What are some of your favorite verses in the bible? These can be verses that you hold to be true and wise or verses that you love because it actually helps you in your arguments against Christians. This pic contains one of my favorite.
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Here's a good one =
Sirach 5:15 (CEB) = "Don’t be ignorant in matters large or small."
that's a good verse to remember but I think you're misquoting. I think a better verse for you would be, Proverbs 19:2 Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.
Always remember Proverbs 14:15 (CEV) = "Don’t be stupid and believe all you hear; be smart and know where you are headed."
"Come now, and let us reason together...." Isaiah 1:18
That's less than half a verse. lol. Actually, I think any rational atheist would like this part of the verse because they obtain knowledge through logic and reasoning. Thanks!
The edit was deliberate. I am also a cherry picker!
I've always liked the particular sardonic humor you employ
Numbers 31:18. Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.
psalms 137:"Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us / He who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks."
This verse is taken very much out of context. Can you tell me the context in which this was written?
JoC-what's your fav verse?
JoC-what's your fav verse?
I've got a lot and it changes from day to day. I'd say:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
I love those two verses too.
Pretty much a summary of everything taught by Christ
Don't forget the lesson about killing fig trees for being out of season when you're hungry. Jesus did it, so it must be a good idea.
Ahhhh. That one. This actually makes more sense when taken symbolically.
What mechanism do you use to determine what is to be taken literally and what is to be taken symbolically?
Does it have to be so rigid? I'm not qualified to answer but I'll try. The biblical authors actually insert some clues which add to the narrative. Take Mark's account of Jesus cursing the fig tree. It's a very odd story for him to add if it didn't have any significance. But Mark placed this narrative right before Jesus goes to the temple and drive out the people who were treating it like a market place.
Jerusalem had historically been associated with a fig tree. So when Jesus curses the fig tree even when not in season and it withers, he's making a bigger point that Jerusalem is not ready for the coming of the Messiah and that Jerusalem will too "wither", which it did is 70 AD.
The "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength" is supposed to be written on the door posts of your house. Sorry but I can't get excited about Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews and the God of the armies, enough to do that.
The ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ is a run of the mill law from the Old Testament. It's not one of the Ten Commandments.
What's actually amazing is the "Love the lord ..." verse summarizes the first part of the 10 commandments. and "Love your neighbors ..." summarizes the second part of the 10 commandments. However, instead of saying "Thou shall not..." and prohibiting doing evil, the "Love ..." commands actually endorse a positive action from Christians to do good deeds as opposed to simply avoiding evil.
You really should get a clue as to what the Ten Commandments really are. They are not the ones you think they are. The real Ten Commandments are found in Exodus chapter 34. The first one tells the Israelites to invade other people's country, destroy their religious artifacts, and to kill or enslave them if they won't leave. All of the biblical stories are based on Exodus 34:10-28.
You're not serious, right? Who died and made you pope?
Name any story in the Bible and I can tie it to a verse in Exodus chapter 34:10-28.
What's the context? Enlighten me as to when it's fashionable to dash babies heads on rocks.
Read the entire Psalm 137.
The author is practically crying out for justice to what Babylon had been doing to them for a long time. In fact, just in verse 8, it says, "Desolate Daughter Babylon, you shall be destroyed, blessed the one who pays you back what you have done us!"
And then is goes on to say in verse 9, "Blessed the one who seizes your children
and smashes them against the rock."
From these two verses, we can actually gather that Babylon had been seizing the Israeli children and smashing them against the rocks. This verse, horrid as it may sound, was simply a cry asking God for justice to served to the Babylonians.
In fact I can tell you, this is the correct way to understand it as the Psalmist repeats himself when he says "Blesses the one who..." in both verses.
Well the Israelites did stone their own children. I don't know about context but it seems they had a propensity to bash peoples heads in with rocks themselves. How do you know the babylonians weren't returning the favor? Or have you forgotten what the jews did to people in the "promised land"?
"Well the Israelites did stone their own children." - was it against the law? It was against the law of Israel to commit adultery, murder, etc, but many of Israel's great leaders and patriarchs were guilty these crimes but it was never endorsed as "okay to do".
"Or have you forgotten what the jews did to people in the "promised land"?"
Let's assume those people were called Jews (they weren't, at least not yet). I'm curious though, do you think that every evil deed recorded in the Bible is endorsed? If you actually read the Bible, slowly you'll see that punishment is always given to people who do wrong. In fact, you could say that Babylon killing the Israeli children was a form of punishment for their treatment of the Canaanites though the word in the Israel taking the "promise land" could mean "to drive out" rather than "to destroy".
Yes...god told them to kill them all. Women children donkeys. Lol
Did Israel do this, though? Judges 1 actually says the Canaanites continued to live with them. This action, however, did have its negative consequences which lead to all the horrible things that the people of Israel did during the time of the Judges.