There's nothing good in Genesis.
- "Honor thy father and thy mother." 20:12
- "Thou shalt not kill." 20:13
- "Thou shalt not commit adultery." 20:14
- "Thou shalt not steal." 20:15
- "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." 20:16
- If a man injures another man by striking him with a stone or his fist, he must pay for the injured
man's loss of time and medical treatment until he is thoroughly healed. 21:18-19
- Be kind to strangers, widows, and fatherless children. 22:21-22
- Value the truth; don't lie. 23:1
- Don't do what everyone else does, if what they do is wrong. 23:2
- Be kind to your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. 23:4-5
- Treat the poor fairly. 23:6
- Be honest. Don't kill the innocent. 23:7
- Don't mistreat strangers. 23:9
- Every seventh year the Israelites were to leave their fields unharvested, so that
the poor would have something to eat. 23:11
- "If a soul ... lie unto his neighbour ... or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it ... then ...
he shall restore that which he took ... or the lost thing which he found ... and shall add the fifth part more thereto."
What is stolen or wrongfully acquired should be returned to the owner. 6:2-5
- "Thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife." 18:20
- Leave some grapes on the vine for travelers and the poor. 19:10
- Don't steal or lie 19:11
- "Thou shalt not defraud
thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired." 19:13
- "Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the
- Don't gossip. 19:16
- Don't hate people. 19:17
- "Love thy neighbor as thyself." 19:18
- Respect your elders. 19:32
- Be kind to strangers. 19:33-34
- Treat others fairly. Don't cheat. 19:35-36
- To help feed the poor and strangers, farmers should not harvest
the corners of their fields. 23:22
- The same laws apply to residents of a country and for aliens. 24:22
- "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof."
This verse is inscribed on the Liberty Bell and was used by
abolitionists in their fight against slavery. Leviticus 25:10
- Do not oppress one another. 25:17
- "If thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou
shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee." 25:35
There's nothing good in Numbers.
- Judge others fairly, Israelite and stranger, rich or poor, powerful or weak. 1:16-17
- "Honor thy father and thy mother." 5:16
- "Thou shalt not kill." 5:17
- Don't commit adultery. 5:18
- Don't steal. 5:19
- Don't lie. 5:20
- "Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." 10:19
- Help the poor. 15:7-8
- "Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy."
- Judges and officers should strive to be impartial and should never take a bribe. 16:18-19
If a person kills someone unintentionally then he or she can flee to a city of refuge to
escape being killed by the "revenger of blood."
I guess this is (sort of) good--about as good as it gets in the Bible anyway. But it would be better to declare such a person innocent, assuming no
criminal negligence involved, rather than creating a city for the person to flee to. And the idea of a "revenger of blood" is just plain creepy.
- Look out for your neighbor's animals and protect them from harm. 22:1-4
- Be careful when making a roof to ensure that no one falls off the edge. 22:8
- Don't return runaway slaves to their masters. Let them live with you in peace and freedom.
- Do not oppress the poor, whether they be slaves, neighbors, or strangers.
- "It shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow."
Be kind to widows, orphans, fatherless children and strangers. Share whatever you have with them.
- "Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn." Let the animal eat while it works.
- "Thou shalt have a perfect and just weight."
Be honest when you deal with others. Don't cheat. 25:13-15
- Take care of those who need help. 26:12-13
- Don't misguide the blind or mistreat strangers, orphans, or widows.
(And all the people shall say, Amen.) 26:18-19
There's nothing good in Joshua.
There's nothing good in Judges.
There's nothing good in Ruth.
There's nothing good in 1 Samuel.
There's nothing good in 2 Samuel.
Two prostitutes and a baby. (It's an unlikely story, but Solomon has the right idea here.) 3:16-28
There's nothing good in 2 Kings.
There's nothing good in 1 Chronicles.
There's nothing good in 2 Chronicles.
There's nothing good in Ezra.
There's nothing good in Nehemiah.
There's nothing good in Esther.
- "Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die."
