Popular Un-Biblical Sayings and Adages

Last week, I submitted a post about some of my wife’s physical challenges and I made reference to that oft-repeated adage, “If you have your health, you have everything.” Well, as Christians we know that while it’s pleasant to have good health, it’s not the be all to end all. Our physical bodies have a limited shelf-life and as we age, the aches and pains increase and more serious illnesses begin to intrude. That’s obviously a generality. Many children have significant medical challenges. If you have Jesus, you have everything. Health, wealth, and all other temporal circumstances are fleeting.

There are many other sayings and adages that are used within popular American culture that are contrary to the Bible and sometimes, even we believers repeat them. Let’s take a look at a few more:

  • “We’re all God’s children” and “We all worship the same God.”

Everyone is God’s creation, but only those who accept Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone are adopted into God’s family. John 1:12

  • “He’s/she’s in a better place now.”

This one is quite popular at funerals, but in most cases the speaker presumes upon a nebulous “better place” that has no Biblical substance. Jesus said most souls are on the road to destruction. Matthew 7:13-14

  • “Nice guys finish last.”

The world teaches dog-eat-dog competition, but Jesus taught do unto others. Luke 6:31

  • “To thine ownself be true.”

We need to be true to God and His Word, not to our own imperfect ideas and opinions. Proverbs 21:2

  • “God helps those who help themselves.”

God certainly doesn’t want us to be lazy, but we should always have a a prayerful awareness that He is Lord and Master and sovereign over all of our circumstances, holding our very next breath in His hand. Psalm 62:5-12

  • “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

Only God is good. This is a fallen world and we are all sinners deserving eternal punishment. Repent of your sin and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior by faith alone. Mark 10:18

  • “She’s a real saint.”

All of those who repent of sin and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are saints. The Roman Catholic notion of individuals who are so holy that they were unquestionably able to merit Heaven and were canonized as “saints” is anti-Biblical. 1 Corinthians 1:2

  • “What goes around comes around.”

If all of us got what we deserved, we would all go straight to hell, but God is not the god of Hindu karma. The Good News! is “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

  • “A man was crossing the street when he was run over by a truck and died. He then walked up to St. Peter at the Pearly Gates…”

The above is a variation of the opening line of many a joke, that presupposes the Roman Catholic teaching that Peter and, by proxy, the pope and the Catholic church, control who enters into Heaven. Jesus Christ is the only Savior! Acts 4:12

  • “You only live once.”

An appeal to hedonism. All those who accept Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone are re-born spiritually and will live with Christ forever. Until the Lord takes us home, we are to devote our lives to serving Him. John 5:24

  • “It would be just my luck if…” or “With my luck…”

Luck is not part of a Christian’s reality. Romans 8:28


There you have it, my short-list of un-Biblical adages and sayings. Can you think of any others? I’m certainly not volunteering as Deputy Barney Fife in charge of scrutinizing Christians’ use of popular anti-Biblical adages, but as followers of Jesus Christ, we (I’m including myself) should all be more careful with the words we use.

40 thoughts on “Popular Un-Biblical Sayings and Adages

  1. Tom, thank you for telling it as it is . One time a friend and I were returning to Toronto from Venice. Our plane from Venice to Rome was greatly delayed, and we had just 20 minutes to make our connecting flight to Toronto . Our boarding passes said ‘Gate H’. We really had to focus and move quickly to gate H with our best effort and full concentration. Afterwards, we joked about it, and said that ‘Gate H’ represented the entrance to heaven. Jesus said it is narrow. We need to be focused, and not distracted by the many competing theories on how to be “nice” out there. Thanks for posting this. God bless you. Let us keep encouraging others as we strive for the narrow gate.

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    1. Sally, thank you for your excellent illustration! The world would have us believe that everyone (except for maybe Hitler and Stalin) is headed to Heaven/Nirvanna/Enlightenment, but God’s Word clearly proclaims that the only way to salvation is by trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone. I wrote the post below that used a very similar illustration involving having to take a specific train to get to a specific destination. Just taking “any old train” would not work.

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    1. Thanks, sister! I’m so grateful we have clarity and certainty in God’s Word as opposed to the nebulous philosophies of the world. God is so good for giving us a totally trustworthy light as we walk through this life. Yes, it’s unsettling when persons who profess Christ see their circumstances according to the world’s philosophies.

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  2. There’s so many unbiblical popular sayings. Glad you looked at them and provided Biblical response. My pet peeve is ““God helps those who help themselves.” I’ve heard Christians even say it thinking its BIble verse!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, so much of popular worldly wisdom is contrary to the Bible. BTW, I listened to your Return Back to God, Ruth 1:6-7 sermon today while walking and was blessed by it!

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      1. I’m so sorry, Tom. I just created the blog very recently and am still working out the bugs. I see what you mean there and am not sure what to do to fix it, but am working on finding the solution.

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