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Is That in the Bible

We hear people quote statements and either claim the quote is from the bible or we assume it is, but is it really there?
Many misconceptions are passed around because people believe the claim "The bible states" and it can be not only fun, but educational to look at these misquotes so we can know the truth about any topic.

Check to see if there is a quote that you thought was in the bible and where it really came from.

Is this in the bible: Hate the sin but love the sinner:
Actually that verse is not in the bible but is a quote from Mahatma Ghandi. However there are many verses in the bible that say we are to hate sin. Jesus also stated love your neighbor as yourself and we find recorded in Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates his love for us in this that while we were still sinners Christ died for us." So we find in the bible that God hates sin but he loves the sinners and desires for all people to come to His Son for salvation. If we are to be followers of the Messiah then we should also love the sinner and hate the sin.

Is this in the bible: "Charity begins at home."
Not in this way, however the scriptures do 1 Tim 5:8 "But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Is this in the bible: "The Lord helps those who help themselves"?
No, it is an ancient proverb that shows up in the literature of many cultures, including a 1736 edition of Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac but it seems to promote a self-reliance on one's own power rather than trusting wholly in God. Prov 28:26. "He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered." (NKJ)

Jer 17:5-6. "Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited." (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: Eve gave Adam an "apple" in the Garden of Eden?
Not actually. The Genesis account only says "fruit". Gen 3:6. "So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate." (NKJ)

The idea that it was an apple may possibly come from verses such as Proverbs 7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of your eye. (Apple of Eye is referred to in 5 passages: Deuteronomy 31:10; Psalms 17:8; Proverbs 7:2; Lamentations 2:17; Zechariah 2:8)

Is this in the bible: "God moves in mysterious ways?"
Answer: False as stated. However, a bible scripture that denotes that God is greater than we can understand can be found in Rom 11:33. "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!" The exact quote that God moves in a mysterious way is found in a work by hymn writer William Cowper (1731-1800).

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm....

Is this in the bible: "Spare the rod, spoil the child."
Not in that way but the bible states in Prov 13:24 24 He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly. (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: "Money is the root of all evil."
The true quote is, The Love of money is the root of all evil" The term, "love of" places the choice and responsibility on the person.

Is this in the bible: Cleanliness is next to godliness.
This is not in the Bible and no similar verses or concepts are found in the Bible. God does not seem to rate hygiene as a high priority. The origin is John Wesley, from a sermon he gave called “On Dress".

Is this in the bible: "Idle hands are the Devil's workshop"
Although this may be a good and wise saying the bible states that laziness casts one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger. Prov 19:15 15 (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush!"
Although it is not wise to let go of what one has until the other is secure this statement is not found in the bible.

Is this in the bible: "A word to the wise is sufficient."
The true biblical quote is: "The wise in heart will receive commands, but a prating fool will fall." Prov 10:8 8 (NKJ)
Also "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise." Prov 12:15 15 (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: "All men are created equal."
No and the bible accounts prove many times that all men are not created equal. One scripture that reflects this as God being the potter is found in Rom 9:20-23 20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, "Why have you made me like this?" Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory.

Is this in the bible: "A stitch in time saves nine."
Not found in scripture.

Is this in the bible: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
Just like the above statement "A stitch in time saves nine" is wisdom but this one is not found in scripture as well.

Is this in the bible: "As the twig is bent, so shall the tree grow"
Although this may be a fact this statement can not be found in the bible.

Is this in the bible: "As you make your bed, you must lie in it."
This is not found in scripture, however we find the equivalent in Gal 6:7-8 7. "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: "Beauty is only skin deep."
No this statement can not be found as is in scripture but we find the equivalent in 1 Pet 3:3-4 3. "Do not let your adornment be merely outward-- arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel-- rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God." (NKJ)

Also we find in 1 Sam 16:7, "But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Is this in the bible: "Beggars should not be choosers"
This is not found in the bible.

Is this in the bible: "Blood is thicker than water."
No! Not found in scripture.

Is this in the bible: "Bread is the staff of life."
This statement is not found is scripture as is however, the bible records many times that bread was the staff of life.

