All of these statements were reported in the news and available on Wikipedia. Statements are out of order and names are removed.
Think about each sentence for a moment after they are read aloud
What is your gut reaction to each statement?
When read out of context – or just single quotes, it can completely change our feelings and thoughts about what the message actually is. This can affect not only us as individuals, but how we pass on the message as well.
Reading the quote and asking the group if this is a quote or misquote from the Bible. All of these were pulled from sources “on the internet”. You will be surprised as to how many of these are accurately answered. Many of these are quotes used in today’s society, but are not based on Biblical principles or concepts.
(misquote: “God helps those who help themselves”) - Proverbs
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6
(not even in the bible: To your own self be true)
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5
(misquote: Spare the rod, spoil the child) - Proverbs
"He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently." Proverbs 13:24
"Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him." Proverbs 23:13-14
(misquote: Money is the root of all evil) 1 Timothy 6:10 (twisting scripture)
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
It is the love of money, a sign of want and greed, that is a root of all kinds – but not all – evil.
(Is a quote – but needs context: I can do all this through him who gives me strength) Philippians 4:13
What Paul is saying is that through the strengthening of Christ we can press forward and persevere through all hardships…
Read in context: Philippians 4:12-13 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
(Direct quote – but needs context: Do not judge, or you too will be judged) -Matthew 7:1
This is about self-deception – and is not a warning to not judge actions or behaviors. But, make it known that when you judge someone you are being held to the same standard.
Many people have used this against Christians to defend their point about why they don’t like Christians, because Christians judge, but the bible tells them not to. The bible does say to judge, but to do it righteously. The important distinction here is to avoid doing it self-righteously.
As a pathwaynian – one of the self-realizations that I had, it that I can often clearly identify improper or wrong actions that people say or do, because of the fact that I may have said or done that very thing, at some point in my life. I still challenge myself – if I see something that someone else does and it doesn’t seem to be right, I look at my own life. It is at those times that I can then re-evaluate what wrong I have done and make strides to correct it in my life. This is a great time for an accountability partner. – Why do you think people at AA or NA pair up???
Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
In scripture there are great quotes and often they can be a great tool, something tangible to pray on. It is important as Christians to read, understand and know the meaning – not only for our own lives, but also - when the time comes, so that we can effectively and accurately share the word of God.