By Victor Ochieng
We’ve recently been bombarded by several fake news, some of which are shared with great conviction that people begin to treat them as the gospel truth.
This isn’t something new though. It’s been around for ages. There are such fake stories about the person of Jesus, the early days of Christianity, the advent of the church and the development of the Bible.
Below are five fake stories that have been said so many times that they now sound factual;
Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ Wife
Many people have been duped to believe that Jesus Christ was in a marriage with Mary Magdalene and that he had children. This story has been captured in a number of literatures, including the controversial The Da Vinci Code.
Jesus’ Deity Was Installed in the Council of Nicea in the Fourth Century
There is a belief among many that Jesus was not given the high regard He currently enjoys until the Council of Nicea. Those who share this belief say Jesus was no more than an ordinary person before the council. This is despite the overwhelming evidence that Jesus was highly exalted way before that.
Belief that Christians Had No Bible until Constantine’s Time
There has been a widely held claim that early Christians had no Bible, at least for the first 400 years. Those who hold this school of thought claim that early Christians relied on passed down oral traditions that changed over time. What’s clear is that this claim lacks any historical basis. According to history, early Christians had the Bible, which we now call the Old Testament, and which was their core doctrine even as God inspired the writing and compilation of the New Testament books.
The ‘Gnostic’ Gospels like Thomas Were Equally Popular like the Gospel of Matthew and John
Ever since the 1945 discovery of the Gnostic Gospels in Nag Hammadi, many people have spread the story that the “lost” gospels were quite popular, even more than such books as Matthew, John and Mark. Some say that during the first few centuries, Christians read so much of the “Gnostic” books.
New Testament Books Were Altered During the Early Centuries
One of the most shared fake stories is that the New Testament was so much altered during the early centuries, so much so that it’s no longer possible to know what the original text of the Bible actually said. This belief was made quite popular by Bart Ehrman’s bestseller Misquoting Jesus.