Lori Colbo loves to write about her Christian faith and the Bible to encourage and inspire others.
It's funny how the world quotes from the Bible those verses which aren't actually in the Bible. Then there are misquotes where they have the correct Scripture but the wrong wording. There also are a few terms Christian's refer too, where the word isn't actually in the Bible, but the concept or truth of it is. This is a fun, rather amusing study. Follow along and find out what the Bible doesn't say.
"Cleanliness is Next to Godliness"
This is a proverb-sounding verse, but this phrase is not in the bible. It is attributed most often to the preacher John Wesley (co-founder of the Methodist church) who said it in his sermon On Dress. 1 Pascal Tréguer suggests John Wesley was quoting it from elsewhere because it was written in quotations. 2
There is an argument to be made for Old Testament Scriptures that talk about ritual cleansing. Cleansing hands, washing of feet, baptism to name a few. The Jewish people for centuries practiced these rituals. Also at play are the Old Testament laws that deemed people, places, and things as clean or unclean, common, defiled, unholy, profane. Most of these come from the book of Leviticus. The dietary laws said certain animals were "unclean" to eat and also unclean for sacrifice. Women going through their monthly cycle were unclean and any object they sat on or touched became unclean. Diseases made people unclean, most notably Leprosy. Dead bodies, bodily emissions, and hundreds of other things. The bible is not talking about good hygiene or when it talks about ritual cleansing and all the rest.
These laws were related to what is fit (clean) or unfit (unclean) to use or do in worship. It was also about being set apart from the impurities of the world. 3
God cares that we are holy. Holy means to set apart to God and for His glory. All that we say and do should set us apart from the world.
Leviticus 11:45 states, "For I am the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt so that I would be your God; therefore be holy because I am holy."
Peter quoted this passage in 1 Peter 1:15-16: "But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written: 'Be holy because I am holy.'”
God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
"God helps those who help themselves"
Sorry, this is not in the Bible, nor is it biblical. This maxim is commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin from his Farmers Almanac 1757 or to English politician Algernon Sydney in his article Discourses Concerning Government in 1698.4 It has also been attributed in slightly different form to some of the ancient Greek tragedies. It could be Benjamin Franklin heard it from Algernon Sydney's work and Algernon heard it elsewhere. It doesn't seem to be clear.
This quote is really quite opposite of what the bible teaches. Take for example the following Scriptures:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path" (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Thus says the LORD, "Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD (Jeremiah 17:5).
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered (Proverbs 28:26).
The Bible teaches us that without God, we will go astray. We cannot depend on ourselves. We are not perfect, we are not God, and we are sinners, every last one of us.
God Won't Give You More Than You Can Handle
This saying is not in the Scriptures. It implies that God gives you trials but knows your limitations and won't make them more than you can handle on your own. First of all, God does not give us every trial. He allows them so that you will gain wisdom, grow in faith, and develop endurance. Philippians 4:13 says: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
There are times God tests us. Test in this sense doesn't mean tempt into sin, but to allow hardship to prove or perfect our faith. There are more stories in the bible than I can count when God tested the faith of the saints. Job probably had the worst testing of all and God was glorified and Job saw God's glory in a way he never had before.
This saying may have been attributed to 2 Corinthians 10:13 which says, No temptation has overtaken you except that which is common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Breaking this verse down it says that our temptations and trials are not unique to everyone else's. Each temptation is common to man. We tend to think ours are worse than everyone else's, or we think it is impossible to overcome. And yes, they can be overwhelming. But God does not leave you alone to work it out. It says He is faithful and will provide a way of escape that you will be able to bear it. It doesn't say He will let you escape the temptation or trial altogether, but a way to bear it. He is the answer, He is our strength, He is the way maker. Don't ever think you have to handle trials and temptations on your own. He is faithful, He will help you.
"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31).
God Works in Mysterious Ways
Although this is a true statement, it is not in the Bible. This phrase comes from a hymn by William Cowper.
"God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm."
As to the mystery of God Isaiah 55:8-9 comes to mind: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
In response to that passage, one commentator aptly put it: "If we try to understand God’s ways from earth looking up, we won’t find many answers. Instead, God left us a clue in the word higher." 5 And so we trust Him.
It's My Cross to Bear
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" (Matthew 16:24).
