3 Christian Urban Legends That Need to Die

by Alisa Childers

In the late ’60s, American culture was all abuzz with the rumor, “Paul is Dead.” The supposed fatality of the beloved member of The Beatles became a cultural phenomenon, leading many young people to analyze the band’s artwork and lyrics for clues. The “fake news” of the day was that Paul McCartney had died, and been replaced by a look-a-like. The gossip finally died down when Paul was interviewed by Life magazine in 1969, and he later poked fun at the rumor himself by titling his 1993 album, “Paul is Live.”  Thus the tall tale faded into urban legend.

Just like our world has its fables like Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and a deceased Beatle, we Christians have our share of urban legends too. Here are 3 Christian urban legends that really need to die:

​1. “Abba” means “Daddy.”
At some point in your Christian life, you’ve probably heard that when Jesus used the word, abba to address God the Father, He was using the Aramaic equivalent of the casual and child-like “Daddy,” or “Papa” we find in English. It’s a nice-sounding sentiment, but unfortunately, (don’t shoot the messenger!) it’s not true…

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3 Christian Urban Legends That Need to Die