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Misconceptions about Religions – mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 36)


Hi I’m Elliott. This is Mental Floss on
YouTube. Today I’m going to talk about some misconceptions about various major religions.
It’s gunna be a lot of fun. Misconception #1: Muslims are usually Arab.
According to the Muslim Journal, there are around 1.2 billion Muslims and only 15% of
them are Arab. In fact, there are more Indian subcontinent Muslims (30%) and Sub-Saharan
African Muslims (20%) than there are Arab Muslims. Misconception #2: The Quran says you will
receive 72 virgins in heaven. The Quran does extensively describe heaven.
And there’s no mention of seventy-two ANYTHING there. As for the virgin part, it’s a confusing
translation issue. The Arabic word “Abkarun” appears in the description of heaven. This
could be translated to mean either virgins or angels. And even Muslims debate the true
meaning of the word. In fact, German linguist Christoph Luxenberg argues that much of the
Quran is in Syriac, making the term mean food and drink. Misconception #3: To Muslims, “jihad”
means “holy war.” The Arabic word translates to “struggle”
or “resisting.” But, in the Islamic faith, “jihad” actually means “religious duty.” Misconception #4: The Buddha is a deity.
Buddhists don’t view the Buddha as a deity or god. In fact, in Buddhism there’s not
really a place for a god like figure. Often, people view the Buddha as a god because that
makes more sense in the context of western religions. But it’s a little more complicated
than that. So, Gautama Buddha, who may have lived between the sixth and fourth century
BCE, is considered the founder of Buddhism. But, he’s not considered a savior, god,
or creator. Instead, he’s more of a teacher or guide to Buddhists. Though it’s worth
noting that different branches of Buddhism may view him differently. He’s also not the only Buddha. In the branch
of Theravada Buddhism, anyone who is enlightened, without a teacher, can be a buddha. And in
Mahayana Buddhism, a buddha is anyone with absolute wisdom. Speaking of which…
Misconception #5: The Laughing Buddha is Siddhartha Gautama.
Many westerners don’t know that the Laughing Buddha (also known as Budai or Hotei) is not
the Buddha that I was just talking about. First of all, the two look nothing alike.
The Laughing Buddha represents enlightenment. And in many Asian cultures, he represents
luck, happiness, and wealth. Misconception #6: Mormons believe in polygamy.
People who practice are effectively excommunicated from the Mormon church. According to the Gordon
B. Hinckley, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the
late nineties and 2000s, “This Church has nothing whatever to do with those practicing
polygamy. They are not members of this Church…. If any of our members are found to be practicing
plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose.
Not only are those so involved in direct violation of the civil law, they are in violation of
the law of this Church.” Misconception #7: The Star of David has a
long history in Judaism. Historically, the Star of David has been used
in many different religions. Like, in Hinduism, the star has been used as a symbol of Shiva
and Shakti — or male and female. And it has even been used in Mormonism to represent heaven
and earth. We don’t know for sure when Judaism adopted the symbol, but one of the first times
was probably in 1354 CE when Jewish people in Prague put it on a red flag. But, it really
took off during the 19th century when Jewish people started using it to distinguish their
communities from others. It was probably an attempt to create a religious symbol similar
to the Christian cross. Misconception #8: A Hindu woman wearing a
red bindi is married. Traditionally, a red dot, or bindi, on the
forehead meant that a woman was married. But nowadays, it’s more of a fashion accessory
than anything. Married and unmarried women wear red bindis in addition to bindis of pretty
much every color. Misconception #9: People who practice Judaism
call God “Yahweh.” First of all, it’s worth noting that the
Hebrew language does not contain any vowels, so this word is represented by four letters:
either YHVH or YHWH. This means that the vowels were added in much later and the original
pronunciation has been lost. Because of this, the word is generally not spoken out loud,
just like how many Jewish people don’t write or say the word “God.” Misconception #10: There’s no technology
in Amish societies. Actually, the Amish distinguish between using
technology and owning it. So, in many cases, it’s considered okay for an Amish person
to ride in a car, as long as they’re not driving. They’re also allowed to go to work
and use a computer with the Internet. But, they generally are against personally OWNING
things like computers and cars because they can bring the temptation of sin. Thanks for watching Misconceptions on Mental
Floss on YouTube. If you have a topic for an upcoming Misconceptions episode that you’d
like to see, leave it in comments. And we’ll check it out. See you next week!

