This misconception is one that is strikingly popular in our day where it is often quoted by all types of people including recently a political figure attributing it to Holy Writ. This phrase is not in the Scriptures at all nor is its philosophy found in its pages. This quote is actually originated from Aesop’s Fable: Hercules and the Waggoner that dates to around the 6th century B.C.
The Scriptures paint a different portrait, that God helps those who cannot help themselves. Going a step further, not only does God give help to those who are helpless, he gives freedom to those ensnared in the clutches of sin and life to those who are spiritually dead.
Romans 5:6-8, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”