“It was my luck to have a few good teachers in my youth, men and women who came into my dark head and lit a match.”
Yann Martel, “Life of Pi”
“It was my luck to have a few good teachers in my youth, men and women who came into my dark head and lit a match.”
Yann Martel, “Life of Pi”
“If he is infinitely good, what reason should we have to fear him? If he is infinitely wise, why should we have doubts concerning our future? If he knows all, why warn him of our needs and fatigue him with our prayers? If he is everywhere, why erect temples to him? If he is just, why fear that he will punish the creatures that he has filled with weaknesses? …If he is reasonable, how can he be angry at the blind, to whom he has given the liberty of being unreasonable? … If he is inconceivable, why occupy ourselves with him? … and if he has spoken, why is the world not convinced?”
-Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
I am amused and somewhat confounded that when one contests a point-of-view and takes it to its end, the person who finds themselves cornered and apparently without the wherewithal to respond to questions and comments speaks out with a vengeance and declares the other person to lack civility and is a fool to boot.
My opinion about such things is that our educational system has not fulfilled its rightful role. Those who would call out another in a not-too-subtle manner as a “fool” etc., in most cases, have not been given a stage to present their thoughts for peer review. It is as if you can believe what you want as long as you are passionate enough about it to remain convinced. I find that approach to education wrong headed. Everyone should be given the opportunity to defend their position before their peers while having a person of authority, an instructor, also chime in with their years of experience and maturity. Are we too weak to call out defective thinking because it might hurt the little ones in their social interactions? Well, welcome to the real world.
Higher education is a place for trying out new ideas and getting the kind of feedback that benefits the presenter, shapes the message, even gives reason to re-think one’s position. I find that most of those who do not allow themselves to be challenged in a place of advanced education are unable to handle the emotional baggage that comes with being “outed” for poor style, as in name-calling.
For some time I have observed security to be described in terms of either black or white. Feeling safe is a right most contend they have been given while feeling unsafe is a threat few desire. What we think about is either safe or not safe. Sometimes it is in between. We gravitate toward those places and thoughts that make us feel safe and we do our best to avoid the discomfort of little or no security.
Many ideas have come to us from our parents and those we respect. These ideas become “grafted” into our unconscious. Assumptions about these truths are made and we live, for a time, without questioning them. The existence of Santa Claus and his reindeer are one of the first “facts” we are told. And, for most of us, that reality was as sure as anything else we were told. That is, until someone, perhaps an older sibling said there was no Santa Claus. That revealing statement became a troubling thought in our minds. At first, we denied it. Couldn’t be. No, Mom and Dad would not tell a lie. But then little things began to gnaw at our suspicions causing them to open like a festering wound that would not heal. The truth was unwelcome and inconvenient.
Truth works like that especially when a respected person, usually a parent, shares the “truth” with you. It becomes very difficult to give up the “truth” when it comes from such high authority as an all-knowing and invincible parent. Giving up Santa is like giving up a parent, a very difficult proposition.
Given the fact that other cultures have alternative Santa Claus figures that best fit their belief systems, one begins to wonder if a universal truth exists. There is no doubt that many believe a universal truth to be true but proof is very difficult to produce. There is no proof. One accepts Santa Claus stories on faith since the persons promoting the idea have a credible role as parent or adult.
If I were born in Utah chances are I would be a Mormon. If I was raised in Egypt I would be Islamic, and if I was born in Thailand I would probably be convinced that Buddhism was my religious identity. Much of our religious identity has to do with where we were born and to whom we were born.
So, when someone questions religious identities people begin to feel insecure. Their protection and security is threatened. People fear there might be a mistake and so to protect their beliefs they tend to lash out in defense. Some religions will even threaten anyone who believes differently. Some even threaten death. People are in danger of losing their reputation or life over a belief that they might be considered an atheist or unbeliever. Many pin their hopes on religion to assist them through some of the darkest things people experience. It doesn’t matter where their hope comes from it just matters that they are given something to believe. If you don’t believe as others do some begin to crush those ideas and exclude them from being part of the group. One can feel secure while observing most everyone else believing as they do while those who believe otherwise are made to feel outside the group. It is as if the person who does not believe as others do is made to pay for their independent thinking. Serious questions are raised that cause others to feel insecure. Better to shut down those who question the “truth” than to find cogent arguments to preserve a way of living no matter how little proof exists. As a result, one feels secure because the person who has legitimate questions is thought to have been vanquished. No proof, only a need to find security. Don’t prove me wrong, don’t even question. After all, if you have faith you have all you need. Or, do you?
Having seen the face of threat, certifying and hiring boards grinding out devastation, a person listens with an ear for gossip knowing my work was tested and my place questioned. Who are you that lives with you? Is it really you or could it be a phantom soul skidding notoriously into my view with clandestine motives. It matters little as the damage is nearly complete to reputation and character. The hoax is real, the play is the thing.