Otis Rodgers

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100 COMMENTS

  1. polaroidsky Posted on August 8, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Apparently there are zero misconceptions concerning Christianity, haha.

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  2. ClumsyRoot Posted on August 8, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    You forgot to mention that the Mormon Church used to allow polygamy. They jettisoned the practice only after it came into direct conflict with U.S. law.

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  3. metalman895 Posted on August 8, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Awesome episode!

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  4. wolfcat87 Posted on August 9, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Sigh, why must these videos always contain mistakes and half truths? Mormons do practice polygamy. It used to be common practice in the church. This had to change in order for Utah to join the union. The modern mormon church split off from those refusing to change their religious views and started today's Latter Day Saints. Those who refused to change are considered LDS Fundamentalists. So, polygamy in America is definitely practiced religiously by mormons. A church/branch/sect of a religion not approving of your actions or splitting off does not change the religion of those they disagree with. This is why Judaic based religions have over 40,000 branches who do not agree with each other. Also, why it's hilarious that anyone believes in a judaic god with how convoluted the whole faith is. Which of the 40,000 different versions of the story do you pic to get into heaven?  Not to mention, those are the many different views of only one god out of the more than 2,000 that man has invented! I'd rather just buy a lotto ticket with those odds and be a good person. lol

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  5. Pajman77 Posted on August 10, 2015 at 4:10 am

    The mormon church changed it's views on polygamy, but originally did endorse it.

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  6. Matt Holiday Posted on August 10, 2015 at 4:23 am

    I don't know a lot about mormons but i had mormon friends in California, Washington, Texas and Arizona and they all believed in polygamy.

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  7. Robin Ortelere Posted on August 10, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Just a note: the hebrew language contains vowels, they are just not written in the hebrew writing system.

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  8. Brittany Allen Posted on August 10, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Love it when people try to tell me that they know more about a religion I was raised on😂 I'm not Mormon anymore (or any religion for that matter) but come on let's respect people's beliefs, yeah?

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  9. 06m1r3m86 Posted on August 10, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Suggestion: Misconceptions about the Christian Church.  For instance, there are many misconceptions about the Church's attitude about Galileo, and there's the misconception that the Church promoted the idea that the Earth was flat.  Also, the views of the Westboro Baptist Church are not the views of ALL Christians, not even a majority… or even a significant minority.

    Similarly, expand on the misconceptions on Muslims, Buddhist, Hebrew, and any other religion.  This could be helpful to many people.

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  10. Mick Montoya Posted on August 10, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    misconceptions about fire fighting and emergency medical services

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  11. __Spartan_xXx_Shrek__ Posted on August 10, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Perhaps the greartest misconception….. is tat god… is not aroiunkosdfd

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  12. Becca Dubbz Posted on August 10, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    So I really appreciate the attempt to dispel some of these misconceptions, but I'm a little flustered about your comment on Mormonism, or LDS, and i think it's important to understand that at one point in the Mormon church, the church of Latter Day Saints, they did practice polygamy. 

    However there was much tension within the community, even leadership, as well as in Utah's Mormon community vs. the rest of the United States. In order for the LDS community to join the USA they had to denounce polygamy and officially make it illegal. This is a gross simplification of a complicated moment in US history as well as the church's.

    What's important to note that some people disagreed with the leader of the LDS church and broke away to form the FLDS (fundamental latter day saints) these individuals migrated south to Mexico, (I.E. Chihuahua where the Romneys are from and further south in Peru, Venezuela.) 

    So though its accurate to say that the mainstream LDS church does not currently condone polygamy, an offshoot still does practice it to this day as a main tenant of their religion. To say one group is mormon and the other is not, further develops misconception.

    TLDR: Some mormons, FLDS still practice polygamy, and the church USED to formally condone polygamy, now they don't.

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  13. AmerJewDogz Posted on August 11, 2015 at 4:42 am

    Basically the Buddha is like Moses, the first "rabbi", and now there are many rabbis. Right?

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  14. AmerJewDogz Posted on August 11, 2015 at 4:56 am

    So can an Amish person "burrow" a computer for like five years? What is ownership really?

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  15. May S Posted on August 11, 2015 at 6:12 am

    the Hebrew language does have vowels but their vowels are much different than the vowels in the English language. Also Jewish people can say God in vain but cannot say God's name in Hebrew in vain.

