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most overused bible verse

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most overused bible verse

#1 Post by Atheists4Jesus » October 2nd, 2007, 11:15 pm

I vote for John 3:16

For god so loved the world he topped himself

This says manic depression to me
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#2 Post by Maria Mac » October 2nd, 2007, 11:49 pm

I agree that's the most overused one - it's the one I see quoted again and again. But it's Leviticus 18:22: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination," that I think probably does the most harm nowadays because they use it to justify their homophobia.

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#3 Post by jaywhat » October 3rd, 2007, 6:45 am

There, but for the grace of dog go I etc .........

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#4 Post by Alan C. » October 3rd, 2007, 10:07 am

The one I use most is John, 11:35, the shortest verse in the bible.
Jesus wept!
Usually after stubbing my toe or hitting my thumb with a hammer. :laughter:
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#5 Post by Lifelinking » October 3rd, 2007, 3:22 pm

My late mother, a CofS protestant, used to use the expression "god willing", often at the end of sentences, and I believe quite a lot of folk still do this. It always struck me as an example of a sort of dour presbyterian fatalism (another one of her more cheery expressions was "aye, we've never died a winter yet!")

you can find the expression 'God willing' (or sometimes the alternative 'if God wills' depending on the bible version) in Acts 18:21
But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus
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#6 Post by Alan C. » October 3rd, 2007, 3:35 pm

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Yourself..........or Jesus? :grin:
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#7 Post by Lifelinking » October 3rd, 2007, 3:49 pm

as ma auld maw might have said, "he's not the messiah...he's a very naughty boy"

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#8 Post by Maria Mac » October 3rd, 2007, 6:30 pm

I still say 'God willing'! Obviously it's kind of tongue and cheek when I say it but it does sometime seem the best way to convey what I mean. It's expressing hope that something turns out the say I want it to but it's out of my hands.

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#9 Post by whitecraw » October 3rd, 2007, 9:55 pm

I’m tempted to say: references to ‘the salt of the earth’, ‘the powers that be’, ‘by the skin of our teeth’ or ‘a fly in the ointment’, which are all grossly overused biblical expressions.

But, of course, they aren’t verses. And I actually know the answer to this question. Some sad bastard at an American university has actually done some kind of mapping exercise, on the basis of which he has discovered that the most frequently quoted/overused Bible verse is John Chapter 3 verse 16: ‘For God sae luved the warld at he gied his ae an ane Son, at ilkane at believes in him mayna perish but hae eternal life.’ So you got it in one, Atheists4Jesus!

My most overused expression is still ‘Jee-sus Christ!’, which I started using shortly after my second child uttered his first word, which happened to be ‘God’. He toddled up to me one day, using the word to indicate that he’s soiled his nappy. He used to produce particularly pungent ones, the removal of which would be accompanied on my part by desperate and strangled cries of ‘God!... Oh, God!’ Strange to think that his earliest association of ‘God’ was with a stinking nappy.

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#10 Post by Alan C. » October 3rd, 2007, 10:41 pm

whitecraw
Strange to think that his earliest association of ‘God’ was with a stinking nappy.
:hilarity: Quite appropriate I think. As it's all a load of bull**it.
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#11 Post by FloatingBoater » October 5th, 2007, 11:55 am

It has to be (and boy! does it male me cringe)

OH.............MY......................GOD

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#12 Post by petra10 » October 5th, 2007, 8:54 pm

I have often heard people say Jesus H Christ and I've never worked out what the H stands for.Anybody know?

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#13 Post by Lifelinking » October 5th, 2007, 8:56 pm

Herbie
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#14 Post by lewist » October 5th, 2007, 10:31 pm

petra10 wrote:I have often heard people say Jesus H Christ and I've never worked out what the H stands for.Anybody know?
Someone once told me Americans have to have a middle initial at least if not a name. I suppose it makes him sound American. Herbie seems as likely as anything else.
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#15 Post by Lifelinking » October 5th, 2007, 11:02 pm

Humphrey is also nice
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#16 Post by Alan H » October 5th, 2007, 11:16 pm

The omniscient Wikipedia tells all:
The expression dates to at least the late nineteenth century (although according to Mark Twain it was already old in 1850), and likely originates with the ancient Christian three-letter symbolism IHS (the Christogram).

Using the name of "Jesus Christ" as an oath has been common for many centuries, but the precise origins of the letter H in the expression Jesus H. Christ are obscure. While many explanations have been proposed, some serious and many humorous, the most widely accepted derivation is from the divine monogram of Christian symbolism. The symbol, derived from the first three letters of the Greek name of Jesus, is transliterated "IHS," "IHC," "JHS," or "JHC". Since the transliteration "IHS" gave rise to the backronym Iesus Hominum Salvator (Latin for "Jesus savior of men"), it is plausible that "JHC" similarly led to "Jesus H. Christ".

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#17 Post by Lifelinking » October 5th, 2007, 11:30 pm

so, it could be Humphrey...
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#18 Post by Alan H » October 5th, 2007, 11:36 pm

Isn't he a cat?

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#19 Post by Lifelinking » October 5th, 2007, 11:47 pm

Image

not necessarily


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#20 Post by Alan H » October 5th, 2007, 11:59 pm

Of course!

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