10 Things People Think Are in the Bible but Aren’t

"God helps those who help themselves." This phrase is frequently cited as a biblical principle, suggesting a merit-based divine intervention.

"Spare the rod, spoil the child." While the concept of discipline is discussed in Proverbs (e.g., Proverbs 13:24), this specific phrase does not appear in the Bible.

The Apple in the Garden of Eden. The story of Adam and Eve mentions the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but it never specifies that the fruit was an apple. The apple is a later artistic and cultural interpretation.

"Three Wise Men visited Jesus at his birth." The Bible mentions "magi" or "wise men" visited Jesus, bringing three gifts (gold, frankincense, and myrrh), but it does not specify the number of wise men.

"This too shall pass." Although this phrase reflects a sentiment that might align with biblical teachings on perseverance and hope, the exact phrase "this too shall pass" is not found in the Bible.

The story of Lucifer being a fallen angel named Satan. The story of Satan’s fall from heaven is pieced together from various texts, including Isaiah 14:12 and Ezekiel 28:12-17

"Money is the root of all evil." The correct quote from 1 Timothy 6:10 is "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil." It’s the love of money, not money itself, that the Bible warns against.

The Seven Deadly Sins. While the Bible discusses various sins and moral teachings, the list of seven deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth) is not directly found in the Bible.

"Cleanliness is next to godliness." This saying is often thought to reflect a biblical principle related to purity.

The concept of angels having halos. While the Bible describes angels appearing in glorious and sometimes terrifying forms, there is no mention of them having halos.

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