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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 • Evangelical • Faith

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  1. Trewth

    As ussual the anti-God activsts are completely misinformed and dont put forth any effort to research. Insert foot in mouth please.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:18 am |
    • Chris

      Why do we have to put research in? You're the one believing. The burden of proof is on you, buddy.

      June 6, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  2. scam

    So many ignorants here

    June 6, 2011 at 7:17 am |
  3. Bill Graham of Jacksonville, FL

    I went to seminary and bible college a long time ago. My professors prided themselves on interpreting everything accurately and using a precise biblical hermeneutic. Yet, they did things with the scripture sometimes that defied explanation. This primarily centered around eschatology, but it wasn't limited to that field of study. I remember hearing them talk about the serpent in the Garden of Eden. I'm not sure whether I heard them say it was Satan.

    One thing I don't remember is getting a solid biblical foundation in the book of Genesis. When it comes to literal interpretation, most evangelical Christians are apt to say they interpret Genesis literally, but that is not a well thought out position. As I quickly found out with a German professor, it's not wise to say that you interpret Genesis literally. The first thing he did was ask what God meant when he said, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Did Adam and Eve die when they ate the fruit? Of course not, the death was spiritual, not literal. The moment I said that, I realized I could no longer be so dismissive of a non-literal interpretation of Genesis. It was painful at the time, but extremely healthy.

    In the years that followed, I decided that my so-called Christian way of looking at the book of Genesis had limited my understanding of the book. I decided to study the book from a Jewish perspective. Therefore, I invested in works by Jewish authors. What an eye opener. I realized that the first chapter of Genesis was written with a technique called synthetic parallelism, a technique I thought was limited to the psalms. I also realized a study of the text in Hebrew would shed a completely different light on the meaning of certain words such as "created," which really means that God made the world fat, not from nothing but from chaos.

    Still, I have to say that the authors of this article come off as a bit smug in their superior knowledge of the bible. All of us are at different stages of discovery. The authors also complain of the many versions of the bible available today, but the King James was based on the Textus Receptus, which was main manuscript extant in 1611. Since then, we've uncovered older Greek manuscripts that may be more accurate. Furthermore, small parts of the King James are in no extant manuscript and the translation was based on an understanding of Ancient Greek that was subject to a great deal of misunderstanding.

    Since the publication of the King James Bible, scholarship has advanced. We've made huge discoveries about our biblical roots and, of course, let us not forget the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. All of these have advanced biblical scholarship since 1611 by leaps and bounds. What's more, more people read today than in 1611 or ealier. So I agree that the best person to interpret the bible is the individual. We don't need a priest, a monk or a scholar to tell us what to think. On the other hand, they do lend a very useful hand sometimes. Sometimes we need to look outside of our own ability to understand things to understand them better. That is where I find the experts indispensible, but even experts can be misguided, and they have been many times.

    Before I close, I have to say that one of the most incredible interpretations of the bible I ever read was in the 22nd and 24th chapters of East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck didn't hold a literal interpretation of Genesis at all. In fact, I think it's safe to say that he believed in evolution. Nevertheless, I can tell he believed in the greater truths of the bible. One of those truths concerned the story of Cain and Abel. I encourage you to read East of Eden alongside that story sometime. You'll see what I mean. He had a better understanding of that story than any bible scholar I've ever listened to. It just goes to show that the bible scholars don't know it all.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • Voice

      Umm. Adam and eve did die. God never said it would be immediate

      June 6, 2011 at 7:31 am |
    • Ojay

      Actually they did die, not suddenly, but before Adam and Eve ate of the fruit there was no death. It is becasue Adam and Eve ate of that Fruit that we to this day still die. Once Jesus and god return and all evil is wiped out we shall again have ever lasting life.

      June 6, 2011 at 7:33 am |
    • anonym

      wait. hold up Ojay.

      when jesus and god return, we shall have everlasting life?

      will my dog live forever too ?

      haha. that totally goes against science. Everything dies- animals, plants, microbes.
      jesus and god will make everything immortal ?

