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One indispensible resource I like to use is the online Blue Letter Bible. One area I recently became aware of is their "Sayings Not Found in Scripture" section.  Hopefully, regular readers of this blog will be familiar with the sayings and that they are not in the Bible, but it’s handy to have a list of them.

I honestly would like some day to add some articles to the “Proverbs and Sayings” category.  For some time, I put it off because I didn’t know what to call it.  I had thought about “Sayings I Don’t Like”, but in all honesty it isn’t that I don’t like all of the sayings.  In fact, I believe in some cases that the ones who are critical of some of these sayings are overreacting.

The best example of that is “God helps those who help themselves.”  Granted, none of us can truly help ourselves, but I think the critics tend to ignore the fact that you still have to get off your duff and do something.  I think they also tend to ignore the fact that whatever powers and abilities you have, they all come from God in the first place, but He does not force you to use them in a particular manner.

I’m not so much interested in sayings like “Spare the rod, spoil the child” because, while they are not accurate, this category of misquote does have some Biblical basis.  Of course, I might still be inclined to mention one like this in another category called Apologetics as in regards to criticisms of the Bible (“The Bible promotes child abuse” in this case).

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