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Three Things We Shouldn't Say

There are certain little religious expressions or sentiments you hear repeated so often that you start believing they’re based on Biblical truth, even if they aren’t. Three things we, as people of faith, really shouldn't say. “God helps those who help themselves” is one such sentiment. Well...that’s true insofar as it goes: yeah, sure, God helps people who participate in their own well-being. No problem there. You want to help yourself get better or stronger or kinder or more generous, sure, God’ll be more than happy to help you help yourself. The problem is, that expression is often said so as to imply that the opposite is NOT true: that God doesn’t help those who don’t help themselves. And – Biblically speaking – that’s just…how shall I say it?... mean-spirited b.s. God is constantly helping those who cannot (or will not, or choose not) to help themselves. In other words, God is constantly helping the help-less. In fact you might say God is a God OF the helple