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Biblical statements. They form the basis for our beliefs. They are reliable and trustworthy. Unfortunately, many of the statements we think are biblical, aren’t in actuality based on the Scripture. This video published by 100huntley, which you can view below, covers two of the most common unbiblical statements Christians believe. In so believing these statements, many Christians are lead astray.
The first unbiblical statement addressed in this video is a pretty common saying, “God helps those who help themselves.” In actuality, if we could help ourselves, we wouldn’t need God. The implication is that we have to do something in order to get help from God. Though not exactly Biblical, it could have some basis in scripture. We might need to forgive someone or ask for forgiveness to be in the right standing with God, but we don’t need to “help” God help us. Make no mistake. God helps us, not the other way around.
Here’s another common statement that Christians believe. “God wants me to be happy.” It too is wrong. Happiness is selfish and temporary. God wants us to have joy. Not happiness. These are two very different things. God gives us joy, we aim for happiness. God isn’t our personal genie, so it’s not His job to make us happy. In fact, in some cases, we grow much closer to Him when we aren’t as comfortable.
According to 1 John 4:1, we should test the spirits always. This method could also be used to test statements or beliefs. Really, anything to determine if it is of God.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone into the world..”