When I was a youth director in Minnesota, a member of our youth team, the mother of 16-year-old twins, died from cancer. After her death, I heard many people tell her boys – “now your mom’s an angel in heaven…”. People meant well – but it’s not true.
A dear friend of mine recently lost her husband when he died very unexpectedly. People keep telling her how strong she is…and that “God will never give you more than you can handle.” They mean well…but it’s not true.
A friend of mine, going through a tough time, one where the question “why?” was pretty big, was struggling with the bad things which seemed to keep happening to him. Another friend, trying to be helpful, reminded my friend, “Hey, just remember, God makes all things good”. Not helpful…and not true.
Pithy sayings? Maybe. True…nope. Not a one of them. And contrary to popular belief – none of these statements are in the Bible. So, what happens when Christians spout what they think are Biblical sayings…and they’re not? At the very least, it comes off sounding trite. At its very worst – it hurts people’s souls.
So why do we do it? Why do so many Christians twist, or misquote scripture? I don’t think people mean harm, but unfortunately that’s what happens. So what if we, instead of misquoting, made sure we knew for sure what we were saying? Now, there’s a great idea!
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to look at just a few of these twisted scriptures and look at what the Bible really says…so come join us and perhaps you’ll learn something new…and helpful! So…just for fun, take a look below. Which ones are truly Biblical quotes and which are not? Can you tell without looking them up? Try it and see…and then – we’ll see you on Sunday!
Money is the root of all evil.
God helps those who help themselves.
God promises us a future and a hope.
Pride goes before a fall.
Women have to obey their husbands in all things.
I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me.
Pastor Jane, Missional Pastor