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Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden right? Nope. That's one of many phantom passages that people think are in the Bible.
June 5th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Actually, that's not in the Bible

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) – NFL legend Mike Ditka was giving a news conference one day after being fired as the coach of the Chicago Bears when he decided to quote the Bible.

“Scripture tells you that all things shall pass,” a choked-up Ditka said after leading his team to only five wins during the previous season.  “This, too, shall pass.”

Ditka fumbled his biblical citation, though. The phrase “This, too, shall pass” doesn’t appear in the Bible. Ditka was quoting a phantom scripture that sounds like it belongs in the Bible, but look closer and it’s not there.

Ditka’s biblical blunder is as common as preachers delivering long-winded public prayers. The Bible may be the most revered book in America, but it’s also one of the most misquoted. Politicians, motivational speakers, coaches - all types of people  - quote passages that actually have no place in the Bible, religious scholars say.

These phantom passages include:

“God helps those who help themselves.”

“Spare the rod, spoil the child.”

And there is this often-cited paraphrase: Satan tempted Eve to eat the forbidden apple in the Garden of Eden.

None of those passages appear in the Bible, and one is actually anti-biblical, scholars say.

But people rarely challenge them because biblical ignorance is so pervasive that it even reaches groups of people who should know better, says Steve Bouma-Prediger, a religion professor at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

“In my college religion classes, I sometimes quote 2 Hesitations 4:3 (‘There are no internal combustion engines in heaven’),” Bouma-Prediger says. “I wait to see if anyone realizes that there is no such book in the Bible and therefore no such verse.

“Only a few catch on.”

Few catch on because they don’t want to - people prefer knowing biblical passages that reinforce their pre-existing beliefs, a Bible professor says.

“Most people who profess a deep love of the Bible have never actually read the book,” says Rabbi Rami Shapiro, who once had to persuade a student in his Bible class at Middle Tennessee State University that the saying “this dog won’t hunt” doesn’t appear in the Book of Proverbs.

“They have memorized parts of texts that they can string together to prove the biblical basis for whatever it is they believe in,” he says, “but they ignore the vast majority of the text."

Phantom biblical passages work in mysterious ways

Ignorance isn’t the only cause for phantom Bible verses. Confusion is another.

Some of the most popular faux verses are pithy paraphrases of biblical concepts or bits of folk wisdom.

Consider these two:

“God works in mysterious ways.”

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”

Both sound as if they are taken from the Bible, but they’re not. The first is a paraphrase of a 19th century hymn by the English poet William Cowper (“God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform).

The “cleanliness” passage was coined by John Wesley, the 18th century evangelist who founded Methodism,  says Thomas Kidd, a history professor at Baylor University in Texas.

“No matter if John Wesley or someone else came up with a wise saying - if it sounds proverbish, people figure it must come from the Bible,” Kidd says.

Our fondness for the short and tweet-worthy may also explain our fondness for phantom biblical phrases. The pseudo-verses function like theological tweets: They’re pithy summarizations of biblical concepts.

“Spare the rod, spoil the child” falls into that category. It’s a popular verse - and painful for many kids. Could some enterprising kid avoid the rod by pointing out to his mother that it's not in the Bible?

It’s doubtful. Her possible retort: The popular saying is a distillation of Proverbs 13:24: “The one who withholds [or spares] the rod is one who hates his son.”

Another saying that sounds Bible-worthy: “Pride goes before a fall.” But its approximation, Proverbs 16:18, is actually written: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

There are some phantom biblical verses for which no excuse can be offered. The speaker goofed.

That’s what Bruce Wells, a theology professor, thinks happened to Ditka, the former NFL coach, when he strayed from the gridiron to biblical commentary during his 1993 press conference in Chicago.

Wells watched Ditka’s biblical blunder on local television when he lived in Chicago. After Ditka cited the mysterious passage, reporters scrambled unsuccessfully the next day to find the biblical source.

They should have consulted Wells, who is now director of the ancient studies program at Saint Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania. Wells says Ditka’s error probably came from a peculiar feature of the King James Bible.

