The 100 Most Cited Bible Passages

Preachers have to please their audiences. That is why they stick with the most pleasing Bible versus and don’t venture much into the gruesome and unflattering portrayal of Jesus and God. It’s a good strategy.

I wish I could remember chapter and verse of the Bible better. I would pick the 100 least used passages of scripture. I have no way of knowing if they are not used or not, I can say I have never heard them used. When I infrequently attend church these days I hear always the happy talk, one of the 100 most pleasing passages.

On a site the does Christian parody, someone notes regularly that a Christian can kill most anyone for any reason and still get into heaven. This comes from what is attributed to God, some two million innocent people killed in Bible stories.

Lot’s wife looked back when she was ordered not to and was turned into a pillar of salt. Apparently those who wrote the Bible thought there was a good lesson in this story. They did not ask Lot’s wife.

One link celebrates terrible Bible passages. It tells of Paul saying he does not permit women to teach or have authority over a man. In Samuel there are the Ameleks. Kill every Amelek, men, women, children and infants. In the Palms we learn to celebrate revenge by seizing infants and dashing their heads against rocks.

There should be a rule preachers offset happy talk feel good scriptures with mean, vengeful and savage ones.

 

28 Responses

  1. Jinx II

    Just think, all of the bible, including the rejected scrolls, is authored by men and not one word written by any god. All written by men was copied over and over and over, altered unintentionally and intentionally by men, many scrolls that were rejected were ordered destroyed by men. Monks were able to hid away some scrolls that contradicted what the men in power wanted in the budding bible. The precious line of evidence is so contaminated by men who wanted to control the minds of people and thus the world, no logical mind can accept it was written by any god.

    1. Jinx II 7:32 no logical mind can accept it was written by any god.

      Taking revenge by smashing infants heads against rocks is either a sick god or sick unknown authors speaking for a god.

  2. entech

    Quite often your posts send me off on a “seek and ye shall find” mission. One I came up with was http://www.christianitytoday.com/biblestudies/articles/evangelism/seven-questions-skeptics-ask.html?start=2

    On the topic Contradictions in the Bible we get:
    Differing accounts aren’t necessarily contradictory. Matthew and Luke, for example, differ in their accounts of Jesus’ birth. Luke records Joseph and Mary starting in Nazareth, traveling to Bethlehem (Jesus’ birthplace), and returning to Nazareth (Luke 1:26-2:40). Matthew starts with Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, relates the family’s journey to Egypt to escape King Herod’s rage, and recounts their travel to Nazareth after Herod’s death (Matt. 1:18-2:23). The Gospels never claim to be exhaustive records. Biographers must be selective. The accounts seem complementary, not contradictory.

    Some of these sites are badly in need of modernisation. In view of current American politics the above should be simplified and made understandable – NO Contradictions, just Alternative Facts.

      1. entech

        Yeh, Kent Hovind watch out, competition is on the way. Like any good Catholic I could confront Hovind with the possibility that evolution is not against God. I could offer an argument that evolution is not necessarily a progressive thing. I could offer a good argument that people like him and Sye Ten Brugengate offer proof that it can be regressive.

    1. Juan Ruiz

      “The accounts seem complementary, not contradictory.”

      This is the default cliché apologists are stuck with. The fact is no one knew the “real” story, so people simply made them up. In addition to Lk/Mt, Tertullian recounted a version where Jesus was born in a cave.

      The nativity stories are not reconcilable. Mt has the event take place during the reign of Herod, who died in 4 BCE. Lk places it during the Augustin Census of 6 CE; a difference of at least a decade. Lk has no flight to Egypt because Herod was dead. Mt has Magi, Lk shepherds. Mt a star, Lk no star. The whole point was to have the birth occur in Bethlehem, so Jesus could be linked to the House of David, and thus be a legitimate Messiah. Oh, and as for the whole journey in Lk, pure BS. The Census was for tax purposes; you didn’t have people wandering all over to return to the town of their forefathers…it would have caused havoc. And besides, the Galilee not was included in the Census, only Judea.

  3. I did a quick scan and didn’t see Exodus 20.3 “You shall have no other gods before or besides me !”

    Interesting, in that all religions are convicted by this verse as being bad little gods between GOD and a Seeker, Free Thinker, exercising Free Will.

    1. entech

      Fascinating some of the things you come up with Kev. I don’t believe you scanned anything

      Exodus 20King James Version (KJV)
      20 And God spake all these words, saying,
      2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
      3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

      Exodus 20 Wycliffe Bible (WYC)
      20 And the Lord spake all these words,
      2 I am thy Lord God, that led thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of servage. (I am the Lord thy God, who led thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of servitude, or of slavery.)
      3 Thou shalt not have alien gods before me. (Thou shalt not have foreign, or other, gods in place of me/instead of me.)