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  16. Stacey Klink Posted on August 11, 2015 at 7:14 am

    It is worth mentioning that LDS (Mormons) did practice polygamy at one time. To remain relevant and legal they church changed of views. Just as they decided that blacks had place in the Church and could hold priest hood.

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  17. lizziebreath9 Posted on August 11, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I had no idea that many people still thought we Mormon's practiced polygamy that it warranted a misconception. Yeah anyone taking additional wives(you weren't expected to throw out the one's you had) after 1908 was excommunicated. I knew that it was talked about every now and again by people I know that we have some fears with being lumped into the same group as the so call Mormon fundamentalists but I didn't know anybody actually did it.

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  18. Virginia Posted on August 11, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    This is a really bad video. Who is responsible?

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  19. Virginia Posted on August 11, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Wow this is really bad, basically a glossing over of a few things that may be correct or incorrect depending on who you ask from those particular religions, or time period. This is seriously one of the worst of these "informative vids" I have seen in a long time.

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  20. brad fin Posted on August 11, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Misconception: Atheists DO NOT not eat babies.

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  21. SmashMouth4Pres Posted on August 11, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Incoming comments about incoming comments about religion

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  22. Meep Changeling Posted on August 12, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Actually Polygamy/Bigamy is not illegal, and thus not a violation of civil law. You can be religiously married to as many people as you want. The only thing that's illegal is being legally married to more than one person because it's a federal crime to have multiple marriage licenses. In fact, the Supreme court struck down state bans on multiple-partner households in 2013 stating "No crime has been commuted as long as the individuals do not possess multiple marriage licenses. Therefore, banning these forms of relationships is unconstitutional, regardless of personal beliefs."

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  23. Hannah Shoshana Posted on August 12, 2015 at 8:44 am

    yud-hay-vav-hay and we say "Adonai" when it appears in text.

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  24. Michelle C Posted on August 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    you should do misconceptions about Canada

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  25. Nick B Posted on August 12, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Hmm. #6 is misleading. I'm no expert, but even just a little digging shows that it's not as simple as, "We stopped doing it." Yes, the official Mormon church (after what, 150+ years?) caved to extreme social and governmental pressure. The church's president ordered it, and it was recorded in one of their books, but is is not considered a revelation from God. They did it because the government froze the church assets and declared all children from poly families "illegitimate", among other harsh attacks. Mormons still believe in plural marriage. It was the right way in the beginning, isn't now, but may well be again. Some Fundamentalist Mormons still practice polygamy against official church doctrine.

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  26. Akiva Buckman Posted on August 12, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    the reason the Jewish name for God isn't spoken out loud is NOT because the original pronunciation has been lost. we know what the original pronunciation is, but different sects say it differently depending on dialect. We have dots that signify the "vowels" in hebrew, and we know which dots go where in God's name, so the difference in how different Jews believe it's pronounced is, as i said, just a difference in dialect.

    so why don't we verbalize it? because we believe that ever since the destruction of the Temple we are on a lower spiritual level, and thus this name is too holy to be verbalized nowadays.

    please note: i just over simplified topics on which thousands of pages of dogmatic literature have been written over 2000 years.

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  27. MarLisa Andrus Posted on August 13, 2015 at 6:35 am

    I thought this video was interesting. It's cool to learn more about different religions. Also, as a Mormon I want to say thank you for mentioning that Mormons don't believe in or practice polygamy. I get asked that a lot.

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  28. Temo Tokari Posted on August 13, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Even though this was about religion, I would love to see misconceptions about Satanism. Maybe a part two?

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  29. Jochen Würfel Posted on August 13, 2015 at 8:39 am

    164 viewers don't believe in Cthulhu 🙁

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  30. Etienne Domingue Posted on August 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    TL;DR: As John Green once said: "The truth resists simplicity."

    While I applaud every attempt to start an open-minded conversation on matters of faith and religious culture, I feel like perhaps this kind of video should be prefaced with a discussion of the way in which religious symbols, narratives and rituals have been taken to mean a million different things over the course of their long history, and that to present any one interpretation as "fact" is inherently problematic. 

