As pioneers for the truth, many of us Christians echo sentiments that are not based on Biblical truths. Here are 5 short unBiblical statements that we often believe.

1. The Devil made me do it.

We can blame the Devil for a lot. Most definitely. However, saying the Devil made you do something isn’t correct — he may have tempted you — but each person is dragged away by their own sinful desires (James 1:14.) The Devil didn’t make Eve bite into the forbidden fruit, she chose to. He simply said she should, but she was responsible for her own choices. The ability to choose (free will) negates the idea that someone else can be held responsible for your actions.

2. Money is the root of all evil.

This isn’t true. 1 Timothy 6:10 states, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” There is nothing wrong with having substantial amounts of money or being incredibly wealthy. Those are both blessings indeed. The problems arrive when you put money before God. Anything before God is idolatry. It is impossible to serve two masters. You cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24.)

3. We are all God’s children.

The Bible explicitly states that we are all God’s creation and He loves us all, for God is love (1 John 4:8.) God created all of us in our mother’s womb and knew every single intricate detail about us before we were ever conceived (Jeremiah 1:5.) The only way to the Father is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6) and Salvation is found in no one else other than Jesus (Acts 4:12.) If Jesus is the only way to access the Father, then how can we all be God’s children if we are not all born again? Only those who are born again are children of God (John 1:1211:52Romans 8:161 John 3:1–10.)

Got Questions says, “we become God’s children when we are saved because we are adopted into God’s family through our relationship with Jesus Christ (Galatians 4:5–6Ephesians 1:5.)”

The opportunity to be a child of God is offered to everyone. But only those who are born again are children of God.

4. Karma will get them.

As a Christian, we ought to believe that God is a God of justice (Isaiah 61:8Job 34:12Deuteronomy 32:4.) Karma — the idea that how you live your life will determine the quality of life you will have after reincarnation — is not a biblical term; it appears nowhere in the Scriptures. For a Christian to attribute God’s perfect judgment and wrath to “karma”, a traditionally Hindu and Buddhist idea is irresponsible.

5. Everything happens for a reason.

This phrase is so commonly used that you would think it is on every page in the Bible. In fact, it isn’t on one. The Bible states that God has a plan for our lives and that plan is not bent on harming us (Jeremiah 29:11.) By believing this statement, we shift the blame from our imperfect selves onto a perfect God. We claim that horrific events happen for a reason; instead of understanding that sin has real-world effects and consequences. Sin is responsible for the death and destruction and heartache we see in our world. Cori Cypret says it this way:

If we take that line of thinking to its logical conclusion, we are really saying that God causes the typhoons, or earthquakes, or job losses, or deaths, or hammer-hitting-finger incidents, for some greater purpose. At best, it makes God the author of suffering and the perpetrator of evil. At worst, it makes God out to be a sadist, enjoying the pain and suffering of other, taking pleasure in causing pain. 

Romans 8:28 gives us a promise worth clinging to, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” That verse doesn’t say God causes everything, but that He gathers every situation, both good and bad, and works within them to bring about His divine purpose, which as stated in John 10:10 is to give us life to the fullest, not to “steal and kill and destroy” like the Devil.

In conclusion, when you hear any of these common unbiblical “truths,” be bold and kindly reject them. Either in tongue, spirit, or both. If we are to walk in the truth let us cling to what is true. Not just that which feels good.