The bible is the post important literature in Christianity, it is regarded as the word of God and offers guidance and direction to Christians. However, the bible is also filled with mysteries and questions that Christians believe are not meant to be queried. But if as Christians, we are meant to live by what the bible says, we kind of deserve some clarity especially as its content were written by the imperfect man, albeit via inspiration from God.
Where is the garden of eden
The bible says that God came down from heaven to fellowship with Adam and Eve until they sinned and were thrown out of the garden. This means that the garden of Eden was probably on earth, but no one seems to know where it is located. Scholars and researchers have suggested its location to be at the head of the Persian Gulf, in southern Mesopotamia (now Iraq) where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers run into the sea; and in Armenia. Of course these are just speculation as there is no actual physical evidence.
Noah’s ark is one of the most recognised biblical phenomena, with a live sized replica even built in Kentucky, USA. Despite many expeditions, no physical proof of Noah’s Ark has been found. Many of the supposed findings and methods are regarded as pseudoscience and pseudoarchaeology by geologists and archaeologists.
Where are the Methuselahs of today
The bible makes mention of the likes of Methuselah, Noah, Enoch, among others who lived for over three hundred years. Some even lived for almost a thousand years–I wonder how life would have been. However, nowadays, no one lives up to such lengths and eighty is even seen as a life well spent. What happened?
When was Jesus Born
The book of Luke states that Jesus was born during the reign of Herod, when the first great census was taking place. This statement has been debunked by scholars and researchers who find it impossible because, although there was a great census conducted by Quirinius at around A.D. 6–7, it didn’t overlap with Herod’s reign. Herod had already been dead for nearly a decade by the time of the census. This puts Luke’s statement on the birth of Jesus in serious doubt.
Ophir is the bible’s own El-Dorado, a place of great wealth and riches mentioned several times in the old testament..As a matter of fact, according to 1 Kings 10:22, King Solomon received a cargo, which consisted of gold, silver, sandalwood, pearls, ivory, apes, and peacocks from Ophir every three years. However, its location today is unknown, with several suggestions pointing towards the Arabian Peninsula and Eastern Africa.
Jesus’ formative years
The new testament chronicles the birth of Jesus, his baptism, his ministry and his death, but nothing is said about his teenage and adolescence life. In Luke 2:41–52, it narrates an episode where Mary and Joseph were looking for Jesus, only to find him in the temple speaking to the elders. That was the last record of Jesus as a child, almost like he went away and came back when he was 30 to begin his ministry.
The lost texts of the bible
If you think the bible is long, hold that thought because it is actually meant to be longer. The Old Testament has often referenced unknown prophets and texts which are nowhere to be found in the bible. Some of these lost books include the histories of various kings and prophets, genealogies, and songs. Several sources have suggested that between 17 to 22 books are missing from the current bible in use.