[This is an updated article from the old blog]
“The word ‘rapture’ is not found in the Bible!” How many times have you heard that or phrases like it.? Another popular one is, “The word ‘trinity’ is not in the Bible!” Does this make it false?
It isn’t logical to take a book of antiquity and has been translated several times, then claim the truth or veracity of a term or phrase simply because it is not found in that book. The Bible was not written in English. Therefore, terms and phrases about the Bible have emerged over time to explain the ideas and concepts within it in a language it was not written in.
Having said that, we should certainly be careful that the ideas and concepts being described really are from the Bible and not from our own imaginations. I want to illustrate this by creating a list for your perusal. I want to point out that it is not sufficient to say that a word or phrase is not in the Bible to “prove” it is false. At the same token, we should carefully examine any word or phrase not found in the Bible much closer than any plain Scripture contained therein. I leave it as an exercise to the reader to prove or disprove any of the following:
second (or third) resurrection
God as God is God
when we get to heaven
we will all meet in heaven
God helps those who help themselves
Easter (except for one erroneous passage that only occurs in the KJV)
ever burning hell