People drew this out of Jesus' words above (alternate verses are Mark 8:34; Luke 14:27; Matthew 10:38) and butchered its meaning, giving it no context, and cheapening it by applying it to common everyday irritations of life. "My nagging mother-in-law is my cross to bear," is an example of such trivializing it.
When Jesus says "Take up your cross and follow Me," it is a very serious qualifier for being His disciple. It is about utter self-denial and sacrifice. To deny oneself in following Jesus is to deny and turn away from their own life interests, plans, and commitment outside the will of God. It is no longer living for yourself but for God. Today we would say "sold out," or "all in.
Jesus goes on to tell us to take up our cross and follow Him. When he says take up your cross, the disciples immediately pictured the Roman cross where people were crucified, a most hideous, tormenting, and humiliating way to die. Jesus would go on to do that very thing. He's saying we need to be willing to endure great suffering, and even die if necessary, to be His disciple. It's to take on God's agenda and leave their past one behind.
The Apostle Paul, next to Jesus, practiced this more than any New Testament character. He endured with joy, great suffering for the Lord in his ministry.
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).
Moderation in All Things
There are variations of the phrase: "Seek moderation in all things." "In all things moderation."
This isn't a quote from the bible. The Oxford Reference states : The essential thought is found in the work of the Greek poet Hesiod (c.700 bc), ‘observe due measure; moderation is best in all things’, and of the Roman comic dramatist Plautus (c. 250–184 bc), ‘moderation in all things is the best policy.’
There have been other attributions but these are most common. Moderation in all things sounds like good advice. But it doesn't apply across the board. Ask yourself, how does one moderately sin? Sin is sin, no matter how light or excessively you do it.
Moderation speaks of balance, restraint, self-control, temperance, not in excess, reasonable limits. But the bible has a lot to say about moderation. There are so many I will only highlight a few.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.
- Colossians 3:17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
- Romans 12:1-2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
- Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
To boil it down to one principle:
Matthew 22: 37-40 And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Love God and keep his commandments and you can't go wrong.
To Thine Own Self Be True
The buzzer sounds again. Not in the Word of God, but from the pen of William Shakespeare in his famous play Hamlet. The character Polonius gives his son Laertes this advice:
“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!”
This sounds like the attitude of the world today. Follow your heart. Don't go against what you think is right. Be yourself. Do whatever floats your boat. There is an assumption in those statements that whatever one's heart desires is good. You're bored with your wife? Find another. Do you hate your job? Quit, pout, and excuse yourself from responsibility. Getting drunk and high is fun, it doesn't hurt people. Even the nicest of people can follow their hearts in the wrong direction.
But here's what God says about the human heart:
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9).
Satan deceives us, and we deceive ourselves, and we decieve others in such subtle ways we don't always recognize it. We may think our heart is in the right place so that makes our sin or mistake okay. Having said that, there is grace for those who humble themselves and turn from their sins and turn to God.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, lest any man should boast: it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).
God gives us this commandment:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:5). How can those who have received his gift of grace not love Him?
So we are not to live to ourselves. We are to live for God.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him" (Colossians 3:17).
And finally, as we just learned above:
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?" (Mark 8:34-36).
Read It and You Will Know
A lot of the sayings that people attribute to the Bible sound like proverbs, wisdom from above. The misquotes are probably ignorance, or Bible illiteracy. Sometimes it's just like the old game where somebody whispers something to someone else, and they pass it on and mess it up, and on it goes until it sounds nothing like the original or a very botched up version on it. People hear it enough times and figure it's true.
If you want to know about the Bible, God, Jesus, and all the saints and prophets, it's a good idea to learn what it says by reading it yourself. Second hand knowledge isn't always accurate. The Berean's in the book of Acts always went home after hearing Paul and his friends preach and teach to make sure that what they were saying was accurate. So, be a good Berean and read the Bible for yourself. Then you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
1 Martin, G. (n.d.). “Cleanliness is next to godliness” - the meaning and origin of this phrase. Phrasefinder. Retrieved December 11, 2021, from https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/cleanliness-is-next-to-godliness.html
2 Tréguer, P. (2021, July 18). “cleanliness is next to godliness”: meaning and origin. Word Histories. https://wordhistories.net/2021/07/18/cleanliness-godliness/
3What does the Bible mean when it says something is unclean? (n.d.). GotQuestions.org. Retrieved December 9, 2021, from https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-unclean.html
4 God helps those who help themselves. (2021, December 1). Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_helps_those_who_help_themselves#cite_note-5
5 What does God mean when He says, “my ways are higher than your ways” in Isaiah 55:9? (n.d.). GotQuestions.org. Retrieved December 9, 2021, from https://www.gotquestions.org/my-ways-are-higher-than-your-ways.html
© 2012 Lori Colbo
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on November 10, 2019:
Shane, thanks for writing. If you are referring to Proverbs 16:18 I just now checked several versions KJV, NKJV, NIV, NASB,ESV, and NLT and everyone of them them says "Pride goes before destruction." However, "before a fall" pretty much means the same thing.