Many believe those who espouse an opposing view are attacking them. This fear, called “reality” by the “attacked”, is a disorder that disables levelheaded communication while granting the anxiety prone person a substantive argument to continue their paranoid thinking. It is a circuitous syndrome playing on its own fears. Anxiety, as viewed by the psychological practitioner, is the core of mental health or ill health. How one deals, or doesn’t deal, with doom-laden fears and apprehensions will manifest itself in delusional thinking and continued anxiety then take root in paranoid extremism. Though one can relieve one’s self of mild anxiety, if not addressed, it can lead to repetitive circles of anxious fears feeding on themselves. Anxiety can grow and often does as it mixes with delusional and paranoid thinking.
The political scene amply illustrates the various states of paranoia. Neither side is immune to the insidious nature of the disorder. And, because the person is paranoid, it is always someone or something else that is the cause of their frustrations and outbursts, not themselves. There are fewer disorders more difficult to understand than this one. It is the source of much frustration between people, especially when discussing delicate but important distinctions in politics and religion.
There are no simple cures for this disorder. Understanding or avoiding “hot” topics that bring the disorder to the fore are about all the average person can do. The unfortunate result of this approach leaves the person with little of importance to discuss while adding to their perception that they are alone in their reality.
There are “novel” ideas to consider when seeking answers. I would not call them novel nor refer to them as “by no stretch of the imagination novel,” but so be it. I get your point. And, I take courage that my co-thinkers are Jewish, left-wing or Democrat. My primary reason for identifying myself as a Liberal has to do with my investment in people. Anything that enhances the life of the general population is my interest. It matters little if it is government funded or not as the government is us. Balancing the equation between the “have’s” and “have-not’s” is my desire. That takes government intervention because we cannot and will not do it on our own. (Wall St. being the ultimate example of capitalism gone mad.) There are always going to be those who work the system be they Democrat or Republican. I know that. But the free enterprise model has created money monsters who take but do not give. The last ten years have to be an embarrassment to the crowd that calls themselves Capitalists. I could go on. (Is Blood in/on the streets the only answer?)
“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear. . . . Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its consequences. If it ends in a belief that there is no God, you will find inducements to virtue in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise, and the love of others which it will procure you.”
—-Thomas Jefferson, third President of the US
One of the conundrums of religion is the sad but real fact that many people of faith have little tolerance for those without faith. In other words, there appears to be a lot of hate going around. Why does this happen? It is my view that any form of atheism and agnosticism are perceived as a threat to the religious. After all, if one believes they are strong in their faith and a question about their faith appears unanswerable, who wouldn’t begin to wonder and speculate about the foundations of their faith? It happens to everyone. At this point the only thing left to do for a person without an answer is to resort to “faith” as faith gets by with little or no logical formation for it to exist. While this debate could be productive it is stopped cold in its tracks when arguing from logic or supposition. The subsequent “disliking” of faithless non-believers usually takes the form of distancing one’s self from the logician. If you remain distant from the cause of discomfort then discomfort does not have to consciously exist nor do inconvenient reminders of one’s irrational faith and logic. All one needs to do is stay away from its cause. In the short term this works but in the longer view one must take ever stronger and stronger measures to counteract the possibility that logical thoughts of others are the cause of many fears and anxieties.
There are a number of tools we have at our disposal to manage the questions and subsequent anxiety about religion. We could talk it out, try to understand it, we could rationalize it to ourselves, ignore it, pretend it doesn’t exist, run away from it, and get angry. Anger, minimizing, ignoring and exclusion appear to be the most frequently used tools to deal with what is not acceptable thinking or questioning about one’s faith. That is why there is so much religious hostility in the world. Too often the mantra of those with clear-cut but unprovable religious mandates espouse something like the following statement: “If you don’t believe as I do, I will (kill, hurt, ostracize, label, etc. [fill in the blank]) you!” Nations often take up arms against each other because of one’s beliefs. These nations are often driven by religious ideations and are no different than an individual. Taking up word weaponry to prove one is wrong or to hurt another is not uncommon. Most war efforts are driven by fear and/or anger. In order for one to avoid confrontation or lose a word war we resort to hostile statements while ostracizing the offender. The result is rage, intolerance and isolation. The tendency to isolate one who thinks differently than we do is born of a lack of understanding of both one’s own views and that of others. Of course this works both ways.
The irony in all of this is that many religious types claim to be concerned about the behaviors and thinking of those whose views run contrary to theirs. Yet, when pushed to understand that of another an impenetrable wall arises and communication is severely thrashed. This is an unfortunate result of closed minds, minds that will not consider the views of another when a position runs contrary to theirs. The need to perpetuate their thinking brings a kind of comfort outlasting that of logic. A place of disgrace lingers in the background as a person of faith will surely find themselves placed should they ask the wrong questions or betray their growing lack of faith in their religious culture.
