4 Christian Phrases That Are Not Biblical

by | Oct 29, 2021 | Christian Living

We as Christians have several sayings that are common for us to say. But do these sayings align with what the Bible says? This blog post goes over the four most unhelpful Christian phrases that are not biblical and why we shouldn’t use them. 

What are some Christian phrases that are not biblical?

When you dive into what the Bible says, these four phrases do not align with the Bible and what Jesus taught. Each of these statements may have a good intention behind it but are oftentimes taken in the wrong way. Here is why we should be avoiding these phrases.

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  1. “The devil made me do it.”
  2. “The temptation was too strong. I couldn’t resist it.”
  3. “God helps those who help themselves.”
  4. “Heaven must have needed another angel.”

1) “The devil made me do it.”

The first variation of this phrase came from when Eve said “The serpent deceived me and I ate” in Genesis 3:13. When Eve said this it was a truthful statement and not quite the same thing as saying “the devil made me do it.” The devil can’t make us do anything, and though it may be appealing to blame Satan for our decisions, it isn’t a truthful or helpful statement. 

We should be taking accountability for our actions, both good and bad. James 1:14 says “But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.” 

2) “The temptation was too strong. I couldn’t resist it.”

Can we resist any temptation put in front of us? The Bible says in First Corinthians 10:13 that “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.”

This means that we are not bound by our temptations, therefore we cannot blame them for our shortcomings. 

3) “God helps those who help themselves.”

While God does help those who work hard and values diligent people, it is important to remember that God cares for the poor, the needy, and the sick as well. This is evident in Matthew 11:28-30 where Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” 

4) “Heaven must have needed another angel.” 

Not only is this not biblically sound, but it is also harmful. The phrase makes God out to be someone who steals people away to employ them as an angel. This goes against the theology of angels that is in the Bible. God does not steal people away to turn them into angels.  

For a better response to someone that is grieving, try to be there for that person. 

Be Careful With Your Words

Be careful with the phrases Christians say that sound biblical, but are not. We should not hold these phrases as biblical truth when they are not. The best way we can cut these kinds of phrases out of our minds is by reading the Bible and heeding God’s word. 

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