trying to understand the Bible. The truth is, however, if people would genuinely ask questions about God and His ways (not in the manner the serpent proposed) then patiently wait to read or hear the answers as revealed in the Bible (and then believe what they read), most questions about God would have been thoroughly answered and understood centuries ago.
The problem with most of us, and I am including myself in this category, is the fact that we approach the reading of the Bible with such preconceived ideas of what the Bible is supposed to teach that it is no wonder that most of us (in one way or another) have looked right over the biblical answers to our questions. What God shows in simple terms that a child could understand, we have complicated with our preconceived theological beliefs to the place of not being able to recognize even the simplest of biblical truths.
But in this book I ask a very small favor of all my readers and myself. I am asking that all of us slow down a little and read what the Bible says on 101 subjects (some very important and others that may appear trivial at first). By slowing down just a little and if we can get rid of our preconceived ideas (this is difficult to do with any of us), we will be amazed at what the Bible does in fact say to mankind. Indeed, by studying the Bible for what it actually says, the Bible for the first time may begin to make sense to all who read these 101 biblical “secrets.”
Believe me, I have been as guilty of approaching biblical study with preconceived ideas as anyone. We are told to grow in grace and in knowledge, and that is what I have tried to do. I am amazed at some of the absurd beliefs I used to hold about the Bible (supported by what many mainline denominational leaders have taught) that are nowhere near what the Bible actually teaches. I have had to give up such nonsense in the 35 years I have been in the theological profession. In that time I have taught history for 12 years at a college in England, been Chairman of the Department of Theology at another in the United States, and I have supervised over 450 college students at a major archaeological excavation in Jerusalem for two months each summer for a period of five years. I have also written several major books which were advertised internationally in archaeological and biblical periodicals, and over 600 Planetariums around the world feature my historical and astronomical material at their December showings. For matters of reference, I am also listed in the current (1992–93) edition of Who’s Who in Religion.
Now that I have mentioned some of the things I have done for reference purposes, let me now assure you of what I am not trying to do. I am not endeavoring in this book to get anyone into any church or Christian group. My objective is far different. I am only interested in trying to promote a profound respect among the general public for biblical studies and to show some excellent teachings of the Bible.
What will be discovered in this book is the fact that those so-called 101 “secrets” are not “secrets” at all. They are just plain and simple teachings that the preachers, priests and theologians (and also all ordinary lay persons) should never have got mixed-up about in the first place. All it requires to rectify this situation is for all of us to slow down a little. We simply need to read carefully what the Bible does in fact say. When this is done (and I will help you just a little with literary suggestions and advice in the pages of this book), people will be in for some real surprises concerning the teachings of the Bible.
The Bible can truly be understood, and what it teaches is often quite the opposite of what people think the Bible teaches. In many cases the real biblical teaching is diametrically opposed to what professional preachers and priests over the centuries have taught us about what the Bible is supposed to teach. This even includes university professors. The essential problem with the theologians who teach in the universities is their penchant to defend in an active sense the teachings of their church denominations rather than look at the teachings of the Bible in a fresh and independent way. After all, they want to keep their salaries (which is a strong incentive to teach what their employers want and demand) and they find it difficult to be open about what the Bible actually teaches.
This book, however, will bring to light 101 “Bible secrets” that not only most ordinary Christians do not know, but even preachers, priests and theologians do not recognize. My only appeal to you while you read this book is this: Do not simply rely on the teachings that the world has been given over the centuries by those who have been the “professors” employed within the traditional denominations. What we will do in this book is to return to the good old book itself for some simple answers. And we will slow down a little in doing it. When we do, we will discover that the Bible will tell us things very different from what we are being told by most preachers, priests, evangelists, and theologians who are active within “the world’s oldest profession.”
by Ernest L. Martin
The approach of study in this book is different than those who wish to rely on the teachings of the denominational preachers, priests, and theologians. The sole authority will be what the Bible says about itself and its teachings. There are three biblical principles in understanding the Bible that we will follow in this book.
Ernest L. Martin,
David Sielaff, 2005
Introduction (see above)
Instructions to the Reader (see above)
Secret 1 The Ten Commandments Were Pocket Size
Secret 2 Hollywood Knows Nothing about Stirrups
Secret 3 A New Creation of Animals after Noah
Secret 4 Red Sea Was Crossed on an Ice Bridge
Secret 5 The Long-Haired “Jesus” Is a Pagan God
Questions about God
Secret 6 What Does God Eat for Breakfast?
Secret 7 Is the Spirit a Personality?
Secret 8 What Kind of Body Does God Have?
Secret 9 Is God Totally a Spirit?
Secret 10 Is the Godhead a Plural Entity?
Secret 11 Are Angels a Part of the Godhead?
Secret 12 Does God Commit Evil?
Secret 13 Does God Ever Lie?
Secret 14 Does God Have a Wife?