Job's wife rightly says that if Job is to
keep his integrity, then he should curse God (for playing vicious games with
Satan) and die. 2:9
- All we are is dust in the wind. 7:7-9
- "Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?" 13:7
- "Man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? ... Man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more,
they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep." 14:10-12
- Job says that humans perish at death like their own dung. Well, one might fault him for his choice of words, but the idea seems
sound enough. 20:7
- "Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it." 34:13-14
- "Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore." 37:27
- Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil." 38:7
- "Blessed is he that considereth the poor." 41:1
- Help the poor and needy. 82:3-4
- Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee?"
People don't survive their own deaths. Dead people are not only merely dead, they are really most sincerely dead.
- "The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence." 115:17
- "My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war."
- Listen to the advice of your mother and father. 1:8
- Seek wisdom and understanding. 2:2
- Be merciful and truthful. 3:3
- "Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding." 3:13
A special anthem was composed from these words for Darwin's funeral at Westminster Abbey.
- Help your neighbor, if you can. And don't wait until tomorrow if you can do it today. 3:27-28
- Don't devise plots against your neighbor, fight without cause, or imitate an oppressor. 3:29-31
- Get wisdom and understanding. 4:5-7
- Avoid evil. 4:14-15
- Speak plainly and honestly to others. 4:24
- Have fun with your wife. 5:18-19
- Wisdom is better than wealth. Nothing else compares with it. 8:11
- A wise son makes a happy father. 10:1, 15:20, 23:24,
- Hatred causes strife, but love covers all sins. 10:12
- Shame follows an excess of pride. 11:2
- Those who are kind are happier than those who are cruel. 11:17
- "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind." 11:29
A nice thought and a great movie.
- Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge. 12:1
- Be kind to animals. 12:10
- Fools are right in their own eyes; The wise listen to counsel. 12:15
- Truth lasts forever, but lies last only a moment. 12:19
- When people are sad, a kind word can cheer them up. 12:25
- A wise son listens to his father. 13:1
- Even in laughter there is some sadness. 14:13
- Don't believe anything without evidence. 14:15
- Fools are overconfident. 14:16
- Those who are easily angered often act foolishly. 14:17
- It is wrong to despise your neighbor. Happy are those who are merciful to the poor. 14:21
- A soft answer turns away wrath. 15:1
- A wise son makes a glad father. A foolish man destpises his mother. 15:20
- Wisdom and undertanding are better than silver or gold. 16:16
- Pride goes before a fall. 16:18
- It's better to be humble than proud. 16:19
- Don't gossip. 16:28
- Grey hair is a crown of glory. 16:31
- A friend is a friend forever. (BFF) 17:17
- A wise fool keeps his mouth shut. 17:28
- Don't answer a question before you hear it. 18:13
- To have a friend, you must be a friend. There are no friends closer than family. 18:24
- Ignorance is not a good thing. 19:2
- The bread of deceit is sweet at the time, but afterwards it is filled with gravel. 20:17
- Avoid flatterers and gossips. 20:19
- A false balance isn't good. (Don't cheat.) 20:23
- If you keep your mouth shut, you'll stay out of trouble. 21:23
- A good reputation is woth more than riches. 22:1
- Blessed are those who give food to the poor. 22:9
- Hear the words of the wise. 22:17
- Don't rob the poor or oppress the afflicted. 22:22
- Try to learn as much as you can. 23:12
- Listen to your father, and don't despise your mother when she is old. 23:22
- Value truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding. 23:23
- Don't envy evil people or hang out with them.. 24:1
- Don't be a false witness against your neighbor. 24:28
- Don't say, "I'll pay you back for what you did to me." 24:29
- Don't brag. You might mess up tomorrow. 27:1
- Let others say nice things about you. 27:2
- Speak out for those who cannot speak. 31:8
- Plead the cause of the poor and needy. 31:9
- Vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 1:2
- No one remembers what happened long ago, and no one will remember what happens now or in the future. 1:11
- With wisdom comes grief, and increasing knowledlge increases sorrow. 1:18
- the same fate (death) happens to the foolish and the wise. 2:14-16
- The best we can do is eat, drink, and enjoy the good in our labor. 2:24
- "To everything there is a season...." Some nice poetry and a great Byrds song. ("Turn, Turn, Turn" -- written by Pete
