As I continue to search my brain-bank for things that have been said for so long, that I may have just come to assume they were correct…Biblically, historically….I’m learning that when some of these are challenged outside the confines of my little nest….the pushback can be intense. I get it. It’s hard to accept something you took as truth for so long as not truth…or something that was incorrectly attributed to Christ or even a famous writer/theologian. Yet, isn’t the whole purpose of this “walk” to check yourself at the door and verify truths….an ongoing process? I hope so, if not…then Christianity is nothing more than being a seed in the ground never watered….that’s death. The seed would never grow.
“You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.”
How many times have you heard this? I hear it quoted a lot when people are having conversations as to the perils of social welfare in America. It’s not in the Bible….Jesus never said anything of this sort. It’s a Chinese Proverb. While the premise is nobel, it’s not scriptural.
This too shall pass.
Not in the Bible. It’s origin is likely from a fable by Persian Sufi poets. The scripture that likely most follows this common Christian saying is from 2 Corinthians 4:17-18:
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Biblically, we are given the hope of what’s not seen, that our earthly troubles are temporary. (PS-this is a very difficult truth to handle in the middle of the storm-show grace.)
As I sit here and look at the words in black and white, I am once again reminded of how hurtful these “taken as truth”, “Non-Biblical” remarks must feel to those hearing them. As a daughter who has lost her Mom, “this too shall pass” seems especially hurtful. It has been almost three years and it hasn’t passed…just become part of my normal.
Christ multiplied the fish and the bread to feed the masses. He didn’t shout out to the masses-go learn to fish and you will be fed. No, He fed the masses. He saw those in need and He met that need. I understand the premise behind the proverb, but it’s just not in the Bible….
That’s it for today….just two more. As you read this, I do ask one thing of you. If your fingers are tapping the keyboard wanting to comment about the woes of social welfare in America, please don’t. That’s a politically charged worm hole that I don’t want this to head down.
Truth’s that are true: Jesus loves you. Period. All of you. Good, bad, everything. He doesn’t love you because of how you vote, how popular you are, how many friends you have on Facebook….he loves you for the imperfect human that you are.
Peace out folks….and enjoy this “National Coffee Day.”