Secret 15 Is God Circumcised?
Secret 16 Can God Die?
Secret 17 What Should Man Call God?
Questions about the Bible
Secret 18 Modern Bibles Are All Mixed-Up
Secret 19 The True Old Testament Order
Secret 20 The Real New Testament Order
Secret 21 The Original Bible Divisions
Secret 22 Books that Do Not Mention God
Secret 23 Hidden Names of God
Secret 24 The Seven Churches of Paul
Secret 25 The Forty-Nine Bible Books
Secret 26 The Wrong Number of Books
Questions about Chronology
Secret 27 Jacob’s Old Age at Marriage
Secret 28 Abraham’s Legal Wives
Secret 29 The 400 Years of Bondage
Secret 30 The 450 Years of Paul
Secret 31 The Exact Day of Christ’s Birth
Secret 32 Christ Born on New Year’s Day
Secret 33 An Eclipse at the Crucifixion?
Secret 34 When Was Christ Resurrected?
Secret 35 What Weekday Was Christ’s Death?
Secret 36 Has the Resurrection Already Occurred?
Secret 37 Are There Two Second Advents?
Secret 38 The Pre-Tribulation Rapture
“Let Us Now Go to Hell”
Secret 39 Just Where Is Hell?
Secret 40 Is Hell a Burning Punishment?
Secret 41 Can People Live in Hell?
Secret 42 Where Is the Lake of Fire?
Secret 43 Did Christ Preach While Dead?
Secret 44 All People Go to Hell
Secret 45 Does Hell Last Forever?
Secret 46 Did Peter Say “Go to Hell?”
Questions about Prophecy
Secret 47 Death of the Two Witnesses
Secret 48 Is a Day Always a Year?
Secret 49 A Major Contradiction?
Secret 50 The Real Meaning of 666
Secret 51 Vatican Hill and Prophecy
Secret 52 What Does Antichrist Mean?
Secret 53 Will Many Christs Soon Arrive?
Secret 54 Why Methuselah Lived So Long
Questions about Sexual Themes
Secret 55 What Men Prophesied Stark Naked?
Secret 56 Abraham Swore on the Testes
Secret 57 The Castration of Ham
Secret 58 Never Touch a Woman’s Hand
Secret 59 Canaanites Wanted Sexual Organs
Secret 60 Israel and Phallic Worship
Secret 61 Paul Recommended Emasculation
Secret 62 Having Many Women without Adultery
Secret 63 Did Baal Relieve Himself?
Questions about Christian Doctrines
Secret 64 Should One Turn the Cheek?
Secret 65 People Are Ordered to Swear
Secret 66 Are Christians “Born Again”?
Secret 67 Were Christians Communists?
Secret 68 Could Paul Lose Salvation?
Secret 69 When Were You Saved?
Secret 70 How Many Are to be Saved?
Secret 71 People Can Lose Out
Secret 72 Will Mustard Seed Faith Do?
Secret 73 Does Satan Know Your Thoughts?
Secret 74 Does Satan Cause One to Sin?
Secret 75 Are Prophets Infallible?
Questions about Rituals and Salvation
Secret 76 Was the Passover Always a Lamb?
Secret 77 Can Passover Be Kept Anywhere?
Secret 78 Are Entrails Proper to Eat?
Secret 79 How Young Were Animals Eaten?
Secret 80 What Day Was the Passover?
Secret 81 Should Christians Keep Feasts?
Secret 82 Does God Always Follow Rules?
Questions about History
Secret 83 Did Enoch and Elijah Die?
Secret 84 Was Incest Justified?
Secret 85 The Women of Christ’s Genealogy
Secret 86 Who Was Judas Iscariot?
Secret 87 What Prophet Was Deformed?
Secret 88 Who Was the First Gentile Saved?
Secret 89 What Prophet Called God a Liar?
Secret 90 Who Was the Author of Psalm 119?
Secret 91 Did Moses Stutter?
Secret 92 What Was Joseph’s Colored Coat?
Secret 93 Why Did Rachel Steal Images?
Secret 94 No Circumcision in the Wilderness
Secret 95 Israel’s Population at the Exodus
The Garden of Eden and Noah’s Flood
Secret 96 Where Was the Garden of Eden?
Secret 97 Did the Flood Cover Mountains?
Secret 98 Did Noah Have a Rain Gauge?
Secret 99 The Earth Once Had Ice Rings
Secret 100 Did Water Come From the Temple?
Secret 101 Political Bible Translations
Appendix 1 More on Crossing the Red Sea
Appendix 2 The Error of the Long-haired Jesus
Appendix 3 The Holy Spirit — Person or Power?
Appendix 4 How the Bible Is Inspired
Appendix 5 Where Is the Lake of Fire?
Appendix 6 The Population at the Exodus
Appendix 7 The Secret of the Number 666
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