    There are certainly some notions about religion which have so little basis in actual belief and practice as to be easily dismissed for their insignificance (i.e.: the "72 virgins" story rests on two obscure, poorly-worded hadiths). But some notions cannot be rejected or affirmed without implying that one denomination is more "correct" than others. Some sects of Buddhism hold that Buddhas are the earthly incarnations of transcendent beings (Bodhisattvas, like Avalokitesvara) who may predate humankind, and who are considered — for all intents and purposes — as deities. Saying that Buddhism does not have "deities" implies that Theravada Buddhism is the most correct or most fundamental Buddhism, and that much of Mahayana Buddhism is incorrect or less fundamental (including such widely-practiced forms as the Pure Land and Vajrayana sects).

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  31. _mwk Posted on August 13, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    There's so much more to say about christianity in general, why not comment on that?

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  32. d00p3y Posted on August 13, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I would like to see misconceptions about John Green 😀

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  33. Chad Landry Posted on August 14, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Ehh couple things.

    I don't think the 72 virgins thing is a Q'ran thing at all. It's a Hadith (and a poorly sourced one at that) if I'm not mistaken. Perhaps a Muslim can confirm.

    Polygamy in Mormonism IS a thing, and the leader of that church you spoke to is just guilty of the no true Scotsman fallacy. Joseph Smith was a polygamist. The Mormons attempt to distance themselves from much of their dogma, because much of it even they realize is absolutely insane.

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  34. Amanda Wright Posted on August 14, 2015 at 3:55 am

    I knew most of them. Just not the one about the Star of David. … As a historian I should, especially one who emphasizes in religious studies.

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  35. Calvin Limuel Posted on August 14, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    But the founder of Mormonism was polygamous.

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  36. Joe Shmoe Posted on August 16, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    ok, the only reason the mormons had to practice polygamy was because at the time it was illegall for women to own land in the u.s, and the us army got and order to exterminate mormons because of false complaints, in turn men died and hundred of women were left-single with no other single men, the could not own property so they had to get married. why do you thing the mormons went to utah? it was to get away from the idiots who murderes joseph smith qnd burnt down the navoo temple.

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  37. Ampz14 Posted on August 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Why did you say CE instead of AD? Which one is correct to use? I looked it up and it seems interchangeable but I've never heard CE before in my life.

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  38. Jill Kessler Posted on August 18, 2015 at 2:00 am

    This was great but I wish you'd have included some facts about polytheistic religions.

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  39. אבהו דלשר Posted on August 20, 2015 at 6:32 am

    The one about calling the Jewish God "Yahweh" made me cringe a little. It's not just pronunciation, but that Jews do not say the name, for fear of using it in vain. Instead, we say the Hebrew word for "lord" in prayer and the reading of the Torah, and only then. Outside of this, we say "HaShem" meaning "the name" to refer to God.

    We also so not write the letters for God at all, since if we decide to throw away whatever we wrote the name on, we can't easily. It's seen as disrespect.

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  40. ep18 Posted on August 22, 2015 at 1:37 am

    THANK YOU FOR NUMBER 6!

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  41. Waltham1892 Posted on August 24, 2015 at 1:07 am

    #1 misconception about religion?

    That it is anything we should concern ourselves with.

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  42. Jess Thunder Posted on August 24, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Misconceptions about 4-H, it's not all about animals. #4-Herforlife

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  43. Samuel McCallister Posted on August 25, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    The only caveat I'd add to the point about Mormonism and Polygamy is that the church changed its position on this.  It's no longer accepted practice, but at one point it was.  Just as their position on dark skin being the mark of Cain/Satan changed in the 1970's.  

    It's important to mention these changes because not doing so paints an inaccurate picture of the faith in question.

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  44. Donna McGuire Posted on August 27, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Just a Catholic hoping for some Catholic facts… One day Mental floss, one day

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  45. Nick Fudge Posted on August 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Elliot's such a fucken gangsta

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  46. Aaron Reichert Posted on August 27, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    woah!
    Mormon polygamy and Amish tec surprised me.

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  47. Alejandra Briones Posted on September 3, 2015 at 3:27 am

    We Really love your videos and every single topic is better than the one before. All of you improve every time your videos. Personally I love the passion with what you explain thing. 👍🏻👌🏻💖🍀

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  48. Billy Smith Posted on September 9, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    I'd love to see a video on common misconceptions about snakes.

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  49. Gambit Arkana Posted on September 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    surprised that wicca paganism and witchcraft were left out

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  50. MrImpossibleVictory Posted on September 21, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    everyone has faith, no matter what

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  51. ayyKatx Posted on September 30, 2015 at 1:41 am

    You know, at first I didn't like non-John, but he's grown on me.

