Here is another list of An Atheists Favorite Bible Verses.
Whosoever will, let him believe, and whosoever will, let him disbelieve.
 Say: O disbelievers!  I worship not that which ye worship;  Nor worship ye that which I worship.  And I shall not worship that which ye worship.  Nor will ye worship that which I worship.  Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion.
Basically, I believe what I believe and you believe what you believe.
Each of us is free to have any religion we want to.
Apparently most Muslims dont pay any attention to this Surah,
or to those other two verses above.
Of course, there are plenty of verses in the Quran
which condemn followers of other religions.
So I guess you can pick which verses you like better.
Of course, there are plenty of verses in the Quran which condemn followers of other religions. So I guess you can pick which verses you like better.
If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God
giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the
LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant, And hath gone and served other
gods, and worshipped them, ... Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that
woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or
that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
... whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death,
whether small or great, whether man or woman.
2 Chronicles 15:13
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard,
shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones:
their blood shall be upon them.
And the man that committeth adultery with another mans wife,
even he that committeth adultery with his neighbours wife,
the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman,
both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death;
their blood shall be upon them.
If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son,
which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother,
and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:
Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him,
and bring him out unto the elders of his city,
and unto the gate of his place;
And they shall say unto the elders of his city,
This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice;
he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die.
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered;
and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
The verse above was long used to justify burning of non-believers (heretics), though one can argue that that is a misinterpretation.
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine,
receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
2 John 1:10-11
I am told that these two passages are referring [only] to false teachers who were pretending to be Christians. However, I see nothing in the nearby verses that would indicate this.
He that believeth on him is not condemned:
but he that believeth not is condemned already,
because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
I am told, by the same person as above, that this avoidance only refers to false teachers who claim to be Christians. It does not apply to non-Christians who do not claim to be Christians. Again, I dont see where the Bible says this.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:
for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial?
or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? ...
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.
2 Cor. 6:14-17
Ah, Lord GOD! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people.
O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived; ...
 For this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie.
 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, ...
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
In this last set of verses, God causes some people to believe lies,
so they will end up in hell.
But some Christians tell us that God does not send people to hell,
instead, people choose to go to hell.
If God deceives us, can He really be perfect and all-good, as is claimed?
And if God does not deceive, then dont these accusations
constitute blasphemy? (See below)
If God deceives us, can He really be perfect and all-good, as is claimed? And if God does not deceive, then dont these accusations constitute blasphemy? (See below)
And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing,
I the LORD have deceived that prophet,
and I will stretch out my hand upon him,
and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
(and here is why)
 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
(but she can be saved by having children)
 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
1 Timothy 2:11-15
 And if any mans seed of copulation go out from him,
then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.
 And every garment, and every skin, whereon is the seed of copulation,
shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the even.
 The woman also with whom man shall lie with seed of copulation,
they shall both bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the even.
This is the law of him that hath an issue, and of him whose seed goeth from him, and is defiled therewith;
Leviticus 15:16-18, 32
Thank God (so to speak) that this is in the Bible!
 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites:
afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.
 And Moses spake unto the people, saying,
Arm some of yourselves unto the war, and let them go against the Midianites,
and avenge the LORD of Midian.
 And Moses sent them to the war, ...
 And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses;
and they slew all the males.
 And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives,
and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle,
and all their flocks, and all their goods.
 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt,
and all their goodly castles, with fire.
 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses,
 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive?
 Behold, these caused the children of Israel,
through the counsel of Balaam,
to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor,
and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.
 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones,
and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
 But all the women children, that have not known a man
by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
And [the booty included] thirty and two thousand persons in all,
of women that had not known man by lying with him.
 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
 And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people,
Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan;
and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.
 And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David.
And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand
and an hundred thousand men that drew sword:
and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.
 And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel.
 And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing:
but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy servant;
for I have done very foolishly.
 So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel:
and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.
1 Chronicles 21:1-14
 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel,
and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.
 So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel
from the morning even to the time appointed:
and there died of the people from Dan even to Beersheba seventy thousand men.
2 Samuel 24:1-15
For in death there is no remembrance of thee:
in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
The dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward.
For there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom,
in the grave, whither thou goest.
For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee:
they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
From David to Jesus, there were forty-three generations (Luke 3:23-38), Joseph was a descendant of Davids son Nathan (Luke 3:31), and Joseph was the son of Heli (Luke 3:23).
Not that any of that really matters, except that since the Bible is supposed to be the inspired word of God, one would think that these two would at least come close to agreeing.
And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
Note: Mark 11:23-24 is similar to Matthew 21:21-22 below.
And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it,
and found nothing thereon, but leaves only,
and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.
And presently the fig tree withered away.
And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying,
How soon is the fig tree withered away!
Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you,
If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree,
but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea;
it shall be done.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Note: According to something I read somewhere, chew the cud means simply eat grass, in which case you could say that hares chew the cud is not incorrect.
 And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls;
they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination:
the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,
 And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.
 All fowls that creep, going upon all four,
shall be an abomination unto you.
 Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing
that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet,
to leap withal upon the earth;
 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind,
and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind,
and the grasshopper after his kind.
 But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet,
shall be an abomination unto you.
And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn
in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne
unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon;
and all the firstborn of cattle.
And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants,
and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt;
for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
I suppose that verse could be taken either way. It could mean that it is OK to lie, or that it is not OK to lie. It was nice of Paul to be so clear and unambiguous! However, the following verse does seem to be clear.
What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth,
Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,
Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say,
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said,
This man calleth for Elias.
 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge,
and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said,
Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit:
and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished,
that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar:
and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop,
and put it to his mouth.
 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished:
and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
The Hebrew calendar starts at the estimated time of the worlds creation (as reckoned by young-earth creationists). Tradition puts this start at 3760 years and 3 months before the birth of Jesus. The New Year begins in October or November. November 2000 was the start of year 5761.
The Chinese calendar begins in the year 2637 BCE, which is the year in which Emperor Huangdi is said to have invented it. The year starts at the second new moon after the beginning of winter (winter solstice). Thus, the New Year starts no earlier than January 21 and no later than February 20.
Reference for the above: The World Book Encyclopedia, 2002 edition.
According to the book The Happy Heretic, by Judith Hayes, our year 1996 corresponds to Chinese Lunar Year 4695. This would put Chinese year 1 at 2699 BCE, assuming one Gregorian year = one Chinese Lunar year. Perhaps that is a rash assumption, or maybe there is another explanation. At any rate, more research is needed to find out for sure.
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