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    3 Things Jesus Never Said

    Girls, I know it’s unfortunate, but the Bible is one of the most often misquoted pieces of literature. Jesus Himself is often either misquoted or has things attributed to Him that He never said!

    Today, we’re going to look at three things Jesus never said…and what He actually did say!

    • “Go therefore and make converts”

    To convert someone simply means to convince or win someone over with your argument. It means that you’ve brought someone around to your way of thinking. That’s fine, but it isn’t what Jesus commanded us to do.

    Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20a, NASB).

    Jesus said to “make disciples,” not converts. A disciple is a wholly devoted follower or student of someone–in this case, Jesus. He doesn’t just want us to get people to agree with our way of thinking; He wants us to teach people to fall in love with Him!

    • “Here’s how you can get to heaven”

    If you read through the Gospels, you’ll notice that Jesus rarely talked about what would happen after we die. The majority of Jesus’ teachings talk about how we’re supposed to live.

    Many people interpret Jesus talking about the Kingdom of God as meaning the heaven where a saved person goes when they die, but that doesn’t seem to fit with Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6.

    “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’” (Matthew 6:9-10, NASB).

    Jesus seems to indicate here that heaven is the dwelling place of God where God’s will is always carried out. He tells us to pray that the earth would be transformed into a place where God’s will is always carried out, just like it is in heaven.

    In addition, the book of Revelation (chapters 21 & 22) tells us that God will make a new heaven and a new earth where Jesus will rule with the saints (believers) after the events of the end times.

    Jesus did say,

    “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die” (John 11:25-26, NASB).

    What we refer to as “heaven” isn’t a mysterious place in the clouds; it’s the new earth God will create where we will rule with Jesus for eternity!

    • “Follow Me and your life will be perfect”

    Anyone who’s been a Christian for more than a day knows that this statement simply isn’t true! If anything, it sometimes feels as though life gets more difficult once we decide to follow Jesus. Satan works extra hard to try and make us turn from God.

    Jesus never tells anyone that by following Him their lives will suddenly turn perfect; here’s what He does say about following Him:

    “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24, Luke 9:23, Mark 8:34).

    “You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved” (Matthew 10:22).

    “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20, Luke 9:58).

    Do any of those verses sound like following Jesus will make your life perfect?

    Yes, Jesus said that His burden is easy and His yoke is light, but they’re still a burden and a yoke. Taking up your cross means being ready to be crucified and to crucify your own human desires.

    Jesus never said following Him would give us perfect lives, but I think eternity with Him is worth it, don’t you?

    “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:17)

    Girls, have you ever heard someone misquote Jesus?

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    15 COMMENTS

    1. Are you saying that people don’t go to heaven as soon as they die, but rather just stay in absolute nothingness until Jesus comes back? Because if so, here is a passage in Luke “42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[d]”

      43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

      That is Jesus speaking to one of the criminals with him on the cross.

      • Jesus and the thief on the cross both died, so they went to the realm of the dead (Sheol/Hades/”hell”; I put “hell” in quotes because the English translators, for some reason, decided to not differentiate between Gehenna and Hades; they translated both places as if they were the same. But to be cast into “Gehenna” you have to come back from the dead; “Hades” we enter upon death, both righteous and wicked, just like Lazarus and the Rich man in Luke 16:19-31).

        There is a comforting side to Sheol. But that’s not the “tree of life” paradise of the New Heavens and New Earth described in Revelation 22 (BTW this current earth and current heavens/atmosphere/skies is prophesied to disappear; this happens after Jesus returns again, reigns for 1000 years on this earth, and come Judgment day according to Revelation 20:11. However, do read Revelation 20 in its entirety for the full details on the what the Kingdom of/from Heaven is and what comes after. Only resurrected people participate, not dead). After all that comes the New Heavens and the New earth, along with the tree of life again.

        But Jesus did not go to Heaven when he died. He even prophesied about where he was going, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” — Matthew 12:40 (NIV). Getting entombed in a cave is not “heart of the earth”. He’s referring to “Sheol” (realm of the dead in Hebrew) not a “qevurah” (burial plot or tomb in Hebrew). If you’re not satisfied with this explanation, you can go into a deeper study about Sheol on your own, but it’s the Hebrew word that appears throughout the Old Testament (Hades being the Greek equivalent in the New, however since it’s a borrowed term, you’ll get pagan ideas about Hades; I suggest researching about Sheol since Jesus was a Jew and that’s what he would’ve been referring to).

        Of course, there are special cases throughout scriptures of people who didn’t go to Sheol: people already with Jesus in the third heaven (where he’s reigning from right now sitting at the right-hand side of the Father), for example, such cases like Enoch and Elijah who never died, who got translated (Hebrews 11:5, KJV) or went “up” like Jesus did (2 Kings 2:11). Certain people who resurrected with Jesus (Matthew 27:51-53). Moses seems to have been resurrected too (before Jesus died & resurrected) since he appeared alongside Elijah (one of the ones who never tasted death) at the transfiguration (Matthew 17:3-4).

        Food for thought.

        But if anyone goes to “Heaven”, they must’ve been resurrected or gone up without dying. If someone goes through death, it’s to Sheol/Hades they go to wait for their resurrection.

        • Cristobela, Jesus went to the underworld after his death to preach the good news to the souls departed. His coming did not only affect those who were currently living, but every human who had ever lived. He stayed for 3 days spreading the gospel to those who had died and then was resurrected. It doesn’t mean that we will do the same thing, as we don’t have a reason to go to the underworld as He did. It may also be noted that Jesus didn’t go from Hades to heaven; he was resurrected from death back to the earth, and then ascended into heaven straight from earth.

          I’m actually very confused by your argument. Do you mean to say that some special people will go straight to heaven, whereas most will wait in Hades to be resurrected? I don’t understand why you think that would happen. Why on earth would we all just sit around in Hades if we are meant to go to heaven anyways? Time is not relevant in the heavens, so there is no need to actually wait for the second coming of Jesus because as far as God is concerned, it has already happened.

          Your ideas of waiting for heaven sound kind of like Purgatory, where a soul that is destined for heaven waits to be purified. But that isn’t just sitting around, it is where a soul of cleansed the sins that is carried from earth, because “Nothing unclean can enter heaven”. Not waiting in Hades. I really don’t understand waiting in Hades.

      • No Katie, that’s not what I’m saying. The point was simply that Jesus spoke more about how we should live while we’re on the earth than about what life will be like after we die, that’s all.

    2. More people need to hear this article! It frustrates me when people misquote the Bible, especially when Christians do that! I mean they should know better. And I know, I shouldn’t get angry about this stuff, but it just pains me because it seems like they’re trying to misuse Gods word.

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