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  52. GreenOnionBrother Posted on October 4, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Fun fact, the concept of jihad, i.e. struggle, or religious duty also exists in Christian faith. It's the struggle against evil, or rather the good deeds you do in your entire life vs. the bad deeds you committed or didn't prevent. God judges you based on this. However, in Christianity, god is considered benevolent, so if you show true remorse, you will be forgiven. God in Islam, however, is neutral, and only cares about what you have done.

    Bonus fact: Allah literally means "(the) God", it's not a name, so when you talk about Islam, using the word Allah is the equivalent of a weeboo not wanting to translate "keikaku" to "plan" or "watashi" to "I".

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  53. LotrKelly Posted on October 16, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    For the love of God its BC and AD!!

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  54. 313_God Posted on October 30, 2015 at 6:16 am

    who else thought that Indian people were born with that red dot on there head

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  55. PromiseSoul648 Posted on October 31, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Jihad means any action you do for only the reward of Allah (God) with little or much of a struggle it includes raising children , building a house , praying , fasting , charity , Hajj , protecting your house and your country are also considered Jihad

    However killing innocence people was never considered Jihad or even Halal to begin with. I just wanted to clear this up because isis and many horrible groups of evil bad peaple are using the Islam name and the word Jihad to practice their crimes and we Muslim are standing here chocked like why who gave them permission when ?!! never !! 🙁

    please for any person who does not know about Islam just open the Quran and then see it yourself 🙂

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  56. lostagain Posted on November 4, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Actually, the main reason Jews don't pronounce the name of God is because there's a pretty strong commandment against it. "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain" (I know, I know, but it's how I memorized it). In the ancient belief, and even up to today, the use of one's name was a powerful thing. You swore by your name and those of your ancestors. To call upon the power of the name of God by invoking it wasn't meant for common everyday purposes. It's in fact, why we say 'God' and not YHWH which is believed to be pronounced as if one's breathing. It's meaning is either "he who causes things to be" or "breath of life". Regardless, Jews and Christians say God, and Muslims say Allah (Lord of all things – roughly). It's not his name, but a name that can be used without invoking his power.

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  57. Marc Kim Posted on November 19, 2015 at 4:52 am

    lol Mormons practiced polygamy…just not in this century.

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  58. Chocoholic Posted on December 5, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Mental Floss could do several 'Misconceptions' videos just on these YouTube comments alone, particularly the Mormon comments where people "know" things about Joseph Smith Jr., polygamy, the "golden bible", etc. Undoubtedly, all their knowledge comes solely from anti-Mormon publications, and they never bother to read actual literature from authorized sources of the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    On a lighter note, one could find enough misconceptions about any major religion or belief system, including agnostic and atheism to focus an entire episode on each. I know many misconceptions about Mormons, such as they hide the horns on their heads with 'big' hair styles (popular rumor in '60s & '70s), that Joseph Smith Jr. was visited by a golden angel who told him a story that Joseph wrote down and that's what is written in the Book of Mormon (thanks writers of "Idiot's Guide to World Religions" – you really embody the 'idiot' in the book's name), that Blacks were believed to be cursed until the announcement that black men would be able to hold the priesthood (this was never an official position of the leaders of the church, just some bigots personal feelings that they should have kept to themselves), that Mormons aren't Christians (even though they expressly state beliefs that follow the definition thereof), that Mormons don't believe in the Bible (see above answer), that Mormons worship Joseph Smith Jr. and not Jesus Christ – there's a huge difference between holding high regard, esteem and respect for a man and actual worshipping – just because Jews and Christians hold certain prophets and leaders in reverence doesn't mean they worship them, though I don't agree with the Catholic notion of praying to dead men and women that men have put on a pedestal and given them sainthood after death for answers, aid, or comfort when the actual scriptures specifically state that you are to call upon God (the Father) in the name of Christ (the Son, also known as the Word and Jehovah) and that there is NO other name in heaven by which man can be saved, so isn't it idolatry to pray to other names (which are not Christ) for your needs? And no, the argument that Christ is so busy that He doesn't have time to answer every prayer so He uses the people that Catholics deem Saints as His answering service doesn't hold any water – the scriptures plainly state that only Christ can be the intermediary between man and God the Father, and since Christ knows the fall of every sparrow and since He is All-Powerful and all time is continually before Him, don't you think that He is able to make time to answer every prayer?

