What Is Your Favorite Quote or Story From the bible?

What a strange question from an atheist, huh? But I really mean it. Which quote is your favorite, or do you prefer a story from somewhere in the bible? Here's my favorite at the moment:

Psalms 137:9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

Look, I made it into a motivational poster so we can all be inspired by the "good book".

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Lovely, huh? The text at the top was inspired by my husband Butch, no god involved. I turned it into a t-shirt (and other stuff, of course) too! :)

Know god, No Peace; No god, Know Peace. This is the correct wording. :)

So that's the "good book" that gets cherry-picked by ignorant christians every day. Full of barbaric, hateful, delusional and amoral people from 2,000 years ago.

Which story sums up the bible for you? Or which quote says it all? And why?

24 comments:

  1. My favorite is the one from II Samuel in which the two opposing armies each chose ten men to provide some entertainment. The chosen soldiers then stand up and stab each other to death. And you thought the reality show "Jackass" was depraved!

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  2. From 2 Kings 23,24...

    "And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them."

    God sending down some bears to maul 42 kids for making fun of an old guy's bald head is a classic example of God's love and mercy.

    Oiy!

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  3. That's actually a tough question - so many to choose! Shoot....I have to think about this...

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  4. Wow, that's heartwarming. I feel all warm and fuzzy now. NOT! :|

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  5. I know.. there really are so many to choose from.

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  6. I've heard of this one. Just crazy! The love and mercy of the lord knows no bounds.

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  7. 1 Thessalonians 4:11
    Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you,


    Too bad the busybody fundies can't live by that one instead of trying to shove all that other stuff on the rest of the world.

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  8. I once saw a bumpersticker with "No Jesus? No peace. Know Jesus? Know peace." I slipped a piece of paper under his windshield wiper that said, "Know Jesus? No brains."

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  9. Thanks, Buffy. That's a nice one. :)
    In that vein, there is Matthew 6:6 which says not to pray openly, but to go in your closet and pray alone. Something all TV preachers seem to selectively dismiss as well.

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  10. Actually, this is my favorite one as well. I brought this one up in a debate I had with a theist and the dance he tried to do to get around it was very entertaining.

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  11. I'd love to hear his responses? Do you remember any of the "excuses" he tried to use for this verse?

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  12. I think the whole Bible is summed up by the story of Balaam in Numbers 22-24. It's about God talking out of his ass.

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  13. Oh yeah, that's a good one, thanks Yunshui!
    Let's see, a talking ass, god as strong as a unicorn, and the people eating their prey and drinking the blood of the slain. Definitely a good one to read to the kiddies before bed!

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  14. It was a while ago. Let's see. There were a couple...

    1. The children weren't really killed, just frightened. (KJV had the translation wrong)
    2. They weren't punished because they pointed out he was bald, but rather because he was one of god's prophets.
    3. I haven't studied this passage enough to know what it's really about.

    There were more, but it has been awhile. But this was also a guy who made the argument that slavery was ok back in the day because it was a different kind of slavery...

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  15. Ooooh. I like that. The whole bible can be summed up as God talking out of his ass.

    I think I might have snorted some milk through my nose on that one!

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  16. Sheesh... (can you hear my eyeballs rolling?)

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  17. "But test everything; hold fast what is good." 1 Thessalonians 5:21

    Id have to say this is pretty sound advice. ;)

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  18. That's a nice one, thanks!

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  20. Actually to understand what is quote here it would be good to read the verse above Pslams 137:9

    Its look at this with verse 8 and 9 :

    "O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction,
    happy is he who repays you
    for what you have done to us—
    he who seizes your infants
    and dashes them against the rocks."

    - Psalms 137:8-9 ( NIV)

    http://niv.scripturetext.com/psalms/137.htm

    To my understanding it is not saying that Christians should dash infants against rocks, but more so that because Bablyon is doomed to destruction ( for what they did), evil wil come upon them ( they are not under God's protection ).


    I usually like to stick to the KJV which reads:

    "O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones." - Psamls 137:8-9

    http://kingjbible.com/psalms/137.htm


    If God where unmerciful then we would all be dead and in Hell right now.

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  21. "If God where unmerciful then we would all be dead and in Hell right now."

    Wait, let me get this straight here, so god exists and is merciful because we are not being continually tortured? Sometimes, you guys really just stupefy me.

    If the god in the bible did exist, then yes, we would be all dead and in hell right now. In fact, since that hasn't happened, it's quite some evidence against your god is the more probably case in every way.

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    So let me understand, the true meaning, as you say it, is that they should kill their kids because god isn't with them anymore? Beautiful. So tell me then, do those kids go immediately to hell, after all, god isn't with them anymore. Or does killing them send them to heaven automatically? That's surely how it works right?

    Wouldn't a "merciful" god with twisted reasoning like that just kill all the kids immediately? After all, he should save those children from those barbaric savages, who don't follow him anyways, so they won't listen to him telling them to save their children by killing them.

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    Bah, I don't even bloody know where to start with you. How can you backup such an obviously twisted and completely malicious passage?

    You're going to hell anyways according to your bible. I'm sure at least one of your 10 ancestors were born out of wedlock or in a second marriage. You're doomed, unsavable, just like everybody else.

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  22. I agree with GMN, that is the most obscene argument for your god that could be imagined. If god existed and was merciful, there wouldn't be any birth defects, just for starters.

    You don't make even one iota of sense, and your concept of justice and mercy is barbaric.

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