Actually, that's not in the Bible
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. Fiona

    The author is incorrectly equating aphorisms and simplifications of quotations with " faux scripture.". Too many generalizations here, and too much skewing the facts to fit the premise. Pah!

    July 10, 2011 at 2:49 am |
    • carlie

      I completely agree! As I'm reading it, my jaw drops to the floor. He's basically saying if I paraphrase that Jesus expired on two pieces of wood nailed together to keep the world from going to hell, then that is not in the Bible. Are you kidding me? No i can't quote the bible in English because i read it first in french and i would have to translate the verses i memorized. but if i did, what i say is in the bible even if its not a direct quotation.

      July 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  2. confusedashell

    Man > White Jesus> God, why not Man > God?

    July 10, 2011 at 12:26 am |
  3. Muneef

    The Bible, the Quran, and Science
    by Dr. Maurice Bucaille
    Translated from French
    by Alastair D. Pannell and The Author

    In his objective study of the texts, Maurice Bucaille clears' away many preconceived ideas about the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Quran. He tries, in this collection of Writings, to separate what belongs to Revelation from what is the product of error or human interpretation. His study sheds new light on the Holy Scriptures. At the end of a gripping account, he places the Believer before a point of cardinal importance: the continuity of a Revelation emanating from the same God, with modes of expression that differ in the course of time. It leads us to meditate upon those factors which, in our day, should spiritually unite rather than divide-Jews, Christians and Muslims.

    The results of his research into the Judeo-Christian Revelation and the Quran are set out in this book.

    The Bible,the Quran and Science .
    Dr. Maurice Bucaille

    July 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • limety

      muslim killing muslim,chritians killing chritians,hindus killing hindus etc,etc.brothers killing brothers ,mothers killing children,fathers pimping their own daughters and all the crap and how the hell will your so called barking bucaile unite the lying,cheating,farting humans sans humane of this world where even gods have failed.we all are doomed save your philos for the next damnation.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:55 am |
    • Muneef

      Yep some people seeding these disputes among them to have them fight against each other otherwise how would the Arms producing factories make a living if all of them went into peace...? Haven't you asked your self this question and given it a thought for a while...!?

      July 10, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • AvdBerg

      Spiritual Truth.
      Unless mankind repents (changing of Spirits – Acts 26:18) mankind is unable to understand the Bible as it is spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:14). For a better understanding what mankind must do to be able to understand the Bible we invite you to read all the pages and articles of our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca
      For a better understanding of the teachings of the Quran we invite you to read the article World History and Developments in the Middle East listed on our website.

      July 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  4. John


    July 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  5. Muneef

    [Divisions in our world – Not the Result of Religion-Karen Armstrong talks German journalist, Andrea Bistrich]  .
    Western people have a responsibility for everybody who is suffering in
    the world.
    The divisions in our world are not the result of religion or of
    culture, but are politically based.
    The three religions of Abraham - Judaism, Christianity and Islam -
    can and should be viewed as one religious tradition that went in three
    different directions.  

    July 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  6. AvdBerg

    Our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca has detailed information that will explain what mankind must do to be able to understand the deep hidden mysteries of the Bible .

    July 9, 2011 at 6:32 am |
  7. John


    July 8, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
    • ....

      ""`don't bothering viewing this garbage, click the report abuse link to get rid of this troll.

      July 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  8. Bill

    Actually, this one is close enough:
    Proverbs 23:13-14 (NIV)
    13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
    if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
    14 Punish them with the rod
    and save them from death.

    July 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • Scott

      Well, my mother was a devout christian and she punished me with the rod and I did not die. In fact every mother's day, to demonstrate my appreciation for the careful christian upbringing, I am the first one at the cemetery just as they open, and visit her grave, and PEE on it.

      July 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  9. Joan G

    Once I got to the part about Jonah I stopped reading this..clearly the 'journalist' doesn't know how to research his story and artilce is written to mislead. The 3 wisemen are called Magi (means wisemen) and they left the 3 gifts, that is probably why it was assumed there were 3 due to the gifts, it could have been 10! You put just enough that people will assume no mention is made of the wisemen – see Matthew 2-1 through 2-12.

    here are the old/new parts of the testimont about Jonah. This 'journalist' desefves a 'D' on this poorly researched paper.

    Jonah 1:17
    Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.
    And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

    Matthew 12:40
    "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah 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".. Jesus

    July 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • carlie

      The author is doing the work of his father, the father of lies.

      July 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  10. Noble9

    Which part of the Bible said it was okay to torture and murder my ancestors in order to force them to worship a foreign god from the Arabian desert?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Muneef

      Who were your ancestors ? Which part of the continent and what they used to worship ?