    The list goes on and on. But people really do love to try and tear down the beliefs held by Mormons – always have. I wonder just what makes them so fearful that they feel compelled to repeatedly vocally and viciously attack and denounce the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? It is said that the greater the truth, the harder some people will decry it.

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  59. Pikachu48 Posted on December 23, 2015 at 4:40 am

    Thank you for not including Atheism, as it's not a religion itself but rather the state of not having one in the first place.

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  60. Swapn Lok Posted on December 27, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    For all those idiotic people who think Hinduism is Pantheistic…….for once in your life stop being ignorant and base your judgement on false stereotypes………try to understand the core of it…….
    The many idols and portrayals of God you see in Hinduism……..are actually manifestations of The Single Shapeless Entity (which Westerners may call God though we don't call it so) and part of it is inside each of you and everyone, everything…….
    Think of this way……If your mother passes away and she had a coffee cup which she used and loved for long time………you would keep and protect that cup….you would look at that cup , love it, see it often and feel connected to your mom in a way…..it inspires you, motivates you and may give you power do things……that does not mean that cup is your mom………
    This is not a very correct example to use but is close and i hope you get it……..

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  61. Netbug009 Posted on January 8, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    On today's episode of "videos not to read the comments for"

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  62. Georgia Jean Johnson Posted on January 10, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Please make a misconception video on Jehovah's Witnesses. Thank you.

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  63. Mystical Islam Posted on January 31, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    You got everything right. MashaAllah great job!!!

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  64. Infidel Posted on February 2, 2016 at 12:12 am

    And then Elliott said, "it's gonna be a lot of fun" in the comment section!

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  65. sciencmath Posted on February 5, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Also, YHWH does not translate to Jehovah.

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  66. Neil Steenson Posted on February 11, 2016 at 1:40 am

    He failed to mention (or just glossed over) the historical fact that the Mormons used to practice polygamy, but gave it up as part of Utah being accepted as an American state. Also, that there still exist Mormon sects (separated from the LDS group) who still do practice it.

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  67. Jonathan Shyman Posted on February 14, 2016 at 9:03 am

    sorry, but the comment about The Star of David is just plain wrong. I studied in Rabbinical College for 6 years and The Star of David was used by King David himself, on his shield when going into battle. Thousands of years before what this guy said.

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  68. Sydney Brown Posted on March 3, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Thank you SO MUCH for that bit about the LDS church. We do not practice polygamy- that's the FLDS (Fundamental Latter-Day Saints) church, and they are in no way affiliated with the church. But I don't ever remember seeing the Star of David ever used in the church…? I know you said SOMETIMES but I haven't seen its use in the church.

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  69. Vander Cecil Posted on March 31, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    According to the Jerusalem Bible – a scholarly Vatican version of the tome – the proper pronunciation is "ya WAY".

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  70. TheJordanChronicles Posted on April 3, 2016 at 2:47 am

    I'm a practicing Muslim and I can say that my fucking cock stinks like blue cheese and my ball bag smells like rotten onions. Of course these smells go away after a nice shower, but I love the rank so I let it get worse and worse. There's nothing better to me than jamming my hand down my pants, itching the hell out of my shaft and bag, and taking big drags off of my smelly hands. I hope one day to find a woman who is into rotten cock smell. I will make her my wife.

    My asshole smells bad too, but I'm not so turned on by that. I guess I'll smell the toilet paper after wiping, and might jack off to the smell, but I'm really more about the cock and bag smell. Thoughts?

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  71. Sprinkle Blitz Posted on April 7, 2016 at 5:31 am

    This was very interesting and stuff like this is very helpful to not disrespect and give misinformation about other religions. c:

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  72. David Mattingly Posted on April 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I just watched the video, I know I'm a little late. Elliott I noticed you used the terms BCE/CE instead of BC/AD. Is that because you are not religious or is that a misconception?

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  73. Lone Traveler Posted on April 19, 2016 at 2:32 am

    theres a ton of amish where i live and they will actualy "buy" there neighbor a car and ask if they can "borrow" it XD

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  74. Private i Posted on May 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    3:18 — "… the Hebrew language does not contain any vowels."
    Am I correct in thinking that he is referring to written Hebrew only, not spoken? Because it's hard for me to imagine any spoken language without vowels.

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  75. Mormy the Outcast Posted on May 16, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    6 and part of 7 yeah Mormons!

