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New Testament: Good Stuff

    Matthew

  1. "Blessed are the meek." 5:5

  2. Blessed are the merciful." 5:7

  3. "Blessed are the peacemakers." 5:9

  4. "Love your enemies." Well, it's a nice thought. But it seems strange coming from someone who damns his enemies to hell. (Mark 16:16) 5:44

  5. Don't brag about the good things that you do. 6:1-3

  6. Jesus tells his disciples not to pray in public. Those who favor school prayer, National Day of Prayer, etc. should take his advice. 6:5-6

  7. "Consider the lilies of the field...." A nice analogy, good advice (unless you live in cold climates), and a great movie. 6:28

  8. "Judge not, that ye be not judged." 7:1

  9. Avoid hypocrisy. Consider your own faults rather than criticizing others. 7:3-4

  10. "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." 7:12

  11. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:15
  12. Forgive those who repeatedly offend you. 18:21-22

  13. Jesus lists the "ten commandments," but his list has only six, and the sixth is not one of the ten. The commandments given by Jesus are secular, not religious, in nature. 19:18

  14. Pay your taxes. Keep state and church separate. 22:17-21

  15. Jesus quotes Lev 19:18: "Love thy neighbor as thyself." This is by far the best verse in Leviticus, and one of the best in the entire Bible. 22:39

  16. "For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in." 25:35

  17. "All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." 26:52

    Mark

  18. "If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all." 9:35

  19. When Jesus lists the Ten Commandments, he only mentions five -- the humanistic ones that make no mention of God. He also gives one that is not included in the so-called Ten Commandments: "defraud not." 10:19

  20. Pay your taxes. Keep state and church separate. 12:14-17

  21. "Love thy neighbor as thyself." 12:31

  22. Jesus believed in progressive taxation. 12:41-44

    Luke

  23. The people asked John the Baptist what they need to do to avoid hell. He told them to give their excess food and clothes to the poor. 3:10-11

  24. Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely. 3:14

  25. Love you enemies; do good to those who hate you. 6:27

  26. The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. 6:31-34

  27. "Love your enemies." Well, it's a nice thought. But it seems strange coming from someone who damns his enemies to hell. (Mark 16:16) 6:35

  28. "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." Well I'm glad Jesus thinks we should be merciful. But the Old Testament God is a strange role model for mercy! (See 1 Sam 15:2-3 for an example of the OT God's mercy.) 6:36

  29. "Judge not ... condemn not ... forgive." 6:37

  30. Love thy neighbor as thyself. 10:27

  31. The story of the good Samaritan gets my vote for the best bible story. We should all "go and do likewise." 10:30-37

  32. "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's."
    Pay your taxes. Keep state and church separate. 20:25

  33. From his comments on the widow's mites, it appears that Jesus favored progressive taxation. 21:1-3

    John

  34. "Search the scriptures."
    Good advice. Because those that search the scriptures are sure to reject them. 5:39

  35. Jesus tells those who'd like to stone to death an adulteress that whoever among them that is without sin should "cast the first stone." Good advice -- but it directly contradicts the teachings of the Old Testament (Lev 20:20). If that wasn't a good law then why did God make it? Has he since changed his mind? Shouldn't it then be removed (along with most of the OT) from the bible? 8:7

  36. "The truth shall make you free." 8:32

  37. "Love one another." 13:34

  38. "This is my commandment, That ye love one another." If this is what it takes to be a Christian, then count me in. Unfortunately, Christians often take Jesus' commandment to mean that Christians should love other, like-minded Christians, and to hell with everybody else. 15:12, 17

  39. Pilate asked Jesus a very good question: "What is truth?" 18:38

    Acts

  40. It's better to give than to receive. (Jesus didn't say it, but it's a nice thought anyway.) 20:35

    Romans

  41. "Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?"
    Practice what you preach. 2:21