Integrity is at the heart of most religions and expressions of faith. Therefore, it seems only right that a person of faith who is seeking to be a person of integrity would be willing to open up their faith questions and those of others with an approach that questions with honesty, fairness and reasonableness and not hostility, isolation, shunning and ridicule.
Thanks to Chris “Ali Baba” Thiefe for compiling the documentation below:
1. God is satisfied with his works
God is dissatisfied with his works.
2. God dwells in chosen temples
2 Chron 7:12,16
God dwells not in temples
3. God dwells in light
God dwells in darkness
1 Kings 8:12/ Ps 18:11/ Ps 97:2
4. God is seen and heard
Ex 33:23/ Ex 33:11/ Gen 3:9,10/ Gen 32:30/ Is 6:1/
God is invisible and cannot be heard
John 1:18/ John 5:37/ Ex 33:20/ 1 Tim 6:16
5. God is tired and rests
God is never tired and never rests
6. God is everywhere present, sees and knows all things
Prov 15:3/ Ps 139:7-10/ Job 34:22,21
God is not everywhere present, neither sees nor knows all
Gen 11:5/ Gen 18:20,21/ Gen 3:8
7. God knows the hearts of men
Acts 1:24/ Ps 139:2,3
God tries men to find out what is in their heart
Deut 13:3/ Deut 8:2/ Gen 22:12
8. God is all powerful
Jer 32:27/ Matt 19:26
God is not all powerful
9. God is unchangeable
James 1:17/ Mal 3:6/ Ezek 24:14/ Num 23:19
God is changeable
Gen 6:6/ Jonah 3:10/ 1 Sam 2:30,31/ 2 Kings 20:1,4,5,6/
10. God is just and impartial
Ps 92:15/ Gen 18:25/ Deut 32:4/ Rom 2:11/ Ezek 18:25
God is unjust and partial
Gen 9:25/ Ex 20:5/ Rom 9:11-13/ Matt 13:12
11. God is the author of evil
Lam 3:38/ Jer 18:11/ Is 45:7/ Amos 3:6/ Ezek 20:25
God is not the author of evil
1 Cor 14:33/ Deut 32:4/ James 1:13
12. God gives freely to those who ask
James 1:5/ Luke 11:10
God withholds his blessings and prevents men from receiving
John 12:40/ Josh 11:20/ Is 63:17
13. God is to be found by those who seek him
Matt 7:8/ Prov 8:17
God is not to be found by those who seek him
14. God is warlike
Ex 15:3/ Is 51:15
God is peaceful
Rom 15:33/ 1 Cor 14:33
15. God is cruel, unmerciful, destructive, and ferocious
Jer 13:14/ Deut 7:16/ 1 Sam 15:2,3/ 1 Sam 6:19
God is kind, merciful, and good
James 5:11/ Lam 3:33/ 1 Chron 16:34/ Ezek 18:32/ Ps 145:9/
1 Tim 2:4/ 1 John 4:16/ Ps 25:8
16. God’s anger is fierce and endures long
Num 32:13/ Num 25:4/ Jer 17:4
God’s anger is slow and endures but for a minute
Ps 103:8/ Ps 30:5
17. God commands, approves of, and delights in burnt offerings,
sacrifices ,and holy days
Ex 29:36/ Lev 23:27/ Ex 29:18/ Lev 1:9
God disapproves of and has no pleasure in burnt offerings,
sacrifices, and holy days.
