Have you every heard someone say “if God is all-loving, then why shouldn’t I be able to live my life however I please?” Well, the bible really doesn’t say God is “all-loving,” he certainly does not love everything, the bible says that “God IS Love (1John4:8).” How about this one, well you know, the bible says, “cleanliness is next to Godliness,” that also is not a biblical statement. Believe it or not, there are many things that people tend to attribute to the bible that is misrepresented, misinterpreted, or that are flat out wrong. Here are 7 things people tend to think are biblical statements but in reality, are not.
1. God Helps Those That Helps Themselves
Perhaps this statement can be attributed to a misrepresentation of 2 Thessalonians 3:10, which says “Those unwilling to work, shall not eat.” Otherwise not only is the statement not in the bible, it is actually opposite of what scripture teaches. This idea of self-reliance misapplies the point, because if we actually could help ourselves we wouldn’t need Jesus. Instead Matthew 16:24 tells us that “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me.”
2. God Just Wants Us To Be Happy
This statement really depends on how someone defines happiness or what it is that makes them happy. If by happy someone means whatever they find pleasure in, well that may not be the best thing for us in reality. God’s ultimate goal is for his will to be done. In the end, that may or may not make us happy – it really depends on how much we fight him. Ultimately the Bible in it is entirety is a guidebook that is for our own good, when we learn to trust him and his will we can be confident that even the things that don’t make us “emotionally happy” are still the best things for us. Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
3. God Will Never Give Us More Than We Can Handle
I’m sure everyone has heard this one before, but they didn’t hear it from the bible. We live in a fallen world, and without God, it really is way too much for us to handle on our own. The point is to learn to trust and put our faith in Christ so that in him we can overcome the world. It is the realization of this that pushes us toward Christ, as Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).” Paul explains in 2 Corinthians 1:8, just how much they faced and needed to handle “For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.” And just to drive home this point James 1:2 says we are to count it all joy “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds”
4. Everyone Worships The Same God Or All Paths Lead To God
Yes, there is only one God, but we certainly do not all worship him. In fact, many people are worshipping various forms of demons and don’t even know it. Not only are the variations of this idea wrong they are dangerous. The bible is very clear on this point there is only one way to God which is through his son Jesus Christ. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Acts 4:12 says “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” John 10:9 says “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved”
5. Bad Things Happen To Good People
The problem with this statement is that everyone has sinned and fallen short. So the statement is incorrect in that it begins with a false assumption. What the bible actually says in Mark 10:18, is that there is no one “Good” other than God. Jesus himself asked why do you call me good?” If Jesus didn’t consider himself good, you probably shouldn’t either. As believers, we are justified by our faith. This means that even though we are not perfect, God sees us as righteous because he now sees us through the lens of his son. Romans 4:4-6 says, “Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one that trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.”