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  76. Zach Cottington Posted on May 19, 2016 at 4:31 am

    mormons need to be polygamist to get to heaven and become little gods… thats joseph smith… it was de prophesied when polygamy became illegal, just like the killing of apostate mormons was…

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  77. Medic 42689 Posted on June 1, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Joseph Smith had 28 wives…. The original LDS practiced polygamy. They didn't stop until the split into the FLDS and the RLDS.

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  78. Medic 42689 Posted on June 1, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Brigham Young by the time of his death, had 55 wives and 59 children by 16 of his wives…..

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  79. Ra'iss Posted on June 6, 2016 at 3:08 am

    hmmmm I wonder why Islam was more introduced them other religions in this video… it must have lots of misconceptions.

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  80. CC Copy Cat Posted on June 24, 2016 at 7:58 am

    thank you so much for including a Mormon misconception! It's so tiring to constantly explain this. hopefully it'll help some to understand.

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  81. Anthony Vitera Posted on August 3, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Lol the polygamy thing has always cracked me up.
    If your founder says angels told him its okay, you can't just go changing shit. XD Thats not how a holy decree would work.
    You know, assuming its even a thing.

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  82. ScarHydreigon87 Posted on August 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I just saw some mormans pass by my house

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  83. Chloella Posted on August 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    " I'm a guitar and I have strings. I like to play while someone sings.But by myself I can't begin, that's where you come in. You play the chords with your left hand, run up and down my neck. Then with your right hand pick my strings. Check! Now I'm gonna show you 3 little chords, the first one is a C. See? The second chord is an F, chord, the third one is a G,7. You'll have a real good time with me, no matter where you are. I'll keep you real good company, 'cause I'm a guitar!" -Jimmie Dodd

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  84. TheOtherGirlInTheRoom Posted on September 19, 2016 at 6:50 am

    I cannot speak to the other religions, but some of the stuff said about Judaism is either false or highly misleading. I would very much question the sources used here.

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  85. Heather Posted on September 25, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Please do one on autism and other mental issues

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  86. Wacky Santillan Posted on October 21, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Can you pls have a misconceptions comback

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  87. Tiziano de matteis Posted on May 6, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    actually the jewish language Does have vowels, they simply don't write them down!

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  88. Jade Neal Posted on May 14, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Another point to the Amish one: many may have or temporarily have simple cell phones for emergencies or travel. They don't use them unless they have to for safety or similar reasons however.

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  89. Rosa Bowen Posted on June 2, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you so much for mentioning 6!

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  90. Josh Keating Posted on July 9, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Yes on the Amish, I've met a few on Greyhound buses.

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  91. Meghan Ushman Posted on July 17, 2017 at 6:17 am

    In Hebrew services I'm used to Adonai for God, though in English we use the name God.

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  92. Logan L Posted on August 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    As a Pennsylvanian, I think it's worth noting that the Amish are not the only low-tech Christians in our area. 'Amish has incorrectly become an umbrella term that outsiders use on the Mennonites, the Pennsylvania Dutch, and other such people.

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  93. GorFrag Posted on September 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    To my understanding Amish are mostly mainstream Lutheran. Their issues on tech isn't religious. It's much more philisophical.

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  94. ajaopify Posted on November 5, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    72 virgins in Islamic heaven is still up to be scrutinized actually. https://wikiislam.net/wiki/72_Virgins

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  95. Samuel Carlson Posted on November 12, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks for mentioning polygamy and the Mormons. I've gotten asked about that a lot. And President Hinckley was an awesome man, rest his soul.

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  96. Cami Posted on April 10, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you Mentalfloss, for FINALLY getting the Mormon Church’s beliefs right! I really appreciate it when people help teach that we DON’T practice polygamy.

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  97. KDARNØLD Posted on August 6, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Some Amish do own cellphones by the way

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  98. Adon Araphel Posted on June 20, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Yahweh( יָהְוֶ֑ה ) is the pronunciation of Hashem Elolhe Yisrael (the Name of the Israelite God). Yah( יָהּ ) is short Yahweh which is the 3rd person singular of Ehyeh( אֶֽהְיֶ֑ה ); also Yod( י ) and Wav( ו ) were interchangeable, and thus Yahyeh( יֳהְיֶ֑ה ) became Yahweh( יָהְוֶ֑ה ), but a pronouncing the divine name by mistake, the vowels of Adonai were used in stead which is were Yehowah and later Jehovah came from.

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