I often read sayings and ‘feel good’ pictures on facebook and the like, but upon close inspection, have discovered that they really aren’t true. Some even come straight out of scripture, but are used horribly out of context. Let’s take a look at 5 of these sayings, and hopefully prevent some people from using them in the future.
1. “God will never give you more than you can handle”
I hear this often. I hear Christians come out with this whenever people are struggling with hardships. This is not correct, it isn’t even what the verse that they are half quoting says. 1 Corinthians 10 v 3 says that God will not allow us to be TEMPTED beyond what we are able to resist. Temptation doesn’t come from God, and he will always give us a way out. This has absolutely nothing to do with hardships. The saying also suggests that hardships come from God. Some trials may (although I can also argue against that), but most come as a result of sin (ours or others, or just as a result of the fall). God is on our side, but we need to let Him intervene in our lives, and this requires a level of submission, discipline and action on our part, which we don’t like. If God ‘doesn’t give you more than you can handle’, why do I know of born-again believers who have committed suicide? God can and will help us, and He can turn any situation around. Turn to Him, submit and let Him do it His way.
2. “Money is the root of all evil”
No it is not. 1 Timothy 6:10 says that the LOVE of money is the root of all KINDS of evil. Big difference. There is nothing wrong with money, it is the LOVE of money that is a problem. Solomon was the richest man ever, and he was a man of God. He used money as a servant, rather than serving money. If you follow God and use money, there is nothing wrong with it. If you follow money, you’re in trouble. If you think that money is evil, send it to me, I’ll take the ‘evil’ away from you. How kind am I?
3. “I am just a sinner, saved by grace”
This winds me up. Let’s reason through this, when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you become a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17. If you have done this, you WERE a sinner, but you are NOW saved by grace. To say that you are a sinner saved by grace is wrong. If a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, does it go around saying that it is just a caterpillar who can fly? It is now a butterfly, no longer a caterpillar. Yes you may still sin, we all do, but that doesn’t make you a sinner. God sees us as righteous, ALL of our sins are forgiven, even the future ones. The second you sin, it has already been forgiven. If you’re a sinner, you need grace, if you have grace, you’re not a sinner. Pick one. Does this mean that we can carry on sinning? Glad you asked, they asked Paul the same question. I’ll let him answer it, read Romans 6.
4. “Do not judge others, and you won’t be judged”
This comes straight out of the Bible, but it is used when Christians call others on a sin, which they don’t want to repent from. Read the rest of the verse, this is about condemning people. That is the devil’s job, and he doesn’t need any help. 1 Corinthians 5:12 tells us that we ARE to judge those in the church, but not those outside. If you’re still not sure, go and read Galatians 6:1-3. Now please remember that this needs to be done in love, and in order to help others overcome their sin. This is because we love them and want what is best for them. We’re not pointing fingers and passing judgement.
5. “Everything happens for a reason”
Yes, but God may not be involved. Not everything that happens is according to God’s will. (Shocking, I know). Read ‘Sovereignty of God‘ for more about this. The scripture that deals with this comment is Romans 8:28, where it says that God uses all things for our good. It doesn’t say that He sends them. Yes, God can turn everything around for our good, but we have to let Him, and take certain actions. God does not force His will on us. Whatever the reason for what has happened, hand it over to God and let Him use it for your good. Just blindly accepting everything that happens as from God is a dangerous game. If you want to know what God’s will is, study scripture, it is all there.
So there we have it. This is not to condemn, it is to open people’s eyes to what scripture says. Let’s stop saying things that sound right, and rather take a look at what scripture says. Let’s get our saying in line with what God says.