Bible Secrets Revealed: The Complete Series

Bible Secrets

For the last few months I have been working through the various episodes of Bible Secrets Revealed from the History Channel.  This series challenges a number of popular beliefs and conceptions that people hold about the Bible, and raises questions about the integrity and reliability of the Scriptures.  In each of the posts below, I summarize the main content of each episode and offer an evaluation and response.

This entire series has reminded me of two critical truths:

1. Our popular culture is prone to distort and misrepresent the teachings of the Bible. I was struck again by how sensationalistic and misleading popular-level programming can actually be when it …

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What Does the Bible Teach about Sex? The Final Episode of Bible Secrets Revealed

AdamandEve

This is the sixth and final installment of a series of posts reviewing the new History Channel series entitled Bible Secrets Revealed (for others installments, see here, here, here, here, and here).

It looks like the History Channel saved the best (or most controversial) for last.  This last episode is provocatively entitled, “Sex and the Scriptures.”  The episode description really sets the tone:

Millions of people around the world look to the Bible for moral guidance about marriage, faith and family. But could the Bible contain contradictions, or hidden meanings, that challenge our beliefs about what is right–and what is wrong–when it comes to human sexuality?

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Bible Secrets Revealed?: A Response to the New History Channel Series (Part 5)

Revelation

This is the fifth installment of a series of posts reviewing the new History Channel series entitled Bible Secrets Revealed (for others installements, see here, here, here, and here).  I am now a few episodes behind due to (a) the holiday break, and (b) the fact that History Channel locked all their videos and restricted access.  Not sure why they did this, but I have finally found a way to view them online.

The latest episode is entitled, “Mysterious Prophecies,” and examines the role of prophets in the history of Israel and the Church.  Did these prophets really predict the future?  Were the prophecies true?  In particular, …

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Bible Secrets Revealed?: A Response to the New History Channel Series (Part 4)

Jesus

This is the fourth installment of a new series reviewing the History Channel series entitled Bible Secrets Revealed (for others, see here, here and here).  The newest episode is entitled, “The Real Jesus,” and addresses the question of what we can know about the historical Jesus.

Not surprisingly, the tenor of this latest episode is the same as the other episodes, namely that the accounts of the Bible (in this case, the Gospels) cannot be trusted.  This documentary catalogs a number of places where (it claims) the Gospels are simply mistaken.  Let’s run through some issues that are raised.

1. The Virgin Birth.  Almost from the start, …

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