Is this in the bible: "Strike while the iron is hot."
Although this is a wise saying it did not come from the bible. It is attributed to Oliver Cromwell.

Is this in the bible: "The gift without the giver is bare."
This quote is from James Russell Lowell.

Is this in the bible: "There is none so blind as he who will not see."
No this is not in Scripture. The closest to it is found in Matt 13:13-14 13. "Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 "And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive;" (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: "Think twice before you speak."
This quote is not found however the wisdom of it is reflected in James 1:19 19. "So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;" (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: "To err is human, to forgive, divine."
This is not in the bible however, the fact that err is human and the act of forgiveness is divine is taught in scripture.

Is this in the bible: To the victor belongs the spoils."
No this is not found however the principal is found throughout the old Testament. One such place is 1 Chr 26:27 27. "Some of the spoils won in battles they dedicated to maintain the house of the LORD." (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: "When in Rome do as the Romans do."
This quote is not found in the bible, however we do find the equivalent in 1 Cor 9:20-22 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: "Confession is good for the soul."
This statement as stated can not be found in scripture, however we find in a Scottish Proverb "Open confession is good for the soul" We can find scripture in James 5:16 16 that is an instruction to confess our sins to one another. "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." and in Matt 3:4-6. "And John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins." and in 1 John 1:9. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." This seem to be more a confession of our sins to Jesus the Messiah who can forgive our sins, however there is not one scripture that states we should confess our sins to some man in order to be forgiven by God.

Is this in the bible: "Every cloud has a silver lining"
No this is not in scripture, however we do find the equivalent in Rom 8:28 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: "Give the devil his due."
No this is not in scripture.

Is this in the bible: "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."
This quote is not found in scripture. The true quote is..."Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."
By William Congreave.

Is this in the bible: "Honesty is the best policy."
No not in these words, however the word "Honesty" found in most New Testament scripture is the equivalent of "fair and Just." Col 4:1 1. Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. (NKJ) The word "Honest" is found in Gen. 42:11, - 19- 31- 33-34. Lev. 19:36, Job 31:6, Prv. 16:11, Eze. 45:10, and in the "Old King James version" we find the word "honest" in Luke 8:15, Acts 6:3, Rom 12:17, 2 Cor 8:21, and 2 Cor 13:13, Phil 4:8. 1 Pet 2:12, (See 1 Thess 4:12, 1 Tim 2:2, and Heb. 13:18. The actual phrase seems to have come from English Playwright and Poet, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) which says "Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself."

Is this in the bible: "In unity there is strength."
No this is not in the bible, however we do find many examples where strength in numbers prevail.

Is this in the bible: "It is wise to choose the lesser of two evils."
No, not in scripture.

Is this in the bible: "Knowledge is power."
No this is not found in scripture, however the bible does state that the lack of knowledge will destroy those that reject it. Hosea 4:6 6. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children." (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: "Lord, what fools these mortals be."
No this famous quote is not found in scripture, however it is from the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare.

Is this in the bible: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be."
This exact quote is not found in the bible, however we read in Prov 22:7 7. "The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender." (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: David was a child when he slew the giant Goliath?
Every child's story seems to perpetuate the idea that David was a child but what does the bible really teach? This idea seems to stem from 1 Sam 17:33. "And Saul said to David, "You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth." (NKJ)

But to use this scripture alone is not telling the complete story! I Sam 17:33 refers to David's measure of experience in war compared to Goliath's - not his manhood. We see in the previous chapter that David was a full grown man (albeit a young one-supposed around 22-23) 1 Sam 16:18. "Then one of the servants answered and said, "Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the LORD is with him." (NKJ)

We also know King Saul was a tall man and yet David, when offered Saul's armor, did not complain that it didn't fit but only that he was not experienced with them and chose his own preferred weapon (sling) and the armor of God. 1 Sam 17:38-39. "So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. David fastened his sword to his armor, and he tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, "I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them." So David took them off. (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: Two of every kind of animal went on Noah's ark?
Another idea perpetuated by children's stories (we should fix those!) This idea comes from the verse Genesis 7:9. We read- Gen 7:8-9. "Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah." So what could be wrong with that some may ask?

