Joel Osteen leads the largest Protestant church in the United States, but it looks like his understanding of the Bible is a little off.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Osteen said, “God said in Numbers 11:23, ‘Moses, is there any limit to My power?’ He was saying, ‘Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don’t you realize that I can bring water without rain?’ There’s no limit to God’s power.”
As of this afternoon, the post had over 317,000 likes and 52,000 shares.
Here’s the problem: According to the Bible, Moses was dead before Joshua asked God to stop the setting of the sun, and long before the three Hebrew youths were burned in the furnace.
The Daily Caller explained:
The Old Testament Book of Joshua explains that God appointed Joshua as Moses’s successor after Moses’s death (the first sentence literally begins, “After the death of Moses…”), who led the Israelites into battle against the Amorites, during which he commanded the sun and the moon not to move. “So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies,” (Joshua 10:13).
The story of the “three holy children,” as the Hebrew youths are sometimes known, is told in the Old Testament Book of Daniel. According to the passage, the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, who reigned around the 6th century B.C. (long, long after the projected time of Moses), ordered his people to worship a large golden idol, “and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace,” (Daniel 3:6). The three Hebrew youths refused to worship the idol and were thrown into the furnace, but were not burned.
Osteen has been outed in the past by those who consider him to be a fraud. He has no divinity or theology degree. In fact, he doesn’t even have a bachelor’s degree. Shockingly, he has still been able to amass a $40 million fortune. He lives in a $10 million dollar home in Houston, TX and preaches to his faithful followers every Sunday. Nearly 50,000 people attend services at his Lakewood Church every week, and millions more watch his televised sermons.
Osteen’s wife also came under fire recently for claiming in front of her congregation that God wants you to do whatever makes you happy.
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