12 Common Misquotes Attributed to Jesus

SharePinEmailMisinformation is nothing new, and stories about Jesus are no exception to this phenomenon. With historical figures experiencing more examples of hearsay than most, when it comes to the preaching of the Son of God, what’s accurate and what things are downright lies? “Money is the Root of All Evil” This is one of the…

Misinformation is nothing new, and stories about Jesus are no exception to this phenomenon. With historical figures experiencing more examples of hearsay than most, when it comes to the preaching of the Son of God, what’s accurate and what things are downright lies?

“Money is the Root of All Evil”

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This is one of the most famous sayings attributed to Jesus Christ, although it has been completely misinterpreted over time. The actual Biblical quote is:

1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”

Here, it’s clear that Jesus was referring to the love of money as being the root of evil, not having money specifically. 

“Cleanliness is Next to Godliness”

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There are many references to sanitary practices in the Bible, such as the importance of good handwashing and water purity in Leviticus 15:11. But nowhere in the Bible does Christ ever say this phrase. John Wesley, the founding father of Methodism, is the true source of this well-known saying.

“The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways”

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It’s amazing to discover that Jesus never actually said this! An 18th-century hymn, written by William Cowper, is the first known use of this common phrase.

“Do Not Judge Others”

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Many Christians associate Christianity with love, fairness, and kindness to others. So, believing that Jesus Christ advised people not to judge others is not at all farfetched. However, this saying is completely misconstrued. The full Scriptural quote is:

John 7:24: “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

Christ didn’t say that you should never judge anyone, but you must judge them righteously and with love. Judging someone by their appearance is wrong, but judging people by their actions with a desire to help them reform is entirely Christian.

“I Support Only One Nation or Government”

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Jesus never said this, with His teaching transcending national borders as well as political borders. In Luke 10:25 – 37, Christ teaches the parable of the Good Samaritan, a well-known story about helping someone in need. The Samaritan was a member of an indigenous group looked down on by Jews at the time. But Jesus overlooks ethnicity and nationality and chooses to focus on the compassion of the individual.

“Avoid Those Who Are Different from You”

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Despite this being a famous saying, Jesus Christ never actually said it, but instead promoted the opposite way of thinking by reaching out to those who were different from Him. For example, in Matthew 9:10-13, He announced that He was calling the sinners to God and was there to help the marginalized.

“You Will Never Suffer or Face Hardship”

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The Son of God never told His followers that they would not suffer or face hardship, quite the contrary. On several occasions in the Bible, Christ warned His disciples that they would be persecuted for following Him and that hardships would be commonplace.

For example, in Matthew 10:16-22, He tells His disciples that He is sending them out like sheep among wolves, that they need to be on their guard, they may be arrested, and they may be flogged in the synagogues. Jesus Christ prepared His followers for the challenges held in the future.

“I Came to Bring Peace to the World”

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Even though the coming of Jesus Christ is synonymous with peace and love, He never said that His purpose was to bring peace to the world. Jesus warned that His presence would bring division, with families divided across the land.

Luke 12:51: “Do you think I came to bring peace on Earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on, there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.”

Christ is predicting that some people in the same family will reject His message, causing division and conflict with those who do accept Him as the savior.

“Your Faith Will Always Heal You”

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Jesus healed the souls of many people, as well as physical sickness. But He never said that faith will always heal an individual. 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 provides a prime example of this. Here, Paul describes a thorn in his flesh and prayers for the removal of the thorn. But Christ didn’t remove the thorn and instead empowered Paul’s spirit so he had the strength to endure the pain.

“All Religions Lead to God”

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Jesus never expressed this and it’s the exact opposite of His true teachings. Christ explained that a relationship with God is only possible through Him, as John 14:6 states: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There is only one God and one path to salvation.

“Blessed Are the Rich”

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Christ never promoted worldly possessions. Spiritual values were infinitely more important than material possessions. In Luke 12:15, we read: “Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’”

“Life is Short! Do Whatever You Want”

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Jesus supported living by a moral code, doing the right thing, and helping other people. He guided his followers to choose the difficult path that not many people can find and successfully follow.

Matthew 7:14: “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Dispelling Misinformation in Christianity

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The Bible is full of wondrous, eternal truths, fantastic remarks made by Jesus Christ Himself, as well as miraculous stories and parables. So instead of repeating falsehoods, let’s stay informed, and study the words direct from the horse’s mouth.

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