      July 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  11. Context

    People disagree with the Bible because it gives them rules and regulations on how to live. Just like a child and thier parents. We are all disobedient, rebellious children of God.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Noble9

      Or maybe people don't care about a god from the Middle East and his supposed son, Yeshua bin Yusef.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • Scott

      No! I was raised christian and my first hint that something was wrong was not getting strict rules to live by: but, CONFLICTING
      rules to live by:
      1. God is satisfied with his works
      Gen 1:31
      God is dissatisfied with his works.
      Gen 6:6
      2. God dwells in chosen temples
      2 Chron 7:12,16
      God dwells not in temples
      Acts 7:48
      3. God dwells in light
      Tim 6:16
      God dwells in darkness
      1 Kings 8:12/ Ps 18:11/ Ps 97:2
      4. God is seen and heard
      Ex 33:23/ Ex 33:11/ Gen 3:9,10/ Gen 32:30/ Is 6:1/
      Ex 24:9-11
      God is invisible and cannot be heard
      John 1:18/ John 5:37/ Ex 33:20/ 1 Tim 6:16
      5. God is tired and rests
      Ex 31:17
      God is never tired and never rests
      Is 40:28
      6. God is everywhere present, sees and knows all things
      Prov 15:3/ Ps 139:7-10/ Job 34:22,21
      God is not everywhere present, neither sees nor knows all
      Gen 11:5/ Gen 18:20,21/ Gen 3:8
      7. God knows the hearts of men
      Acts 1:24/ Ps 139:2,3
      God tries men to find out what is in their heart
      Deut 13:3/ Deut 8:2/ Gen 22:12
      8. God is all powerful
      Jer 32:27/ Matt 19:26
      God is not all powerful
      Judg 1:19
      9. God is unchangeable
      James 1:17/ Mal 3:6/ Ezek 24:14/ Num 23:19
      God is changeable
      Gen 6:6/ Jonah 3:10/ 1 Sam 2:30,31/ 2 Kings 20:1,4,5,6/
      Ex 33:1,3,17,14
      10. God is just and impartial
      Ps 92:15/ Gen 18:25/ Deut 32:4/ Rom 2:11/ Ezek 18:25
      God is unjust and partial
      Gen 9:25/ Ex 20:5/ Rom 9:11-13/ Matt 13:12

      July 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  12. j

    the Bible is meant to be read as a whole. all of it is for us, but not all is to us. who is speaking? who is being spoken to? when is it being said?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  13. Capitol of Texas far removed

    Great care must be taken when removing any part of an important text to quote it because you then separate it from it's context. For example:

    2 Hesitations 4:3 (‘There are no internal combustion engines in heaven’) may be true but you then forget 1 Motivations 3:15 "And Jesus built my Hotrod".

    Pleasant weekend to all.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • j

      nice. i like this. hope you have a great weekend too.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  14. MacK

    Can we all agree on one thing? Muneef has a complex.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Muneef

      Yep you are right I have a complex and you have corn flex ....haha

      July 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  15. Disciple Mikey

    I agree somewhat with Tim. It's unwise to quote a scripture or judge the way someone else quotes one unless you yourself have read the bible in its entirety to understand its theme and second, consider the hebrew and greek translations of the word to know how they were rendered when they were actually spoken. Only then will the Bible's message be clear enough to examine god's thoughts and his will.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  16. Darren J Seeley

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

    Strange, then, how the book of Revelations gives Satan the nickname 'The Old Serpent' (12:9) and 'the ancient serpent' (20:2). Furthermore, Mr. Dunn seemed to forgotten about Ezekiel 28:12-17 which concerned the fall of Lucifer (Satan). Or more to the poiint, he didn't read the bible enough, perhaps?

    July 8, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • Revelation John

      @ Darren. The book of revelations was written by a John (not the same as the apostle, btw) about 50-100 AD, 800 years after Genesis was compiled and edited by the exiled Israelites in Babylon. It was the author of Revelations that equated the serpent to satan.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Siobhan

      @Darren you can't compare Genesis and Revelations. They have 2 different authors and 2 different purposes. The whole bible for that matter wasn't necessarily written as a continuous story book but actually different stories with different writters and different agendas. What most people fail to realize is the bible is a book made by man but I personally don't believe the writers intended it to apply to 2011 Darren nor could have possibly known of your existence and that what was law and common in their day is not necessarily applicable to today. Just me my 2 cents.

      ~From the mouth of a devout Baptist

      July 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Fred

      Darren, you are 100% right. These two who dispute your answer can't even get the name of the book right, so what do they know? It's Revelation, not "revelations."
      As for the story of Jonah and the whale, it was no less than Jesus himself who referred to it as a "whale" in the New Testament. Look it up.

