"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Acts 4: 12
If you've read very many of my articles, you have probably realized I am totally fascinated by mountains. I have even been blessed with the good health to climb a few. The highest was Kala Patthar, across the Khumbu valley from Mt. Everest. The elevation is 18,200 feet.
I've been to the summit of The Jungfraujoch (elevation 11,371') and The Schilthorn (elevation 11,744') in Switzerland and climbed Pikes Peak in Colorado (elevation 14,110'). The science, even though I'm not a scientist, amazes me. The fact that one can get sunburned in the morning and be in snow and ice that afternoon because of elevation changes is fascinating.
One of the greatest misconceptions I've ever encountered, concerned mountains. Since I was in the third grade, I've "known" Mt. Everest, which straddles the border of Tibet and Nepal was the "mac daddy" of all mountains. I stood at the base of Mt. Everest in May of 2000. To be in sight of the biggest anything most certainly gets my attention.
Once upon time in Bagamoya, Tanzania, I heard the comment made, "Kilimanjaro is the largest mountain in the world." "I 'know' that isn't true but, whatever. It is the highest mountain in Africa, but not the world" I thought. The guy was not one to be convinced he was wrong about anything. Also, he was much bigger and younger than me, so I chose to ignore. Margie says I'm good at that. Later, I found a definition of Kilimanjaro and sure enough, it is classified as the largest free-standing mountain in the world. The summit elevation is nearly two vertical miles less than Everest.
I had seen Kilimanjaro several times from airplane windows. The first time I saw it from the Kenyan plain, I couldn't believe how massive it appeared and I was still 60 kilometers (40 miles) from the base. Kilimanjaro is a stratovolcano mountain that began forming about three million years ago. Everest is one mountain in the Himalayan range that reaches 1,500 miles and began forming over 60 million years ago.
There are three largest, tallest mountains. Everest in Nepal is 29,035 feet above sea level. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is 19,340' above sea level but is the largest free-standing mountain rising over 16,000 feet above the African plain. Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii stands 33,500 feet above the seabed, making it the largest mountain in the world. It's not likely a base camp will ever be established at Mauna Kea.
I recently learned, the summit of Mt. Chimborazo in Ecuador (elevation 20,548'), is closest to outer space because of the equatorial bulge in the earth.
I was totally amazed at the definitions given to mountain characteristics. Also, an interesting bit of information about Everest; it grows at the rate of about one meter every ten years. The geologic plates of China, pushing south and India (and the rest of South East Asia) pushing north, causes that growth. God's creation is definitely evolving, changing and maturing constantly.
By engineering the definitions to fit the needs of tourist solicitors, we have redefined the topography of the planet. We see these manipulations of information in numerous areas. Will the science and geography books have to be rewritten? Even though, most things stay the same, throughout a human lifetime, mankind places his twist upon the facts. Misconceptions are everywhere!
There are numerous misconceptions about the Bible. The "fruit" Eve partook of was stated as the "fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil." It is not called an apple in the Bible. That "fruit" is a symbolic word used to describe something entirely different. It may have grown on a tree or bush, or may have been something such as a physical action between Eve and the serpent. Perhaps, if the word "product" had been used, we would have a completely different perception.
"Serpent" is a word in Genesis chapter three that refers to Satan and most likely was not a snake as the old time artists and writers have depicted it to be. The word serpent is used in Mark and Revelation to identify Satan. In my thinking, the words demon, beast and dragon referring to Satan, the antichrist and the false prophet are appropriate in their concept but not in reality. We might also note a (mythological) dragon is usually identified as a reptile.
Another common misconception is, the Old Testament is Jewish history and the New Testament is about Jesus and provides us with knowledge for salvation. While both concepts are true, they are incomplete. The entire Bible is about Jesus! He was prophesied from Genesis 3: 15, and throughout the Old Testament.
The greatest misconceptions we have been exposed to are the teachings of the false prophets. I full well understand, we perceive things differently but the fact remains; we are saved by faith (Ephesians 2: 8), in believing Christ Jesus was crucified (shed His blood) (Matthew 27: 35), for the remission of sin (1 John 1: 7), and was resurrected from the dead (Matthew 28: 6).
I don't care if a man is standing on a gold stage in a $10,000 suit with a diamond podium, if he says, there is any way to heaven other than Christ Jesus, he is a false prophet. The gospel of Jesus is simple; either you believe it, or you don't. Christ Jesus crucified for the remission of sin and resurrected.
Galatians 1:8 "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." It appears Paul is saying, there is only one path to Heaven and that is through the doctrine of a crucified and resurrected Christ Jesus. All these little nit-picking subjects we become so entangled over, really have no bearing on eternity in Heaven or Hell.
People may try to lead you into controversial, tangled up subjects from within the Bible. Here is what you are to say if someone tries to provoke you into an argument. "I don't know about that, but what I do know is, Jesus died on the cross for my sins and was resurrected from the dead. In believing that, you too, can be saved."