So far there have been some very interesting answers to these 40 questions about the Bible. Some are very well informed and others are typical of what many people have been taught growing up. Unfortunately, much of what you might think you know in your studies are embellishments meant to make the stories more interesting but most are not factual at all or based on other things outside of the Bible. So let’s revisit these 40 questions and see how well you did.
According to the Bible:
1. What kind of fruit did Eve eat?
The fruit type is not given. It only mentions that she ate from the fruit of the tree of knowledge. However, the fruit is classically depicted as an apple because the seeds of an apple are mildly poisonous but whenever the word “apple” is used in the scriptures, such as “you are the apple of my eye” it is referring to the black center of the pupil, meaning “you are the focus of my attention”. If a fruit were to be more closely associated as the fruit of knowledge it would most likely be a fig as it grows two crops of fruit, one is bitter and the one is sweet, hence symbolic of the knowledge of good and evil. But even though Adam and Eve fastened aprons of fig leaves thus depicting “I understand that I am naked or shameful” it does not name the fruit tree specifically so the fruit is yet unknown.
2. Where was Adam when Eve took the fruit from the tree?
It seems he was right there with her the entire time she was being convinced by the serpent to eat the fruit.
Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
3. What sort of clothes did they wear in the garden?
They wore no clothes in the garden before the fruit as they were unaware of their faults or shamefulness, but post fruit they wore aprons of fig leaves until the Lord fashioned unnamed animal skins into garments for them. Symbolically your inner garments are a covering of fine linen that represent the truths you fashion together to cover your faults or shame, but the outer garment is usually more rough and made of animal hair or skin that depicts your true nature. The animal is much like your personality characteristics and can also depict your profession or trade. Like John the Baptist wore a camel hair coat and a leather belt or Joseph wore a robe of many colors that was torn and taken from him. Every culture uses the animal to represent a spiritual truth about its possessor. From Kung Fu styles to a coat of arms we align ourselves with an animal that best depicts what our lifestyle best represents.
4. What was Jonas swallowed by?
The different translations of the Bible say different things and it varies from a huge fish to a whale or even a sea monster. The main beast that seems to stalk the seas is the leviathan and many stories attribute this creature to being a whale but if you read Job 41:1 or Isaiah 27:1 you may get a much different picture of the sea beast.
Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.
The leviathan is a beast of the sea that seems to be a terror to ships and fish alike. Symbolically the fish are lost souls or potential waiting to be found. The leviathan does not give up its spoils easily and haunts the seas to keep would be traders and fishers at bay. But as fishers of men we gather from the depths the potential treasure of souls and bring them into the light and away from the beast of the raging seas.
5. What were Noah’s neighbors doing while he built the ark?
There is no mention that Noah ever had neighbors. God told Noah to build an ark and so he did the rest is simply embellishment to make the story more endearing and relatable.
6. What did Mary ride into Bethlehem while pregnant?
There is no mention of any such event in the Bible.
7. What were the nationalities of the “wise men”?
All the Bible says is they were from the east. There are many additions added to this story but none that are from the Bible itself.
8. What animals did they ride?
There is no mention of any animals ridden.
9. How many “magi” were there?
This number varies from 2-25 but the truth is there is no mention of numbers (Only more than one), we just use the 3 gift types mentioned as a best guess.
10. Were they kings?
There is no mention of this in scriptures. Some may take different passages to infer it but that is only speculation.
11. What were their names?
The names of the Magi are not mentioned anywhere in the Bible.
12. How old was Jesus when they arrived?
Unknown, it only says He was a child.
13. How did they find the Christ child?
They followed a star from the east that lead them to a single location and stood over the child.
14. What kind of star can be followed and can also stand over a single child?
Following a star to a single point is an impossibility as it would be too far away to triangulate. Try to stand directly under the moon at night to see what I mean; it is too far away to make a solid determination of the exact location it would be marking. Alternatively the angels of the Bible are often depicted as stars even though it does not come outright and say an angel is a star. The word angel means messenger and it is most likely they followed the messenger or angel of the Lord to the child king.
15. What was the name of the daughter of Herodias that danced for the head of John the Baptist’s?
Traditionally she is called Salomé but the name of Herodias daughter is never given in the Bible.
16. What was the name of her dance?
Somehow this dance has become known as the dance of the seven veils but this is not mentioned anywhere in scriptures.
17. What was Jesus’ occupation?
In the life of Jesus He took on almost every occupation in one form or another. From teacher to shepherd to king and much more but He is typically known as a carpenter. However this title is not exactly accurate. The word used for carpenter has a very wide scope in definition and it is harder to nail down than you might think.
I. a worker in wood, a carpenter, joiner, builder
A. a ship’s carpenter or builder
II. any craftsman, or workman
the art of poetry, maker of songs
III. a planner, contriver, plotter
All of these attributes lead to a planner and builder but the root word comes from something more akin to someone whom assists, helps, guards and avenges. Most theologians today attribute His occupation as something more like an architect and not just someone who works only with wood. An architect is a planner and builder of houses and temples. The human soul is likened to a house and your body to a temple, so perhaps this is more appropriate than a carpenter but perhaps that is for you to decide.
18. What was His father’s occupation?
Joseph is not specifically called a carpenter, only Jesus is called the carpenter’s son. It is most likely that both God and Joseph play the same role as chief builder and architect, one on earth and one in heaven.
19. What was the instrument called that Jesus was whipped with?
There is no mention of this device, it only states that he was whipped or flogged.
