What we believe is directly connected to how we live. As Christians there are often some unbiblical statements we quote and believe, and eventually we live and behave around what we believe. Here are 4 unbiblical statements we as Christians quote, and need to address.
God helps those who help themselves.
This is the most famous statement Christians often quote. God actually helps those who cannot help themselves (Isaiah 25:4). This statement often gives a attitude of self-righteousness and self-reliance. However God does help you in order to help yourself! So this statement is unbiblical.
We all worship the same God.
Yes, there is only one creator, one true and living God (Deuteronomy 4:39). However no one can come to or worship God except through His Son Jesus Christ, not Muhammad, Buddha, Joseph Smith etc. And yes God has different names, but we often create our own gods and our own idols. So this statement is unbiblical.
God won’t give you more than you can handle.
When we down and out, ready to give up, this is often the first statement people tell us, this statement is so over used it doesn’t even comfort us no more. Truth is everything in life is more than we can handle! And that is why we need Jesus! We often misinterpret 1 Cor. 10:13, when Paul said this he meant, more than we are able with God’s help, and firstly this verse simply means that no test or temptation that comes our way is beyond that which others had to bear, and it goes on to say that God will provide a way out, so in summary there is no way out without God and we are often given more than what we can handle so that we can come to full dependence and faith in God so that His strength can be made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).
God wants me to be happy.
We need to realize that happiness is tied to feelings, emotions and circumstances. And feelings, emotions and circumstances change all the time. We often look as God as our own personal Genie, so we use this statement to justify our sins and wrongdoings. God is more concerned about making thing work out for your good than making things feel good to you and make you happy (Romans 8:28). And the Bible never speaks about happiness but rather Joy, and there is a difference between these two.
These may not be all statements and there may be more, so feel free to leave a comment and engage in this topic. However I know there might be different views on this so feel free to share your view and ask questions relating this topic.