19 things Jesus never said

19 things Jesus never said


In our spiritual journeys, understanding the words and teachings of Jesus is pivotal for many Christians. Often, we come across sayings attributed to Jesus that, upon closer inspection, are not found in the Bible. These misattributed quotes can sometimes lead to confusion or misinterpretation of Jesus’s teachings. Today, we embark on a clarifying journey to explore 19 things Jesus never said. While this exploration cannot encompass the entirety of such misconceptions in a single article, especially under the constraint of a more concise format, it aims to highlight some of the most commonly misrepresented ideas. We will lean on Biblical scriptures for accuracy, acknowledging our keyword, things Jesus never said, to guide us through this insightful expedition.

1. Follow me, and you will always be happy.

Many believe that following Jesus guarantees a life free of sorrow or struggle, yet Jesus never promised continual earthly happiness. In John 16:33, He stated, In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. This underscores the truth that following Jesus often involves navigating hardships, fortified by faith.

2. Money is the root of all evil.

A common misquote conflates Jesus’s teachings with a passage from 1 Timothy 6:10, which correctly states, For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Jesus cautioned about the dangers of prioritizing wealth over spiritual well-being (Matthew 6:24) but did not condemn money itself as inherently evil.

3. God helps those who help themselves.

This phrase, often mistaken for biblical wisdom, does not appear in the Bible. Jesus emphasized dependency on God and His provision, advocating a faith that trusts in divine, not solely human, effort (Matthew 6:26-33).

4. This too shall pass.

While embodying a comforting sentiment during trials, these exact words are not recorded from Jesus. However, the Bible is replete with assurances of God’s enduring presence and the temporary nature of earthly troubles compared to eternal glory (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

5. Hate the sin, love the sinner.

Although reflective of Jesus’s approach to compassionately engage with everyone, including sinners, without endorsing sin, these specific words are not directly quoted from Him. Jesus demonstrated this principle in actions and teachings, such as when He forgave and dined with sinners (Luke 5:32).

6. Judge not, that you be not judged.

This is a partial quote from Matthew 7:1, often cited to suggest Jesus condemned all forms of judgment. A more thorough reading clarifies He warned against hypocritical judgment, not the discernment of right from wrong, which is necessary for Christian living (John 7:24).

7. To each their own.

The relativistic tone of this saying contrasts with Jesus’s declaration of truth and the necessity of choosing paths leading to life or destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). Jesus presented Himself as the only way to the Father (John 14:6), hardly advocating for moral or spiritual relativism.

8. I will give you all the desires of your heart.

Misinterpreted from Psalm 37:4, this is not a direct promise from Jesus. He emphasized seeking God’s kingdom first, with other needs and desires met according to God’s will and timing (Matthew 6:33).

9. You are gods.

This misquote distorts Jesus’s citation of Psalm 82:6 in John 10:34, used in a specific argument with the Pharisees. It does not endorse a blanket deification of humanity but underscores the accountability and judgment those in authority face before God.

10. All religions lead to God.

Jesus explicitly stated in John 14:6, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. This declaration makes it clear that He did not teach universalism concerning paths to salvation.

11. A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Though reflective of wisdom and aligned with the teaching style of Jesus, this specific proverb comes directly from Proverbs 15:1. It is not attributed to Jesus but certainly harmonizes with His teachings on responding with gentleness.

12. God wants you to be rich.

The prosperity gospel, suggesting Jesus’s desire for all believers to be wealthy, contradicts His teachings on wealth and material possessions (Luke 12:15). Jesus focused more on spiritual riches and warned about the deceitfulness of wealth.

19 things Jesus never said