Misused Bible Quotations

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At some point in time, everyone has had a piece of Scripture quoted to them. Whether a person be a believer or non-believer, there are some quotations that nearly everyone knows. Even though it is nice to know that the Bible is so popular that verses are known by people who have never even gone near the book, it does concern me that certain verses, preferred to others, are plucked up, sometimes out of context, to lay on people’s consciences for specific purposes. These are the verses that I believe are most used and, yes, abused by people today. They are spouted in order to clear the conscience and people go merrily on their way after hearing, comforted and ignorant.

"All Things Work together for good…."

I am sure you have heard this one. It is from the Book of Romans. Written by Paul, it is most assuredly taken out of context by believers to non- believers. Are you aware that the verse is not finished there? Here is the complete verse:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 K.J.V.

I have heard this verse often used to comfort people who are suffering. They might be having a hard time financially. Perhaps they are facing a domestic problem or some tragedy has occurred. It might have to do with work or school; a problem with a bully perhaps. This verse is used for all those types of situations and rightly so. The only problem about that is that this verse, states the comforting fact in concern to only two types of people. That is: them that love God and them that are called to His purposes. So this is not just some verse to bandy about. It is a comfort to the brethren and a promise as well. It is to be taken seriously and not just rattled off for any small complication and hiccup. It seems to me that I hear it quoted for the slightest things like being late for work. And to people who do not seem to love God and who, to all appearances and purposes are not called to His will.


"Love one another as I have loved you."

I think everyone has quoted this verse to each other. When people say it to you, they get the most pious look in their eyes as it is quoted most when they mean to tell a person to be more tolerant.The verse is not taken out of context, as Jesus could not have been more straight forward. He did command that we should love one another. Why He did even say to love our enemies! But what starts to happen with this verse is it is misused. You people quote the verse and say, "Love one another," but what they really mean is , "Tolerate one another."

Love according to Webster: A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preeminent kindness or devotion to one another; affection; tenderness

Tolerance according to Webster: The power or capacity of enduring; the act of enduring; endurance.

People like to quote this verse I have found (both believers and non-believers alike) to put you in your place for being intolerant about something. They use it as a rebuke. Now it can be used as a rebuke when faced with hate but not intolerance. A parent who loves their child will not tolerate certain things concerning that child, because a good parent wants what is best for them. Why? Because they love them. See love and tolerance don't walk together hand in hand. They don't skip together, arms locked, like bosom buddies, yet people like to paint them as such. Have you ever started to talk about a relevant issue, like your neighbor throwing his garbage in your yard everyday and you are told , "Yes, but we must love one another." or, "Love your neighbor as yourself." Well honestly, if you did love your neighbor as yourself, you would be able to go over there and tell your neighbor just why you think it is wrong of them to do such a thing. Not angrily, just truthfully. If you don't, you don't love him. How can I say that? Let's go back to the parent thing again. A good, loving parent will always address a wrong-doing that they have done. Don't forget the Bible also says the Lord chastises those whom He loves. Chastisement and tolerance are definitely not friends, yet here it is in the same sentence with love.


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"Judge not that ye be not judged."

This verse is always quoted alongside, "He who is without sin cast the first stone." People love to use this verse because they find it shuts you up when you are trying to say that something is wrong. They also like to use:

"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" Matthew 7:2-4 K.J.V.


But there is a second part to the verse about the beam and it is always, conveniently, left out. Christ said continuing His speech:

"Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye"Matthew 7:5 K.J.V.

Besides Jesus saying basically, that once you have dealt with your sin, you would be better enabled to help someone else out of it, you should notice to whom He is speaking. He was speaking to His disciples - the brethren. He was speaking specifically of judging the brethren when it came to sin. He was most certainly not saying to people to stop declaring sin as sin as most people like to peddle that word off to mean. I get the feeling that they feel because He let the adulterous woman go, He did not find it to be a great sin. But that could not be further from the truth. He was simply having mercy on her as He has mercy on us. He has that power you know, because He is the Judge. It is wrong to use this Scripture to prevent people from declaring sin when they see it. Declaring and acknowledging is not judging. Judging is passing a sentence on a person.

