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COMMON SAYINGS NOT IN THE BIBLE
As believers we are commanded by GOD ALMIGHTY to “Love the Lord with all our, heart, strength, mind and soul. Among other things we are to “Love your neighbor as yourself”, “pray without ceasing”, “forgive as you have been forgiven, speak truth and expose lying hypocrisy and error. We are also commanded to understand and correctly interpret the Word of GOD. The following scriptures among others confirm this…
We’ve all probably heard and been taught things that sound christian and represented to be in the WORD of GOD. From children and even into adulthood many thru various “christian denominations” have been indoctrinated with religious concepts that are not found in the Word of God. However as we just read from the previous scriptures, it’s critical that the Body of Christ or HIS Church know the truth. Why? Read Eph. 4:11-16.
Scripture verses have be taken out of context, misapplied, misrepresented, misinterpreted or out right falsely taught! The following are some quotes and sayings that have been associated with the WORD of GOD. You may be surprised by some of them!
“God helps those who help themselves.”
“God helps those who help themselves” is probably the most often quoted phrase that is not found in the Bible. This saying is usually attributed to Ben Franklin, quoted in Poor Richard’s Almanac in 1757. In actuality, it originated from Algernon Sydney in 1698 in an article titled Discourses Concerning Government. Whatever the original source of this saying, the Bible teaches the opposite. God helps the helpless! . JOHN 15:5
If mankind could help him or herselves why would The Son of man have needed to say this…“It is finished,” John 19:30.
"Spare the rod, spoil the child."
The exact phrase is nowhere in Scripture. However, it is possibly inspired by Proverbs 13:24. “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”
"When God closes a door, He opens a window."
A variation from a line in the 1965 Julie Andrews film “The Sound of Music”
“Lily of the valley”
Misapplication of Song Of Solomon 2:1
“Moderation in all things.”
Greek philosopher Aristotle’s Doctrine
“God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform”
Though uncertain in origin it’s certainly not found in Scripture. (the phrase may originate from William Cowper’s hymn “God Moves in a Mysterious Way”), that God does work in ways curious and beyond the measure of our limited experience and conception is obvious. Deuteronomy 29:29 reminds us that.
"A fool and his money are soon parted"
Proverb found in the poem “Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry” by Thomas Tusser
“We shall live in heaven forever”
This is probably one of the most misunderstood with variations like “heaven is our eternal home”. Rev.5 :10, Rev. 21:1-3, 9-11
“Freely we serve because freely we love”
John Milton English poet
“The sinner's prayer”
The fact is, there is neither any specific formula found in Scripture for a sinner’s prayer nor is there any biblical example of such a prayer being recommended in the salvation experience.
“In the last days, we will not be able to tell the seasons apart”
The origin of this false teaching is uncertain.
“The Three Wisemen”
Matthew is the only place in Scripture that refers to these magi. Scripture does not designate the number of magi. Traditionally there were only three because that is the number of gifts—gold and frankincense and myrrh—presented to the Christ Child. Really there could have been any number of magi visiting Christ. A famous hymn often sung during the advent season is “We Three Kings” by John Henry Hopkins, Jr. (1857)
Though this well-cherished song refers to the three “kings” there is no evidence which supports that these magi were in fact kings. These magi were wise men who were probably experts in astrology and oneirocriticism (interpretation of dreams), such as the wise men described in Daniel 2.
Another inaccuracy is that the wise men were present at the birth of Christ (or shortly thereafter), presenting gifts to the Christ Child in the manger. The evangelist Luke tells us that shepherds visited the Christ child in the manger (Luk 2:8-20), but there is no mention of the magi at this point. In fact it seems that the magi could have arrived sometime later according to Matthew’s account.
“The lion shall lie down with the lamb”
Misquote from Isa. 11:6, Isa. 65:25
“GOD can do anything but fail”
Not only is this not in the Bible it’s not true. Heb. 6:16-18
“Pride goes before a fall”
Misquote and misapplication from Proverbs 16:18. Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
“I am blessed and highly favored."
A popular statement, the exact phrase “blessed and highly favored” is not in the Bible. The virgin Mary is the only one in scripture who was called “highly favored”.
MORE CHRISTIAN SOUNDING SAYINGS NOT IN THE BIBLE
“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”
“A burned child dreads the fire”
“A fresh anointing”
“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop”
“A special anointing”
“A word to the wise is sufficient”
“Adversity is the first path to truth”
“All is well that ends well”
“All things come to those who wait”
“An honest man’s the noblest work of God”
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
“Beggars should not be choosers”
“Charity begins at home”
“Cleanliness is next to godliness”
“Every generation shall grow weaker and wiser”
“Every tub must stand (sit) on its own bottom”
“Everything that glitters is not gold”
“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread”
“Good cheer is no hindrance to a good life”
“He won’t put any more on us than we can bear”
“Honesty is the best policy”
“Honor is the reward of virtue”
“If you make one step, he’ll make two”
“In God we trust”
“In the last days, we will not be able to tell the seasons apart”
“In unity there is strength”
“Let your conscience be your guide”
“Life is short but sweet”
“Love is blind”
“Money is the root of all evil”
“Once in grace always in grace”
“Our sins are buried in the sea of God’s forgetfulness”
“Practice what you preach”
“Rob Peter to pay Paul”
“Self preservation is the first law of nature”
“Slain in the Spirit”
“The anointing breaks the yoke”
“The better the day the better the deed”
“The descent to hell is easy”
“Think twice before you speak”
“Time and tide wait for no man”
“To the victor belongs the spoils”
“To thine own self be true”
“Try the spirit by the spirit”
“Waste not, want not”
“What is to be will be”
“Where there’s a will there’s a way”
“Whom God calls He qualifies”
“You can’t crown him until I get there”.