Jer 7:22/ Jer 6:20/ Ps 50:13,4/ Is 1:13,11,12
18. God accepts human sacrifices
2 Sam 21:8,9,14/ Gen 22:2/ Judg 11:30-32,34,38,39
God forbids human sacrifice
19. God tempts men
Gen 22:1/ 2 Sam 24:1/ Jer 20:7/ Matt 6:13
God tempts no man
20. God cannot lie
God lies by proxy; he sends forth lying spirits t deceive
2 Thes 2:11/ 1 Kings 22:23/ Ezek 14:9
21. Because of man’s wickedness God destroys him
Because of man’s wickedness God will not destroy him
22. God’s attributes are revealed in his works.
God’s attributes cannot be discovered
Job 11:7/ Is 40:28
23. There is but one God
There is a plurality of gods
Gen 1:26/ Gen 3:22/ Gen 18:1-3/ 1 John 5:7
24. Robbery commanded
Ex 3:21,22/ Ex 12:35,36
Lev 19:13/ Ex 20:15
25. Lying approved and sanctioned
Josh 2:4-6/ James 2:25/ Ex 1:18-20/ 1 Kings 22:21,22
Ex 20:16/ Prov 12:22/ Rev 21:8
26. Hatred to the Edomite sanctioned
2 Kings 14:7,3
Hatred to the Edomite forbidden
27. Killing commanded
28. The blood-shedder must die
The blood-shedder must not die
29. The making of images forbidden
The making of images commanded
30. Slavery and oppression ordained
Gen 9:25/ Lev 25:45,46/ Joel 3:8
Slavery and oppression forbidden
Is 58:6/ Ex 22:21/ Ex 21:16/ Matt 23:10
31. Improvidence enjoyed
Matt 6:28,31,34/ Luke 6:30,35/ Luke 12:3
1 Tim 5:8/ Prov 13:22
32. Anger approved
Eccl 7:9/ Prov 22:24/ James 1:20
33. Good works to be seen of men
Good works not to be seen of men
34. Judging of others forbidden
Judging of others approved
1 Cor 6:2-4/ 1 Cor 5:12
35. Christ taught non-resistance
Matt 5:39/ Matt 26:52
Christ taught and practiced physical resistance
Luke 22:36/ John 2:15
36. Christ warned his followers not to fear being killed
Christ himself avoided the Jews for fear of being killed
37. Public prayer sanctioned
1 Kings 8:22,54, 9:3
Public prayer disapproved
38. Importunity in prayer commended
Importunity in prayer condemned
39. The wearing of long hair by men sanctioned
Judg 13:5/ Num 6:5
The wearing of long hair by men condemned
1 Cor 11:14
40. Circumcision instituted
41. The Sabbath instituted
The Sabbath repudiated
Is 1:13/ Rom 14:5/ Col 2:16
42. The Sabbath instituted because God rested on the seventh day
The Sabbath instituted because God brought the Israelites
out of Egypt
43. No work to be done on the Sabbath under penalty of death
Ex 31:15/ Num 15:32,36
Jesus Christ broke the Sabbath and justified his disciples in
John 5:16/ Matt 12:1-3,5
44. Baptism commanded
Baptism not commanded
1 Cor 1:17,14
45. Every kind of animal allowed for food.
Gen 9:3/ 1 Cor 10:25/ Rom 14:14
Certain kinds of animals prohibited for food.
46. Taking of oaths sanctioned
Num 30:2/ Gen 21:23-24,31/ Gen 31:53/ Heb 6:13
Taking of oaths forbidden
47. Marriage approved
Gen 2:18/ Gen 1:28/ Matt 19:5/ Heb 13:4
1 Cor 7:1/ 1 Cor 7:7,8
48. Freedom of divorce permitted
Deut 24:1/ Deut 21:10,11,14
49. Adultery forbidden
Ex 20:14/ Heb 13:4
Num 31:18/ Hos 1:2; 2:1-3
50. Marriage or cohabitation with a sister denounced
Deut 27:22/ Lev 20:17
Abraham married his sister and God blessed the union
Gen 20:11,12/ Gen 17:16
51. A man may marry his brother’s widow
A man may not marry his brother’s widow
52. Hatred to kindred enjoined
Hatred to kindred condemned
Eph 6:2/ Eph 5:25,29
53. Intoxicating beverages recommended
Prov 31:6,7/ 1 Tim 5:23/ Ps 104:15
Intoxicating beverages discountenanced
Prov 20:1/ Prov 23:31,32
54. It is our duty to obey our rulers, who are God’s ministers
and punish evil doers only
It is not our duty to obey rulers, who sometimes punish the
good and receive unto themselves damnation therefor
Ex 1:17,20/ Dan 3:16,18/ Dan 6:9,7,10/ Acts 4:26,27/
Mark 12:38,39,40/ Luke 23:11,24,33,35
55. Women’s rights denied
Gen 3:16/ 1 Tim 2:12/ 1 Cor 14:34/ 1 Pet 3:6
Women’s rights affirmed
Judg 4:4,14,15/ Judg 5:7/ Acts 2:18/ Acts 21:9
56. Obedience to masters enjoined
Col 3:22,23/ 1 Pet 2:18
Obedience due to God only
Matt 4:10/ 1 Cor 7:23/ Matt 23:10
57. There is an unpardonable sin
There is not unpardonable sin
58. Man was created after the other animals
Man was created before the other animals
59. Seed time and harvest were never to cease
Seed time and harvest did cease for seven years
Gen 41:54,56/ Gen 45:6
60. God hardened Pharaoh’s heart
Ex 4:21/ Ed 9:12
Pharaoh hardened his own heart
61. All the cattle and horses in Egypt died
Ex 9:3,6/ 14:9
All the horses of Egypt did not die
62. Moses feared Pharaoh
Ex 2:14,15,23; 4:19
Moses did not fear Pharaoh
63. There died of the plague twenty-four thousand
There died of the plague but twenty-three thousand
1 Cor 10:8
64. John the Baptist was Elias
John the Baptist was not Elias
65. The father of Joseph, Mary’s husband was Jacob
The father of Mary’s husband was Heli
66. The father of Salah was Arphaxad
The father of Salah was Cainan
67. There were fourteen generations from Abraham to David
There were but thirteen generations from Abraham to David
68. There were fourteen generations from the Babylonian captivity
There were but thirteen generations from the Babylonian
captivity to Christ
69. The infant Christ was taken into Egypt
The infant Christ was not taken into Egypt
Luke 2:22, 39
70. Christ was tempted in the wilderness
Christ was not tempted in the wilderness
71. Christ preached his first sermon on the mount
Christ preached his first sermon on the plain
72. John was in prison when Jesus went into Galilee
John was not in prison when Jesus went into Galilee
John 1:43/ John 3:22-24
73. Christ’s disciples were commanded to go forth with a staff
Christ’s disciples were commanded to go forth with neither
staffs nor sandals.
