I’ve learned over the last few years to stop waiting until I get home to go over my notes and fact check, as they quote scripture from the pulpit, i immediately pull it up and you would be surprised how many times you will not find something a preacher says in the bible. Not only that, but when I quote the bible, I try my hardest to make sure I always quote which translation it’s from.
Most people have heard this one: “God helps those that help themselves.” It’s another phantom scripture that appears nowhere in the Bible, but many people think it does. It’s actually attributed to Benjamin Franklin, one of the nation’s founding fathers.
The passage is popular in part because it is a reflection of cherished American values: individual liberty and self-reliance, says Sidnie White Crawford, a religious studies scholar at the University of Nebraska.
Yet that passage contradicts the biblical definition of goodness: defining one’s worth by what one does for others, like the poor and the outcast, Crawford says.