Both those who read and believe the bible, and those who don’t, regularly misquote several parts of it. There are for some reason, favourite parts of scripture which are generally misquoted or misused. I have laid out seven of them below, the ones which I think best illustrate my point.
Money is the Root of All Evil
It is often said that money is the root of all evil. In fact, this is one of the most notable short “quotes” from the bible that has been converted to everyday use. In 1 Timothy 6:10, it says, “For the love of money is the root of allevil…”
We see that this is very different. One is saying that the object is evil, the other is pointing out that it’s our attitude to that object which can be evil.
Jesus Was in a Stable When Wise Men Came to Visit Him as a Baby
In school plays, and in writings about the birth of Christ, we more often than not hear/read about the wise men visiting Jesus in a stable. This however, is not from the bible.
Matthew 2:11 says that they visited him at a house. Remember that the only reason Mary and Joseph were forced to stay in a stable was because they could find no other accommodation since everyone else was in town for the census. They did not chose to be there, especially with a little baby on the way. It makes sense that they would’ve found alternative accommodation as soon as they could. By the time the wise men came to see them, they had moved their new born to a more comfortable abode. Any parent would.
Jesus Was Born on Christmas Day
If we celebrate Christmas, then we more likely than not, believe in Jesus and the bible which tells about him. If we do believe the bible, it makes sense to take it in its entirety. The bible does not say that Jesus was born on Christmas day, regardless of what the songs and commercial announcements want us to believe.
It is fine to say that Christmas is a day to remember the birth of Christ, or a day we’ve set aside to celebrate his arrival on earth. But it is not accurate to perpetuate the lie to our kids that Jesus was born on Christmas day, because there is no record that this is actually the case. The bible certainly does not give us a specific day, it does not say that he was, nor that he wasn’t. It is widely believed that the Christmas day was a pagan holiday which was converted into what it is today, after the Romans became Catholics.
Jonah Was Swallowed by a Whale
The bible says in Jonah 1:17 that God prepared a big fish to swallow Jonah up, and he was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.
Nowhere in the book of Jonah or in any other part of the bible does it say that this fish was a whale. In fact, it is more likely that this fish was not a whale since God prepared it, it could have been a fish that we’ve never seen. It could have been specially prepared so that it had none of the stomach juices which would’ve normally digested food in three days’ time. Why we say the fish was a whale is anyone’s guess.
Everything Happens for the Best for Everyone
We like to give comfort by saying that the bible says that everything works together for good (or happening for the best). That whatever we go through in life, it would work itself out somehow and we would see in the future that whatever happened in the past was actually for our learning, and to build up our perseverance. This is true, but not across the board.
According to the bible Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good to them that love the Lord, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
This “things happening for the best” therefore, refers to them that love the lord.
The Sabbath day is Sunday
People who worship on Sunday tend to claim that the “Sabbath Day” of the bible was Sunday. This is completely wrong as the bible clearly says that the seventh day was the Sabbath. (Exodus 20:10)
Sunday is the first day of the week, and Christian worshipers worship on this day because the first Christians did. (Acts 20:7, 1Corinthians 16:1).
This they did because Jesus said to remember his death and resurrection when we come together to break bread. What better day to do it than on the day He was resurrected from the dead. The Sabbath was for the Jews’ worship. The first day of the week (not referred to as the Sabbath at all in the bible) is the day for Christians’ worship.
Three Wise Men?
The bible talks about the wise men, but nowhere does it ever say that there were three of them. Children’s authors and song writers now perpetuate this idea without knowing where it has come from. I think that the world has decided that there were three of them because they brought three different gifts, but we have no idea exactly how many men were there.
Finally, Deuteronomy 29:29 says “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
If one believes by faith, then it is easy to take what is given and wait until the day when more can be revealed to us.