Don’t make things up

It does not serve the cause of Christ when we find evidence for our assertions where they do not exist. Here’s a prime example:

The first occasion that came to mind was when He was on the cross, dying. Didn’t He pray for the criminal next to Him, saying, “I assure you that today you will be with Me in paradise?” (Luke 23:43)

Jesus was not praying for the thief on the cross beside him, but promising him paradise. There is nothing about prayer here. The point of the writer was good, about Jesus praying for others. But making up something dishonors our Lord. And the writer does it a second time.

Let us never make the Bible say something it does not say, in order to press home a point, however good the point may be.

Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately. 2 Timothy 2.15.

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