  42. Don't think too highly of yourself. 12:3

  43. "He that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness." 12:8

  44. Let your love be genuine. Do good; avoid evil. 12:9

  45. Be kind to others. 12:10

  46. "Not slothful in business." 12:11

  47. "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation." 12:12

  48. "Given to hospitality." 12:13

  49. "Bless, and curse not." 12:14

  50. Show empathy toward others. 12:15

  51. Associate with the lowly. Don't pretend to be wiser than you are. 12:16

  52. Don't return evil for evil. 12:17

  53. Try to "live peaceably with all men." 12:18

  54. "Avenge not yourselves." 12:19

  55. "If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink." 12:20

  56. "Overcome evil with good." 12:21

  57. Note to teabaggers: Paul says you should pay your taxes and honor the government. 13:6-7

  58. Love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 13:8

  59. "If there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." 13:9-10

  60. Be honest; avoid drunkenness. 13:13

  61. "Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind." 14:5

  62. Don't judge other people or cause them to fall. 14:13

  63. "Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another." 14:19

    1 Corinthians

  64. Husbands and wives should be kind to each other. 7:3

  65. Love is a good thing. 8:1

  66. Some nice thoughts about love (or charity). 13:4-6

  67. "Put away childish things." (Like believing in the bible?) 13:11

  68. Speak clearly. 14:8-9

  69. "Be not children in understanding." 14:20

  70. Do all things with love. 16:14

    2 Corinthians

  71. "Live in peace." 13:11

    Galatians

  72. "Remember the poor." (And help them if you can.) 2:10

  73. "By love serve one another." 5:13

  74. "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." 5:14

  75. "Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, ... meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." 5:22

  76. Don't be conceited or envious of others. 5:26

  77. Forgive others. Someday you might make a mistake, too. 6:1

  78. "Let us not be weary in well doing." 6:9

  79. "Do good unto all men." 6:10

    Ephesians

  80. "Be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine." (Reject the Bible and all religious belief.) 4:14

  81. Don't lie. Speak the truth to your neighbor. 4:25

  82. "Let not the sun go down upon your wrath." 4:26

  83. Don't steal, but rather work so that you will have something to give to those who are in need. 4:28

  84. "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying." 4:29

  85. Be kind and forgiving to one another. 4:31-32

  86. "Walk in love." 5:2

  87. "So ought men to love their wives." 5:28

  88. Love your wife as yourself. 5:33

    Philippians

  89. Don't fight, be humble, and look after the needs of others. 2:3-4

  90. "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." 4:8

    Colossians

  91. Avoid anger, wrath, and malice. 3:8

  92. Don't lie. 3:9

  93. Be merciful, kind, humble, loving, and forgiving toward one another. 3:12-14

  94. "Husbands, love your wives." 3:19

  95. "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." 4:6

    1 Thessalonians

  96. "Comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men." 5:14

  97. Don't return evil for evil, but be good to yourselves and all others. 5:15

  98. "Prove all things; hold fast to what is good." 5:21

    2 Thessalonians

    There's nothing good in 2 Thessalonians.

    1 Timothy

  99. "Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies." If we follow this advice we would ignore most of the Bible -- especially the genealogies found in Gen 10, 1 Chr 1-9, Mt 1, and Lk 3. 1:4

  100. "Refuse ... old wives' fables." What about old husbands' fables? Old Bible fables? 4:7

  101. "We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out." 6:7

  102. "Having food and raiment let us be therewith content." 6:8

  103. "They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition." 6:9

  104. "The love of money is the root of all evil." 6:10

  105. "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be ... ready to distribute." 6:17-18

    2 Timothy

  106. Be gentle and patient with all others. 2:24

    Titus

  107. Disregard "Jewish fables and commandments.quot; Like most of the Bible, maybe? 1:14

  108. "Young men ... be sober minded."
    I suppose it's good for young men to be "sober minded." But is it OK to have some fun now and then? 2:6

  109. "In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works ... sincerity." 2:7

  110. Do good works; be gentle toward others; avoid fighting or speaking unkindly about others. 3:1-2

  111. "Avoid ... genealogies." Like Genesis 10, 1 Chronicles 1-9, Matthew 1 and Luke 3? 3:9

  112. "Maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful." 3:14

    Philemon

    There's nothing good in Philemon.

