My friend Randy Myers and his wife Nichole developed a game called “Let’s Have Church.” In one segment of the game you have to quickly determine whether the phrase is from the Bible or something Church Folk say. It’s hilarious! I found a few of our Biblical faux pas in the Christian Post today:
The Bible, long debated as the bestsellingest book of all time, might also be one of the most quoted texts. But how much of what is cited as coming from the Old and New Testaments is actually in the Bible?
“Spare the rod, spoil the child”
This could very well be a paraphrase of Proverbs 13:24, but the statement doesn’t really exist in any translation of the Bible. The Bible verse actually reads: “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.”
Samuel Butler, a 17th century British poet, actually coined the phrase “spare the rod and spoil the child” in his satirical poem, “Hudibras” (read it here).
“Money is the root of all evil”
This misquote is not too far off from the actual verse, found in 1 Timothy 6:10: “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.”
“God don’t like ugly”
While some may want to suggest that this phrase could be a colloquial interpretation from the Book of Proverbs to sum up ungodly behavior, they would be wrong. The phrase, as profound as it may be, is not anywhere in Scripture.
“Cleanliness is next to godliness”
No, Jesus did not say this in the Sermon on the Mount nor in any of his teachings recorded in the Gospels. This Bible misquote might have its root in James 4:8: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
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