This merely tells us that the animals BOARDED the ark by twos - the male and its female (mating pairs). Some teach in children’s stories things that cause some adults to think it biblical such as the teaching that Two of every kind of animal went on Noah's ark but is this according to the true record from the word of God? The problem is that scripture was taken out of context because we find it recorded in Gen 7:2-5. "You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; "also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth.” So we see seven mating pairs or fourteen of every clean animal and two mating pairs or four of every unclean animal.

Does the New Testament teach that we must go to church?
No, not as a command. Let's first look at the meaning of the word "church," as in the New Testament to understand more fully. Strong's Exhaustive Concordance reveals that the Greek word rendered "church" is ekklesia [ekklhsia] which means a calling out, or more concretely a meeting, and was used as to refer to a religious congregation such as the Jewish synagogue, or the community of believers. The Bible states that the "church" (ekklesia) is the "called out", or the assembly of the saints, of which Christ is head. A building or home was never refered to as "the church" as was the Temple of the old Testament, but is described by Jesus as a vine in John 15:5. " I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." The Church according to New Testament teaching is the people who were refered to as saints.

There are scriptures that show the early "church" (ekklesia) were meeting within a house which states, "The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church (The people.) that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss." 1 Cor 16:19-20. However some scripture states that the early church did meet in the Temple. Acts 5:42 42. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ." Does the New Testament teach that it is best to meet together? Let's read Heb 10:23-25, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: True Christians never sin after they are saved.
No - this is a common misconception amongst new converts. It is a struggle we are engaged in until the day we die but as we read in 1 John 1:8-9 we all sin. "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."

Paul also struggeled against the downpulls of his flesh and yet fell to the sins of the flesh at times as scripture shows. Romans 7:14-25. "For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God-- through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin."

The key is to not live in sin but live continuing to work on overcoming the down-pull of our flesh. We should always fight the temptation of the flesh, but when we sin we do have an advocate and savior as we find recorded in I Jn 2:1-2. "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

Is this in the bible: "The Saved goes to Heaven after death"
The truth may shock you because there is not a single verse in the entire Bible that states that the saved will go to heaven! The fact is that there are many verses that teach that the saved will be in "the kingdom of heaven." The kingdom of heaven is taught as the Kingdom FROM heaven. So what is it that those who are saved shall inherit? The Bible does teach that our treasure and rewards are stored in heaven but it never teaches that the saved will go to heaven and live there; however it does teach that the kingdom of heaven will come down to a renewed earth, and then the kingdom will be established on a new earth altogether. Below are a few scriptures that reflect that the saved shall inherit the earth. This first scripture I find very revealing.

John 3:13 13, "No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:5, Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Rev 3:12, "He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

Rev 21:2-3, Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

Rev 21:9-10, Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, "Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife." And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

Psalms 37:11, But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Psalms 37:22, For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

Psalms 37:9, For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

Is this in the bible: "Catholic."
No! The word Catholic means universal thus the Universal Church.

Is this in the bible: "Pope"
No the word "Pope" as used is not in the bible, however the word means "Father" or "Papa." The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church also has the title as the "Most Holy Father" and this title is unscriptural as Jesus Himself stated in Matt 23:9 9. "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. (NKJ)

Is this in the bible: "Purgatory."
The dictionary renders "Purgatory as "a condition or place in which the souls of those dying penitent are purified from venial sins, or undergo the temporal punishment that, after the guilt of mortal sin has been remitted, still remains to be endured by the sinner." This word is not found in the bible, however we do find that Schaff (German-American theologian and Catholic church historian.) pointed out that a passage exists only in the Latin version that stated Jesus went to those dead and saved their souls. Quote: "It was for this reason that the Lord descended into the regions beneath the earth, preaching His advent to them also, and [declaring] the remission of sins to those who believe in Him. Now all those believed in Him who had hope towards him, that is, those who proclaimed His advent, and submitted to His dispensations, the righteous men, the prophets, and the patriarchs, to whom He remitted sins in the same way, as He did to us, which sins we should not lay to their charge, if we would not despise the grace of God." This is not scriptural and we know Jesus did NOT do this because scripture states that the dead know nothing and will not be resurrected until Jesus comes the second time, but the Catholic Church wants to teach such to their people so they made scripture on their own to back up the teaching.

