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5 Popular Verses You Thought Were in the Bible... but Aren't

Even if "Post-Christian" is a name applied to Western culture, connections to biblical concepts are still present. In truth, references to Scripture are common in popular culture, from rock singers to movies.

However, these attempts to grasp what the Bible actually says frequently fall far short. What verses do people mistakenly believe to be in the Bible yet aren't? Here are five to get us going.

1 "God supports self-reliant people. First Americans 17:76

According to the so-called "American Dream," virtually anyone can arrive in or be born in this nation with nothing, work hard to amass a few loan payments, and die with enough to pass to their offspring. And this "verse" (which may date all the way back to the famous fable writer Aesop) fits right in with that American way of life. However, it is undoubtedly not scriptural.

In the Bible, assistance always comes from the same source, which the psalmist clearly explains in Psalm 121:2 "The LORD, who made the heavens and the earth, is my source of assistance. When the Israelites faced the Red Sea's raging waves and the trampled horses of Pharaoh's army

2. "This will pass, too." Knowledge 4:11

This "verse" appears whenever unpleasant things occur. It obviously has a biblical tone, and some people have even cited it on television as coming from the Bible. However, it's not true and may not even be.

Of course, we generally overcome the crippling pain of loss, get a new career, or recover from an injury. However, not all pain will go away while we are still on the planet and in this body. In fact, some sufferings never go away because God has something greater in mind for them. God definitely brings peace, but it doesn't mean He will always remove the cause of the sorrow.

3. "Yes, in fact, God desires your happiness." Oprah 1:1

Every now and again, this well-known verse rises to the top and is discussed on talk shows and in publications. Because it fits with our consumer-driven, instant-access, you-deserve-it world, we like to believe that God's primary concern is our happiness. It's a verse that, as is frequently stated, allows people to ignore other biblical prohibitions since happiness is more important than anything else.

However, this incorrect verse is the one that causes the most harm of all. Not to amass fortune, enjoy luxury, have a fulfilling relationship, feel content, or accomplish our own goals—we are here to worship God.

4. You can succeed if you put in enough effort, according to 2 Jobs 4:04

Is effort beneficial? Yes. In reality, Proverbs repeatedly instructs us to put in a lot of effort (12:11, 13:4, 14:23, etc.). Jesus worked nonstop throughout His time on earth, and Paul never criticizes those who put in extra effort (in fact, in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, he criticizes those who don't).

But Scripture does not support the widely held belief that striving for success always results in a wealth of material blessings. We are expected to approach everything we do as if we were doing it for Jesus as Christians. But rather than seeing our bank accounts soar, our joy comes from knowing we gave it our all for Him.

5. "Just believe and follow your heart, and anything is possible." Disney song 20:15

Disney movies appear to occasionally encroach on the Bible. The idea that we may become "whatever we want to be if we only believe" has permeated how we view the Bible, perhaps because people enjoy Cinderella stories (unjust rags to supernatural riches). Yes, David the shepherd lad rose to power.


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