"For God so loved the world, that He give His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

John 3:16 is, perhaps ,the most popular verse in the entire Bible. In fact I have heard people say that on this verse hangs the entire Bible. All I know is, when Jesus said this verse, He was in the middle of a message. This was just part of it. Here is the rest:

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.John 3:17-21 K.J.V.

Now why, pray tell, is that left out? It seems as though the verse reflects that Jesus believes and is saying that all is good in the world. He is not. He is stating the reason for His coming and He is also stating that there will be those who believe and those who don't believe. Believers and non-believers. He is frank. He says that non-believers don't believe and are condemned already because they loved darkness as their deeds were evil. I am not changing Jesus' words. That is what He said.

The above Scripture verses are some, not all, of the verses that are, in my view, misused. There is one in particular that is used a lot to reason out theories and the information concerning that verse needs an entire page to itself. The point is that the Scripture is a precious gift from God above and should be used carefully. When witnessing, it is also important to realize that God does the changing of heart and words that you may think may change a heart might not be the ones that God knows can change it. That is why prayer for discernment and wisdom when giving out the word of God is very important.

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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

Interesting hub...I think a lot of people assume others know the rest of the quotes, some of them anyways...like the one "For God so loved the world, that He give His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

It says "whosoever Believeth in him should not perish....that seems pretty clear that those who do Not believe will...


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi Schoolgirlforreal, you are right. A lot of these verses are quoted based on assumptions. John 3:16 does seem pretty clear about perishing but it is underplayed a lot.

Thank you for reading and commenting!


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Apostle Jack 5 years ago from Atlanta Ga

You did it well.


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preacherdon 5 years ago from Arkansas

I agree with you. People do often misquote and misuse verses. In fact, I wrote about "Judge not lest ye be judged" in one of my books. My take on that (which is similar to yours) was that 1) we are to say sin is sin, and 2) our judgments should be towards other Christians (as judgment starts at the House of God). Like you, I do include the rest of John 3 when I witness or preach. Wonderful article.


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now) Author

@ Apostle Jack, thank you for reading and commenting. It is greatly appreciated!


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now) Author

@ Preacherdon, yes, sin is sin. Why is that so hard to say for some I wonder? And judgement does start in the House of God. Thank you for your compliment and may the good Lord bless you and keep you!


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

This was very cool. I like how you took three parts that that are used by others and break them down in simple and beautiful terms. Bravo! :-)


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Thanks so much Jo_Goldsmith11! Your compliments made me blush :) I am so appreciative of you taking the time to read and comment. Thanks again and God bless you!


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

You nailed it, North Wind. Voted UP and beautiful and useful. Very useful.

Around this site in particular, recent history shows that even the great Truth you've spoken will fall mostly on deaf ears and hard hearts, or else be ignored. But praise God you've spoken them.


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Thanks so much Brenda Durham! It does seem that people are more and more turning to themselves for wisdom and guidance and not the Lord or His word.

God bless you and yours!


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

Thank you. Again for the hub, and for the blessings! I needed 'em. May He bless you as well!


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jstelletello 5 years ago

This is one of those common situations, using part of a quote for proving a point without showing the entire verse. Thank you for your clarifications and God bless.


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Thank you, Jstellotello, as Shakespeare said, the devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. Didn't he do the same thing to Christ in the wilderness?

God bless you and keep you as well.


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voice of one 4 years ago from Illinois

Good Hub North Wind. A lot of common sense along with the scripture. Good job.


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gracefaith 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Exellent! It's about time someone banged one of those lists out. Good reading!!


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hello voice of one,

Thank you for reading my hub. I am glad that you found it made sense. It was my hope that it would.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Thanks gracefaith :) I am glad you agree. The word of God should be taken in context and not misused for man's own purposes.


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Caleb DRC 4 years ago

Great job, North Wind. Another victory for discernment!


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Thanks Caleb DRC. I pray for discernment every day because there are so many traps that are laid in this world.


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Caleb DRC 4 years ago

Well, all I have to say is another victory for prayer also.


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan

Hi North Wind, WOW .. this is an excellent article. I agree many of God's Words are pulled out of context and used and abused to make someones point seem true.

I loved this: "See love and tolerance don't walk together hand in hand. They don't skip together, arms locked, like bosom buddies" Great word picture here and again a misuse of scripture to believe you must be tolerant if you are to love.

