That’s NOT in the Bible: 10 Unbiblical Statements Christians​ Believe (Part 2)

That's NOT in the Bible 2

While the Bible continues to be one of the most distributed books in the world, there are still many unbiblical things that even Christians believe, that are not contained in its pages. You can check out part 1 here, where I deal with #1-5. This post is a continuation of that one. Enjoy!

6. We all worship the same God.

While it is nice to think that everyone, everywhere, is worshipping the same God, it simply is not true. I spoke with a few “missionaries” a couple of years ago who told me that every religion in the world had a small part of what they were doing that was right, but that it had been twisted by men. They then informed me that their “faith” had recaptured the truth, in the way that God meant it to be.

What does the Bible say? In Deuteronomy 4:39 we read,

Today, recognize and keep in mind that the LORD is God in heaven above and on earth below; there is no other.

There is only one God in all the universe–the LORD. The reason the word LORD is in all capital letters is that it is signaling the reader that the personal name of God is used here–Yahweh. This is the God of the Bible. The God of creation. The Alpha and Omega. The God of both Old and New Testament. This is important because we are not talking about many gods here, we are talking about one–The LORD.

Still, others will say that there is only one God, but he has different names and different ways that people can approach him, this too is false.

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.”
Acts 4:12

While people want to say that if you are a faithful adherent to your religion of choice God will let you into heaven, the Bible (which is God’s word) paints us a different picture.

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 14:6

It is not through the teachings of Krishna, Buddha, Muhammad, the Dahlia Llama, Joseph Smith, or anyone else that brings you into a right relationship with God. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can mend our broken relationship with the Father.

It has become increasingly unpopular to hold this position, however, there is ONLY ONE WAY to find the ONE TRUE GOD and that is through JESUS CHRIST ALONE.

7. Bad things happen to good people.

We say this to try and rectify why something tragic has happened to someone we care about. I understand why and I definitely have compassion for the plight of others. However, there is a flaw in the logic here. It comes from the word “good.” What makes someone good? Even Jesus, who never sinned, said,

“Why do you call Me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good but One—God.
Mark 10:18

If the standard for comparison for “good” is God, then we are all in trouble. Typically we make our standard for comparison for “good” based on others. We look at those around us and make a judgment based on action, or inaction, whether someone is “better” or “worse” than us. There seems to be an unwritten societal standard by which most can tell if they are a “good” person or not. Jesus was pretty clear, but we sometimes are thick-headed. Thus Paul is  helpful in guiding us to know if we make the cut in Romans 3:10, when he quotes from Psalm 14,

There is no one righteous [good], not even one.

Jesus weighs in again in again about this issue in Luke 13 when some people informed Him that Pilate had mixed the blood of humans in with their sacrifices. Note Jesus’ response,

“Do you think that these Galileans were more sinful than all Galileans because they suffered these things? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well! Or those that the tower in Siloam fell on and killed—do you think they were more sinful than all the people who live in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well!”

Jesus’ response was that those who suffered in such a terrible way were just as sinful as all the other Galileans who had not faced the same situation. Rather, Jesus says that we ought to make sure that we have repented.

No one is better than any other. We are all in need of a Savior.

8. When you die, God gains another angel.

It’s nice to think about our deceased loved ones floating up in heaven with wings and a halo. Unfortunately, the church has allowed this idea to persist for far too long. People do not become angels when they die. Anges stay angels and people stay people when they are in heaven. Interestingly, the angels are curious about the salvation that God offers to humanity, but not to them.

It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Angels desire to look into these things.
1 Peter 1:12

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is helpful in answering this question when they say, [1]

At the present time the angels are greater than we are, because God made us “a little lower than the heavenly beings” (Psalm 8:5).

But the Bible also says that in heaven we will be higher than the angels–and the reason is because we will be like Christ. The Bible says, “Do you not know that we will judge angels?” (1 Corinthians 6:3).

9. We’re all going to the same place.

This one is connected to the idea that we all worship the same God, above. The reality is that we worship different gods, and we are not all going to the same place when we die.

The Bible teaches us that there are two potential destinations for those who die–heaven and hell. Jesus tells us about what will happen in the end when all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. He will divide those who will go heaven and hell this way:

Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Matthew 25:34

Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Matthew 25:41

As was mentioned before, a relationship with Jesus is the only way to be with God forever in heaven.

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 14:6

Unfortunately, we are not all going to the same place, but, you can know where you are going when you die. If you want to know more about trusting in Jesus, check out this link. At the time of this writing, I do not have a link to a page that explains the gospel, so I am sending you to Darin C. Smith, who is a very dear friend of mine. (I am working on making a Gospel page.)

10. The Devil made me do it.

No, he didn’t. First of all, the devil cannot be everywhere all the time (omni-present), that is an attribute of God that He shares with no one. So the likelihood that “The Devil” made you do it is highly unlikely. Secondly, and what is more likely, James tells us that most of our sin is the result of our own doing:

But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.
James 1:14-15

Finally, the reason that people even use this is that it was the excuse that Eve gave after eating the forbidden fruit. When God asked Eve about her disobedience, Eve said,

“It was the serpent. He deceived me, and I ate.”

Even then the devil didn’t MAKE her do it, so you can’t use that excuse either.

Bonus: Think before you speak.

While this is good advice, along with staying clean, it is not directly from the Bible. It likely came from James 1:19:

My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger,

It is clear that we definitely need to be ready to listen to others in a kind and respectful ways. And many of us would benefit from giving some good thought to what is about to come out of our mouths. However, it is not explicitly a verse from the Bible.

 

I hope that this has helped you in some way. I would love for you to comment some other phrases that you have heard people say that are also not from the Bible.

 

[1] https://billygraham.org/answer/do-we-become-angels-when-we-die-and-go-to-heaven/

 

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