There’s an interesting article in Alternet called: Bible Verses That Atheists Love
I’m often told that I hate God, which is absurd since I don’t believe God exists.
However, for a long while, I was a Christian. Nothing bad happened to me. I have no horrific stories to tell you about my time as a Christian. Sure, I was told things that I don’t think are true, and there were times where I was taught bigotry in the name of Jesus, but it didn’t take me too long to see through those falsehoods, and turn away from those early ‘lessons’.
The truth is, there are parts of the bible I think are salvageable. There are parts that are even beautiful. They’re surrounded by barbaric parts, but that doesn’t mean none of it has any value. In the article mentioned above, some prominent atheists tell you what bible verses are their favorite and why. I thought I’d share my own small set.
My absolute favorite was shared in the original article. Here is the quote:
First Corinthians 13:4-8: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves.”
I find this quote inspiring. To me, it really excels at describing the ideal of love, although it might seem a bit naive to some people. Naive or not, I still enjoy this bible verse and think it has value. I’d even go so far as to say it’s beautiful to me.
Acts 18:9: One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.
Obviously, I don’t believe in the whole ‘God spoke to Paul’ part, but I like the idea that we should speak. This goes for atheists and believers alike. I think we’re told to stop talking way too much by society. I’m a fan of sharing ideas, even if I don’t agree with the ideas being expressed. I think the ‘do not be silent’ part is good advice worth following.
Phil 4:8: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
This one was mentioned in the original article as well, but I think it deserves a second mention. I think the idea that we should think about things that are true, noble, pure and lovely is an excellent sentiment and one we probably don’t put into practice nearly enough.
Heb 13:5: Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
I like the first part of this verse. It’s something I try to live by. I’m certainly not rich, but I also try to make sure I don’t get too attached to possessions. I think we can always earn more money and buy new things but we can’t replace the people we love. Some things are worth more than money and possessions.
John 13:35: By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Being a disciple of something I don’t believe in isn’t high on my to-do list, but I think striving to love one another, even when we disagree is something worth doing.
Again, it might be a little naive to believe it can be achieved, but in the trying, I think we can improve our lot and the lot of those around us.
So there are a few of my favorite bible verses. Whether you’re an atheist or a believer, feel free to share your favorite verse(s) and your reasoning for choosing them in the comment section.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.