“My hunch on the Ditka quote is that it comes from a quirk of the King James translation,” Wells says. “Ancient Hebrew had a particular way of saying things like, ‘and the next thing that happened was…’ The King James translators of the Old Testament consistently rendered this as ‘and it came to pass.’ ’’

When phantom Bible passages turn dangerous

People may get verses wrong, but they also mangle plenty of well-known biblical stories as well.

Two examples: The scripture never says a whale swallowed Jonah, the Old Testament prophet, nor did any New Testament passages say that three wise men visited baby Jesus, scholars say.

Those details may seem minor, but scholars say one popular phantom Bible story stands above the rest: The Genesis story about the fall of humanity.

Most people know the popular version - Satan in the guise of a serpent tempts Eve to pick the forbidden apple from the Tree of Life. It’s been downhill ever since.

But the story in the book of Genesis never places Satan in the Garden of Eden.

“Genesis mentions nothing but a serpent,” says Kevin Dunn, chair of the department of religion at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

“Not only does the text not mention Satan, the very idea of Satan as a devilish tempter postdates the composition of the Garden of Eden story by at least 500 years,” Dunn says.

Getting biblical scriptures and stories wrong may not seem significant, but it can become dangerous, one scholar says.

Most people have heard this one: “God helps those that help themselves.” It’s another phantom scripture that appears nowhere in the Bible, but many people think it does. It's actually attributed to Benjamin Franklin, one of the nation's founding fathers.

The passage is popular in part because it is a reflection of cherished American values: individual liberty and self-reliance, says Sidnie White Crawford, a religious studies scholar at the University of Nebraska.

Yet that passage contradicts the biblical definition of goodness: defining one’s worth by what one does for others, like the poor and the outcast, Crawford says.

Crawford cites a scripture from Leviticus that tells people that when they harvest the land, they should leave some “for the poor and the alien” (Leviticus 19:9-10), and another passage from Deuteronomy that declares that people should not be “tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor.”

“We often infect the Bible with our own values and morals, not asking what the Bible’s values and morals really are,” Crawford says.

Where do these phantom passages come from?

It’s easy to blame the spread of phantom biblical passages on pervasive biblical illiteracy. But the causes are varied and go back centuries.

Some of the guilty parties are anonymous, lost to history. They are artists and storytellers who over the years embellished biblical stories and passages with their own twists.

If, say, you were an anonymous artist painting the Garden of Eden during the Renaissance, why not portray the serpent as the devil to give some punch to your creation? And if you’re a preacher telling a story about Jonah, doesn’t it just sound better to say that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, not a “great fish”?

Others blame the spread of phantom Bible passages on King James, or more specifically the declining popularity of the King James translation of the Bible.

That translation, which marks 400 years of existence this year, had a near monopoly on the Bible market as recently as 50 years ago, says Douglas Jacobsen, a professor of church history and theology at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“If you quoted the Bible and got it wrong then, people were more likely to notice because there was only one text,” he says. “Today, so many different translations are used that almost no one can tell for sure if something supposedly from the Bible is being quoted accurately or not.”

Others blame the spread of phantom biblical verses on Martin Luther, the German monk who ignited the Protestant Reformation, the massive “protest” against the excesses of the Roman Catholic Church that led to the formation of Protestant church denominations.

“It is a great Protestant tradition for anyone - milkmaid, cobbler, or innkeeper - to be able to pick up the Bible and read for herself. No need for a highly trained scholar or cleric to walk a lay person through the text,” says Craig Hazen, director of the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University in Southern California.

But often the milkmaid, the cobbler - and the NFL coach - start creating biblical passages without the guidance of biblical experts, he says.

“You can see this manifest today in living room Bible studies across North America where lovely Christian people, with no training whatsoever, drink decaf, eat brownies and ask each other, ‘What does this text mean to you?’’’ Hazen says.

“Not only do they get the interpretation wrong, but very often end up quoting verses that really aren’t there.”

