‘Biblical Adages’ that are not in the bible

I am so sorry to tell you that “Money is the root of all evil” can’t be found in the scriptures. Can you imagine? Well, continue reading to see more shocking discoveries.

Christianity has been around for over 2000 years and this a good thing, right? Unfortunately, the ‘sad’ part is that it has had time to bleed into our vocabulary, so, now people have quotes and phrases that they think are from the Bible.

But, the truth is there are so many things that we think are Biblical but really aren’t. Many of them that sound ‘Holy’ are actually just paraphrases of the actual Bible verses.

Thus, here is a little Bible 101 to let you know which of these popular sayings do NOT exist in the scriptures.

1.     Heaven Or God Help Those Who Help Themselves

How many times have we heard pastors say this from the pulpit? At least, a million times, if we had to count.

While this is an extremely popular Biblical-sounding saying, it might shock you to know this isn’t actually from the Bible. Here is what the Bible actually says about God helping us.

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly….But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6, 8). See Proverbs 28:26 and Jeremiah 17:5 for more.

2.       Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child;

This totally sounds like something from the Bible, right?

Shocker, it isn’t there! The below are as close as it gets to this popular statement
“He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently” (Proverbs 13:24).

“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of discipline will remove it far from him” (Proverbs 22:15).

“Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.

You shall strike him with the rod, and rescue his soul from Sheol” (Proverbs 23:13-14).

“The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother” (Proverbs 29:15).

Same principle, just different words.

By: Frederick Mawuli Ackumey