      June 6, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • Stewart

      Thank-you! As a practicing Jew, we read the whole of the "old" testament every year. Every year it means something different and more. We think that's the point. Chaim Potok, the renowned writer and rabbi, once said the Bible contains musings on the great "4 O'Clock in the morning" questions–the ones that wake you up at night. Anyone who reads the text carefully will realize that much comparision, thinking, interpolation, extrapolation, etc., is necessary to produce meaning from a very non-literal text, and sometimes too-literal text. Steinbeck is a great example. A good friend accompanied me to services one day, where we read about the laws of the jubilee, and was bemused by how much nitty-gritty was in there. It's a rich resource, but was written in human language, so it will always be restricted by the limitations of thought, which never soars as high as spirit. Yet we try...

      June 6, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • Al Russell

      This is a well thought out and finely organized post, one of the best I've read from the Christian point of view. Though I revere the right of every individual to hold their own beliefs, I have to confess that I often cringe from the unexamined arguments from some of the folks on these types of threads. Thanks for making me see your side. More importantly, thank you for making me WANT to see your side.

      June 6, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • Virginia

      Any relation to the Reverand Graham ? It's nice to get an intelligent reply to some of the Bibles most difficult subjects, instead of these other idiotic ramblings. Thank you for this great reply I enjoyed reading it.

      June 6, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  4. timothy

    The Holy Spirit or if you prefer the Holy Ghost. We need him.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  5. sinbot

    Good thing people work to muck up your polls right? Any Christians or otherwise who wonder why the poll is as it is might want to follow that link ad tell them why they are wrong.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/hs6gh/is_the_bible_a_work_of_fiction_make_sure_to_vote/

    June 6, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  6. debbie blain

    "He who spareth the rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him correcteth him betimes" (Proverbs 13:24) and "Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from hell." (Proverbs 23:13-14)

    June 6, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  7. Alfred Brock

    Actually – this simplistic reading of the Bible and its ancient stories is as ridiculous as the strained and perverted views of Joseph Campbell.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:10 am |
  8. Hannah J. Paul

    The Bible throughout refers to the creature that swallowed Jonah as a fish or great fish. Even Jesus, at Matthew 12:42 (written in the koine or common Greek of the first century) describes Jonah as being in the belly of the great fish. The Greek word there refers to a large sea creature, so Jesus does not say whale.

    As for Satan being the serpent in the Garden of Eden, while this name (meaning resister) is not found in the Genesis account, it is certainly found elsewhere and clearly identifies Satan as the original serpent. Revelation 12:9, 20:2, and 2 Corinthians 11:3 all link Satan to the serpent in the Garden of Eden.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:07 am |
    • believer

      KJV Mathew 12:40 (not 42) = Jesus speaking = whale. (in English, not Greek)

      June 6, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  9. scam

    Why do you loose your time with all these lies, the concept of god was invented by humans to enslave other humans.
    If American society finally got rid of god, it would be better off

    June 6, 2011 at 7:07 am |
    • David

      Why do you try to deceive yourself with that. Buy the truth, and do not sell it.

      June 6, 2011 at 7:11 am |
    • j.del

      becos that worked so well for the people living under the Soviet Union, Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge and the other atheistic regimes out there, right? B careful what u wish for

      June 6, 2011 at 7:15 am |
    • 2+2=5

      See before I could post someone already tossed up their propaganda from the Church how convenient, I could set a clock to these people's opinions, that is how you know they are just assuming.

      June 6, 2011 at 7:19 am |
    • KlausVos

      j.del
      they removed religion because it was a threat to their power, something that people could unite against them under, it competed with the state
      they didn't eliminate it because they though atheism was better, but because religion was bad for their power
      they did the same thing with any group that opposed them

      June 6, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  10. David

    Good night everybody!

