Thursday, 22 March 2012

The Bible in a Nutshell - (New Testament)

Bible Teachings in a Nutshell

Yes, here it is, the entire Bible in a nutshell! 


  • 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 jedged."  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
  • 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
  • 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
  • “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

  • When Jesus lists the "ten" commandments, he ony 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.” Just where he got this one is anyone’s guess. 10:19
  • “Love thy neighbour as thyself.” 12:31

  • Do violence to no man, neither accus 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. (Mk.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
  • Don’t judge or condemn others. Forgive those who have offended you. 6:37
  • Jesus warns against hypocrisy. The Christian right should pay more attention to this verse. 6:41
  • 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.” 10:30-37
  • From his comments on the widow’s mites, it appears that Jesus, contrary to today’s Christian right, favored progressive taxation. 21:1-3

  • 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 anyway.)  20:35
  • Let your love be geniune.  Do good; avoid evil.  12:9
  • Be kind to others. 12:10
  • 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
  • Be kind to your enemies.  Overcome evil with good.  12:19-21
  • 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."  14:19
  • "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
  • Bear one another’s burdens. 6:2
  • Don't lie.  Speak the truth to your neighbour,  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
  • "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."  4:8
  • Don't fight, be humble, and look after the needs of others.  2:3-4
  • Avoid anger, wrath, and malice.  3:8
  • Don't lie.  3:9
  • Be merciful, kind. humble, and forgiving toward one another.  3:12-13
  • "Husbands, love your wives."  3:19
  • "Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged."  3:21
  • "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:
  • "Comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men."  5:14
  • Don't return evil for evil, but be good to yourselves and all others.  5:15
  • "Prove all things;  hold fast to what is good."  5:21
1 Timothy:
  • "Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies."  If we follow this advice we would ignore most of the Bibles 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
  • Paul says to "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
2 Timothy:
  • Be gentle and patient with all others.  2:24
  • Disregard "Jewish fables and commandments of men, that turn from the truth."  Like most of the bible, maybe?  1:14
  • Do good works; be gentle toward others; avoid fighting or speaking unkindly about others.  3:1-2
  • "Avoid ... genealogies." Like Gen.10, 1 Chr.1-9, and Lk.3?  3:9
  • "Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works."  10:24
  • Let brotherly love continue. 13:1
  • Be hospitable to strangers. 13:2
  • Avoid "strange doctrines."  Those who do so will avoid nearly everything that the Bible teaches.  13:9
  • "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 the world."  1:27
  • The rich should not be treated better than the poor.  2:2-4
  • "Love thy neighbour 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?  2:15-16
  • James ridicules those who say salvation is by faith alone.  He says the devils believe in God.  Will their faith save them?  2:19
  • "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 varnisheth away."  (All we are is dust in the wind.)  4:14
  • Workers should be treated fairly.  5:4
1 Peter:
  • "For all flesh is a 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
  • Peter says that Christians should be ready to explain why the believe what they do.  This is a good verse to remember when Christian refuse to debate you.  3:15
  • Be hospitable to one another without grudging.  4:9
  • Don't murder, steal, do evil things, or interfere needlessly in the lives of others.  I wish Christians would follow Peter's advice here, especially the "busybody" part, and stay out of the beliefs and sex lives of non-christians.  4:15
2 Peter:
  • 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:
  • Those who love others are "in the light"; those who hate are "in darkness".  2:9-11
  • "Let us not love in the word, neither in tongue;  but in deed and in truth."  3:18
  • "Love one another."  4:7-8, 4:16
  • "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear."  4:18
2 John:
  • "Love one another."  Except fo all those antichrists (non-Christians), that is.  (See verses 7-10) 5.
3 John:
  • Do good; avoid evil.  11