Shane on November 10, 2019:
Ironically you misquoted the scripture from Proverbs.
ROBERT COHN from NEW BERN on June 30, 2019:
Thank you Ms. Lori.
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on June 29, 2019:
Love your profile pic, Robert. Thanks for stopping by.
ROBERT COHN from NEW BERN on June 28, 2019:
Very interesting... thank you.
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on June 15, 2017:
Hi Galaxy, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by.
GalaxyRat on June 14, 2017:
Kiss andTales on November 24, 2015:
Great hub I appreciate how you encourage bible reading to the degree of really listening to what is said, not by scanning but in details.
this is the very reason we have so many religions with different views and doctrines. Jesus himself says there is one truth.we validate it by careful study in his thinking. not our own we are the one who have imperfect thinking.
another thought is the translations done by imperfect men even King James has proven this with the deletion of the tetragrammaton YHWH in over 7000 times God's personal name is listed more then Jesus ,also as JAH. KJV kept his name in the bible 4 times .
now what we have is that people do not know Jehovah from Jesus and call Jesus God. those who refuse to read the scriptures in the right light.
they ignore Jehovah name completely. sad because did Jesus himself go to the temple of worship and read from the scrolls ,simple he had to Read from the old testament also and pronounce the name Jehovah as well.
the truth has always been available but people seem to think they got it all rapped up in knowledge and are far from the truth, sad because that is a dead end not allowing to the entrance of the true God Jehovah and his Son Jesus
Robert Levine from Brookline, Massachusetts on November 24, 2015:
My high school English teacher--public school--used to emphasize that the quote was "Love of money": "If you think money is the root of all evil, you can give me all your money so you won't become evil."
The Christian tradition that the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was an apple stems from a play on the Latin word "malus" (I guess from the Vulgate Latin translation), which means both "evil" and "apple." The Jewish tradition is that it was a fig, because of the subsequent mention that they made their loincloths out of fig leaves.
Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on March 28, 2015:
Enjoyed your hub. Misquotes can be dangerous and misleading. Well done.
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on August 15, 2014:
So a2j, we are in agreement. Thanks for your comments and experience. God is able to do anything.
a2jc4life on August 15, 2014:
I grew up in charismatic churches, so I'm familiar with the practice. :) I agree with you that what is commonly seen has no biblical precedent. There are, unfortunately, abuses and mimicries of all the Spirit's work. :( I've seen some "throw out the baby with the bathwater," though (so to speak), so wanted to add that clarification. It *is* in there (conceptually) -- and more than just once. But not like we usually see in churches today.
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on August 15, 2014:
Greetings a2jc4life, I agree about the fish/whale thing.
If you go back and read my section on slain in the Spirit you will see that what I said was, the way people do it today is not the way it was shown in the Bible and I elaborate on that. You example was not one I'd thought of so I appreciate it. The thing is, the way charismatics do it today is oftentimes people gather assembly line style and one after one the leader puts their hand on the head of the person, often times with a nudge, and the person goes down with a catcher at the ready. That is not what you see in the Bible. I think people today who behave like that are making a mockery of the holiness of God. It becomes a fun game. I believe absolutely someone can be slain in the Spirit, but as in the Bible, it is not a common occurrence. Hope that helps. Thanks for your comments and blessings.
a2jc4life on August 15, 2014:
I never noticed the discrepancy between "fish" and "whale" in the Old and New Testaments, but I suspect it's a translation issue related to vocabulary that does or doesn't exist in Hebrew vs. Greek vs. English. (I also now am curious whether it might have been neither. It is my understanding that what is sometimes translated as "whale," for instance, is actually a more generic "great sea creature"-type of word and may refer to sea creatures we don't have names for in our day or language.)
Also, I would argue that, while the phrase "slain in the Spirit" is not found in Scripture, there are multiple references to people's being so overwhelmed by the Spirit of God that they fell down as though dead. Off the top of my head, for instance, I recall that those guarding Jesus' tomb had this experience.