    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
    18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

    June 6, 2011 at 7:06 am |
  11. mojo

    Who the F cares what the stupid fictional work says

    June 6, 2011 at 7:05 am |
    • j.del

      Did your computer cursor force you to click on this story? If not, ure just a troll, and a sad troll, that too!

      June 6, 2011 at 7:18 am |
    • N

      Well it can at least be respected as an historical text that has served millions for centuries...that is quite amazing...not just like reading the next summer bestseller...

      June 6, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  12. TheQuietMan

    Whether a passage is pure fantasy or it is actually found found in a book based on pure fantasy, there is ultimately very lottle difference. You think?

    June 6, 2011 at 7:02 am |
    • 2+2=5

      Thanks, amazing they refuse to seek evidence that science has as proof of the things they deny, and here they are basing their religious views on faith without even reading the damn book like I have. How adorable are these folks? I realize you work and have no time, but just ADMIT IT FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIVES!!! You are not intelligent people and if anything, this weird case of not reading your damn book and spreading your lies about it never mind the fact that it's historically false, I mean!!! What are we smoking in 2011? Ready for this? All the humanitarian work these groups do is simply to spread their propaganda, I watched a lecture where one of these freaks called Haiti an "Evil" nation for not following their beliefs, and this is AFTER they tried stealing kids over there and throwing plenty of taxpayers forfeited money at the problem, why? because its political, they are dying out and need followers like.....well.....like the world is going to end...go figure. IDIOTS!!! NEXT.........

      June 6, 2011 at 7:07 am |
    • scam

      right, this story is a pure fantasy... and so dangerous

      June 6, 2011 at 7:10 am |
    • j.del

      2+2+5 – you don't go out much often, do you?

      June 6, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  13. Ike

    Why not post WHAT the bible says? Are you interested in teaching people what is right or??? This sounds very anti-GOD and anti-Christian. May GOD open your eyes to the truth.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:01 am |
    • 2+2=5

      Hurry!!! ATTACK!!!! because people tell the truth!!! Hurry!!!

      June 6, 2011 at 7:02 am |
    • KlausVos

      Ooh, the big scary people who want other people to study your religion are going to destroy it... by making... people want to... read it... ?...
      seriously, if an article about how people misquote the bible and don't read it enough is threatening to your religion, then maybe you need to rethink what your religion is saying
      I'm an theist and I read the bible all the time (well maybe not ALL the time, but I do read it) and there are some gruesome stories in there
      there's some good stuff, especially in the new testament, but the old testament is just one long gorefest for god

      June 6, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  14. FairGarden

    Religion aims morality and secularism aims immorality. Reconciliation is impossible. Don't expect peace on earth.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:01 am |
    • Andrew

      You must be joking! So much torture, death and destruction has been perpetrated in the name of religion over the centuries? You call that morality?

      June 6, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • j.del

      andrew – and so much torture, death and destruction in getting people to stop following religion...guess people will do whatever they want, weather there is a God or not....
      and both of you...stop pontificating...its just an article that tells people to read what they say comes from a book millions have used and still use...

      June 6, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • KlausVos

      j.del
      name two instances where torture has happened on any scale to get people in the name of atheism
      Authoritarian regimes don't count because that's for the dictator, not atheism
      go ahead, try it

      June 6, 2011 at 7:33 am |
    • j.del

      KlausVos – "Authoritarian regimes don't count because that's for the dictator, not atheism" – same argument can be used for religious regimes run by kings in the past – its for the king and his cohorts using religion, not religion per se that is responsible (well lets assume Christianity cos we both knw we ain't discussing another religion here)

      June 6, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  15. Nate

    A very poorly researched and shallowly reasoned article. To say that the Bible doesn't say something just because people are paraphrasing is not a correct view of communicating a scriptural message accurately. Biblical passages are allegorical and there is heavy use of parables. The bible may not be written in the modern tongue, but it is not incorrect to convey its messages in modern language.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • 2+2=5

      Denial denial denial. Next....

