"God helps those who help themselves," Huh. You know that, not only is that not a biblical principle found anywhere in the Bible, but it is actually contrary to very specific admonitions found within the Bible, right?
Originally Posted by DemoWhip
In fact, don't take my word for it, here it is from a Christian pastor:
Often those who say it are speaking about the poor and it is used as an excuse to avoid helping those in need. Yet many of those who are trapped in poverty cannot escape without the help of others, which is why the Bible consistently calls us to help those in need. In those moments we become God’s means of answering another’s prayers.
This points to the even more significant falsehood in “God helps those who help themselves.” The very essence of the gospel is that God helps those who cannot help themselves. Christians believe that we cannot save ourselves from the brokenness and alienation from God that we call sin. We are constantly in need of saving, which is why we call Jesus, “Savior.” There is a theological word for God’s willingness to help those who cannot help themselves: we call it GRACE.