74. A woman of Canaan besought Jesus
It was a Greek woman who besought Him
75. Two blind men besought Jesus
Only one blind man besought Him
76. Christ was crucified at the third hour
Christ was not crucified until the sixth hour
77. The two thieves reviled Christ.
Matt 27:44/ Mark 15:32
Only one of the thieves reviled Christ
78. Satan entered into Judas while at supper
Satan entered into him before the supper
79. Judas committed suicide by hanging
Judas did not hang himself, but died another way
80. The potter’s field was purchased by Judas
The potter’s field was purchased by the Chief Priests
81. There was but one woman who came to the sepulchre
There were two women who came to the sepulchre
82. There were three women who came to the sepulchre
There were more than three women who came to the sepulchre
83. It was at sunrise when they came to the sepulchre
It was some time before sunrise when they came.
84. There were two angels seen by the women at the sepulchre, and
they were standing up.
There was but one angel seen, and he was sitting down.
85. There were two angels seen within the sepulchre.
There was but one angel seen within the sepulchre
86. Christ was to be three days and three nights in the grave
Christ was but two days and two nights in the grave
Mark 15:25,42,44,45,46; 16:9>
87. Holy ghost bestowed at pentecost
Holy ghost bestowed before pentecost
88. The disciples were commanded immediately after the
resurrection to go into Galilee
The disciples were commanded immediately after the
resurrection to go tarry at Jerusalem
89. Jesus first appeared to the eleven disciples in a room at
Luke 24:33,36,37/ John 20:19
Jesus first appeared to the eleven on a mountain in Galilee
90. Christ ascended from Mount Olivet
Christ ascended from Bethany
91. Paul’s attendants heard the miraculous voice, and stood
Paul’s attendants heard not the voice and were prostrate
92. Abraham departed to go into Canaan
Abraham went not knowing where
93. Abraham had two sons
Abraham had but one son
94. Keturah was Abraham’s wife
Keturah was Abraham’s concubine
1 Chron 1:32
95. Abraham begat a son when he was a hundred years old, by the
interposition of Providence
Gen 21:2/ Rom 4:19/ Heb 11:12
Abraham begat six children more after he was a hundred years
old without any interposition of providence
96. Jacob bought a sepulchre from Hamor
Abraham bought it of Hamor
97. God promised the land of Canaan to Abraham and his seed
Gen 13:14,15,17; 17:8
Abraham and his seed never received the promised land
Acts 7:5/ Heb 11:9,13
98. Goliath was slain by Elhanan
2 Sam 21:19 *note, was changed in translation to be
correct. Original manuscript was incorrect>
The brother of Goliath was slain by Elhanan
1 Chron 20:5
99. Ahaziah began to reign in the twelfth year of Joram
2 Kings 8:25
Ahaziah began to reign in the eleventh year of Joram
2 Kings 9:29
100. Michal had no child
2 Sam 6:23
Michal had five children
2 Sam 21:8
101. David was tempted by the Lord to number Israel
2 Sam 24:1
David was tempted by Satan to number the people
1 Chron 21:1
102. The number of fighting men of Israel was 800,000; and of
2 Sam 24:9
The number of fighting men of Israel was 1,100,000; and of
1 Chron 21:5
103. David sinned in numbering the people
2 Sam 24:10
David never sinned, except in the matter of Uriah
1 Kings 15:5
104. One of the penalties of David’s sin was seven years of
2 Sam 24:13
It was not seven years, but three years of famine
1 Chron 21:11,12
105. David took seven hundred horsemen
2 Sam 8:4
David took seven thousand horsemen
1 Chron 18:4
106. David bought a threshing floor for fifty shekels of silver
2 Sam 24:24
David bought the threshing floor for six hundred shekels of
1 Chron 21:25
107. David’s throne was to endure forever.
David’s throne was cast down
108. Christ is equal with God
John 10:30/ Phil 2:5
Christ is not equal with God
John 14:28/ Matt 24:36
109. Jesus was all-powerful
Matt 28:18/ John 3:35
Jesus was not all-powerful
110. The law was superseded by the Christian dispensation
Luke 16:16/ Eph 2:15/ Rom 7:6
The law was not superseded by the Christian dispensation
111. Christ’s mission was peace
Christ’s mission was not peace
112. Christ received not testimony from man
Christ did receive testimony from man
113. Christ’s witness of himself is true.
Christ’s witness of himself is not true.
