Jesus sometimes accommodated His teaching to current ideas and made His actions conform to expected religious or social customs.  For example, the account of His raising Lazarus from the dead reads:


So they took away the stone.  And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me.  I knew that Thou hearest Me always, but I have said this on account of the people standing by, so that they may believe that Thou didst send Me.”            John 11:41-42


          In His healing of blind people, He might rub spittle or moistened earth upon their eyelids, because that was the expected thing to do.  But at other times, He might just speak a word in performing a healing act (John 9:6, Mark 8:23, 10:51-52)


          With this in mind, it may be speculated whether Jesus really believed the following things:


• that the world was created in six days? (Mark 2:27)

• that the world has edges and corners? (Matt. 24:31, Mark 13:27)

• that the world is set upon a foundation? (John 17:24)

• that rocks and trees are animated with spirits? (Matt. 17:20, 21:19,21, Luke 17:6, 19:40, 23:30)

• that stars are small bodies that can rain upon the earth without destroying it? (Matt. 24:29, Mark 13:25)

• that lightning flashes from one edge of the sky to the other? (Luke 17:24)

• that a seed dies when it is planted? (John 12:24)

• that a serpent is the wisest animal? (Matt. 10:16)

• that Moses wrote the entire Pentateuch? (Luke 24:44)

• that Jonah lived three days inside a fish? (Matt. 12:40)

• that disease is caused by demons? (Luke 4:39, 7:21, 8:2)

• that disease is caused by sinning? (Mark 2:5)

• that salvation is first for the Jews? (John 4:22, Matt. 10:5-6)

• that fasting is useful to worship? (Matt. 6:16, vs. 9:14)

• that sin can be cancelled through making sacrifices? (Matt. 5:23)

• that the Law is still in force? (Matt. 5:17-18)

• that He could be forsaken by God? (Matt. 27:46)


                                                                                       Richard L. Atkins