    Hebrews

  113. "Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works." 10:24

  114. "Follow peace with all men." 12:14

  115. Let brotherly love continue. 13:1

  116. "Be content with such things as ye have. 13:5

  117. Avoid "strange doctrines." Those who do so will avoid nearly everything that the Bible teaches. 13:9

    James

  118. "Do not error." 1:16

  119. "Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath." 1:19

  120. "Pure religion ... is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."
    Cited by Associated Baptist Press in defense of the Affordable Care Act. 1:27

  121. The rich should not be treated better than the poor. 2:2-4

  122. "Love thy neighbor as thyself." 2:8

  123. Help others that are in need; don't just wish them well. This is good advice, though it's unfortunate that James restricted this help to "brothers". Did he mean by this that you only need to help fellow believers? 2:15-16

  124. James ridicules those who say salvation is by faith alone. He says the devils believe in God. Will their faith save them? 2:19

  125. "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom." 3:13

  126. "If ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth." 3:14

  127. "The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." 3:18

  128. "Speak not evil of one another." 4:11

  129. Don't judge other people. 4:12

  130. "Ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." (All we are is dust in the wind.) 4:14

    1 Peter

  131. "Love one another." 1:22

  132. "For all flesh is as grass."
    Life is ephemeral. Enjoy it while you can. 1:24

  133. Avoid evil, malice, hypocrisy, and envy. Don't speak badly about others. 2:1

  134. Be compassionate and courteous. Don't seek revenge when you are harmed by another. Speak kindly of others. Do good and avoid evil. 3:8-11

  135. Christians should be ready to explain why they believe what they do. This is a good verse to remember when they refuse to debate you. 3:15

  136. "Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins." 4:8

  137. Be hospitable to one another without grudging. 4:9

  138. "Let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters." 4:15

    2 Peter

  139. Paul's epistles are hard to understand. And that those who try to understand them, as with the other scriptures, do so "unto their own destruction." 3:16

    1 John

  140. Those who love others are "in the light"; those who hate are "in darkness". 2:9-11

  141. "We should love one another." 3:11

  142. "Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." 3:18

  143. "Love one another." 4:7

  144. "God is love." 4:8

  145. "If we love one another, God dwelleth in us." 4:12

  146. "God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." 16

  147. "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear." 4:18a

  148. "He that feareth is not made perfect in love." 4:18b

    2 John

  149. "Love one another."
    Except for all those antichrists (non-Christians), that is. (See verses 7-10) 5

    3 John

  150. Do good; avoid evil. 11

    Jude

  151. "Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied."
    Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied. Sounds like a good idea to me. 1:2

  152. "And of some have compassion, making a difference."
    Make a difference in the world by having some compassion. 1:22

    2 Corinthians

  153. "Live in peace." 13:11 [../tapitcode.html]

    Galatians

  154. "Remember the poor." (And help them if you can.) 2:10

  155. "By love serve one another." 5:13

  156. "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." 5:14

  157. "Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, ... meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." 5:22

  158. Don't be conceited or envious of others. 5:26

  159. Forgive others. Someday you might make a mistake, too. 6:1

  160. "Let us not be weary in well doing." 6:9

  161. "Do good unto all men." 6:10 [../tapitcode.html]

    Ephesians

  162. "Be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine." (Reject the Bible and all religious belief.) 4:14

  163. Don't lie. Speak the truth to your neighbor. 4:25

  164. "Let not the sun go down upon your wrath." 4:26

  165. Don't steal, but rather work so that you will have something to give to those who are in need. 4:28

  166. "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying." 4:29

  167. Be kind and forgiving to one another. 4:31-32

  168. "Walk in love." 5:2

  169. "So ought men to love their wives." 5:28

  170. Love your wife as yourself. 5:33 [../tapitcode.html]

    Philippians

  171. Don't fight, be humble, and look after the needs of others. 2:3-4

  172. "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." 4:8 [../tapitcode.html]

    Colossians

  173. Avoid anger, wrath, and malice. 3:8

  174. Don't lie. 3:9

  175. Be merciful, kind, humble, loving, and forgiving toward one another. 3:12-14

  176. "Husbands, love your wives." 3:19

  177. "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." 4:6 [../tapitcode.html]

    1 Thessalonians

  178. "Comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men." 5:14

  179. Don't return evil for evil, but be good to yourselves and all others. 5:15

  180. "Prove all things; hold fast to what is good." 5:21 [../tapitcode.html]

    2 Thessalonians

    There's nothing good in 2 Thessalonians.

