Simmering Hope

Hope is the expectation that something outside of ourselves, something or someone external, is going to come to our rescue and we will live happily ever after. – Dr. Robert Anthony

Dec 3, 2007

Bible “sayings” debunked

Common phrases known as sayings from the bible:

The yellow race will inherit the earth.
Actually it is from Nostradamus Prophecies.

The closest reference to the bible is a pretty convoluted interpretation:
“Revelation 9:13-16:The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number. “I guess at that time China had the biggest army.

“God helps them that help themselves”
It’s actually :
“The gods help those who help themselves” from Aesop’s fable “ Hercules and the Wagoner” written sometime in 550 BC

HERCULES AND THE WAGONER
by Aesop
A wagoner was once driving a heavy load along a very muddy way. At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank halfway into the mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels. So the Wagoner threw down his whip, and knelt down and prayed to Hercules the Strong. “O Hercules, help me in this my hour of distress,” quoth he. But Hercules appeared to him, and said:
“Tut, man, don’t sprawl there. Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel.” –
The gods help those who help themselves.”

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness”
“The book of Leviticus frequently deals with the issue of cleanliness and impurity so that the Children of Israel would be clean as a sign of separation from the surrounding nations. Yet in the New Testament, cleanliness finds mention in relation to the cleansing of the believer’s life”
Source: http://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/sayings.html

“Moderation in all things”
“Attributed to Aristotle (384-322 BC) who espoused the doctrine of the golden mean (shared independently by Confucius) that the best path in life was the one between two extremes. It has come down to us as ‘moderation in all things’.”
Source: Richard Sorabji

“Love the sinner and hate the sin”
It’s a quote from Augustine’s writings:
“Love the sinner and hate the sin” (Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum) (Opera Omnia, vol II. col. 962, letter 211.), literally “With love for mankind and hatred of sins ”

“Money is the root of all evils”
“This expression stems from the biblical phrase that says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Timothy 6:10). There is a big difference between the two statements. Money is neutral and can be used either for the good or for the bad. Money of itself is not evil, yet the love of it is the root of all kinds evil”
Source: http://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/sayings.html#money

“The lion shall lie down with the lamb”
“This is a popularly misquoted passage from Scripture. From filtering into pop culture to influencing Christian kitsch, the image of a lamb sweetly nestled into the side of a powerful lion is one that resonates. We are often asked from where comes this image.

The image has developed from a different juxtaposition of animals in a couple verses from the writings of Isaiah. In these verses, both lions and lambs appear but are paired with other animals.

Isaiah 11:6
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.

Isaiah 65:25
“The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.”
Source: http://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/sayings.html#money

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