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Books • Christianity • Faith

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  1. chrisg510

    You know, god also says that eating shellfish is a sin (Leviticus 11:10), and it is forbidden for women to hold jobs and
    speak in public (Timothy 2:11), and you're supposed to stone a woman for not being a virgin (Deuteronomy 22), and divorce is a sin (Luke 16:18), and you should cut the hands off of thieves (Mark 9:43), and... and... and.... (I could go on for hours, but hopefully you get the idea.) But somehow I get the feeling that you're going to ignore all of those
    inconvenient laws and only focus on the ones that suit you. (Oh and you might want to check out Matthew 7 as well.... unless of course you're too busy condemning others to actually read.

    July 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • asdf

      Amen brother. It is so painfully obvious to anyone with half a brain that the bible was written by men (NO WOMAN) to serve there own personal ideology at the time. Religious folks just pick and choose versus to suit their prior beliefs (fears etc) about the world then swear the bible is the word of god. It is all so sad.

      July 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • Mosihasteen

      Divorce IS a sin. Especially when you intentionally hurt another in doing so (as men did their wives in those days). But this is forgivable according to Christ as are other sins. MARK 9:43 DOES NOT say to cut the hands off thieves, you are now as bad as the folks described in this article. It says "if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off (they could be talking about masturbation or picking your nose excessively, not theft)

      July 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • Sheila

      Unfortunately, you misunderstand the purpose for those passages. BTW, the bible never said women cannot work. But women are expected to be prudent wives and good mothers. Husbands are expected to "Love their wives as themselves". Children are expected to "Honor thy parents" and parents are told not to "exasperate their children". Other references you made are wrong such as cutting off the hands of thieves. That is from the Quran, not the Christian Bible.

      July 17, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • Sheila

      The laws regarding animals/creatures that can be eaten and those that cannot which were applied by the Hebrews, were there to teach the difference between what is unclean and clean, referring to distinguishing between sinful and holy behavior. If you read through the bible and studied it well, you would know that. Interesting to note though, that a number of the creatures listed are scavengers, such as buzzards, eagles, sharks, catfish (fish without scales), pigs, etc. If you think of what they eat, it is probably a good idea to abstain from them...however, if you eat in Faith....

      July 17, 2011 at 1:23 am |
    • morgan painter

      You were mistaken about Mark 9:43, it clearly is referring to your OWN hand or foot.

      "And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:"

      If your own hand offends YOU cut if off. There is no mention here of a thief.

      This is a good example of how misunderstanding of bible verses is spread. Please read more carefully in the future and do not let people tell you what a verse says.

      July 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Andrew bolton

      Oh yah. Since eve tempted Adam. Maybe chauvinism is the way men gets back at women. All religions are run or started mostly by males. Did that not strike anyone?

      July 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • Andrew bolton

      The moral if the story. Man fell becos the woman listens to the serpent and in turn man listen to the woman. In conclusion, that also seems to imply that woman have more temptations and man's only temptation is woman. Which is why woman should listen to man. God is also male. If not calling him father is very inappropriate.

      July 18, 2011 at 1:14 am |
    • Mike

      chrisg510

      Sorry but I think we are going to stone you! Cutting of your hands may be kinda fun too :)

      July 20, 2011 at 1:19 am |
  2. chrisg510

    Opponents of equal rights for all aren’t defending the Bible’s/religious values. They’re using the Bible/religion to defend their hatred.

    July 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  3. I live for God

    For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Matt 12:40

    I haven't read any of the comments so this may have already been posted somewhere but my bible says Jonah was in the belly of the whale so I'm not sure what bible this guy is reading but he can look this up in the King James Version and find it.

    July 16, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  4. Esther David

    On the comment about the serpent in the Garden of Eden, tempting Eve, that was Satan right there because in Revelations 20:2 depicts the Dragon, that "old Serpent" which is the Devil and Satan makes you understand that Satan was right there in the beginning of time tempting Mother Eve...so that is TRUE and not fiction as some think. Missionary E. David

    July 16, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  5. John

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSvqMBj-ig&w=640&h=390]
    !!

    July 16, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • .....

      5th TROLL ALERT- don't bother viewing this garbage, click the report abuse link.