114. Christ laid down his life for his friends
John 15:13/ John 10:11
Christ laid down his life for his enemies
115. It was lawful for the Jews to put Christ to death
It was not lawful for the Jews to put Christ to death
116. Children are punished for the sins of the parents
Children are not punished for the sins of the parents
117. Man is justified by faith alone
Rom 3:20/ Gal 2:16/ Gal 3:11,12/ Rom 4:2
Man is not justified by faith alone
James 2:21,24/ Rom 2:13
118. It is impossible to fall from grace
John 10:28/ Rom 8:38,39
It is possible to fall from grace
Ezek 18:24/ Heb 6:4-6, 2 Pet 2:20,21
119. No man is without sin
1 Kings 8:46/ Prov 20:9/ Eccl 7:20/ Rom 3:10
Christians are sinless
1 John 3: 9,6,8
120. There is to be a resurrection of the dead
1 Cor 15:52/ Rev 20:12,13/ Luke 20:37/ 1 Cor 15:16
There is to be no resurrection of the dead
Job 7:9/ Eccl 9:5/ Is 26:14
121. Reward and punishment to be bestowed in this world
Reward and punishment to be bestowed in the next world
Rev 20:12/ Matt 16:27/ 2 Cor 5:10
122. Annihilation the portion of all mankind
Job 3: 11,13-17,19-22/ Eccl 9:5,10/ Eccl 3:19,20
Endless misery the portion of all mankind
Matt 25:46/ Rev 20:10,15/ Rev 14:11/ Dan 12:2
123. The Earth is to be destroyed
2 Pet 3:10/ Heb 1:11/ Rev 20:11
The Earth is never to be destroyed
Ps 104:5/ Eccl 1:4
124. No evil shall happen to the godly
Prov 12:21/ 1 Pet 3:13
Evil does happen to the godly
Heb 12:6/ Job 2:3,7
125. Worldly good and prosperity are the lot of the godly
Prov 12:21/ Ps 37:28,32,33,37/ Ps 1:1,3/ Gen 39:2/
Worldly misery and destitution the lot of the godly
Heb 11:37,38/ Rev 7:14/ 2 Tim 3:12/ Luke 21:17
126. Worldly prosperity a reward of righteousness and a blessing
Mark 10:29,30/ Ps 37:25/ Ps 112:1,3/ Job 22:23,24/
Worldly prosperity a curse and a bar to future reward
Luke 6:20,24/ Matt 6:19,21/ Luke 16:22/ Matt 19:24/
127. The Christian yoke is easy
The Christian yoke is not easy
John 16:33/ 2 Tim 3:12/ Heb 12:6,8
128. The fruit of God’s spirit is love and gentleness
The fruit of God’s spirit is vengeance and fury
Judg 15:14/ 1 Sam 18:10,11
129. Longevity enjoyed by the wicked
Job 21:7,8/ Ps 17:14/ Eccl 8:12/ Is 65:20
Longevity denied to the wicked
Eccl 8:13/ Ps 55:23/ Prov 10:27/ Job 36:14/ Eccl 7:17
130. Poverty a blessing
Luke 6:20,24/ Jams 2:5
Riches a blessing
Prov 10:15/ Job 22:23,24/ Job 42:12
Neither poverty nor riches a blessing
131. Wisdom a source of enjoyment
Wisdom a source of vexation, grief and sorrow
132. A good name is a blessing
Eccl 7:1/ Prov 22:1
A good name is a curse
133. Laughter commended
Eccl 3:1,4/ Eccl 8:15
Luke 6:25/ Eccl 7:3,4
134. The rod of correction a remedy for foolishness
There is no remedy for foolishness
135. A fool should be answered according to his folly
A fool should not be answered according to his folly
136. Temptation to be desired
Temptation not to be desired
137. Prophecy is sure
2 Pet 1:19
Prophecy is not sure
138. Man’s life was to be one hundred and twenty years
Gen 6:3/ Ps 90:10
Man’s life is but seventy years
139. The fear of man was to be upon every beast
The fear of man is not upon the lion
140. Miracles a proof of divine mission
Matt 11:2-5/ John 3:2/ Ex 14:31
Miracles not a proof of divine mission
Ex 7:10-12/ Deut 13:1-3/ Luke 11:19
141. Moses was a very meek man
Moses was a very cruel man
142. Elijah went up to heaven
2 Kings 2:11
None but Christ ever ascended into heaven
143. All scripture is inspired
2 Tim 3:16
Some scripture is not inspired
1 Cor 7:6/ 1 Cor 7:12/ 2 Cor 11:17
Think not that I come to send peace on earth: I came not to send
peace, but a sword.
