5 Ridiculous Bible Verses Christians Use out of Context (2022)

Christians, please stop using these out of context

5 Ridiculous Bible Verses Christians Use out of Context (1)

If you have spent any amount of time in a bible study group, college ministry, or any ministry at all you will find some of the following verses are quoted a lot. The verses are quoted by well-intentioned people, but that doesn’t mean they are used correctly. Let’s explore these overused verses, and let’s see what their contexts are.

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

You will most likely find this verse on the social media pages of Christians, or even tattooed on them. While it does sound amazing you should know a few things about the original context. Hopefully, you didn’t already tattoo this onto your bicep!

In Jeremiah, Israel has been in captivity for 70 years under the power of Babylon. Their captivity has been extremely difficult physically because they are enslaved. The Israelites are also surviving in a culture and society hostile to their customs.

The Israelites were longing for an immediate saving, and their suffering was heard by the Lord. When God speaks verse 11 he isn’t declaring that they will have prosperity. God is essentially saying “Don’t worry, it has been a while, but I haven’t forgotten about you. I have plans for the nation of Israel still”.

So this verse is spoken from God to Israel to lift their spirits in their time of brutal enslavement.

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“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

You will more than likely hear this verse quoted to you if you are enduring seasons of intense anxiety and panic. This misquoted verse sounds very pleasant, and without prior knowledge seems to suggest a person should just stop worrying and remember how faithful God is. However, when this is spoken in the original context, it implies a very opposite message.

In the two verses leading up to Psalm 46:10, you get a very clear picture just by looking at the language being used. I have taken the liberty to highlight the thematic words for you to observe.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.

In the actual context of the passage, the writer is urging the enemies of God to stop striving. God cannot be beaten, and the God of the Bible is the real God of war.

The writer is telling the nations “Stop fighting God, know he is the God of war, and He has authority over everything”. Be still, and know that I am God.

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“God is within her, she will not fall”

Once in a while, I will scroll through Twitter or Instagram and see a profile of someone, and depending on the biblical captions I will process to check out their bio. On more than a few occasions I have come across this verse in some ladies’ profiles.

In nearly every moment that I encounter this specific verse, I tend to get this cringe that permeates through my body.

When this verse is present it is commonly used to communicate a specific idea that is foreign to the real context. Usually, the owner of the profile wants it to look as if they are some real battle-hardened individual with nerves of steel. The harder life swings on them the harder they swing back.

The idea is, God dwells with women and so they cannot be overcome.

The problem with the way this verse is mostly quoted is that it is extremely vague, and is false. Biblically speaking, for God to dwell in anyone they would have to repent of sin and give themselves over to God. The Holy Spirit does not just happen to dwell in everybody.

So What Is The Real Context?

Once again, by using very basic bible study skills we can easily solve this. I apologize if this sounds sarcastic, but I do mean that the required skills for this are very basic.

Let’s look at the verse that comes right before this jewel of a verse.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

So there we have it, the verse is not talking vaguely about women or any specific woman but is referring to Jerusalem. We know that Jerusalem didn’t have a river flowing through it, but the Jewish people had God in their city. As long as God was dwelling in the hearts of his people the city of Jerusalem was invincible.

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quick note, most times with Psalm 46:5 is quoted, the entire verse is never included. By keeping the rest of verse five in the quote you would also get a large hint that the verse does not refer to tough women.

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“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

This specific verse is famous for its use out of context amongst even non-Christians. More than likely you will see this verse on the shirts of athletes, on their social media profiles, or tattooed onto them.

The way it is most often misquoted leads people to think that this verse is about accomplishing difficult tasks. Nothing is too hard for anyone with enough motivation and God on their side, right?

Once again, let’s take a look at the verses that come right before just to see if we can nail down a correct interpretation of this verse.

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

13 I can do all things through him who gives me strength.

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The Apostle Paul wrote this verse out originally and was even kind enough in the previous verses to give us the complete meaning to Philippians 4:13. Paul clearly states in the two prior verses that he knows what it is like to have a lot and nothing at all. He has learned to be content in any circumstance.

Paul boldly declares that he can be content in poverty, wealthy, healthy, sick, popular, unpopular. Paul can be content in every situation because he views Jesus as the only thing worth having.

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22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.”

This verse tends to ruffle a lot of feathers, and mostly women. A lot of the time this verse has two results:

  • Agitates women, who may think this verse forces them to be a servant of a man
  • disproportionately allows ungodly men to persecute their wives.

When put with the rest of the passage there is a loving Biblical picture created that works to create healthiness and satisfaction in marriages for both women and men. Let’s look at the whole passage before we move forward

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church — 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. 32 This is a profound mystery — but I am talking about Christ and the church.