Is this in the bible: "Sacrament"
This word is not biblical and is customarily used by Catholics. The Catholic Church still has in place laws against anyone who would declare any of this idolatry. The Catholic church killed those who denied transubstantiation in the past. "If anyone denies that in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist are contained truly, really and substantially the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ, but says that He is in it only as in a sign, or figure or force, let him be anathema." ~Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent. Original text with translation by 'Rev.' H.J. Shroeder, O.P.,B. Herder Books Co. 1960, p 79, Canon 1 ["anathema" means accursed or condemned - worthy to be put to death]

Is this in the bible: "Eucharist."
No this word is not biblical. The development of Eucharistic doctrine centers on two ideas: "Presence and Sacrifice." In the New Testament, no attempt is made to explain Christ's presence at the Eucharist. The theologians of the early church tended to accept Jesus' words "This is my body" and "This cup is the new covenant in my blood" (Luke 22:19-20) as sufficient explanation of the miraculous transformation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, although some interpretations reflect the influence of Platonic philosophy on the early church. During the Middle Ages a more elaborate doctrine of the Eucharist was developed by Scholastic philosophers under the influence of Aristotle.

Is this in the bible: "Apostles' Creed"
For hundreds of years Christians believed that the twelve apostles were the authors of the widely known creed that bears their name. According to an ancient theory, the twelve composed the creed with each apostle adding a clause to form the whole. Today practically all scholars understand this theory of apostolic composition to be legendary. The full form in which the creed now appears stems from about 700 AD. However, segments of it are found in Christian writings dating as early as the second century. The most important predecessor of the Apostles' Creed was the Old Roman Creed, which was probably developed during the second half of the second century. The additions to the Apostles' Creed are clearly seen when its present form is compared to the Old Roman version: Bibliography: J N D Kelly, Early Christian Creeds; W Barclay, The Apostles' Creed for Everyman; S Barr, From the Apostles' Faith to the Apostles' Creed; P Fuhrmann, The Great Creeds of the Church; W Pannenberg, The Apostles' Creed in the Light of Today's Questions; J Smart, The Creed in Christian Teaching; H B Swete, The Apostles' Creed; H Thielicke, I Believe: The Christian's Creed; B F Westcott, The Historic Faith.

Is this in the bible: "Christmas."
This is a Catholic word originally spelled "Christ-Mass" meaning the mass for Christ or Christ Mass. The origin of the holiday comes from the Catholic Church, in an effort to gain more people to the Roman Catholic Church, adopted the Mithraic festival of the birth of the sun" (World Popular Encyclopedia, Volume 3). As for the Christian church during the lives of the apostles there was never a celebration of Christ' birth and although there is no record of Jesus' "Date" of birth, we know that He was born sometime in the fall of the year, and most likely in what we call September today, but was at that time the seventh month of the Hebrew year. One reason we know this is because the shepherds were still in the fields at the time of Jesus' birth and that would not be the case if it had of been winter. Christmas was originally observed on January 7 (Nimrods birthday) but in 1752, 11 days were dropped from the year when the switch was made from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Some Christian church sects, called old Calendarists, still celebrate Christmas on January 7 to this day. The true reason the Catholic church decided on December 25th. was so other pagan religions could be incorporated and be celebrated as Christian customs.

