I'm still on a journey untangling the truth from the false teaching, weighing each and every teaching we were raised with against the Bible and actual fact. I place emphasis on "actual fact", because if there is any question that something we've been taught is incorrect, I find that large gaping holes are shot through it by actual fact. I may not always be correct, but at least do my best to provide an answer.
At the same time, Branham's teachings are not the only false teachings in the world of Christianity. It has been said that Christianity is the number 1 cause of atheists, and I don't doubt it. Having watched those who leave the mess-age run like the plague when they learn that their entire spiritual world was a myth, I can understand why.
For me, there never was a chance to leave the Christianity and turn away from God. Since a small child, God was a friend when I needed one, a comfort when I was discouraged, a help in time of trouble, and always there for me whenever I needed Him. When I ask God for help, there has always been such an incredible response.
In my mind, the biggest false teaching we had was that the words of the King James Version of the Bible were exactly 100% perfect Word of God. In my false understanding of God, each word written in the King James Version was equal to God, because "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God." Frankly, I believe this teaching shared by several Christians around the world might be the exact teaching that turns people away from God.
To make each literal word revered would put the power of God into the hands of the translators. Not just the translators, but the archaeologists who find the scrolls, the interpreters who understand the ancient language, the historians who add culture to the language, and the men of old who passed the Word of God down through the ages from generation to generation. When you put the hands of man into the Word of God, there are going to be problems.
The 1611 version of the King James Bible was full of error. Sometimes I ask myself, how many were turned away from God when the first error was found? Also, there were a limited number of scrolls available when the first translation was made. Once several more scrolls were found, and portions of the text were deemed false, how many more turned away from God? In my mind, the Word of God is perfect. Yet, it is limited to our understanding.
The second-worst false teaching that we were given was that the world of science is contrary to God. We were taught that science can't prove God, and that science was constantly working against God. This was absolutely the lie of the devil to hold us from using science and fact to disprove each of the false prophecies given by William Branham.
My journey out of the mess-age started with science, but not like many would expect. There are many scientists who do not believe in God, likely for the reasons mentioned above. There are many scientists who would try to disprove God, and many who would introduce theories without fact to do so.
My journey with science began with the unexplained. My opinion is that where science has no explanation, God is involved. If you cannot see God in the unexplained, then you are not looking very hard.
My favorite of all the research was a set of artifacts from the ancient world that will simply blow your mind away. You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzmdYVNDC7w
Ancient archaeology has uncovered so many amazing things from the ancient world that are simply astounding. If you take away the carbon dating research from the artifacts, you will find that they prove the Bible in more ways than you can possibly imagine. An ancient language found in several continents proves a single language before the tower of Babel. Flood erosion in several continents proves the story of Noah. Thousands of chariot wheels in the Red Sea prove the story of the Exodus, and the list can go on and on.
Yet, we have a scientific fact that disproves the bible, or so we think: carbon dating. In the world of Christianity today, there are many who brush the dinosaurs aside, because they do not fit within the timeline of creation they have been taught. The artifacts found inside of pyramids around the world are ignored because they date up to twenty thousand years.
Why? Because we are taught that God created the heavens and the earth in seven days - which is correct.
Logically speaking, day is the time period in which light covers the face of the earth. Night is when the sun is on the other side of the earth, and darkness covers the face of the earth.
Let's review Genesis:
The Creation of the World, Genesis 1:1-5
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
If we read this passage without all of the other passages in creation describing how God created each element during that particular day, we would have no reason to believe that the entire heavens and earth were created in a single day. "Day" did not occur until God finally created a light in the heavens. The "first day" was when there was an evening and a morning. The evening turned into night, and the morning turned into the first day.
Nowhere in this passage describes the creation of the heavens and the earth being the first "day," the day came after the heavens and the earth was created. It came after God created the earth where darkness covered the face of the deep. The first "day" came after creating the heavens and the earth!
Prosauropods found in Madagascar are the oldest dinosaurs found, about 230 million years old. In Argentina, an Eoraptor was uncovered that is about 228 million years old.
Around the world, archaeologists are uncovering an overwhelming number of artifacts that pre-date the creation of man. Many of these artifacts even seem man-made, and yet pre-date Adam and Eve. How can this be?
Every continent also has legends of giant "men" that roamed the land, passed down from generation to generation or inscribed on cave drawings, hieroglyphs, or ancient texts. The Bible even has the story of Goliath, who was the Philistine giant.
Recently, archaeologists have uncovered bones from a race different from mankind. The skull is significantly larger than that of a man, and the bone structure suggests a height of seven to eight feet tall. The skulls are elongated, not having the same construction as that of a man and not having the same separation for the plates at the top of the skull.
At the same time, we find pyramids constructed with stones of up to thirty tons. Granite blocks lathed as though they were butter. Masks made for the head of a man almost twice the size of a normal man. Some of these artifacts pre-date Adam.
Among the artifacts found are miniature pyramids, having an "all seeing eye" at the top like we have on our dollar bills. The Knights Templar was not the first to introduce the "all seeing eye" into the world; this was also known as the "Eye of Ra" in sun god worship.
How can we scripturally support another race of beings along with mankind upon the face of the earth? How can we scripturally support artifacts pre-dating Adam? How can we scripturally support dinosaurs, which are millions of years old?
By removing pre-conceived notion based on misunderstood scripture.
If the first "day" came after the creation of the heavens and the earth, we should humble our pride and accept the fact that we were wrong! Even if we taught something that was wrong, how much worse is it to continue teaching it if we are leading more people away from God by continuing a false teaching?
The Bible also talks of Lucifer's "congregation".
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Many of these artifacts support this statement. Several of the pyramids constructed, even the Great Pyramid of Giza, are placed in position to match Orion's Belt. On the artifacts found, several of the miniature artifacts have stones or markings that match the position of Orion's Belt. Many pagan religions include worship of the stars. Lucifer, at one time, tried to exalt his throne above the stars.
But where was his congregation? With hundreds of pyramids around the world, most of which positioning themselves to the summer and winter solstice, and almost all including some form of worship towards Orion's belt, it is easy to see where Lucifer's congregation was.
We do not have all the answers, that's for sure. Everything in this research article may be proven false one day.
But the intention is to show how preconceived notion and prideful authority over the unknown leads to turning people away from God. When facts stack up against our religious teachings, our first inclination is to back in a corner and prepare for a fight. Many times the person with the question is not looking for a fight - he is looking for an answer.
Does it not make more sense to give an answer? Does it not make more sense to humble our pride and give an answer along with instruction that we may not be correct in our answer?
Should we blindly ignore the dinosaurs that existed millions of years ago just to hold onto our preconceived notion, or should we re-examine our teaching to make sure we are not misleading others?