– Matthew 10:34
… all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
– Matthew 26:52
For wrath killeth the foolish man…
– Job 5:2
… let not the sun go down on your wrath.
– Ephesians 4:26
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, even the Son of man which
is in heaven.
– John 3:13
... and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
– 2 Kings 2:11
If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
– John 5:31
I am one that bear witness of myself…
– John 8:18
[Jesus was the speaker in both of these quotes]
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children…
– Proverbs 13:22
Sell that ye have and give alms…
– Luke 12:33
Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord… Wealth and riches
shall be in his house…
– Psalms 112:1-3
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than
for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
– Matthew 19:24
I and my father are one.
– John 10:30
… I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
– John 14:28
[Jesus was the speaker in both of these quotes]
Thou shalt not kill
– Exodus 20:13
Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his
side… and slay every man his brother…
– Exodus 32:27
Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy.
– Exodus 20:8
The new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot
away with: it is iniquity.
– Isaiah 3:22
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness
of anything that is in heaven… earth… [or] water.
– Leviticus 26:11
And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt
thou make them.
– Exodus 25:18
For by grace are ye saved through faith… not of works.
– Ephesians 2:8-9
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by
– James 2:24
God is not a man, that he should lie: neither the son of man,
that he should repent.
– Numbers 23:19
And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his
– Exodus 32:14
… the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall
hear his voice, and come forth…
– John 5:28-29
As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth
down to the grave shall come up no more.
– Job 7:9
… thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth,
hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for
wound, stripe for stripe.
– Exodus 21:23-25
… resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right
cheek, turn to him the other also.
– Matthew 5:39
Honor thy father and mother.
– Exodus 20:12
If any man come to me, and hate not his father and mother, and
wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own
life also, he cannot be my disciple.
– Luke 14:26
Lay not up for yourself treasures upon the earth…
– Matthew 6:19
In the house of the righteous is much treasure…
– Proverbs 15:6
I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
– Genesis 32:30
No man hath seen God at any time.
– John 1:18
The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father.
– Ezekiel 18:20
… I the lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of
the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth
– Exodus 20:5
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth
– Proverbs 3:13
For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth
knowledge increaseth sorrow.
– Ecclesiastes 1:18
The Lord is good to all.
– Psalm 145:6
I make peace and create evil. I the Lord do all these things.
– Isaiah 45:7
Whosoever shall say Thou fool, shall be in danger of hellfire.
– Matthew 5:22
[Jesus said] Ye fools and blind.
– Matthew 23:17
For all have sinned.
– Romans 3:23
There was a man… whose name was Job; and that man was perfect
– Job 1:1
Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign.
– 2 Kings 8:26
Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign.
– 2 Chronicles 22:2
If a man vow a vow unto the Lord or swear an oath… he shall do
according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
– Numbers 30:2
But I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by heaven… nor by
– Matthew 5:34-35
… the earth abideth forever.
– Ecclesiastes 1:4
… the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and
the works that are therein shall be burned up.
– 2 Peter 3:10
… for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger
– Jeremiah 3:12
Ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn forever.
– Jeremiah 17:4
… God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.
– James 1:13
And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt
– Genesis 22:1
And God saw everything that he made, and behold it was very good.
– Genesis 1:31
And it repented the Lord that he had made man on earth, and it
grieved him at his heart
– Genesis 6:6
For now have I chosen and sanctified this house that my name be
there forever; and mine eyes and my heart shall be there
– II Chronicles 7:16
Howbeit the most high dwelleth not in temples made with hands.
– Acts 7:48
[God dwells] in the light which no man can approach unto.
– I Timothy 6:16
The Lord said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
– I Kings 8:12
And the Lord called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid.
– Genesis 3:9,10
Ye hath neither heard his voice, at any time, nor seen his shape.
– John 5:37
Then went up Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the
elders of Israel. And they saw the God of Israel… They saw
God, and did eat and drink.
– Exodus 24: 9-11
Whom no man hath seen nor can see.
– I Timothy 6:16
With God all things are possible.
– Matthew 29:26
And the Lord was with Judah, and he drove out the inhabitants of
the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the
valley, because they had chariots of iron.
– Judges 1:19
God is not the author of confusion.
– I Corinthians 24:33
Out of the mouth of the most high proceedeth not evil and good?