      July 21, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  6. Chris

    To all non belivers...Your comments, rational, and questioning of God is an indication that you are still not certain in your beliefs or lack of beliefs. You and I are free to think or believe whatever we desire but not believing does not mean God don't exist. I can make this one promise to all whether you admit it or not, you will NEVER have peace in your mind about God and who He is until you accept Him. It's a gift from God to each of us that until our last breath He wants you to know Him. God bless each of you

    July 16, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • Another Chris

      There is no evidence of God's existence. There are many instances in the Bible that contradict itself, it is riddled with mistranslated language, and the historic accounts are nothing more than mythology [because it was written by men]. Did you know that the Jewish people used to be polytheistic? They only became monotheistic after they were defeated and spread across the Middle-east. In fact, they began to worship their God of War, Yahweh out of vengeance. That is why the Old Testament is riddled with so much blood violence. I just rather not be involved with such a tyrannical organization like organized religion.

      July 16, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • Scott

      Yes not just god but unicorns and faires too

      July 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Chris

      You said "To all non belivers...Your comments, rational, and questioning of God is an indication that you are still not certain in your beliefs or lack of beliefs."
      On the contrary, I am absolutely certain that the christian god does not exist. It is absolutely impossible for any being to be both omniscient and omnipotent. Ergo, your god is a figment.

      You said "You and I are free to think or believe whatever we desire but not believing does not mean God don't exist."
      While it is true that I can't prove that there are no gods; since there is no evidence any of them interact in any way with reality as we experience it, it is unrealistic to assume there are any. Rational evaluation of the attributes of your god, shows, without a shadow of a doubt, that he doesn't exist. I say that with 100%, absolute certainty.

      Believing in the christian god is irrational.

      You said "I can make this one promise to all whether you admit it or not, you will NEVER have peace in your mind about God and who He is until you accept Him. It's a gift from God to each of us that until our last breath He wants you to know Him. God bless each of you"
      If I find peace to be elusive, it is most likely because believers refuse to leave me in it.

      The shackles that bind you are of your own making. If you open your mind and let reason in, you will be set free.

      July 18, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  7. Dan the Red

    Perhaps Ditka was referring to Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33

    "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." Close enough for me.

    July 16, 2011 at 8:46 am |
    • Michelle Donn

      I like your keep it simple "sharing" on this topic. The ideology of "it doesn't say that verbatim" is legalist surface thinking it seems to me. Genesis doesn't even have one author and is Hebrew - obviously old Test. - in origin. I don't know what book some people are reading. I still think Eve gets a bad rap and is a bit player in the larger meaning of the supposed ancestry of the Lord started here :-) At the end of the day though, I'm w. you and your summing up of the topic.

      July 16, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  8. Fr.Griggs

    Why would a rational person want to worship anyway? We have no moral obligation to do so! No God can possibly exist!

    July 16, 2011 at 6:37 am |
    • Fr.Griggs

      How could a square circle exist? Google and study the ignostic-Ockham, which shows Him as that square cirlce and a useless redundancy, the sophist Alvin Plantinga notwithstanding; the presumption of naturalism, which shows that natural causes and explanations suffice; arguments about Him-that square circle,w hich shows arguments- Timothy Keller's clues- fail;and the problem of Heaven, which shows that were there God, He's face that one-way street of having to have put us into a safer place in the first place and -never changing that. Yes, that one-way street,because we owe Him nothing and contrary to Paul, we are not His clay to do with as He wishes! Google also skeptic griggsy and Lamberth's argument from autonomy,please
      http;//fathergriggs. wordpress.com

      July 16, 2011 at 6:47 am |
  9. Brandon

    Talking snakes, talking donkeys, demonic pigs, unicorns, dragons, magic, raising the dead, parting the sea, healing the sick, monsters, demons, angels, ghost, etc... The next Harry Potter movie? Nope, the Bible. Believe that you want, but when you get on your high horse and tell the rest of us that we're wrong not to believe that you do, then you clearly haven't gotten it through to your thick skull that the Bible is yet another version of all mythologies that came before. There's power in myth, but do understand that it's a myth. I mean come on...the story of Adam and Eve is clearly a story / lesson about obedience.