33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Context For Women

I hope you noticed how I separated the body of literature. Verse 22–24 tell wives that they must submit to their husbands. However, the word “submit” does mean to surrender like most women might think it does. God is asking wives to trust and respect their husband’s God-given role of leadership. Women are told to support their husbands and trust them in what he believes God is calling the family to do.

  • Women are asked to submit and follow their husbands in verse 22
  • Women are asked to respect their husbands in verse 33

Out of that whole passage, women essentially have two verses, but why? Well, despite the popular belief that the Bible requires women to be doormats for their husbands, the complete opposite is true!

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Men are given most of this passage because God requires them to be doormats for their wives. While women are told to follow and respect their husbands, the men are told to lay down their lives for their wives. The passage even declares that a man must love his wife to even love himself.

So men, quit using this verse to get what you want from your wife. Lay down your life for her and lead. Women, love your husband enough to respect him and allow him to lead. By joyfully doing your roles you will image Christ’s relationship with his church to each other, and others watching your marriage.

FAQs

What is it called when Scripture is taken out of context? ›

Exegesis is drawing out a text's meaning in accordance with the author's context and discoverable meaning. Eisegesis is when a reader imposes their interpretation of the text.

What are some of the inconsistencies in the Bible? ›

Biblical Contradictions
  • The Sabbath Day. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” — Exodus 20:8. ...
  • The Permanence of Earth. “… the earth abideth for ever.” — Ecclesiastes 1:4. ...
  • Seeing God. ...
  • Human Sacrifice. ...
  • The Power of God. ...
  • Personal Injury. ...
  • Circumcision. ...
  • Incest.

What does Deuteronomy 28 say? ›

The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways.

What percentage of accuracy is the Bible? ›

Virtually unchanged (99.5% accuracy rate) over the centuries, the New Testament can be deemed reliable and accurate.

Who was Jeremiah 29 11 written to? ›

Historical and Literary Context of Jeremiah 29:11. For historical context, Jeremiah spoke these words to Jews who had been living under the domination of the Egyptian and then Babylonian Empires before eventually being carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.

What are the 4 modes of exegesis? ›

In the history of biblical interpretation, four major types of hermeneutics have emerged: the literal, moral, allegorical, and anagogical.

How do we know the Bible is true? ›

We have copies of the manuscripts and throughout history these copies show that the Bible has been transmitted accurately. Despite common skeptical claims that the Bible has often been changed through the centuries, the physical evidence tells another story. The New Testament records are incredibly accurate.

What does the Bible say about tattoos? ›

But in the ancient Middle East, the writers of the Hebrew Bible forbade tattooing. Per Leviticus 19:28, “You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves.” Historically, scholars have often understood this as a warning against pagan practices of mourning.

How old is earth according to the Bible? ›

Concerning the age of the Earth, the Bible's genealogical records combined with the Genesis 1 account of creation are used to estimate an age for the Earth and universe of about 6000 years, with a bit of uncertainty on the completeness of the genealogical records, allowing for a few thousand years more.

What does Deuteronomy 14 say? ›

Bible Gateway Deuteronomy 14 :: NIV. for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession. Do not eat any detestable thing.

What does Leviticus say about tattoos? ›

The Bible warns against tattoos in Leviticus 19:28 (Amplified) which says, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” However, just because society approves of something does not make it right in the eyes of God.

What Deuteronomy 17? ›

Bible Gateway Deuteronomy 17 :: NIV. Do not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep that has any defect or flaw in it, for that would be detestable to him. take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death.

Does God exist Yes or no? ›

The atheistic conclusion is that the arguments and evidence both indicate there is insufficient reason to believe that any gods exist, and that personal subjective religious experiences say something about the human experience rather than the nature of reality itself; therefore, one has no reason to believe that a god ...

Can we trust the Bible? ›

1. The biblical manuscripts have been reliably transmitted from the authors to us today. What should a person look for when checking to see if an ancient text has been corrupted? The person should look for other surviving copies of that text to cross reference for variants.

What is the oldest archaeological evidence of the Bible? ›

Ketef Hinnom scrolls – Probably the oldest surviving texts currently known from the Hebrew Bible – priestly blessing dated to 600 BC. Text from the Book of Numbers in the Old Testament. Described as "one of most significant discoveries ever made" for biblical studies.

What is the meaning of Romans 8 28? ›

The promise of Romans 8:28 that God works for our good “in all things” is reassuring. It means that no matter the circumstance, there are only two qualifiers for God to be working all things together for our good.

What does Jeremiah 29 5 mean? ›

The message is clear: the exiles are to establish their own community in Babylonia, prepare for a long stay there, and hope for the continued prosperity of Babylonia itself, of which the Judeans may partake.

