Famous “Biblical” Terms and Verses NOT Found In the Bible

not-in-the-bibleHere’s a very short list of popular “Biblical” terms and phrases which just so happen *not* to be in the Bible. I’ve attempted to attribute them to the proper sources:

“This, too, shall pass” ~ Attar of Nishapur (Sufi poet)
“Cleanliness is next to godliness.” ~ Phineas ben Yair (Talmud)
“Money is the root of all evil.” ~ misquoted from 1 Timothy 6:10
“God will not give you more than you can handle.” ~ misquoted from 1 Corinthians 10:13
Adam’s “Apple” ~ Genesis only uses the generic term, “fruit”
“God helps those who help themselves.” ~ a paraphrased quote from Benjamin Franklin
“To thine own self be true.” ~ William Shakespeare
“Love the sinner, hate the sin.” ~ St. Augustine
“God works in mysterious ways.” ~ William Cowper
“The Trinity” ~ Theophilus of Antioch
“The Rapture” ~ Cotton Mather
“Original Sin” ~ Irenaeus (2nd century Bishop of Lyons)
“The Holy Grail” (cup or chalice) ~ Robert de Boron
“Spare the rod, spoil the child” ~ Samuel Butler
“All things work together for good” ~ contextually misquoted from Romans 8:28
“Pride comes before the fall” ~ misquoted from Proverbs 16:18
“Moderation in all things” ~ Aristotle

These words actually appear in many translations of the Bible but have totally different meanings than what we understand today. I’ve attempted to pinpoint the origins of our modern definitions of the terms:

“The Antichrist” (singular) ~ Saint Irenaeus
“Heaven” (modern concept) ~ Papias (2nd century bishop)
“Hell” (modern concept) ~ Dante Alighieri
“Lucifer” (as Satan) ~ misinterpretation of Isaiah 14:12 (unknown origin)
“Homosexual” (mistranslated from various Greek and Hebrew words) ~ Karl-Maria Kertbeny

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