Sayings and Scriptures

Passages paraphrased

How many times have you heard someone say, “God won’t lay on you more than you can bear”? While this is not found in Scripture per se, notice how closely it parallels what Paul says: “. . . God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). No, God never lays on us more than we can bear.

Another common saying: “One soul is worth more than all the world.” Although these exact words are not found in the Bible, it does echo Jesus’ statement, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). Yes, one soul is worth more than all the world. What a bad bargain if we exchange our very soul for anything this world has to offer!

Skewed scriptures

It is also frequently said, “Money is the root of all evil.” Close, but not quite. What the Bible actually says is, “For the love of money is the root of all evil . . .” (1 Timothy 6:10). It’s the love of money we must guard against. A more accurate saying is, “Love people and use things. Don’t love things and use people.”

Often you hear, “Receive Christ as your personal Savior.” Certainly Christ is our Savior, He saves us personally, and we are to receive Him. But receiving Christ means more than saying the “Sinner’s Prayer.” We must obey Christ if we are to be saved by Him (Hebrews 5:8-9). This obedience involves faith, repentance, and baptism (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38). Obedience does not earn us our salvation—we are still saved by grace. Obedience is a test of our faith, a condition of our salvation. Without it we cannot be saved (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

The purpose of this little exercise is to help us be more discerning regarding the things we hear and say. Do they truly measure up against what the Bible teaches?

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB:

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