- Rejoice and do good in this life. 3:12
- Eat, drink, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. 3:13
- Someday God will show us that we are beasts. 3:18
- What happens to beasts happens to us. Our deaths are just like theirs. We are not above beasts. 3:19
- We and the beasts die and go to the same place. All we are is dust in the wind. 3:20
- Who knows that at death the spirit of humans go up, and the spirits of beasts go down? 3:21
- the best we can do is to rejoice in our our works. 3:22
- Two are better than one: the value of friendship 4:9-13
- A fool is known by a multitude of words. 5:3
- If you promise to pay someone something, pay it. 5:4
- Don't make a promise that you can't keep. 5:4
- If you love silver and riches, you'll never be satisfied. 5:10
- You can't take it with you. 5:15
- Eat, drink, and enjoy your good work. 5:18
- Don't we all go to the same place when we die? 6:6
- Who knows what is good in this life? Or what will happen on earth after we die? 6:12
- A good reputation is more valuable than precious ointment. 7:1
- It's better to be rebuked by wise people than to be praised by fools. 7:5
- It's better to patient than proud. 7:8
- Don't be quick to anger. 7:9
- Don't say, "I miss the good old days." 7:10
- Don't believe everything people say. 7:21
- Try to discover things with reason. Seek wisdom. Avoid folly, foolishness, and madness. 7:25
- Eat, and to drink, and be merry. 8:15
- The same thing happens to us all: we die. 9:2-3
- As long as we live, there is hope. A living dog is better than a dead lion. 9:4
- The living know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no reward, and their memory is forgotten. 9:5
- All our love, hatred, and envy die with us. Nothing survives our death. 9:6
- So eat your bread and drink your wine with a happy heart. 9:7
- Live joyfully with the wife that you love. 9:9
- Whatever you do in this life, do it with all your might. Because there is no work, knowledge, or wisdom in the grave. 9:10
- The race isn't to the swift, nor the battle for the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to those with understanding,
nor good fortune to the skilled; time and chance happen to us all. 9:11
- For none of us knows when we will die. Like fish in a net or birds in a snare, we are snared in an evil time,
when it falls suddenly upon us. 9:12
- Wisdom is better than strength or weapons of war. But one bad person can destroy much that is good. 9:16-18
- Dead flies make an ointment stinky, as small mistakes tarnish a wise reputation. 10:1
- The words of the wise are gracious, but fools are swallowed by their own lips. 10:12
- A fool is full of words. 10:14
- Enjoy your youth, follow your heart, and look where you're going. 11:9
- There is no end to the making of books. 12:12
- Much study is a weariness of the flesh. 12:12
Song of Solomon
There's nothing good in the Song of Solomon.
- "Cease to do evil; learn to do well ... relieve the oppressed ... plead for the widow." 1:16-17
- "Come now, let us reason together." 1:18
- "And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword
against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." 2:4
- Woe to them who drink too much. 5:11
- "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil." 5:20
- Woe to those who won't help the poor. 10:1-34
- The vile person will no longer be called liberal. 32:5
- For the vile person is an evil hypocrite, who lies to destroy the poor. 32:6
- "The liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand." 32:8
- "All flesh is grass."
Since all animals, including humans, survive by eating plants or other animals that have eaten
plants, it is true that "all flesh is grass." 40:6
- God's spirit kills grass and flowers. Humans are grass, too. 40:7
- I (God) will help the poor and needy. 41:1
- "Let the oppressed go free ... break every yoke."
This verse appear to condemn slavery. However the bible is far from clear on this issue. 58:6
- Feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the naked. 58:7, 10
- The people of Israel and Judah finally look behind the curtain and see that there is no god and the prophets are liars.
- "Oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed
not innocent blood." 7:6
- "Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good."
Don't be afraid of gods. They can't hurt you. They can't help you, either, because they don't exit. (Just like Yahweh!)
- Defend the helpless and oppressed; don't harm strangers, widows, orphans, or other innocent people.
- Pay a fair wage to your employees. 22:13
- "Hearken not to the words of your prophets that prophesy unto you." (The best advice in the book of Jeremiah!) 27:16
- For some strange reason, God tells the people to do something good: free their slaves.
