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12 Sayings NOT in the Bible

23 May

I saw this post on Monday Morning Insight. (It originally came from the Blue Letter Bible.) Both of these are great websites. I visit them both at least once a week.

12 Sayings NOT in the Bible
1. Moderation in all things.
2. Once saved, always saved.
3. Better to cast your seed….
4. Spare the rod, spoil the child.
5. To thine ownself be true.
6. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
7. God helps those who help themselves.
8. Money is the root of all evil.
9. Cleanliness is next to godliness.
10. This too shall pass.
11. God works in mysterious ways.
12. The eye is the window to the soul.

Here is the list with my commentary:

12 Sayings NOT in the Bible

1. Moderation in all things. (I like this one, especially as related to the issue of Christians and drinking wine…you know…like Jesus did.)

2. Once saved, always saved. (This phrase is not in the Bible….not well worded…but a biblical doctrine that I subscribe to.)

3. Better to cast your seed…. (I don’t get this one.)

4. Spare the rod, spoil the child. (My wife and I would say “spare the SPOON, spoil the child.” My wife is famous for her 18 inch wooden spoon….quite effective…)

5. To thine ownself be true. (C’mon… that is Shakespeare not Solomon!)

6. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (The exact verse in Matthew reads: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” Matthew 7:12…..but that is pretty close)

7. God helps those who help themselves. (This one is certainly not biblical…this statement is straight up secular humanism….get your worldviews straight.)

8. Money is the root of all evil. (You have to add “the love of” before “money” to find this one is Scripture. Money is morally neuteral. It is what you do with it. I could use some more.)

9. Cleanliness is next to godliness. (I would add this one to the Bible if God would allow me, especially since I have two boys who treat my house like a giant trash can.)

10. This too shall pass. (Good wisdom…but not in the Bible)

11. God works in mysterious ways. (The concept is in the Bible, but this line is not. God is certainly a mystery, but this line is often quoted with the exclusion of God’s revelation.)

12. The eye is the window to the soul. (Jesus did say that the eye is a lamp to the soul….so this one is close.)

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Posted by on May 23, 2007 in Theology

 

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3 responses to “12 Sayings NOT in the Bible

  1. OPM

    May 25, 2007 at 11:25 am

    number nine — is actually credited to the fella you’re posing with in your previous blog — from a 1778 sermon!

     
  2. Derek

    May 25, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    I didn’t realize that was a Wesley quote. I was sure quoting it last night when I was scrubbing the toliet that my boys use. I was quoting it like it was holy scripture!

    Derek

     
  3. Tom

    January 3, 2008 at 10:40 am

    RE: Moderation

    What about Phl 4:5,
    – Let your moderation be known unto all men.

     

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