Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Liar, Liar. Pants on Fire.

There are many common statements that people throw out as true scripture. I am here to say, “Liar, liar, pants on fire!" Okay, no, that is not what I really would ever say to anyone. My real statement would be, "NO! That’s not true. That is NOT what you were supposed to learn. You've been told a myth and have come to take it as biblical truth.” Now, don't feel bad, even some biblical Christians believe these statements:

Biblical myth #1: “God helps those who help themselves.” You’ve heard that one a few times, huh? NOT in the bible... not at all; this is a complete myth. This phrase was actually spoken by Benjamin Franklin - whom wasn’t even Christian. Can you imagine if God only helped those who helped themselves?

TRUTH: God helps those doing whatever they can to destroy themselves and those who are helping themselves and those who are not sure. He’s God. He does that.

Biblical myth #2: “The Lord will never give you more than you can handle.” I really wish this was true; however, its not. There are so many things in this world we can not handle! My friends’ 5 year old little girl had to go the the hospital to have her tonsils taken out. After the surgery the nurses took the mom into the recovery room to see her child. The moment she saw her little girl attached to all the tubes and lying in the hospital bed, she passed out (subsequently hitting her head on a table and ending up in the bed next to her daughter). This poor mother could not bare to see her child this way! There are many things in this world that are unbearable. Just because we live through them, do not make them something we felt like we were handling well.

People commit suicide; life was unbearable.

The actual verse is:

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. -1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

TRUTH: Its really about temptation and how God always gives us a better choice when facing temptations.

Biblical myth #3: “Gods says don’t let people tread on you.” He does? No, he doesn’t. In fact he says just the opposite:

You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

-Matthew 5:38-42, NIV

Some people like to use the verse in Matthew 7 - "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”

TRUTH: Mean people suck and there are always mean people; you don’t have to give them your best treasures, but you do have to treat them with love and kindness, even as they punch you in the face, steal from you and make you go the extra mile (a.k.a. tread on you).

Myth 4: “The one with the most toys wins.” Okay, you did not really think that was in the bible right? It’s just a bumper sticker! I promise.

TRUTH: You can't take it with you, and you won’t miss it (unless you end up in the fiery pit - then you'll be missing a lot. Choices. Choices.).

Do you have any verses you’ve heard that you know are not true, or want to know if they are true? I'd love to hear them!