18 Christian Practices You Won’t Find in the Bible

SharePinEmailThe Christian faith is steeped in rich and fulfilling practices and traditions. Most of these rituals stem from the Bible. Many of these varied practices easily fit into daily life, such as praying. Others might only be carried out once or twice in a lifetime, such as visiting a pilgrimage site. Some are regarded as…

The Christian faith is steeped in rich and fulfilling practices and traditions. Most of these rituals stem from the Bible. Many of these varied practices easily fit into daily life, such as praying. Others might only be carried out once or twice in a lifetime, such as visiting a pilgrimage site. Some are regarded as Christian practices but don’t come from the Bible. They can even sometimes give Christianity a bad name.

Practices That Do Not Come from the Bible

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Here are some common Christian behaviors that are not mentioned in the Bible.

Claiming To Be a Christian Without Actually Being One

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Anyone can claim a Christian label but then do very little to carry out and practice the faith. Becoming a true Christian is about accepting God’s gift of love and committing our lives to loving God and loving others.

Being Generous for Ulterior Motives

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Generosity has its limits and can be taken too far. If the desire to give to people is driven by a quest to boost our ego and make us look good, then it is not genuine and is governed by an ulterior motive t centered on our self-image rather than helping others. One of the key messages of the Bible is to help others. Multiple verses refer to the act of being kind and generous to help others and not serve our interests.

As Hebrews 13:16 says: “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

Being Self-Righteous About Christianity

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Chapter 1 Corinthians 13:2 informs: “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”

Grow Closer to God

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The purpose of Christianity is to grow closer to Jesus and God, not to be all self-righteous and smug about the faith.

Not Accepting Medical Care

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While God can heal disease and illness, one’s faith in trusting the healing nature of God should not be a substitute for declining proper medical care. Seeking the help and treatment of a doctor is simply making use of the resources He provided for us and should never be refused if we need it.

Forcing Christianity onto Others

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While spreading the message of God and Jesus respectfully and compassionately is encouraged, shoving the faith under the noses of others and demanding they believe is not conducive to Christianity and is not a teaching of the Bible. Jesus invited others to follow Him and left it up to them to decide, He never forced his faith onto them.

The Belief That Wealth Has Status In Christianity

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The belief that financial blessing is the will of God for Christians is not a true message of Christianity. While there are instances throughout the Bible of God blessing His people with abundance and prosperity, it is important to recognize that God’s aims for wealth extend to accumulation and personal gain.

It Is Acceptable to Be Lazy

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While the Bible cautions against the dangers of a love for money and greed, it affirms the importance of hard work and responsible financial management. As Proverbs 10:4, reads, “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” 

Using the Bible to Fit Our Agendas

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The Bible is a mighty book that was written in ancient times. It is common for Christians to cherry-pick certain verses and teachings to fit their agendas and goals. However, the Bible should not be used out of context and its real meanings and messages should never be ignored or misconstrued.

Perfect Parenting Will Prevent Your Child from Rebellion

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Proverbs 22:6 reads: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” But the premise that perfect parents will prevent your child from rebellion is not a true teaching of the Bible. Instead, parents do not have the power to ensure their children live lives without sin. Only God can change hearts.

Christians Are at Odds With Science

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Another fairly common Christian belief that does not concur with the messages in the Bible is that Christians are at odds with science. Rather, science is the study and understanding of the world that God created, and we must have a greater understanding of it.

Pining for the Traditional Family Unit

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Matthew 19:6 says, “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” While the foundation of the family unit in the Scripture is marriage, the family unit does not end at marriage, and Christianity accepts that marriage may not always work out.

A Belief that We Cannot Have Jesus and the American Dream

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One question that Christians often ask, is can we have Jesus and the American dream? The short answer is yes, we can seek the American dream. The Bible cites the value of hard work, and nowhere in the Bible does it say that true Christians cannot be wealthy. Many of the major figures in the Bible enjoyed immense wealth.

Taking Revenge into Our Own Hands

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Another verse that tends to be used out of context and misunderstood from the Bible is Exodus, 21:23, which reads: “But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.” When taken out of context, the verse is seen as offering justification for taking revenge into our own hands and, when wronged, delivering harsh retribution. In reality, God’s message to Moses was to limit the severity of retribution for certain offenses.

Importance of Personal Success

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The verse by Philippians 4:13 reads: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” An out-of-context understanding of this passage is that it promises personal success. However, the verse is about humility and is not about promising success but rather encouraging Christians that whatever situation they are in, poverty, failure, wealth, or success, they can depend on Jesus and God to teach them to be happy and satisfied.  

Bad Things Won’t Happen to Good People

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The belief that bad things won’t happen to good people is not a true representation of Christianity. Jesus was the truly Righteous One, yet He suffered great pain and suffering. No one is unaffected by the hard realities of life.

God Won’t Put More on You Than You Can Handle

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In the Bible, nobody is exempt from experiencing temptation and we are all at risk of taking on more than we can deal with.

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