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    1 Timothy

  181. "Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies." If we follow this advice we would ignore most of the Bible -- especially the genealogies found in Gen.10, 1 Chr.1-9, Mt.1, and Lk.3. 1:4

  182. "Refuse ... old wives' fables." What about old husbands' fables? Old Bible fables? 4:7

  183. "We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out." 6:7

  184. "Having food and raiment let us be therewith content." 6:8

  185. "They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition." 6:9

  186. "The love of money is the root of all evil." 6:10

  187. "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be ... ready to distribute." 6:17-18 [../tapitcode.html]

    2 Timothy

  188. Be gentle and patient with all others. 2:24 [../tapitcode.html]

    Titus

  189. Disregard "Jewish fables and commandments of men, that turn from the truth." Like most of the bible, maybe? 1:14

  190. "Young men ... be sober minded."
    I suppose it's good for young men to be "sober minded." But is it OK to have some fun now and then? 2:6

  191. "In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works ... sincerity." 2:7

  192. Do good works; be gentle toward others; avoid fighting or speaking unkindly about others. 3:1-2

  193. "Avoid ... genealogies." Like Gen.10, 1 Chr.1-9, and Lk.3? 3:9

  194. "Maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful." 3:14 [../tapitcode.html]

    Philemon

    There's nothing good in Philemon.

    [../tapitcode.html]

    Hebrews

  195. "Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works." 10:24

  196. "Follow peace with all men." 12:14

  197. Let brotherly love continue. 13:1

  198. Be hospitable to strangers. 13:2

  199. "Be content with such things as ye have. 13:5

  200. Avoid "strange doctrines." Those who do so will avoid nearly everything that the Bible teaches. 13:9 [../tapitcode.html]

    James

  201. "Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath." 1:19

  202. "Pure religion ... is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." 1:27

  203. The rich should not be treated better than the poor. 2:2-4

  204. "Love thy neighbor as thyself." 2:8

  205. Help others that are in need; don't just wish them well. This is good advice, though it's unfortunate that James restricted this help to "brothers". Did he mean by this that you only need to help fellow believers? 2:15-16

  206. James ridicules those who say salvation is by faith alone. He says the devils believe in God. Will their faith save them? 2:19

  207. "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom." 3:13

  208. "If ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth." 3:14

  209. "The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." 3:18

  210. "Speak not evil of one another." 4:11

  211. Don't judge other people. 4:12

  212. "Ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." (All we are is dust in the wind.) 4:14 [../tapitcode.html]

    1 Peter

  213. "For all flesh is as grass."
    Life is ephemeral. Enjoy it while you can. 1:24

  214. Avoid evil, malice, hypocrisy, and envy. Don't speak badly about others. 2:1

  215. Be compassionate and courteous. Don't seek revenge when you are harmed by another. Speak kindly of others. Do good and avoid evil. 3:8-11

  216. Christians should be ready to explain why they believe what they do. This is a good verse to remember when they refuse to debate you. 3:15

  217. "Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins." 4:8

  218. Be hospitable to one another without grudging. 4:9

  219. "Let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters." 4:15 [../tapitcode.html]

    2 Peter

  220. Paul's epistles are hard to understand. And that those who try to understand them, as with the other scriptures, do so "unto their own destruction. 3:16 [../tapitcode.html]

    1 John

  221. Those who love others are "in the light"; those who hate are "in darkness". 2:9-11

  222. "We should love one another." 3:11

  223. "Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." 3:18

  224. "Love one another." 4:7

  225. "God is love." 4:8

  226. "If we love one another, God dwelleth in us." 4:12

  227. "God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." 16

  228. "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear." 4:18a

  229. "He that feareth is not made perfect in love." 4:18b [../tapitcode.html]

    2 John

  230. "Love one another."
    Except for all those antichrists (non-Christians), that is. (See verses 7-10) 5 [../tapitcode.html]

    3 John

  231. Do good; avoid evil. 11 [../tapitcode.html]

    Jude

  232. "Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied."
    Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied. Sounds like a good idea to me. 1:2

  233. "And of some have compassion, making a difference."
    Make a difference in the world by having some compassion. 1:22 [../tapitcode.html]

    Revelation

    There's nothing good in Revelation.

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