old wives’ tale

a superstition or story that is passed from generation to generation even though it is not true
—I’ve heard that 

Long ago, wife simply meant “woman,” which is the meaning in this phrase. A form of this saying was present in ancient Greece, and in English, a similar phrase first appeared in 1382 in Wycliffe’s Bible, the first Bible translated in English.

In a letter to Timothy, Paul warns his young coworker that there will be ungodly teachers who will spread false requirements for following God. Timothy, he says, should expose the lies and teach the truth:

By pointing out such things to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, having nourished yourself on the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. But reject those myths fit only for the godless and gullible, and train yourself for godliness. (1 Timothy 4:6,7)

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