And the people do that, for a while, anyway. But then they retrieved them again. 34:8-16
There's nothing good in Lamentations.
- "Remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice, take away your exactions." 45:9
- "Ye shall have just balances." 45:10
There's nothing good in Daniel.
- "For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice." 6:6
There's nothing good in Joel.
- Do good; avoid evil. 5:14-15
There's nothing good in Obadiah.
There's nothing good in Jonah.
- "They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword
against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." Well, it's a nice
thought, but Joel 3:10 says just the opposite. But what do you expect
from a "God of Peace" (Rom 15:33, Heb 13:20)
who calls himself a "man of war"? (Ex 15:3) 4:3
- "O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to
love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"
(Well, it's a nice thought, but there are a few things more that Micah forgot to mention. Like you must
believe certain unlikely things or you will be tormented forever in
hell (Mk 16:16, Jn 3:18, 36); you
must kill witches Ex 22:18, homosexuals
Lev 20:13, those who believe differently than you
Dt 13:6-10, disobedient children
Dt 21:18-21, etc.) 6:8
There's nothing good in Nahum.
There's nothing good in Habakkuk.
There's nothing good in Zephaniah.
There's nothing good in Haggai.
- "Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his
brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor;
and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart." 7:9-10
- "These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his
neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against
his neighbour; and love no false oath." 8:16-17
- "Let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth."
- God disapproves of adultery, lying, oppressing workers, and mistreating widows, orphans,
and strangers. 3:5
- "Blessed are the meek." 5:5
- Blessed are the merciful." 5:7
- "Blessed are the peacemakers." 5:9
- "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
- Don't brag about the good things that you do. 6:1-3
- 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
- "Consider the lilies of the field...." A nice analogy, good advice (unless you live in cold climates), and a
great movie. 6:28
- "Judge not, that ye be not judged." 7:1
- Avoid hypocrisy. Consider your own faults rather than criticizing others. 7:3-4
- "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." 7:12
- Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:15
- Forgive those who repeatedly offend you. 18:21-22
- 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
- Pay your taxes. Keep state and church separate. 22:17-21
- 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.
- "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
- "All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." 26:52
- "If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all." 9:35
- 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."
- Pay your taxes. Keep state and church separate. 12:14-17
- "Love thy neighbor as thyself." 12:31
- Jesus believed in progressive taxation. 12:41-44
- 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
- Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely. 3:14
- Love you enemies; do good to those who hate you. 6:27
- The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. 6:31-34
- "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
- "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
- "Judge not ... condemn not ... forgive." 6:37
- Love thy neighbor as thyself. 10:27
- The story of the good Samaritan gets my vote for the best bible story. We should all "go and do likewise."
- "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
- From his comments on the widow's mites, it appears that Jesus favored progressive taxation. 21:1-3
- "Search the scriptures."
Good advice. Because those that search the scriptures are sure to reject them. 5:39
- 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
- "The truth shall make you free." 8:32
- "Love one another." 13:34
- "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
- Pilate asked Jesus a very good question: "What is truth?" 18:38
- It's better to give than to receive. (Jesus didn't say it, but it's a nice thought
- "Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?"
Practice what you preach. 2:21
- Don't think too highly of yourself. 12:3
- "He that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with
- Let your love be genuine. Do good; avoid evil. 12:9
- Be kind to others. 12:10
- "Not slothful in business." 12:11
- "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation." 12:12
- "Given to hospitality." 12:13
- "Bless, and curse not." 12:14
- Show empathy toward others. 12:15
- Associate with the lowly. Don't pretend to be wiser than you are. 12:16
- Don't return evil for evil. 12:17
- Try to "live peaceably with all men." 12:18
- "Avenge not yourselves." 12:19
- "If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink." 12:20
- "Overcome evil with good." 12:21
- Note to teabaggers: Paul says you should pay your taxes and honor the government. 13:6-7
- Love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 13:8
- "If there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." 13:9-10
- Be honest; avoid drunkenness. 13:13
- "Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind." 14:5
- Don't judge other people or cause them to fall. 14:13
- "Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another."