      July 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Reyes

      And Fred... Revelaation is not the original name of the final book of the new testament. The original name was the Apocolypse of John. Only in translation has been changed to the Book of Revelation. And someone adding an S to the end of the word is far less of an an issue than to compare 2 pieces of literature, one hebrew and one greek writting a thousand years apart as having the same meaning. Give it a rest. Your god is ashamed of you for being so petty.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Qoheleth

      You are compounding one error with another. Nowhere in the bible is Lucifer identified with Satan. Lucifer is mentioned only once in the KJV, in Isaiah 14, and reading that in context makes clear that "Lucifer" refers to the king of Babylon, a human king, not a demonic one. Satan is, of course, mentioned many times in the bible, but not associated with that one and only mention of Lucifer, nor is Satan even mentioned anywhere in Isaiah.

      In fairness, you're hardly the first to make that mistake. The idea that Lucifer and Satan are one and the same was popularized by John Milton in Paradise Lost, but that only further illustrates the author's point about things which many people "know" to be in the Bible not actually being there.

      Even worse, Ezekiel 28:12-17 mentions neither Lucifer nor Satan; it is Ezekiel's prophecy against the king of Tyrus, a different human king.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Ian N.

      Hi Darren
      Please consider how they describe the serpent in Genesis and in other areas of the Bible. It was nothing more than an animal, in which God gave the ability to speak (i.e. the same as Balaam's donkey in Numbers 22:28). Gen 3:1 'more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made' ~~ Gen 3:14 'because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go and dust you shall eat all the days of your life' ~~ Isa 65:25 (eating dust) ~~ Mat 10:16, 2 Cor 11:3 (the craftiness of serpents). As for what is mentioned in Revelation, it is quite tricky to interpret. Actually the whole book of Revelation is hard to interpret (maybe except for the first few chapters and the ones at the end). Prayer and careful reading are needed to handle this book. Having said that when one begins to study this book they need to understand the timing of it (i.e. when did it occur). Chapter 1 vs 1 tells us this vital information: 'to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass'. That means the future starting from when John was exiled to Patmos. I mention this because it destroys the theory of Satan and his angels being thrown down from heaven from the beginning due to what happened in the garden. Therefore, the events of Revelation 12 are the in the future from John's time (absolutely not in the time of Genesis). As for the name Satan and the Devil – consider looking up the Hebrew definition for the word Satan and the Greek definition for the word Devil and see if they match the character that was displayed by the serpent in the garden. See if they match the character displayed by humanity through the ages (in opposing God's commands). Everything that is opposed to the will of God (and us in a certain sense) is representatively classified as a Devil or a Satan in the Bible (one example for you to chew on: Mat 16:23). Ask yourself then ... was the serpent a 'satan' to the will and purpose of God in the garden?

      July 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • carlie

      @revelationJohn The author clearly states that "Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden right? Nope. That's one of many phantom passages that people think are in the Bible." Darren is right.
      Unless you re saying that revelations is NOT in the Bible in which case, there is no point to this conversation since you would be coming from a completely different reality.
      The author states that it is not in the Bible period, not that's it's not in the same book of the Bible.

      July 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • Fred

      Reyes, if that's the best you can do, you need to turn off the computer, son.
      Speaking of being ashamed, I'm ashamed of you. How embarrassing for me to get flamed by a moron.
      You missed the whole point of my post. Missed it? You never even got within striking distance of it.
      That's an EPIC FAIL for you, son.

      July 14, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  17. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding of the Bible and about Creation we invite you to read the article "Creation" on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All the other pages and articles explain how and by whom this whole has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    July 8, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  18. Muneef

    Divine Commandments to All Jews: 
    "You Shall Believe in This Quran."
    [2:40] O Children of Israel, remember My favor, which I bestowed upon you, and fulfill your part of the covenant, that I fulfill My part of the covenant, and reverence Me.

    [2:41] You shall believe in what I have revealed herein, confirming what you have; do not be the first to reject it. Do not trade away My revelations for a cheap price, and observe Me.

    [2:42] Do not confound the truth with falsehood, nor shall you conceal the truth, knowingly.

    [2:43] You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and bow down with those who bow down.

    [2:44] Do you exhort the people to be righteous, while forgetting yourselves, though you read the scripture? Do you not understand?

    [2:45] You shall seek help through steadfastness and the Contact Prayers (Salat). This is difficult indeed, but not so for the reverent,

    [2:46] who believe that they will meet their Lord; that to Him they ultimately return.

    Lack of Confidence in God: 
    They Refuse to Enter Jerusalem
    [2:58] Recall that we said, "Enter this town, where you will find as many provisions as you like. Just enter the gate humbly, and treat the people nicely. We will then forgive your sins, and increase the reward for the pious."

