Tuesday, July 8, 2008

It Says So In The Bible

Okay, I got my monthly newsletter from Women of Faith and this was one of the articles. Do you remember hearing at least two of these sayings during your childhood? I believe I've heard just about every one of them all my life and how it was the gospel. We are probably using the same sayings today. Come on, "the truth will set you free". Ha! Ha! Well the ladies we know so well, have opened our eyes and let us know what really is gospel. Enjoy reading!

There are many well-known phrases that people “just know” are found in the Scriptures. But are they? Just because people think a saying is “Gospel truth” doesn’t mean it can be found in the Gospels. (Or anywhere else in the Bible, for that matter.) Can you spot the Scripture imposters in this list?

1. Moderation in all things.
2. Spare the rod, spoil the child
3. To thine ownself be true
4. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
5. God helps those who help themselves
6. Money is the root of all evil
7. A house divided against itself cannot stand
8. Cleanliness is next to godliness
9. Pride goes before a fall
10. The truth will set you free

Answers to “It Says So in the Bible”
1. No. That was Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics
2. Sort of . . . it’s close to Proverbs 22:15, “Every child is full of foolishness, but punishment can get rid of it.”
3. No. Shakespeare wrote that, in Hamlet (Act 3)
4. Yes! Matthew 7:12
5. No. Ben Franklin came up with that one.
6. No. Money is fine. It’s the LOVE of money that’s a problem (1 Timothy 6:10)
7. Yes. Jesus said that in Mark 3:25.
8. Only if you’re a Pharisee. (Truthfully, not even then.) No, it’s not in the Bible.
9. Close, but no cigar. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
10. Absolutely! You’ll find it in John 8:32.

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