      A couple here that say pretty much what you ask for, especially the Wyckiffe version one of the earliest English translations, and given the English of the period it covers your “before or beside”

      1. entech,

        It is nice and sunny here, but the fart fog from Down Under must be heavy and lingering this morning ?? Smile: Just a little fun with pun !!

        @ June 17, 2017 at 8:22 am you commented:

        “Fascinating some of the things you come up with Kev. I don’t believe you scanned anything ”

        Jon’s post “The 100 Most Cited Bible Passages” link actually has “The 120 Most Cited Bible Passages”

        I scanned all 120 a second time after your comment, and still did not find Exodus 20.3 cited.

        I believe my comment of June 17, 2017 at 5:41 am holds.

        kev

        1. entech

          OK, just couldn’t think of any relevance anywhere. Now that you have been explicit I still don’t get the relevance.

          1. entech,

            120 of the top quoted bible verses and the FIRST LAW doesn’t make it.

            That’s like trying to engineer systems without the First Law of Thermodynamics.

            Maybe, you prefer driving a car without gasoline?

            Religions only quote the verses that protect their viewpoint.

            Thus they violate the LAWS OF GOD.

            And thus they are rejected by GOD !!!

            They are out of gas !!!

            They are without the 7 SPIRITS OF GOD !!!

            kev

          2. entech

            This is all too confusing for my poor little brain, you reject the Bible as failing the tests you devise, it has been tampered with and adapted to suit the purpose of the religions that you also reject. And yet you constantly quote from this Bible, and complain that John source did not contain the first one. I am the lord thy god, I am the only one, deny me at your peril. I think that you are testing the Bible and God against something that you think it should be/actually is: I hesitate to say against your imagination but it does come close to that.
            You have said somewhere that you can’t explain your God to me, all I ask of you, or anyone is that you demonstrate your God.

  4. Jon,

    I do not take the bible as literral, for men have messed in it to long.

    I work in the SPIRIT, of the jps tanakh blue, in it it says “serpent” much broader than “snake”.

    The point is that it is the first separation between man and GOD, and violates the FIRST LAW OF GOD !!

    kev

    1. kev 10:15 I read up a little on jps tanakh blue. I did not find the broader version of “serpent”. I’m wondering if it was an animal or a spiritual being?

      1. Jon,

        My initial point is that “serpent” has a much broader implication of being than “snake”: comodo dragon, evil spirit, son of GOD salacious satan.

        Check out Genesis 6.6 “sons of GOD”, thus the SON OF GOD, IMMANUEL, Isaiah 7.14 is different than the sons of GOD Genesis 6.6. IMMANUEL = GOD in their midst.

        Keep reading, try Job, first part of first chapter, the serpent is salacious satan, the accuser of GOD’S children.

        And GOD let’s salacious satan play with man to test man, salacious satan’s servants of play today are judaism-christianity-islam et al. Salacious satan will take you any way he can. GOD will take you only one way: one on ONE face to FACE. If you don’t know GOD you will run like hell to hell to get away from HIM on Judgment Day, a day of self-judgment for each of us, GOD doesn’t JUDGE anyone !!!!!!!

        You can also read Revelation Chapter 12 & 13, and go on my website and download TOG 3.

        kev

        1. kev 3:31 GOD will take you only one way: one on ONE face to FACE. If you don’t know GOD you will run like hell to hell to get away from HIM on Judgment Day, a day of self-judgment for each of us, GOD doesn’t JUDGE anyone !!!!!!!

          I have to say I like your version of these myths better than most I’ve heard. Yet, I have to doubt your earlier claim that you are not a literalist. Your speak of a literal god and Satan. From my perspective, it will be impossible to run from a god or Satan if neither exists. So far as we know, both are mythological figures dreamed up by unknown ancient writers who did so for their own purposes at the time.

          1. Jon,

            And that is your choice!

            But that does not mean I need to put you down or attack you.

            I enjoy your posts because they challenge me to look at my relationship with GOD !!!!

            What doesn’t challenge you makes you weaker !!!!

            Thanks !!!!

            kev

      1. Catcher

        @ 4;52; Pointless. unless you are, or have a donkey. Or if you are lying helpless under a load. If that’s the case, I release you to your seven spirits.

          1. Catcher

            We had an old retired navy guy here in town that used it with hot water and Tang. Don’t know if you are familiar with Tang. A dry sweet orange flavored powder mixed with water to replace orange juice, used by astronauts in space.

          2. entech

            Yep, can be dangerous stuff if I remember very strong, very neutral and with some kind of orange juice (fresh, canned, powdered) very easy to have too much. Of course, for some that is the attraction.

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