Think that quote’s from the Bible? Think again.

Actually, that’s not in the Bible.

The Bible may be the most revered book in America, but it’s also one of the most misquoted. Politicians, motivational speakers, coaches – all types of people  – quote passages that actually have no place in the Bible, religious scholars say.

These phantom passages include:

“God helps those who help themselves.”

“Spare the rod, spoil the child.”

And there is this often-cited paraphrase: Satan tempted Eve to eat the forbidden apple in the Garden of Eden.

None of those passages appear in the Bible, and one is actually anti-biblical, scholars say.

So check your sources, people. And your theology.

5 responses to “Think that quote’s from the Bible? Think again.

  1. I like this…via Wikiquotes but it’s in various places…
    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.”
    It’s an oral history. It was passed down, word-of-mouth, father to son, from Adam to Seth, from Seth to Enos, from Enos to Cainan, for 40 generations, a growing, changing, story, it was handed down, word-of-mouth, father to son. Until Moses finally gets it down on lambskin. But lambskins wear out, and need to be recopied. Copies of copies of copies of copies of copies of copies of copies of an oral history passed down through 40 generations.
    From Hebrew it’s translated into Arabic, from Arabic to Latin, from Latin to Greek, from Greek to Russian, from Russian to German, from German to an old form of English that you could not read. Through 400 years of evolution of the English language to the book we have today, which is: a translation of a translation of a translation of a translation of a translation of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of an oral history passed down through 40 generations.
    You can’t put a grocery list through that many translations, copies, and re-telling, and not expect to have some big changes in the dinner menu when the kids make it back from Kroger’s.
    And yet people are killing each other over this written word. Here’s a tip: If you’re killing someone in the name of God — you’re missing the message.

    * Nick Annis

  2. I’m not sure whether to take pride in the fact that many of the stories and tags that are accepted as biblical are literary. Milton is the big source for Satan tempting Eve–in Genesis, the story is more like “so, Eve, is there anything you can’t eat?” “Yep, from that tree over there.” “Hmmm, too bad, it will give you knowledge.” “Oh [fruit looks tasty and has bonuses…]” Crunch.

    Milton is also the source for the War in Heaven, which is otherwise limited to a bit of Daniel, some of which is apocryphal, and part of a chapter (12) in Revelations + some material that isn’t canonical in either Judaism or Christianity. The lad was very disappointed about this.

  3. And I’m crushed that “The Dude abides” is not from the Book of Duderonomy.

  4. It’s not? Alas.

  5. What, you sayin’ there ain’t no Gospel according to Ben Franklin?…get outta Dodge..uhh, I mean Philadelphia!

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