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on October 11, 2013:
You are right, these things take time and space. The words rapture, trinity and incarnation are not Hebrew words, but I realize you are also talking not just about the words themselves but the concepts as well. I appreciate your comments and feedback. Blessings and shalom.
Deborah Sexton on October 11, 2013:
Well, I'm Jewish by religion, and I speak, read, and write Hebrew, and I know what they mean but to explain in comments is impossible because it takes a lot of interpreting, explaining, and a lot of space.
As far as God not being in Esther, that's true so you can omit that one from my statement.
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on October 10, 2013:
Thanks for your response Deborah. I am curious about your last statement, "The words aren't there and neither is the truth of what people think the words imply. All of those scriptures mean something completely different..." The words were Trinity, rapture, and incarnation, and the fact that God wasn't mentioned in Esther. What do you think they mean?
Deborah Sexton on October 10, 2013:
I'm sorry, I forgot to say "Well, you know, in my studies in the Bible here's what I found to be true..."
Deborah Sexton on October 10, 2013:
Most Christians, and I am speaking a very high percentage, read the King James Version which is much older than the one you are using.
The KJV says Root of all evil
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
The KJV is different
Under your title Misquoted Scripture
Isaiah 11:6 doesn’t say The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion..Been safe with the lion isn’t mentioned, it simply says the calf, the lion, and the fatling will lie together. Speaking of the fatling, verse six doesn’t say in the KJV yearling as the Bible version that you used does, it says fatling and there is a big difference..a fatling is a young animal that has been fattened enough and is ready to be slaughtered, and a yearling is simply an animal (especially. a sheep, calf, or foal) a year old.
Isaiah 11:6-9 KJV
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
This quote is from the “Golden Rule” which is based on the scripture in Leviticus 19:1 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. (13th century bc)
Yahshua (Jesus) just reiterated and reworded it in
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Some think Confucius first said this, but he used the Silver Rule
In the section you titled “The word isn't there, but the truth of it is”
The words aren’t there and neither is the truth of what people think the words imply. All of those scriptures mean something completely different, but that’s about five hubs later.
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on January 12, 2013:
elijagod from Abuja - Nigeria on January 12, 2013:
nice hub well done !
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on October 08, 2012:
Hi indy, I know what you mean. You don't want to be rude and say "Oh, you've got it wrong, that's not in the Bible." At the same time, you don't want them to believe something about God and the Bible that isn't true. So it takes a bit of care to word your response and lovingly. We should not be out to win an argument, but to speak truth into someone's life because we care. I usually say something like "Well, you know, in my studies in the Bible here's what I found to be true..." Thanks for stopping by.
Michelle Hannel from Southport, Indiana on October 07, 2012:
Oh My Gosh...what a great hub. I love that you wrote about this. I have personally spent a lot of time reading/studying the Bible and when people say things that are in the Bible that are not I don't really want to correct them but just know otherwise. Thank you for a great hub.
Liv Carradine from Los Angeles, CA on August 04, 2012:
Be very careful to check all versions.
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on May 18, 2012:
Thanks for stopping Shalah, good feedback. Blessings.
Shalah Chayil from Billings, Montana on May 18, 2012:
"To thine own self be true."
Buzzer sounds again. Not in the Word of God, but from Shakespeare's pen in his famous play Hamlet. And again, it is not even a biblical concept. The bible says to be true to God our Father, not ourselves.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5
Yeshua did say, Heaven and earth shall pass away but My Word shall never pass away. And in Isaiah, we are told that God will "create a new heaven and a new earth" hence all old things will obviously be passed away. Also in one of the letters to Corinthian church. "Old things are passed away, behold all things are become new."
Excellent hub....clear and easy to read and understand. Very informative.
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on May 16, 2012:
I'll be dogged, Onusonus and HB, that was the one version I didn't check. I'l make a correction.
aethelthryth, you bring up a good point. Our Sunday school class of 5 and 6 year old girls have been studying the 10 commandments and my partner and I realized that it deserves a clarification. Peace to all.
Onusonus on May 16, 2012:
No big deal though :)
aethelthryth from American Southwest on May 16, 2012:
Very good Hub. I hope you did your SEO well so lots of people find it and read it. I also hope you write another hub on the subjects ib radmasters brought up, because there are answers to all those things, but it would be too long to reasonably go in a comment.