What does the Bible verse Joshua 1 9 mean? ›

227. Life can be full of challenges, sorrows, and tough decisions. But even amidst hardship, the Lord counsels us to be strong and courageous. Understanding Joshua 1:9 in the Bible can help us face hard things with faith and confidence.

What are the 3 spiritual senses? ›

The three spiritual senses are the allegorical, the moral (also known as the tropological), and the anagogical.

What is the opposite of exegesis? ›

In biblical exegesis, the opposite of exegesis (to draw out) is eisegesis (to draw in), in the sense of an eisegetic commentator "importing" or "drawing in" their own subjective interpretations into the text, unsupported by the text itself.

What are the four spiritual senses? ›

In Christianity, the four senses are literal, allegorical, tropological and anagogical.

Who created God? ›

We ask, "If all things have a creator, then who created God?" Actually, only created things have a creator, so it's improper to lump God with his creation. God has revealed himself to us in the Bible as having always existed. Atheists counter that there is no reason to assume the universe was created.

Do Christians believe in the Old Testament? ›

Most Christians, such as the Catholic Church, Reformed Churches and Methodist Churches, believe that of the Old Covenant, only parts dealing with the moral law (as opposed to ceremonial law) are still applicable (cf.

Where is the original Bible? ›

Written on vellum or calf's skin, the codex has been in the Vatican Library at least since 1475. Along with Codex Vaticanus, Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important manuscripts of both the Greek Old and New Testaments.

Is it a sin to smoke? ›

The Roman Catholic Church does not condemn smoking per se, but considers excessive smoking to be sinful, as described in the Catechism (CCC 2290): The virtue of temperance disposes us to avoid every kind of excess: the abuse of food, alcohol, tobacco, or medicine.

Is piercing your ears a sin? ›

There is a Christian belief that partaking in activities or a lifestyle that one believes to be a sin indeed makes the act a sin, even if it's not objectively clear or “fact” than the act is a sin. Believing body piercing is a sin and doing it anyway, makes it a sin – essentially, a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Is it a sin to drink alcohol? ›

They held that both the Bible and Christian tradition taught that alcohol is a gift from God that makes life more joyous, but that over-indulgence leading to drunkenness is sinful.

Who old was Jesus when he died? ›

Considering Jesus' varying chronology, he was 33 to 40 years old at his time of death.

How long ago did Adam and Eve live? ›

They used these variations to create a more reliable molecular clock and found that Adam lived between 120,000 and 156,000 years ago. A comparable analysis of the same men's mtDNA sequences suggested that Eve lived between 99,000 and 148,000 years ago1.

How old is God in the Bible? ›

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What Leviticus 27? ›

"`No person devoted to destruction may be ransomed; he must be put to death. "`A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD. If a man redeems any of his tithe, he must add a fifth of the value to it.

What is Proverbs 31 in the Bible? ›

Bible Gateway Proverbs 31 :: NIV. do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.

Where in the Bible does it say not eat pork? ›

In Leviticus 11:27, God forbids Moses and his followers to eat swine “because it parts the hoof but does not chew the cud.” Furthermore, the prohibition goes, “Of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch; they are unclean to you.” That message is later reinforced in Deuteronomy.

Is it a sin to be cremated? ›

The Bible neither favors nor forbids the process of cremation. Nevertheless, many Christians believe that their bodies would be ineligible for resurrection if they are cremated.

Is it a sin to get a divorce? ›

God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16), and God is merciful and forgiving. Every divorce is a result of sin, either on the part of one spouse or both.

Where in the Bible does it talk about dinosaurs? ›

According to the Bible, dinosaurs must have been created by God on the sixth day of creation. Genesis 1:24 says, “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.”

What are the laws in Leviticus 19? ›

"`Do not mate different kinds of animals. "`Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. "`Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material. "`If a man sleeps with a woman who is a slave girl promised to another man but who has not been ransomed or given her freedom, there must be due punishment.

Who wrote Deuteronomy? ›

Moses is the author of Deuteronomy. Throughout the book we see Moses fulfilling his divinely appointed role as “the great law-giver of Israel” (D&C 138:41). Moses was also a prototype of the Messiah, Jesus Christ (see Deuteronomy 18:15–19).

When was Deuteronomy written? ›

Since the idea was first put forward by W.M.L de Wette in 1805, most scholars have accepted that this core was composed in Jerusalem in the 7th century BCE in the context of religious reforms advanced by King Josiah (reigned 641–609 BCE), although some have argued for a later date, either during the Babylonian ...

What are the 5 proofs of God's existence? ›

Thomas Aquinas' Five Ways to Prove the Existence of God
  • The First Way: Motion.
  • The Second Way: Efficient Cause.
  • The Third Way: Possibility and Necessity.
  • The Fourth Way: Gradation.
  • The Fifth Way: Design.

