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219.  Debunking Non-Biblical Christian Sayings

219.  Debunking Non-Biblical Christian Sayings

Have you encountered common non-biblical Christian expressions such as “everything happens for a reason”? While phrases like these may offer temporary comfort, they are not theologically correct. Listen to this episode as Caroline discusses 7 Christian phrases frequently used in daily conversations but lack biblical foundation.

Bible Verses:

Matthew 7:9-11 – “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 – “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.”

Hebrews 13:5 – “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Romans 5:3-4 – “Not only so, but we  also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

John 5:19 – “Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”

Topics Discussed

Unbiblical Christian Phrases

  • Many of us do not have correct theology.
  • These phrases can be painful.
  • We want to bring these to light.

“Everything happens for a reason.”

  • There is no scripture that says this.
  • Do we actually believe that death, abuse and people going to hell happens for a reason?
  • This phrase does not help anyone. In fact, it’s hurtful.
  • This phrase brings more pain to an already painful place.
  • God works all things for the good of those who love Him and who have been called according to His purpose.
  • God can USE bad things and bring out good in every situation.

“God is in control.”

  • If God is in control over your health, why would you take medicine when you’re sick? Why would you go to the doctor?
  • If God is in control of your marriage, why would you see a marriage counselor or ask for help if your marriage is struggling?
  • If God is in control, then why would you ever pray?
  • If God is in control, then why would you be interested in having a relationship with Him?
  • Control is a form of abuse.
  • God is sovereign. He is supreme in rank. He has the whole world in His hands. But God is NOT in control.
  • Love does not control. Love gives a choice.
  • We have been given free will.

“God will never give you more than you can handle.”

  • This phrase is not in the word of God.
  • God does promise us that we won’t be tempted beyond what we can bear. There will always be a way out.
  • The promise is that He meets us in it and carries us through.
  • The beauty in those moments where it feels like too much to handle is that we get to rely on God and put our trust and hope in Him.
  • We get to encounter a good God.
  • May we be thankful in the moments where it feels like too much to handle because that’s when we’re at the end of our rope and our desperation leads us to Jesus.

“God needed another angel in Heaven.”

  • What a painful thing to say to someone who just lost a loved one.
  • God does not need anything or anyone.
  • When someone dies, they don’t turn into an angel.
  • When your loved one dies, you will get to see them again!
  • God sent Jesus to give us abundant life.
  • We are created in the image of God. We are not going to turn into angels.

“God’s will automatically happens.”

  • God’s will does not automatically happen.
  • This is a dangerous belief because it promotes passivity.
  • This phrase removes all power and authority that we have as Christians and it emphasizes the lie that God is controlling.
  • If God’s will automatically happened, no one would go to hell and everyone would go to Heaven.
  • God has given us free will.

“God gives sickness to teach a lesson.”

  • This is not biblical.
  • If any earthly parent purposefully inflicted sickness on their child, that would be abusive.
  • God is a good Father and He wants good things for you.
  • God will not teach you a lesson by inflicting sickness upon you.
  • God has good plans for you!
  • God does desire to teach you lessons, but He will not do it through sickness.

“God gets glory out of you being sick.”

  • If you truly think God gets glory out of someone being sick, we have created our own god in your mind.
  • The God of the Bible does NOT get glory out of you being sick.
  • God DOES get glory from your healing.
  • Jesus went around HEALING everyone who was sick.

Powerful Quotes

“God can use bad things and bring out good in every situation.” – Caroline

“The statement ‘everything happens for a reason’ is not helpful nor is it biblical.” – Caroline

“If we say the phrase that ‘God is in control’, we are accusing God of being a murderer, a thief, a liar, a burglar, among many other awful things.” – Caroline

“Control is a form of abuse.” – Caroline

“Love does not control, but love does give a choice.” – Caroline

“God is not controlling because He is a loving Father and He loves us so much that He gives us free will.” – Caroline

“May we be thankful in the moments where it feels like too much to handle because that’s when we’re at the end of our rope and our desperation leads us to Jesus.” – Caroline

“God does desire to teach you lessons, but He will not do it through sickness.” – Caroline

“We must represent Jesus!” – Caroline

“When we use these unbiblical phrases, not only does it cause pain for ourselves, it really does cause pain to others.” – Caroline

“When you have a healthy theology, you can have an encounter with Jesus.” – Caroline

“The healthier your theology, the more intimate you will be able to walk with Jesus.” – Caroline


Episode 27 Everything Doesn’t Always Happen for a Reason

Debunking Bad Theology Series:

Episode 184 The Truth About Job

Episode 185 Is God in Control?

Episode 186 What was Paul’s Thorn?

Episode 187 Do Believers Have Authority?

Episode 188 Does God Allow Bad Things?

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