Stop posting made up quotes – Mark Twain.
You can’t believe everything you read on the internet – Abraham Lincoln
I love quotes, I have books of them. Long involved ones; short, pithy ones; funny ones; old ones; I love quotes.
I find it easy to lose an hour or so just going from one to the next. The problem with quotes is that they are not in context and can be easily misunderstood.
This is a quote the British Homeopathic Association used in its advertising.
“There is some evidence that homeopathic treatments are more effective than placebo”
But the House of Commons study on the practises of advertising notes the full quote:
“There is some evidence that homeopathic treatments are more effective than placebo however, the strength of this evidence is low because of the low methodological quality of the trials. Studies of high methodological quality were more likely to be negative than the lower quality studies.”
That paints a slightly different picture than the rosy one the British Homeopathic Association wants us to see. There are plenty of examples of this selective quoting –
A show in London used the tag line –
‘energy, razzmatazz and technical wizardry’
When the full quote in the Times was –
“I couldn’t help feeling that, for all the energy, razzmatazz and technical wizardry, the audience had been shortchanged”
Again very different from the ‘real’ quote.
Look at the quotes below –
“Twitter is a great tool for social change” – Mother Teresa
“Play it again, Sam” – from Casablanca
“Elementary, my dear Watson” – Sherlock Holmes
“Hate the sin: love the sinner” – Jesus Christ
“My philosophy? I’m always right and you are wrong.” – Oscar Wilde
Which is your favourite?
Which ones had you heard before?
Did you know that the people listed never said these things?
These are all misquotes or false quotes. Holmes, in all the books, never says “Elementary, my dear Watson”; it’s “Play it, Sam”, not “Play it again, Sam”; Oscar Wilde, Mother Teresa or Jesus Christ ever said those things.
It’s so easy to make up quotes, easier than misquoting because you can get them to say whatever you like.
“Melbourne Welsh Church is the best church is the world” – Barak Obama.
See? I doubt the President of the U.S. has ever heard of the Welsh Church and even if he had I doubt he say we’re the best church in the world. (What am I saying? Of course he would, I’ve seen a quote saying he did!)
There are preachers and churches who take the words of Jesus and do all the things to them I’ve noted here. Misquote, false quote, selectively quote and they don’t represent what Christ really says
What I’m trying to say with all this is if it isn’t in the Bible then Jesus didn’t say it. With so many Bible websites (www.biblegateway.com) its easy to see check what Jesus really said and, just as importantly, in what context he said it. It may not stop the random misquoting of Jesus but at least you will know exactly what J.C. said. Check and question what you’re told. If they are preaching the truth they will have no problem with questions.
SO DO IT!
Ask questions. Don’t blindly take a minister’s word for something – check it, question it – question everything. PLEASE.
(and tell them to stop posting made up quotes.)