– Lamentations 3:38
Those that seek me early shall find me.
– Proverbs 8:17
Then shall they call upon me but I will not answer; they shall
seek me early, but shall not find me.
– Proverbs 1:28
On the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of
atonement; it shall be a holy convocation unto you; and ye shall
afflict your souls and offer an offering made by fire unto the
– Leviticus 23:27
For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day
that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt
offering or sacrifices.
– Jeremiah 7:22
And the priest shall burn all on the altar to be a burnt
sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the
– Leviticus 1:9
Your burnt offering are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet
– Jeremiah 7:20
God is not a man, that he should lie
– Numbers 23:19
And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the
Lord have deceived that prophet.
– Ezekiel 24:9
There is none other God but one.
– I Corinthians 8:4
And God said, Let us make man in our image.
– Genesis 1:26
When ye go, ye shall not go empty; but every woman shall borrow
of her neighbor, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels
of silver and jewels of gold, and raiment; and ye shall put them
on your sons and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the
– Exodus 3:21,22
Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor, nether rob him.
– Leviticus 19:13
At the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of
man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.
– Genesis 4:5,6
And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should
– Genesis 4:15
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not,
neither do they spin… if God so clothe the grass of the
field… shall he not much more clothe you? Therefore, take no
thought, saying what shall we eat? or what shall we drink? or
wherewithal shall we be clothed?… Take, therefore, no thought
for the morrow.
– Matthew 6:28, 30-34
But if any provideth not for his own, especially for those of his
own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an
– I Timothy 5:8
Be ye angry and sin not.
– Ephesians 4:26
Be not hasty in they spirit to be angry; for anger resideth in
the bosom of fools.
– Ecclesiastes 7:9
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
– Matthew 5:16
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of
– Matthew 6:1
And Solomon stood before the alter of the Lord, in the presence
of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands
– I Kings 7:22
When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are; for
they love to pray standing in the synagogues, and in the corners
of the streets, that they may be seen of men…
– Matthew 6:5
And no razor shall come on his head; for the child shall be a
Nazarite unto God from the womb.
– Judges 8:5
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man hath long
hair, it is a shame unto him?
– I Corinthians 6:14
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
– Exodus 20:8
One man esteemeth one day above another; another esteemeth every
day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
– Romans 14:5
For in the six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and
all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the
Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
– Exodus 20:11
And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and
that the Lord thy God brought the out thence through a mighty
hand and by a stretched-out arm; therefore the Lord thy God
commanded the to keep the Sabbath day.
– Deuteronomy 5:15
There is nothing unclean of itself.
– Romans 14:14
Nevertheless, these shall ye not eat, of them that chew the cud or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel and the hare, and the coney; for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof, therefore they are unclean unto you. And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcass.
– Deuteronomy 14:7,8
Cursed is he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother.
– Deuteronomy 27:22
And Abraham said… She is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
– Genesis 20:11,12
If brethren dwell together, and one of them die and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger; her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife.
– Deuteronomy 25:5
If a man shall take his brother’s wife, it is an unclean thing… they shall be childless.
– Leviticus 20:21
He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness.
– Mark 3:29
And by him that believe are justified from all things.
– Acts 13:39
[John the Baptist] is Elias which was for to come.
– Matthew 11:14
And they asked him, what then? Art thou [John the Baptist] Elias? And he saith, I am not.
– John 1:21
Now, after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee,
preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.
– Mark 1:14
After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judea… and John was also baptizing Enon… for John was not yet cast into prison.
– John 3:22-24
And it was in the third hour, and they crucified him.
– Mark 25:3-4
And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour; and he saith unto the Jews, behold your king… Shall I crucify your king?
– John 19:14-15
They gave him vinegar to drink, mingled with gall.
– Matthew 27:34
And they gave him to drink, wine mingled with myrrh.
– Mark 15:23
[Jesus was the thirsty chap in both verses.]
And the men which journeyed with [Paul] stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
– Acts 9:7
And they that were with me [Paul] saw indeed the light and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
– Acts 22:9
Abraham had two sons; one by a bonds-maid, the other by a free woman.
– Galatians 4:22
By faith, Abraham when he was tried offered up Isaac… his only begotten son.
– Hebrews 11:17
Therefore Michal, the daughter of Saul, had no child unto the day of her death.
– II Samuel 6:23
The five sons of Michal, the daughter of Saul.
– II Samuel 21:8
And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel.
– II Samuel 24:1
And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
– I Chronicles 21:1
All power is given unto [Jesus] in heaven and in earth.
– Matthew 28:18
And [Jesus] could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands on a few sick folk and healed them.
– Mark 6:5
There shall no evil happen to the just.
– Proverbs 12:21
Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
– Hebrews 12:6
Thanks to Chris “Ali Baba” Thiefe for compiling the documentation above