Did God Really Say That?

The other day, I saw a fancy poster-like quote on Facebook:

God says “the reason why some people have turned against you and have walked away from you without reason … has nothing to do with you. It is because I have removed them from your life because they cannot go where I am taking you next. They would only hinder you at the next level because they have already served their purpose in your life. Let them go and keep moving. Greater is coming your way, says the Lord.

Numerous people “liked” this quote.

As someone who’s on her 8th read-through of the Bible, and who has read individual portions far more often than that, I recognized immediately that this was not in the Bible. But apparently, many others weren’t quite so sure.

I did a search of this quote online, and here’s a sampling of the commentary:

  • “My wife posted this on her facebook. I called her on it because it doesn t site the chapter or the verse.”
  • It is not a specific verse in the Bible. However, it is a truth revealed in the scripture. The Bible is full of parables and metaphors. You must look within yourself and what you know to be true as you read. Whoever said this just simplified one of His lessons.
  • It is in the Bible. The Lord separates the wheat from the chaff. This is what it means. Removing those who are no longer necessary for God to do His will.
    — His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.” Luke 3:17″
  • “love it!”
  • Waooo I receive it!!!
  • “Wow that sure is deep!
  • “I’m sorry I don’t have the origin of the verse. It the on a news feed from a Christian page. When I saw it I had to print it. One copy on my desk the other inside the cover of my phone, whenever I need a reminder it’s there.. “

The internet. Don’t you sometimes just want to pull your hair out and scream?

The verse that the guy cites (cites, okay? Not “sites.”) about the Lord separating the wheat from the chaff is referring to believers vs. non-believers. It certainly isn’t a last-days judgment against those who have hurt your feelings, no matter how much you may wish for that. It’s time to grow up and realize that, while Jesus loves each of us, His great world plan is much bigger than our individual grievances.

As to the person suggesting that the quote helps us look inside –you can find a whole lot of things when you “look within yourself.” Heck, right now when I look within myself, I’m finding a longing for a DQ blizzard. It doesn’t mean God is telling me to eat one.

And what about the people who’ve “walked away” hindering you at “the next level” — what is this, a marketing scheme? Scientology?

I see far too much of this kind of thing, especially on Facebook. Some people (and we all have at least a friend or two like this) like to post thinly-veiled insults against others that just so conveniently also paint themselves as the aggrieved martyr. And most of these posts find an audience of sympathetic ‘friends’ (I guess they are the ones who haven’t “walked away” yet!). Funny, I don’t often see posts where people berate themselves for sinning against somebody else. Hmmm … I wonder why not? Would nobody “like” that?

In any situation like this, where people try to bring God into their own issues, I think it’s important to look at how Jesus behaved in similar situations. He definitely had friends “walk away” — of course the great example being Judas. But I just can’t see Jesus hurrying off to his phone after the Last Supper to post this meme against his betrayer. Even when he famously cleared the Temple, he didn’t wallow and ask for sympathy. He went out and took action — and let’s recall that his anger was over the misuse of God’s house, not His own personal hurt. When’s the last time you posted something on Facebook to drum up sympathy for God rather than for yourself?

As a side note, the original quote lost me despite its content, due to the lack of an ending quotation mark and the lack of a comma after says. God would know better …

So of course, now I’m curious. Can you share a similar type of misguided quote that you’ve encountered?

7 thoughts on “Did God Really Say That?

  1. I think Facebook can be extremely shallow. In my opinion it is a great soapbox for insecure people. People can claim a lot of things are in the Bible because they do not know its content very well.

  2. AMEN! I see this kind of thing on FB as well as Pinterest and Instagram. It’s sad that professing Christians know their Bibles or their Lord so little that they can’t distinguish this vague stuff from Christian principle.

    What’s hard to deal with, though, is when non-Christian friends or family members post things like this. I don’t usually say anything because I don’t want them to feel like I’m attacking them.

    I wrote a post a while back on “Christian concepts that are a little off”: https://barbarah.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/christian-concepts-that-are-a-little-off/ I probably should have put the word “supposedly” before the word “Christian.”

  3. Great post! I see this sort of thing all the time too. People seem to increasingly be taking their own views and building their interpretation of Christian teachings around them. When I asked a college student (a couple years back), how her spiritual views entered into a decision she was making that seemed counter to Biblical teaching, she said “God will understand what I’m doing being right for me. He loves me and wants what’s best for me”. The discussion sounded like she was deciding what was best rather than seeking God’s guidance for her life. She made a decision and then told herself that’s what God would want too…just because she had decided it was the thing to do. In a similar vein, a young man told me that shoplifting wasn’t “stealing” because he was using the merchandise for college. It’s interesting to see how far people will rationalize what they’re doing, just to make themselves feel they’re doing the “right” thing.

  4. This is scary and sad. I’m amazed anyone would believe posters like this, because it is so easy to look up scripture references today. I am thankful we have a teaching church. I learn something new each week, and I know that it is the truth.

  5. Amen! This pop psychology posing as scripture has been increasingly concerning me as well. I have been considering a blog about the things people say the Bible says versus what it actually says. Things like “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” when the actual verses say that He won’t allow you to be tempted beyond what you can resist (life is definitely more than we can handle without allowing His strength to be sufficient for us!). Biblical illiteracy is at an alarming level and many of us have begun taking many prayerful measures to counteract this.

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I enjoy hearing your thoughts.