    July 16, 2011 at 4:21 am |
    • LukeH

      It teaches a lesson, so it can't possibly be true. Well said.

      July 16, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  10. Rock God

    The Bible was written by people. Very silly people.

    July 16, 2011 at 3:44 am |
  11. RogindaUP

    Only three things I know for certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt: 1. Christ lives. 2. He saved me from a wretched life of misery. 3. It takes an awful lot of faith to be an atheist.

    July 16, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • So be it.

      Nobody can save another until one decided to save oneself. So it's rather u saving yourself. Christ only lended you a hand.

      July 16, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • CD

      We cannot save anyone, Only by Gods grace are we saved,Ephesians 2:8

      July 16, 2011 at 2:50 am |
    • Scott

      No it doesn’t take any faith at all because there is lots of evidence that god does not exist. For example instead of being incinerated by lightning Howard Camping only gets a small stroke

      July 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  12. Captain atheist

    I have been dead for a million years until I came. Before I came I need not god or heaven. Fear no sins, hell and devil. That really is the heaven for me – extracted by another post by someone else.

    July 16, 2011 at 1:27 am |
    • CD

      ok how were you dead if you were not alive at sometime?? and for a random one million years? Trust me we all need God, all i need is God, one day all the faithful will be in heaven, I don't fear sin and Jesus defeated sin on the cross, i don't fear satan, i dont fear hell,( im very broken about the poeple who are there and who are going to be there). because i am a child of the most high God!! i long for everyone else to be also but it breaks my heart that alot or some wont be, thats some of my beliefs if you cant tell im a Saint of the Most high God , called to be holy, righteous and to be sanctified.. but i am only human

      July 16, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  13. Captain atheist

    A perfect being will be able to make a perfect choice. If you read earlier posts by others. If Adam and eve dun even know wat evil is until they eat from the tree. How would they know the serpent to be evil? How would they know disobedience is evil. How the hell is evil anyway? A death sentence for disobedience very much contradict the idea of love and repentance.

    July 16, 2011 at 1:16 am |
    • CD

      the Bible never says they knew the serpent was evil,they didnt know evil, they werent slaves to sin, after they ate the fruit they became slaves to sin, they knew that God said not to eat from a tree and they did it, so they knew it was not allowed to eat from the tree, so before they ate they knew not to and were not slaves to sin, then ate and were. i see where you are coming from if they were made perfect then why did they chose imperfectness, because they were perfect. just because your perfect doesnt mean you can chose to be imperfect, satan tricked them to be imperfect because he hates God and we are made from the likiness of God, he wants to destroy all things of God because he was jealuos of God he wanted to be higher then God and rule over all well God rules over all.. there are some loose ends in there but i made it simple.

      July 16, 2011 at 1:32 am |
    • arthur lee davis

      Amen, To That One, Captain .
      You and me are able to see those values in your statement .

      July 16, 2011 at 1:48 am |
    • So be it.

      If a perfect being can't even make the most simple and correct decision over their diet. They are a failure. Simply phase one and they are already out of the ring.

      July 16, 2011 at 1:55 am |
    • So be it.

      God already said he gave free will becos he doesn't want robots. If u obey him like a robot. Would he still want you. You merely contradict the very free will that he has put in place by crippling it.

      July 16, 2011 at 2:01 am |
    • So be it.

      Think of the number of people who died who refused medicines becos they believe a fairy up there would heal them. Is that obedience blind or pure?

      July 16, 2011 at 2:03 am |
    • CD

      ok.. well i love God, he created me by his grace and mercy he has saved me, i chose not as a robot but though love to God to serve him, by no means i compare God to this but for example if your wife doesnt want you to cheat on her and you do first off that relatonship will be horrable and second do you think she is gonna let you in her house etc ... the poeple on here try to find every excuse to deny God, i know God is real i cant prove that to you, one day by Gods grace you feel the presence of the God you will know, i can debate all day but untill you say "i do" to Jesus, you will not understand what i talk about. Glory be to God forever and ever!