    [2:59] But the wicked among them carried out commands other than the commands given to them. Consequently, we sent down upon the transgressors condemnation from the sky, due to their wickedness.

    [2:47] O Children of Israel, remember My favor which I bestowed upon you, and that I blessed you more than any other people.

    [2:48] Beware of the day when no soul can avail another soul, no intercession will be accepted, no ransom can be paid, nor can anyone be helped.

    [5:21] "O my people, enter the holy land that GOD has decreed for you, and do not rebel, lest you become losers."

    [5:22] They said, "O Moses, there are powerful people in it, and we will not enter it, unless they get out of it. If they get out, we are entering."

    [5:23] Two men who were reverent and blessed by GOD said, "Just enter the gate. If you just enter it, you will surely prevail. You must trust in GOD, if you are believers."

    [5:24] They said, "O Moses, we will never enter it, so long as they are in it. Therefore, go – you and your Lord – and fight. We are sitting right here."

    [5:25] He said, "My Lord, I can only control myself and my brother. So, allow us to part company with the wicked people."

    [5:26] He said, "Henceforth, it is forbidden them for forty years, during which they will roam the earth aimlessly. Do not grieve over such wicked people."

    July 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Noble9

      What in tarnation are you going on about?

      July 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • carlie

      what is tarnation?

      July 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  19. Randall12

    Recently finished reading Perceptional Threshold by Casper Parks on my Kindle. One of the freakiest novels I've ever read. Surprised the church isn't jumping and down screaming for book burnings or have it banned. Story puts a strange and new twist on Christianity... The Bible is a direct result of alien contamination and later alien intervention to offset that contamination.

    Paid 2.99 for the story a couple months ago, and now it's listed on sale for 99 cents. Go figure...

    July 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • MacK

      Brought to you by Kindle. I'm sure Jack Kerouack too declared proudly, 'I just finsihed writing a book on a roll of TP' just to sound hip and bohemian.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  20. Muneef

    Quran verses;

    The Big Bang Theory Confirmed*
    [21:30] Do the unbelievers not realize that the heaven and the earth used to be one solid mass that we exploded into existence? And from water we made all living things. Would they believe?

    [21:31] And we placed on earth stabilizers, lest it tumbles with them, and we placed straight roads therein, that they may be guided.

    [21:32] And we rendered the sky a guarded ceiling. Yet, they are totally oblivious to all the portents therein.

    [21:33] And He is the One who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon; each floating in its own orbit.

    [21:34] We never decreed immortality for anyone before you; should you die, are they immortal?

    [21:35] Every soul will taste death, after we put you to the test through adversity and prosperity, then to us you ultimately return. 

    All Messengers Ridiculed

    [21:36] When those who disbelieve see you, they ridicule you: "Is this the one who challenges your gods?" Meanwhile, they remain totally heedless of the message from the Most Gracious.

    [21:37] The human being is impatient by nature. I will inevitably show you My signs; do not be in such a hurry.

    [21:38] They challenge: "Where is that (retribution), if you are truthful?"

    [21:39] If only those who disbelieve could envision themselves when they try to ward off the fire – off their faces and their backs! No one will help them then.

    [21:40] Indeed, it will come to them suddenly, and they will be utterly stunned. They can neither avoid it, nor can they receive any respite.

    [21:41] Messengers before you have been ridiculed, and, consequently, those who ridiculed them incurred the retribution for their ridiculing.

    Priorities Confused
    [21:42] Say, "Who can protect you from the Most Gracious during the night or during the day?" Indeed, they are totally oblivious to the message of their Lord.

    [21:43] Do they have gods who can protect them from us? They cannot even help themselves. Nor can they accompany one another when they are summoned to face us.

    [21:44] We have provided for these people and their ancestors, up until an old age. Do they not see that every day on earth brings them closer to the end? Can they reverse this process?

    [21:45] Say, "I am warning you in accordance with divine inspiration." However, the deaf cannot hear the call, when they are warned.

    [21:46] When a sample of your Lord's retribution afflicts them, they readily say, "We were indeed wicked."

    [21:47] We will establish the scales of justice on the Day of Resurrection. No soul will suffer the least injustice. Even the equivalent of a mustard seed will be accounted for. We are the most efficient reckoners.
    Verse 21:30 translation of the Arabic word for the big bang as per Arabic-English Dictionary is; (to unsew,un-st-itch,rip open,tear,rend,slit open). 

    -Another translation of verse 21:30
    Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the earth were of one piece, then We parted them, and we made every living thing of water? Will they not then believe? (30)

    -Another translation of verse 21:44
    Nay, but We gave these and their fathers ease until life grew long for them. See they not how we visit the land, reducing it of its outlying parts? Can they then be the victors? (44).


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