The Top Ten Things the Bible Never Said
Posted: Friday, June 26
2 Kings 9:14-10:31
Verse of the day:
And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. (Acts 17:11)
Here are the Top Ten Things the Bible Never Said!
NUMBER TEN… Satan tempted Eve to eat the forbidden apple in the Garden of Eden.
(The Bible doesn’t say it was an apple. See Genesis 3:6)
NUMBER NINE… Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
(The Bible says fish; it doesn’t specify that it was a whale.)
NUMBER EIGHT… Moses built the Ark.
(That would be Noah. See Genesis 6-8)
NUMBER SEVEN… Three wise men visited and worshiped Jesus in a house.
(The Bible doesn’t say they were three. See Matthew 2:11)
NUMBER SIX… The devil has horns and a pitchfork.
(There is a devil. But he is not described in the Bible with horns or pitchfork.)
NUMBER FIVE… “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”
(Francis Bacon said it.)
NUMBER FOUR… “To thine own self be true.”
(William Shakespeare said it.)
NUMBER THREE… “God works in mysterious ways.”
(An English poet called William Cowper said it.)
NUMBER TWO… "Spare the rod and spoil the child."
(An English poet called Samuel Butler said it.)
AND THE NUMBER ONE THING THE BIBLE NEVER SAID...
“God helps those who help themselves.”
(Commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin.)
Have you ever heard a well-intentioned person misquote the Bible? Or, have you ever unintentionally misquoted the Bible yourself? I have. This is why Acts 17:11 is so relevant. You see, the people of Berea not only were willing to listen, but they examined what Paul was teaching and compared it to the Scriptures. They didn’t just believe Paul. They took the time to confirm the accuracy of his teaching.
Today, I encourage you to take the time to confirm how biblically accurate is any teaching you hear. Take time to regularly study your Bible. Bring your Bible to church and read along with the Pastor or teacher. Familiarize yourself with the Bible and “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32 NLT).