The short answer is that humans wrote the Bible, but as guided by God, so we can trust the original. Translations are just that - translations. If you think you can make a translation truer to the original, go for it!
One example of translation problems is another frequent source of confusion: the original text of the commandment is more like "Thou shalt not murder" than "Thou shalt not kill". There are times to kill as is clear in other parts of the Bible.
Onusonus on May 16, 2012:
KJV. In the book of Jonah it's a fish, but in Matthew it days Whale.
Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on May 16, 2012:
You wrote "read the Bible for yourself. Then you shall know the truth". I agree entirely. There are so many wonderful books to read and speakers to listen to but nothing is more important than reading the Word ourselves. Many sayings might be nice but not commands or instruction from God. We must discern the truth for ourselves.
I hope you don't mind if I answer your question to Onusonus. The King James version of the Bible uses the word whale. In any regard, your Hub is very interesting and useful.
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on May 16, 2012:
Onusonus, what version were you using, I checked NKJ, NLT, and NIV and they all said great fish.
Dahoglund, I'd forgotten about the brother's keeper. I believe that came from Cain way back in Genesis when he said "Am I my brother's keeper?" Many think it was a statement.
Thank you all for stopping by and leaving comments.
Pollyannalana from US on May 16, 2012:
Very good hub, I touched on these at one time. Strange all the things people who won't even read the bible go around quoting as gospel. I believe no matter how many men have translated our bible, if we read in the spirit God gives us true meaning in our souls.
Brad Masters from Southern California on May 16, 2012:
This was interesting and a lot of work.
I always have a problem when the word bible is used in the singular. It is ambiguous and vague as there are two bibles. The Old and the New.
Like the World War, it was originally just called a World War, it was not until the next war that a number was added to it.
MY point is that there was no knowledge or expectation of either the bible or the war that there would be a follow on to the original.
During the Jimmy Carter presidency there was a B1 Bomber that was built and then the project was terminated. In the 1980s there was a B1-B bomber that replaced the B1, which now is called the B1-A.
Again my point is that it was not planned, nor expected. The same is true of the bibles.
The first bible was written only hundreds of years before the bible on Jesus. These bibles were written by many people, over many years and collated and edited at the time printing became available.
The original documents were selected by people who didn't live during the times that the documents were written.
The point is that the bible was created by humans, selected by humans, and edited by humans. Numbers, verses, and chapters. along with punctuation and spaces between words were all edited by humans.
There is little to no connection that the Old Testament and the New Testament should be treated as one bible. The Jews were in existence during the time Of Christ, chose not to add the New Testament to their bible.
One has to wonder why they did that when they were eye witnesses to the incarnate Jesus Christ.
Also the bible(s) have been translated over the years into many languages, and that was done by humans, not by divine inspiration.
Different languages and different cultures have different idioms, and different contexts so the true meaning of the original language may change during a translation. That may also be the source of these misquotes that you detailed so well here.
bockshiner from Dallas, TX on May 16, 2012:
I like this hub. It's interesting. I've heard people use every one of those quotes attributed to the Bible. When people say "God helps those who help themselves" I will almost always correct them because this is the opposite of what the Bible teaches.
Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on May 16, 2012:
lambservant: Thank you! I truly enjoyed going through this hub helping me to both remember and to learn about my Bible. Often we can see a scripture and then attribute it to the common everyday sayings used by others. We see that the scripture is not word for word, the saying, but the idea the thought could apply.
Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on May 16, 2012:
Mostly they are good saying even if not in the Bible. I think people have a tendency to attribute things to the Bible if they con't know where they came from. The most annoying one is about being our brothers keeper because it misrepresents the Bible.
Civil War Bob from Glenside, Pennsylvania on May 16, 2012:
Well done hub, Lori...voted up, useful, and interesting. Hopefully your information to invitation format will be used by the Lord as you intend it! (Psalm 37:4)
Grace and peace to you!!
Onusonus on May 16, 2012:
Very well done. Just one thing.
Jesus said it was a whale; Matthew 12: 40 "For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly.."
Phoebe Pike on May 15, 2012:
Interesting hub. A lot of people assume "three wise men" because of the three gifts given.
Lori Colbo (author) from United States on May 15, 2012:
thanks for stopping by spease
spease from Minneapolis Mn on May 15, 2012:
Well done hub. Thanks