If you wonder where traditions and thought-processes in modern christianity came from and how they got so far from what the Scriptures REALLY say, here are two books which are extremely enlightening. We will not go into detail as to all the items within most folks’ belief structure that originated many, many years before the Messiah was ever born, but will leave it to the individual reader to “search and prove all things.”
We must emphasize, however, that you should finish reading the entire Bible before getting too deep into any one topic. Below is a brief synopsis from the back of each book to provide an idea of what the author delves into. These are written as they appear and this website does not endorse everything that is mentioned therein—the truths are always found IN the Scriptures. However, you need to go OUTSIDE of Scripture if you want to determine origins for why folks do/think the things they do! We should also make mention that we have obtained the permission of the author and the selling source to make this information available herein.