20. How many times was he whipped?
There is no mention of any number of lashes.
21. What was Jesus crucified on?
Just as Jesus was a carpenter/architect He too was sacrificed on a tree/cross.
22. Where were the placements of the nails?
The Bible mentions feet and hands (not wrist). This has symbolic meaning as a completion of actions hence “It is finished”.
23. How many angels are mentioned by name in the Bible?
There are only 2 angels mentioned by name; Gabriel and Michael. However it has been argued by some that Michael is yet another name for Jesus. This however is not fully definitive.
24. Do angels have halos?
There is no mention of this. This is an Egyptian sun disk that represents the enlightenment of the mind but it is not mentioned anywhere in Scriptures.
25. Do angels have wings?
Seraphim and Cherubim are mentioned to have wings which are symbolic of spiritual enlightenment.
26. What gender are angels?
The gender of angels is not mentioned. Some attribute angels to be both or neither male and female but this is not substantiated. Both Michael and Gabriel are masculine nouns and some cherubim are said to have the head of a man as well as animals. Angels are also described as “Sons of God” but gender is not specific as there is no description of a need to procreate. In a true Biblical sense we are all “sons” and heirs, male and female alike. All genders are attributed as adam as well, meaning man or mankind. We are being made into the likeness of angels so gender is not specific.
27. Do demons have wings?
There are no descriptions of a demon’s form or even what a demon really is. Many say they are fallen angels but this is not expressed specifically in the Bible but commonly accepted.
28. Does the Devil have horns?
There is no mention of this or even implied.
29. Does the Devil have a pitchfork?
There is no mention of this at all. Only the Lord is attributed with a winnowing fan not a trident or pitchfork.
30. Does the Devil have goat legs and hooves?
This is not mentioned nor implied. It comes from the opposition of the lamb on the right hand to the goat on the left and the all-consuming nature of a goat verses the selective grazing of a sheep.
31. Did Jesus ever go into Hell?
This is not mentioned in the Bible. However the word Hades is mentioned but Hades is not Hell, it’s death such as the grave.
32. Does Hell exist?
This is widely acceptable as yes but surprisingly not definitive. Hell is a word added much later to the Bible to describe the accumulation of the punishments of the afterlife of the unrighteous spirits, but yet it is never given a name as a single place. Hell is described as a lake of fire, a place of wailing and gnashing of teeth, an outer darkness or an abyss, but it is not described as a single place that is all those things so the word Hell is used to help link them together. But if you look to the original text used you will see that it is either geenna, sheol, grave or hades. The closets version of this word Hell is tartaroō or Tartarus in Greek meaning the place reserved for the most wicked spirits and only used once in the entire Bible.
2Pe 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, (G5020) and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
33. Where is Hell?
Because Hell is often described as an abyss or pit it is easily accepted as below the earth’s surface but there is no mention of any such location only what the characteristics it embodies.
34. Is Heaven our final destination?
Unknown, there is however mention of a New Jerusalem descending from Heaven as a bride but it does not mention heaven being our final destination.
35. Is there a grim reaper?
The Bible talks about harvesters coming when the wheat is ripe but it makes no mention to any entity called a grim reaper.
36. What is the soul?
This is a mystery to most because it is not clearly written out but it is easiest to understand it as a consciousness. The word is mostly relating to the mind and little else.
37. What is mammon?
Mammon is commonly considered money but it is not. The word mammon means confidence. It is the belief in something absolutely but there are no absolutes in this life despite the jokes of taxes and death. Remember all things are possible with God and anything you think you know you may quickly find to be wrong. Money is a thing of confidence that people put their faith into so it is commonly believed to be money but it is anything you put all your confidence into. The true nature of God is to be open and understanding but this message is easily lost in judgment. When you work in absolutes judgment is a natural progression and openness is lost. True freedom is not found in judgment but in removal from it. It would take some time to explain this fully but it is easiest to see it in saying “I know”. When you utter the words “I know” your journey ends because you are no longer open to change and have no more room for growth. With leaving a little room for healthy skepticism and on top of conscientious objectivity you can see things more clearly as both possible and not possible at the same time. It means you observe and not close your mind to possibilities as a rich man full of too much of his own knowledge would. Being poor does not mean you do not know, it means you are humble and open to all things but viewed in wisdom.
38. What is the “Eye of a needle”?
Many believe this is a sheep gate but there is historically no evidence of this. The exact meaning is in some debate but what is important is that all things are possible with the Lord.
39. Can a rich man get into Heaven?
Of course, so long as he is not mastered by his own riches.
40. Does Saint Peter guard the way into Heaven?
I could not tell you where this myth started but it is in no way substantiated in any scriptures.
So how well did you do?
This exercise was not meant to make you question your faith in a negative way but rather to open up a part of you that perhaps was more closed than you knew. There is a lot to this life that is not understood by most and it is not the fault of the observer who gets it wrong but only to the observer that thinks they know it all and are not open to correction or change. When you reach this dead end the world ceases to flow and a prison of the soul is forged and chains you too your beliefs and traps you in your own judgments. Remember you cannot serve God and mammon. Not money, but your own beliefs and judgments are the bonds that imprison you into a hell of your own making. Remember, only minutes before you read this you thought you knew the answers but now you have doubts… so too should the rest of your life be open to possibilities.
The Bible you know is not fully understood and there is much much more than what you think you know. God has given us answers, but if you believe you know all the answers then the journey ends and you will miss the voice of God calling out within you. If you want to know more, be open to possibilities and come back and visit often.