For generations, members of the church of Christ have been known as “people of the Book.” Is that still true today?
When you hear something that is supposedly from the Bible, do you look it up for yourself, or just take the speaker’s word for it? Are you like the Berean Jews who were more noble than those from Thessalonica because “they examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:1)? We need to be careful about blindly accepting what we hear a preacher or teacher say without verifying it in the Bible.
Below are some “facts” I’ve heard in the past that sound like they ought to be truths from the Bible, but aren’t.
- “Money is the root of all evil.” – WRONG! What Paul said in 1 Timothy 6:10 is, “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” There are subtle, but big differences between these two quotes!
- “When a Christian dies, heaven gains another angel.” – NOT RIGHT! This may sound comforting to someone who’s lost a loved one, but it’s not correct. The Bible doesn’t teach that we become angels when we die.
- “Everything happens for a reason.” – NOPE! Many people think this is a quote from the Bible, but it’s not. People often say this during a tragedy to comfort someone else or to try to explain God. This quote sounds kind of like Ecclesiastes 3:1, which says, ‘To everything there is a season,’ but they don’t mean the same thing.
- “God helps those who help themselves.” NOT IN THE BIBLE! Many people think this comes from the Bible, but it’s actually attributed to Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s founding fathers. In fact, the Bible teaches quite the opposite. God helps the helpless; he doesn’t just help those who are self-reliant.
- “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” – FALSE! In your lifetime you will face many things that will be more than you can handle by yourself. God allows the trials we endure to help us learn that we need to depend on him. This supposed Bible “fact” is a twisted version of what Paul said in 1 Cor. 10:13, that God “will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.”
Fake news is all over social media today. Let’s be people of the Book and stop spreading fake Bible news.