10 Popular Things you think are in the Bible but aren’t7 min read
As time passes and generations unfold, certain phrases, words, statements and quotes have been added or attributed in error to the scriptures.
These statements or phrases were invented with good intentions to better interpret the Bible, make it memorable or fancy.
Also sponsored by the limitations in understanding and interpreting the scriptures, these mistakes were made innocently.
And with a book as sensitive as the Bible, little misinterpretation, addition, or removal can lead to a huge shift in understanding and teaching, causing members to believe wrongly.
These statements may be correct or well-meaning, but they are not Scriptural and/or are falsely attributed to the Bible.
Let’s take a look at 10 of them, shall we
1. Mary Magdalene was a prostitute:
Mary Magdalene is a friend of Jesus, which before they became friends, She was delivered of 7 demons. Luke 8:1-3
Mary had a terrible past (as do all of us), but the belief that is was a prostitute is not scriptural. Luke 7:36-50
Out of the 12 times Mary Magdalene was mentioned in the Bible none of them suggested that she was a prostitute or an adulteress or insinuated that belief.
2. Heaven helps those who help themselves.
If I had the magical power to wipe away things from the mind of people, especially Christians, I will certainly wipe this statement away.
For all I can tell, this goes against the Christian fate, beliefs and teachings in which God said “he is help to the helpless;” such as found in the Beatitudes, Isaiah 25:4, and Romans 5:6.
In principle, it is true one requires a level of work to make things happen as taught in the scriptures (Faith without work is dead, The widow of Zarephath).
But quoting “Heaven Helps those who help themselves” as a word of God is wrong.
The earliest recording of this statement is found in the writings of a Greek writer called Aesop who lived from 620 to 564 BC.
A fable he titled “Hercules and the Waggoner.” in the Fable, A man prayed to Hercules (a Greek god) to save him from a muddy road where he was stuck.
Hercules appeared and said to him, “Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel.” The moral given was “The gods help them that help themselves.”
This statement is indeed used to get people to work and be useful to themselves and not lazy around, but quoting it as an alternative express word of God from the scriptures is wrong and problematic.
3. God can not do for you what you can do for yourself.
This statement may also be well-meaning, but is not also found in the Bible.
“Nope, not there either”.
4. What God cannot do does not exist:
This statement has been popularized by a Nigerian Pastor; Pastor Jerry Eze. Although there is no evidence that he attributes it to the scriptures.
Unfortunately, some people now think it’s Scripture, because of its popularity.
While this statement may be true, it’s not just Scriptural.
It is a paraphrase of the following scriptures
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
““I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”Jeremiah 32:27 (NIV)
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.Philippines 4:13
It also tends to describe the omnipotence of God (an all-powerful God) although it is a statement of fact, but it’s not in the Bible
5. Apple in the Eden.
Poor innocent Apple.
Please, I think it’s time we forgave the poor fruit as it did nothing wrong.
The fruit of Good and Evil was in the garden. The original text didn’t mention the exact fruit it was.
All we know about the fruit is that it was good for food.
Then where did the idea of an Apple fruit come from even while early Christian art depicts the Fall of Man by a fig.?
The idea of the forbidden fruit as an Apple fruit was introduced when the Bible was translated into the English language.
In Latin, evil is malum and an apple is called malus.
And the tress is called the “Tree of Good and Evil.” This could have been either a simple mistranslation or a deliberate play on these words.
I suspect lime or lemon, those fruits are sour and can make a person cry 😂
6. Satan is a chorus leader in heaven.
If you were once a choir member or have attended concerts where they preach in the middle of the concert or you attend church regularly, you have most likely heard that “satan was the choirmaster of heaven”
This may be true but the problem is that it is not in the Bible.
This misunderstanding probably comes from the writings of Prophet Ezekiel in the book of Ezekiel 28:13, in which the king of Tyre (whom many theologians believe is describing Satan) is depicted as being covered with many precious stones and gold. The New King James Version mentions “timbrels and pipes” as well – although the exact meaning of this text is a bit uncertain.
There are very few passages of Scripture that are believed to describe Satan, and this is the only one that mentions what might be interpreted as musical instruments.
Although Satan is described as being “the anointed cherub,” and “the model of perfection” before inquity was found in him, the Bible did not give any reason for us to assume he was a musician…let alone the chorus leader in heaven.
7. Pride comes before a fall
This statement is not also found explicitly in the Bible.
The misinterpretation came from Proverbs 16:18, where the Bible said “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Observe, that it’s a Haughty Spirit before a Fall not pride.
8. Money is the root of all evil:
The poor interpretation of the scripture 1Timothy 6:10, has left a lot of people poor because they do not want anything to do with the “root of all evil”
What the Scripture says is that “The love of money is the root of all evil”.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.1Timothy 6:10
“Love of money” which in Greek is “avarice” and implies an emotional affection, is the root of all sorts of evil as the desire to accumulate wealth is placed above God and others.
This is idolizing money. When your derive or desire to make money grows above the love for your fellow human. When humans become a means to achieve an end (money) then, welcome to the root of all evil.
9. Love is blind:
I know we all love Shakespeare and he is a wonderful writer.
So we have mistaken some of his words for the scriptures.
According to the Bible, love is patient, love is Kind but certainly not blind.
The concept of love is blind is gotten from Love being blind is gotten from one of Shakespeare’s writings – “The merchant of Venice,” definitely not the scriptures.
10. Givers Never Lack
I know you’re shocked.
But Bible didn’t expressly say Givers will not lack anything.
The Bible said in Proverb Prov. 28:27 that “He who gives to the poor will not lack, But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.”
Proverbs 28:27 NKJV
The emphasis is giving to the POOR.
I can’t tell how will manage to erase the poor from the picture…
But that’s the emphasis of God, giving to the Poor
Because the poor will always be amongst us.
There are more than 10, but I think 10 is fine round figure.
10 sounds nice I guess…
What other “facts” are often misattributed to the Bible? Please comment below!