      June 6, 2011 at 7:02 am |
    • KlausVos

      I'm confused at why you don't like this article, all it's saying is that people should be more careful about what they attribute to the bible and actually read it if you want to quote it
      how is that at all bad in general or for religion?
      oh, right, the bible is full of gruesome killings by god, genocide, and numerous atrocities committed in gods name
      not the stuff of sunday school and bedtime prayers

      June 6, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  16. Yert

    Proverbs 4:20 – "Leave no turn unstoned"

    June 6, 2011 at 6:54 am |
    • anonym

      hahahahahaha

      4:20 is all you need to remember

      June 6, 2011 at 7:34 am |
  17. Candi Tomlinson

    Dear John
    The Ditka "Bible" quote you reference is actually from AA and Al-Anon.
    Have a nice day.
    Sincerely, Candi

    June 6, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  18. John Sharp

    I can not believe in this day and age we are still discussing this silly book.
    Eventually these people will grow up and stop believing in fairies and Santa Claus.
    When it does happen we will all be safer.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:53 am |
    • David

      Does this sound silly: The amoeba turned into a fish, then it jumped on earth and became a lizard, the lizard turned into monkey and then you, Talking about fairy tales. It is unbelievable what people believe once they reject the truth.

      June 6, 2011 at 7:00 am |
    • Non-Christian

      What are you, a pagan? Religion is a much bigger thing than you obviously think, and by calling it a fairytale, you not only insult Christianity, but every other religion.

      June 6, 2011 at 7:07 am |
    • scam

      Oh yes, Santa Claus is a good guy in fairy tales, not god, it is the bad

      June 6, 2011 at 7:15 am |
    • Shawn

      There is no arguing about someone's beliefs. People can believe anything; wasn't the world flat a few (6ish) hundred years ago?

      You can only argue about knowledge. Knowledge and Belief are completely different; opposites actually. The more knowledge you have, the less you have to rely on faith to fill the gaps!

      June 6, 2011 at 7:23 am |
    • KlausVos

      David, that is a gross over-simplification
      I have no issue with you not accepting hundreds of years of science, evidence, and logical conjecture (well I do, but not a big one), but at least understand what you're arguing against
      learning about evolution, abiogenesis, and big bang theory will allow you to argue against them much more effectively and it's always good to know and understand the other side
      just like the fake bible quote "know thine enemy" ;)

      you're gross oversimplification has been refuted a thousand times, it's not worth explaining the discrepancies to you
      you can start with wikipedia, that should give you background, then work your way through other resources and come back when you understand evolution
      then we can debate it

      June 6, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  19. Anthony

    This article is ridiculous!
    There are little things they mess up (yes, there is good biblical evidence to identify the Eden snake with Satan), but what is truly abhorrent is the conclusion:

    Blame the protestant reformation. Now that common people read the bible and don't depend on a "scholar," they often misquote it and don't understand it. Really?! First off, bad argument, but second off, historically inaccurate. Shall we remember the days before the reformation when 90% of Christian practice was stuff "scholars" made up which was not only not present in the Bible, but clearly contrary to it!

    I'd much rather hear an occasional misquote then return to a system where I am paying money so my grandpa can get out of purgatory a few months sooner (which is not only unbiblical, but antibiblical). The problem isn't that common people can read the bible, it is that they can read the bible but don't because they already think they know what it says!

    June 6, 2011 at 6:51 am |
    • 2+2=5

      Yeah I bet you can find all the excuses in the world for these people. They love God, the book is their favorite to quote, none of them have read it, in fact, I'd say more athiests or just in general different cultured people, read it more then its own followers, how pathetic is that? reminds me of their politics too, never ever researching anything, partly out of laziness, and partly out of the embarrassment of being wrong, it's all good though buddy, just pass it down to your kids so we can deal with them too later in life. Great work your doing here. Righteous.

      June 6, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  20. David

    This is for you, and the real reason why you don't come to God. But you can change all that right now. Just pray to him and ask him in your heart.

    18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

    June 6, 2011 at 6:49 am |
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