What does heaven look like? ›

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What are the 3 main arguments for the existence of God? ›

The three traditional proofs of God's existence

The attempt to provide proofs or arguments for the existence of God is known as natural theology. This undertaking has traditionally consisted of three key arguments: The ontological, cosmological, and teleological arguments.

When was the Bible written? ›

Starting around the 7th century B.C., different groups, or schools, of authors wrote them down at different times, before they were at some point (probably during the first century B.C.) combined into the single, multi-layered work we know today.

Why do Christians trust God? ›

God knows everything we are going through at this very moment and everything we will go through in the future. He knows the best way to handle every situation so we get the best possible outcome and we need to trust him with that. We need to follow his path and trust that he knows best, because he does.

Why the Bible is so important? ›

First, the Bible shows us God's character and provides us God's revelation of himself to his people. In each section of the Bible, we see God's holy, unchanging, faithful, gracious and loving character.

Has Jesus tomb been found? ›

The Garden Tomb is a rock-cut tomb in Jerusalem, which was unearthed in 1867 and is considered by some Protestants to be the tomb of Jesus. The tomb has been dated by Israeli archaeologist Gabriel Barkay to the 8th–7th centuries BC.

Was David and Goliath real? ›

Gath reached its peak during the Iron Age around 3,000 years ago, the time of biblical references to Goliath. Scholars continue to debate whether David and Goliath were real people who met in battle around that time. The remains of Gath are found at a site called Tell es-Safi in Israel.

Has the Ark of the Covenant been found? ›

But in 597 and 586 B.C., the Babylonian Empire conquered the Israelites, and the Ark, at the time supposedly stored in the Temple in Jerusalem, vanished from history. Whether it was destroyed, captured, or hidden–nobody knows.

What is the meaning of Eisegesis? ›

Definition of eisegesis

: the interpretation of a text (as of the Bible) by reading into it one's own ideas — compare exegesis.

What's the difference between exegesis and Eisegesis? ›

Exegesis is legitimate interpretation which "reads out of' the text what the original author or authors meant to convey. Eisegesis, on the other hand, reads into the text what the interpreter wishes to find or thinks he finds there. It expresses the reader's own subjective ideas, not the meaning which is in the text.

What is contextual interpretation of the Bible? ›

In the field of Bible translation and interpretation, contextualization is the process of assigning meaning as a means of interpreting the environment within which a text or action is executed. Contextualization is used in the study of Bible translations in relation to their relevant cultural settings.

What does the Bible say about distorting the word of God? ›

In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul found it necessary to answer his critics: “We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God.

What is opposite of exegesis? ›

In biblical exegesis, the opposite of exegesis (to draw out) is eisegesis (to draw in), in the sense of an eisegetic commentator "importing" or "drawing in" their own subjective interpretations into the text, unsupported by the text itself.

What does Romans 5/12 say? ›

Everyone died because of Adam's transgression, but because of Christ, everyone can live. Everyone was judged guilty because of Adam's sin; everyone can be judged righteous through faith in Christ.

What is the Anagogical sense of Scripture? ›

Anagogical (mystical or spiritual) interpretation seeks to explain biblical events or matters of this world so that they relate to the life to come.

Is expository preaching biblical? ›

The biblical basis for expository preaching can be found in many places in the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 is perhaps the most important, for it states that Scripture is breathed out by God, which means that the Bible is actually God's words.

What is expositional Bible study? ›

The expository method of Bible study seeks to present truths, concepts and principles that are taught by a Scripture passage. God has given us His method of interpretation of His word. God method does not impose a meaning on a passage, but seeks the meaning from the words and gramma of the passage.

What is the opposite of expository preaching? ›

For the purpose of this article we will look at the differences of the two under these two working definitions: Expository preaching is exegeting the text while systematically working through an entire book of the bible or a portion of a book of the Scriptures; Topical preaching is selecting a theme or topic and then ...

Why do we read the Bible contextually? ›

It is important to place scripture in proper context.

The primary purpose of considering context, then, is to derive the correct meaning and intent of the author. By relying on isolated passages without giving due consideration to their context, misunderstandings and misinterpretations may result.

What are the three ways to interpret the Bible? ›

What are the different types of biblical hermeneutics?
  • Literal Interpretation. This approach seeks out the “plain meaning” of a biblical text. ...
  • Moral Interpretation. ...
  • Allegorical Interpretation. ...
  • Anagogical Interpretation.
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What Bible says about twisting Gods word? ›

2 Peter 3:16. 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

What is the Bible verse Isaiah 5 20? ›

20 ¶ Woe unto them that call aevil bgood, and good evil; that put cdarkness for dlight, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

What does do not distort the word of God? ›

2 Corinthians 4 1

Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

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