Everyday Theology

“God helps those who help themselves.”

You’ve heard that one before, right? What about:

“Money is the root of all evil.”

Or how about this one:

“Spare the rod, spoil the child.”

And my personal favorite:

“Preach the gospel always, if necessary use words.”

We’ve all heard these phrases before, haven’t we? Little nuggets that sound kind of like something you’d think was in the Bible.

It’s everyday theology. People build their worldview on sayings like these; whole ministries and movements are built at least one of these.

But how often do we stop to wonder whether or not these sayings are true at all?

So let’s talk about them over the course of the next few days. Let’s find out if they’re true. If so, then how do they affect our lives. If not, how do we need to respond? Bring up some others that you’ve heard in the comments.

Looking forward to discussing these later this week.

  • Janine

    Some of what sounds like “everyday theology” isn’t. It’s what we do with it that is.

    Proverbs 13-24 (King James Version): He that spareth his rod hateth his son.

    Timothy 6:10 (King James Version): For the love of money is the root of all evil…….

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

      Very true, Janine – I should put a spoiler alert on your response since you made some of my point for me :)

  • http://mlordi.wordpress.com Marianne Lordi

    How about: God never gives you more than you can handle. People always quote that one.

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

      Oooh, that’s a good one. I’ve been thinking about adding “You’ll feel a peace about it” to the list too.

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