      July 16, 2011 at 2:25 am |
    • Gordon

      I am an atheist too, but I have no problem with people who believe in hocus pocus. Humanity has had religion throughout civilization's time on Earth. If someone wants to believe in that stuff it doesnt bother me. If it bothers you then you are insecure and no amount of b.s. can hide the fact that "Captain Atheist" is insecure...

      July 16, 2011 at 3:59 am |
    • Brandon

      Talking snakes, talking donkeys, demonic pigs, unicorns, dragons, magic, raising the dead, parting the sea, healing the sick, monsters, demons, angels, ghost, etc... The next Harry Potter movie? Nope, the Bible. Believe that you want, but when you get on your high horse and tell the rest of us that we're wrong not to believe that you do, then you clearly haven't gotten it through to your thick skull that the Bible is yet another version of all mythologies that came before. There's power in myth, but do understand that it's a myth. I mean come on...the story of Adam and Eve is clearly a story / lesson about obedience.

      July 16, 2011 at 4:20 am |
    • kelehe

      Gordon "If someone wants to believe in that stuff it doesnt bother me. If it bothers you then you are insecure"

      Believing in "that stuff" isn't harmless. It validates inhumane actions and guides people to not act in ways that are best for society. Being "bothered" by people believing in false tales that are used to cause harm to others is a concept that should spread. Standing up for rational thought is not insecure, it is the humane thing to do.

      July 16, 2011 at 5:42 am |
  14. Captain atheist

    A robot with free will that obeys 100% is a perfect masterpiece. I supposed god gets a really big kick whenever it happens when you choose his will over your own. Your free will is in fact a handicap.

    July 16, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • CD

      ok... shouldnt we obey the One who created us, who are we to disobey the One who created us, shouldnt we obey and praise God who by mercy and grace created us, who are we to to challenge God??thats is one of my responses, God is a God of love he is not making us do anything, living in obedience to God we are fulfilled though him, now i know you will be angry with me but nothing in this world will ever make anyone happy, not one thing, thank God that he has mercy and grace and hasnt destroyed us in our sin and disobedience.

      July 16, 2011 at 1:07 am |
  15. Andrew bolton

    If god only make good everyone at the end days. It clearly shows that we are all living in his mistake as a result of our mistakes. You dun need to correct something unless it is a mistake to begin with.

    July 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • CD

      adam and eve chose to be slaves of sin, God was,is and choses to be perfect. you can believe satan all you want, what was just said is fact. Glory to God forever and ever amen!!

      July 16, 2011 at 1:11 am |
  16. Common Sense

    Okay so the exact phrase isn't there, but the message is.

    July 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • velomatt

      Whose message? Yours? or perhaps what you want to hear. Can we please mohttp://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/img/3.0/1px.gifve beyond the most overrated, misquoted, out-of-date, ideological, dogmatic piece of pulp?!?!?!

      July 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  17. Laura

    The God of the Bible has been "around" forever. And other religions have been around longer than the Christian faith, because He didn't send Jesus into the world until a few millenia ago.

    July 15, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  18. CD

    i agree they have been around longer then "christanity" but im refering to God, he has been around for ever (that was my mistake) The Holy Bible states that in Genesis.God was,is and will be forever. He has been around longer then those.

    July 15, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • Suzette

      Im sorry CD, but "God is, was and is forever" is not in Genesis. The whole point of this article was misquoting the scripture. I think the scripture you are referring to is in Revelations 1:8 I am Alpha, and Omega, the beginning and the ending saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

      July 16, 2011 at 1:48 am |
    • CD

      ya i worded that wrong sorry im refering to a differnt point but u confirmed what i said thank you

      July 16, 2011 at 2:40 am |
  19. BOB

    John Blake corrects the notion that Eve ate 'an apple'. But his credibility dissipates from doing what he castigates others for: misusing biblical texts. Friends, don't let anybody steal your soul especially a hotshot CNN writer who prides himself in shades of gray.

    July 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  20. John

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSvqMBj-ig&w=640&h=390]
    #-

    July 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
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      6th TROLL ALERT- don't bother viewing this garbage, click the report abuse link.

      July 21, 2011 at 8:58 am |
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