Friday, August 19, 2011

Actually, that's not in the Bible (CNN Belief)

I found this article in CNN Belief blog. What do you think?

Actually, that's not in the Bible
By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) – NFL legend Mike Ditka was giving a news conference one day after being fired as the coach of the Chicago Bears when he decided to quote the Bible.

“Scripture tells you that all things shall pass,” a choked-up Ditka said after leading his team to only five wins during the previous season. “This, too, shall pass.”

Ditka fumbled his biblical citation, though. The phrase “This, too, shall pass” doesn’t appear in the Bible. Ditka was quoting a phantom scripture that sounds like it belongs in the Bible, but look closer and it’s not there.

Ditka’s biblical blunder is as common as preachers delivering long-winded public prayers. The Bible may be the most revered book in America, but it’s also one of the most misquoted. Politicians, motivational speakers, coaches - all types of people - quote passages that actually have no place in the Bible, religious scholars say.




  1. Excellent find, Pearlie! This is one of my pet peeves.

  2. Interesting. Not only are there biblical citation blunders but there is also Christian tradition citation blunders.

    Surprising Bruce Wells, theologian did not know that "all things shall pass, this too shall pass" is written by Julian of Norwich, not from the KJV at all. Embarrassing.

  3. Hi Missy,
    Mine too! But sometimes it is hard or inappropriate to point it out to the person. Maybe we can send them this link!

  4. Hi Alex,
    Hmm...interesting. I didn't know that. I know you are well read, but it is now confirmed that you are very well read. :)