Whether you’re Christian or not, religious quotes have become a regular part of many cultures. But with all the verses thrown around people fail to realize that many of their wise words have no basis in holy scripture at all. These are eleven such examples.
You might mean well, but if you use these incorrect quotes you’re doing more harm than good.
It is better to cast your seed in the belly of a whore than to spill it on the ground.
In the story of Onan the titular character is struck down by God for refusing to impregnate his deceased brother’s wife to continue his family line. This quote, however, isn’t part of the story, and seemingly misinterprets it.
God helps those who help themselves.
Though a nice piece of motivational wisdom, this isn’t actually Biblical. In fact, much of the Old Testament is about God helping those who are seemingly helpless. The line actually comes from one of Aesop’s fables, noted for not-at-all being related to Christianity.
The Devil can cite scripture for his own purposes.
It’s seemingly meant to illustrate the importance of trusting God over man, but this line is actually lifted from The Merchant of Venice. Strangely enough, many lines from Shakespeare get wedged into the Bible.
Hate the sin, love the sinner.
Though a good maxim to live by these words don’t appear in scripture (though you can easily argue that some teachings of Christ boil down to this). Sometimes attributed to Gandhi, the line originates in St. Augustine’s letters.
Money is the root of all evil.
This one gets thrown around a lot, though it’s close to an actual verse (“The love of money is the root of all evil”). But anyone with passing knowledge of scripture should know that neither line makes a lot of sense, since original sin took place before any monetary system was in place.
The Seven Deadly Sins
Not a quote so much as a concept, the idea of the Seven Deadly Sins is medieval, not Biblical. There are a group of seven sins listed in Proverbs but they don’t directly correlate to the usual Seven.