Warped doctrines are built upon the foundations of the twisted plainly written scriptures. For example, today I heard a radio host call a brother of Jesus, “James, the ‘supposed’ brother of the Lord.”
“Supposed?,” I thought to myself. Then I answered myself, “You might hear James called “supposed” on the radio but you won’t hear it in the scriptures.”
So why did this individual insert a word when describing James that the Bible does not use? Because the insertion of “supposed” supports a warped doctrine void of a biblical foundation! This foundation is so void of a plain scriptural basis, the scriptures must be twisted every time they’re referenced concerning this topic because the references are too plain to misunderstand when read without an extraordinarily heavy eisegetical effort; namely that Mary remained a perpetual virgin after the birth of Jesus therefore it’s not possible for Jesus to have a “real” sibling – so they must be “supposed.”
But consider the following plain scriptures:
- Matthew 13:55-56
- Mark 3:31-32
- Mark 6:3
- John 7:3-5
- 1 Corinthians 9:5
- Galatians 1:19
Did you hear “supposed” a single time? Then why would anyone claiming to teach the truth use the word a single time when describing James’ relationship with Jesus?
Now did the Holy Spirit ever think using the word “supposed” was important enough to use when teaching the truth concerning Jesus’ fleshly family? Absolutely! You’ll find this plain language used in Luke 3:23 to describe Jesus’ relationship with Joseph … but not a single time is it used to describe Jesus’ relationship with his siblings. Coincidence? This is because the Bible actually teaches that Joseph and Mary would have naturally conceived children after Jesus’ supernatural conception and birth thus making Jesus’ brothers and sisters his actual siblings in the flesh (Matthew 1:24-25).
When the plain language of the scriptures has to be “interpreted” by inserting non-existent words (see Genesis 3:4) then you can know without a supposition that the basis of a warped doctrine is being constructed before your very ears.
“Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?”” (John 21:21-23, NKJV)