David Danced Naked and Other Common Misconceptions

Funny, how you can come across strange misconceptions about the Bible and then the next thing you know they are repeated over and over. Much like quotes attributed to sources who never said what they are credited with. Why do misconceptions get repeated so often? What misconceptions about the Bible do you still hold? Are you willing to give them up when told about them? Do you regularly attempt to find your misconceptions?

I have no clue what misconceptions I may still hold; however, I have thrown out many over the past few years. There are less and less misconceptions that I find I have been taught and still believe. Nothing is better than just serious Bible study for clearing up false teachings.

It is obvious that other people are doing the same at times. Back in 2009 I posted Did David Dance Before the Lord Naked? That was three years ago! However, it is consistently being visited on the website. It averages three to four hits everyday. That may not sound like much but over three years that adds up to quite a few. The first week or so a post will generate around 300 plus hits then gradually decrease. I don’t think there is a day that goes by that someone is not searching for the answer to “Did David dance naked?” I’m thankful people are questioning misconceptions and getting down to the truth of Scripture.

Some false teaching is easy to discount. Like with the question about David, it is easy to find verses that point out what David was wearing:

2 Samuel 6:14 (ESV) And David danced before the Lord with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod.

1 Chronicles 15:27 (ESV) David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as also were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the music of the singers. And David wore a linen ephod.

But others get much harder particularly when they are adding to the Scripture things that aren’t really there, such as the gap theory. The idea that between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 there is a huge amount of time. Maybe even millions of years in order to fit evolution and creation together. However, this idea negates the fact that death occurred as a result of Adam’s sin and not before Adam was created.

What other misconceptions and false teachings have you had to throw out when you got back to the actual Biblical information?

Are there others which you are struggling with tossing because they have been so ingrained in your teaching previously?


4 thoughts on “David Danced Naked and Other Common Misconceptions

  1. You know what? I’m kind of scared that airing our misconceptions, might add weight for ‘Pandora’ to open her box.

    Who knows what misconceptions might be addressed?

    It’s not a misconception that I have, but, most suppose that the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden was an apple. Nowhere does it say what the fruit is, but I’ve heard people insist it was.

    If they can misunderstand something as simple as that, what about weightier matters of the word of God?

    God bless.


    Berean Wife Reply:


    I don’t think there is anything to fear from sharing the truth of Scripture with others even the weighty matters of the Bible. I’m basing that on verses such as:

    John 8:31-32 (ESV)
    31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,
    32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

    1 Timothy 2:3-4 (ESV)
    3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,
    4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    But that also means there are ways and times to go about speaking the truth.

    Ephesians 4:15-16 (ESV)
    15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
    16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

    2 Timothy 2:24-26 (ESV)
    24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,
    25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,
    26 and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

    Yet there are some who will reject the truth no matter what is said:

    1 Timothy 6:3-5 (ESV)
    3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness,
    4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions,
    5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

    Those we should avoid getting into foolish arguments with because they will continue to reject the truth. We aren’t responsible for convicting others of their errors. The Holy Spirit will convict, we must just speak the truth in love and concern for others.

    Sorry for the length, I got distracted looking up “truth” in the Bible. :0 Wow, there is alot there. I’ve been convicted even more that we should share the truth of Scripture when we see false teaching. It also helps us as believers to be able to recognize false teaching.

    Thanks for your example of the apple / fruit. I had forgotten about it. It is odd how even nonbelievers associate an apple with evil. You will see pictures of an apple on the cover of books speaking of evil.

    Another example is the Jonah and the whale / great fish teaching. I think there are more than most realize.

    Berean Wife


  2. In Luke 7, when Jesus is at the home of Simon the Pharisee the incident of the woman washing His feet with tears, and drying them with her hair, takes place.

    Even though, there is no mention of the woman’s name, most suppose it is Mary Magdalene, as she is known.

    Chapter 8 mentions Mary called Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna and others.

    It could have been any of the others, or none of them.

    Also, Mary Magdalene had seven demons come out of her. There was no mention of this happening in chapter 7.

    Still, the misconception continues.


    Berean Wife Reply:


    Fixed it, don’t know why edit isn’t working.

    I wonder what the basis for that assumption is. I’ll have to see if if an find a basis for that.

    Berean Wife


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