Uncovering the whole truth in Romans 8:28 shows how many do take this verse out of context. Your words are descriptive and uniquely YOU. Love this: " So this is not just some verse to bandy about. It is a comfort to the brethren and a promise as well. It is to be taken seriously and not just rattled off for any small complication and hiccup."

God's Word is Powerful and it is given to Believers. As we submit to His authority and learn to study His word in context beautiful truths open up ... truths that give us strength and change out lives.

Thanks for writing on an important topic. Voted up and Awesome.

Blessings,

Mekenzie


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi Mekenzie,

Thanks for reading.

His words do change our lives forever. The power in them often leave me unable to measure the scope of it all. Many times I am led to silence in my praises because there is nothing left to describe His greatness but there is everything left to say.

God be with you!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

You are certainly right on target. Lots of secular folks do not realize that Satan quotes Scripture, too. Especially, I find the "Judge not!" trotted out every day when it comes to abortion, homosexual behaviors, or general promiscuity—but never for perceived racism, sexism, or homophobia—THEN judgment is swift and harsh.

Thank you for this outstanding Hub. It is truly wonderfully made. God Bless You!

James


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hi James ,

What you say is true and I am always fascinated by it. I do not know when it became acceptable for certain people to be able to judge while others are not even allowed to voice opinions.

God bless you and keep you as well.


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zeke2100 4 years ago

You should add to this list: "This too shall pass." Many people say this feeling very spiritual, however somebody tell me where this is in the Bible.


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faythef 4 years ago from USA

A very good read...thank you for sharing...voted up

and a new follower


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Thank you zeke2100 and faythef.

@zeke2100 - This too shall pass is actually a Muslim saying as far as I can find. I will have to research it some more. Thanks for the tip.

@faythef - thanks for reading I am glad that you enjoyed it.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Thank you for writing another wonderful hub.

voted it up. You are a very good teacher.


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North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Thank you very much, Michele!


mel 2 years ago

I agree very much with what you have said. I very recently found the phrase about casting the first Stone thrown at me in a conversation. I was discussing a certain topic with another believer and that was their response. I pointed out that I was stating my view and not throwing stones, yet they failed to see the difference. It seemed silly to equate giving my opinion with capital punishment! It was their way of telling me to shut up but it did not work.


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North Wind 2 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Hello Mel,

I have been in that type of situation before. I simply ask the person why is it that they are allowed to speak their view while I am not allowed to speak mine. I have also noticed that these days if the majority says it then it is proclaimed as the truth and if someone disagrees then they are 'judging'.

Thanks for reading!


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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Judge not lest you be judged is the most often quoted verse by the secular world. They use it as an excuse to sin. The word judge has two meanings - one is condemnation (here i this verse) and the other is to make an evaluation of sorts.

And tolerance in our culture today means we should accept bad behavior because if you don't it's hateful. I heard a hollywood celebrity in an interview the other day (she was a liberal) and vehemently going on about freedom of speech. This gal has a foul mouth and is a bit thinks it's okay to say horrid things about others, but then she went on to talk about people who are against same sex marriage and how bad they are to say those things. Double standard.

This is a very good article. Nice job.


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North Wind 2 years ago from The World (for now) Author

I find that tolerance is a very one-sided word and expectation these days. Sin must be tolerated and righteousness cannot, it appears.

I agree that there is a total double standard. I was stunned to hear about that girl having to go home because she said 'Bless you'. That was completely intolerant.

Thanks for reading :)


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Barbara Kay 17 months ago from USA

I've heard these verses misused myself. I'm happy you have clarified it for those that don't know the Bible well.


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North Wind 17 months ago from The World (for now) Author

Thanks Barbara Kay. C.H. Spurgeon said that we should visit many good books but that we should live in the Bible. I hope that I have encouraged some to pick up their Bibles and read the quotations they have heard in context so that they can understand God's true meaning.


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MsDora 10 months ago from The Caribbean

I believe that the Scripture is for practical daily use but we do not benefit like we should when we misquote them. Thanks you for your explanation on these verses and I certainly appreciate your conclusion.


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North Wind 9 months ago from The World (for now) Author

Thanks for reading, MsDora.

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