- Husbands and wives should be kind to each other. 7:3
- Love is a good thing. 8:1
- Some nice thoughts about love (or charity). 13:4-6
- "Put away childish things." (Like believing in the bible?) 13:11
- Speak clearly. 14:8-9
- "Be not children in understanding." 14:20
- Do all things with love. 16:14
- "Live in peace." 13:11
- "Remember the poor." (And help them if you can.) 2:10
- "By love serve one another." 5:13
- "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." 5:14
- "Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, ... meekness, temperance: against such
there is no law." 5:22
- Don't be conceited or envious of others. 5:26
- Forgive others. Someday you might make a mistake, too. 6:1
- "Let us not be weary in well doing." 6:9
- "Do good unto all men." 6:10
- "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
- Don't lie. Speak the truth to your neighbor. 4:25
- "Let not the sun go down upon your wrath." 4:26
- Don't steal, but rather work so that you will have something to give to those who are in need. 4:28
- "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which
is good to the use of edifying." 4:29
- Be kind and forgiving to one another. 4:31-32
- "Walk in love." 5:2
- "So ought men to love their wives." 5:28
- Love your wife as yourself. 5:33
- Don't fight, be humble, and look after the needs of others. 2:3-4
- "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."
- Avoid anger, wrath, and malice. 3:8
- Don't lie. 3:9
- Be merciful, kind, humble, loving, and forgiving toward one another. 3:12-14
- "Husbands, love your wives." 3:19
- "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may
know how ye ought to answer every man." 4:6
- "Comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men."
- Don't return evil for evil, but be good to yourselves and all others.
- "Prove all things; hold fast to what is good." 5:21
There's nothing good in 2 Thessalonians.
- "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
- "Refuse ... old wives' fables." What about old husbands' fables? Old Bible fables? 4:7
- "We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out." 6:7
- "Having food and raiment let us be therewith content." 6:8
- "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
- "The love of money is the root of all evil." 6:10
- "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be ... ready to distribute." 6:17-18
- Be gentle and patient with all others. 2:24
- Disregard "Jewish fables and commandments.quot; Like most of the Bible, maybe? 1:14
- "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
- "In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works ... sincerity." 2:7
- Do good works; be gentle toward others; avoid fighting or speaking unkindly about others.
- "Avoid ... genealogies." Like Genesis 10,
1 Chronicles 1-9, Matthew 1 and Luke 3?
- "Maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful." 3:14
There's nothing good in Philemon.
- "Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works." 10:24
- "Follow peace with all men." 12:14
- Let brotherly love continue. 13:1
- "Be content with such things as ye have. 13:5
- Avoid "strange doctrines." Those who do so will avoid nearly everything that the Bible teaches. 13:9
- "Do not error." 1:16
- "Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath." 1:19
- "Pure religion ... is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from
Cited by Associated Baptist Press in defense of the
Affordable Care Act. 1:27
- The rich should not be treated better than the poor. 2:2-4
- "Love thy neighbor as thyself." 2:8
- 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?
- James ridicules those who say salvation is by faith alone. He says the devils believe in God. Will their faith
save them? 2:19
- "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
- "If ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth." 3:14
- "The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." 3:18
- "Speak not evil of one another." 4:11
- Don't judge other people. 4:12
- "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
- "Love one another." 1:22
- "For all flesh is as grass."
Life is ephemeral. Enjoy it while you can. 1:24
- Avoid evil, malice, hypocrisy, and envy. Don't speak badly about others. 2:1
- 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
- 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
- "Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity
shall cover the multitude of sins." 4:8
- Be hospitable to one another without grudging. 4:9
- "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
- 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
- Those who love others are "in the light"; those who hate are "in darkness". 2:9-11
- "We should love one another." 3:11
- "Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." 3:18
- "Love one another." 4:7
- "God is love." 4:8
- "If we love one another, God dwelleth in us." 4:12
- "God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." 16
- "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear." 4:18a
- "He that feareth is not made perfect in love." 4:18b
- "Love one another."
Except for all those antichrists (non-Christians), that is.
(See verses 7-10) 5
- Do good; avoid evil. 11
- "Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied."
Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied. Sounds like a good idea to me. 1:2
- "And of some have compassion, making a difference."
Make a difference in the world by having some compassion. 1:22
There's nothing good in Revelation.