Is this in the bible: Easter as a word or a festival.
The word "Easter can only be found one time in the old King James bible in Acts 12:4 and is a misquote from the word "Pascha" which is the Greek word for "Passover" as found throughout the New Testament. The observance is not found in the Bible as Christian and was not recognized by Jesus, the apostles, or the early Christian. There is only one place in scripture that describes an Easter type service and in that instance God is admonishing them not to do it because it was worship to the pagan god Tammuze. Ezekiel 8:12-13 records women weeping for Tammuz. The word Easter was used by pagans to designate the Feast of New Life in the spring. The same root is found in the name for the place where the sun rises no matter where we are on the earth which is the East. The word Easter, then, originally meant the celebration of the spring sun, which had its birth in the East and brought new life upon the earth. We also find this in John Richard Green's book "A short history of the English people" who was a honorary fellow of Jesus College, Oxford - published by MacMillan and Co, London 1902. Information is on page 4: "Behind these (he is talking of the worship of the German pagan gods by the Angles and Saxons) floated dim shapes of an older mythology; Eostre, (Easter) the goddess of the dawn or of the spring, who lends her name to the Christian festival of the Resurrection."

Is this in the bible: We should begin to keep the first day of the week (Sunday) in place of the seventh day.
The word Sunday does not appear in the Bible. The Sabbath appears 124 times and the term seventh day appears 52 times. The first day of the week appears in the New Testament eight times. Five of these in Matt.28:1; Mark.16:1,2; Mark.16:9; Luke.24:1 and John.20:1 and refer to Mary Magdalene and others coming to the tomb After Christ's resurrection. In John it says, "Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be with you". John.20:19. This is not a church or meeting place, it is a home and the disciples are hiding from the Jews for fear of their lives. Jesus had risen on Saturday and on the following day, Sunday, they were in hiding. The other times a meeting was on the first day of the week was Pentecost which fell on the first day of the week for hundreds of years when kept by the Jews and was called the feast of first fruits. Acts 20:7-8. "Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight. There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together." The Sabbath was changed from Saturday to Sunday by Constantine in 321 AD and by the Roman Catholic church in 364 AD

Man changes what God teaches:
If God teaches that repentance is a turning from sin, man will teach that confession is all we need to do. If God teaches we should be baptized by complete submersion in water, man teaches we only need to be sprinkled with water, and causes people to believe that children can receive it as well. A child is not mature enough to make such a commitment no more then the child can decide whom to marry so contrary to some practices they should not be baptized. Man does this to make people think that getting baptized is some magical ceremony that insures one that they will go to heaven (but you must be baptized by them and be a member of their church!) The fact is that we get baptized to show our faith, repentance, and commitment to live the life Jesus wants us to live by the power of the Holy Spirit. If God commands us to keep the seventh day teaches people to keep the first day holy. It's called "Sunday" or the day of the sun.

If God teaches of seven holy days to be in remembrance of His plan of salvation, man teaches people to keep pagan holidays in order to get our minds off God. The pagan holidays accepted and given by the Catholic Church has mankind looking to tree, egg, and sun worship. Halloween is nothing more than the worship of the dead, and the god Hades which is Satan himself. There are many satanic gods being worshipped under the Christian banner today and will only get worse as time goes on. If God commands we should not eat pork, crabs, clams, Shark, or Catfish because they are scavengers and have poisons in their flesh, man seems to want to get people to eat them. If God commands us to worship Him only, and states we can't come to Him except by His son wants to worship other gods, and come to them through a false goddess claiming to be Jesus' mother who is dead as scripture denotes. If God teaches the dead are dead, and know wants to get people to pray to all the dead saints of old. If God tells us there will be a resurrection, in the future when Jesus returns, misguided ministers teach we are going to heaven at death. If God tells us we will not become born again until the resurrection, and that's when those God calls will become teaches we are born again now, and we can receive the kingdom now, or that the kingdom is within us.

If God says the wicked will become ashes under the feet of the saints never to live teaches that the wicked will be tormented in hell fire forever thus making our loving God appear sadistic. If God teaches salvation by grace with works as the fruits of teaches salvation by grace alone, and gets people thinking we do not need to produce works at all. If God commands we are NEVER to call any man Father (or Holy Father) except our Father in heaven who is refers to a religious leader as "most holy father", or "reverend". If God teaches that those who receive the mark of the beast will be condemned, man teaches that they will repent and be in the kingdom at the last judgment. Who do you want to or the creator God?

Timothy M. Youngblood
The Master's Table