5 Bible Quotes That Really Aren't

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 8 18:16:55 UTC 2012

They forgot--or ignored--one more basic reason. People prefer short,
catchy slogans to full verses that may be too subtle. And when added to
the predisposition toward the substance of the expression, the
combination is lethal.


On 1/8/2012 12:11 PM, James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at netscape.com> wrote:
> ...
> Why do we think these phantom passages are in the Bible? One Bible professor says it's because people like the idea that biblical passages reinforce their own pre-existing beliefs. "Most people who profess a deep love of the Bible have never actually read the book," Rabbi Rami Shapiro told CNN. "They have memorized parts of texts that they can string together to prove the biblical basis for whatever it is they believe in, but they ignore the vast majority of the text."
> Ignorance isn't the only reason we think phantom biblical passages are real. We're also just plain confused since many of these phantom verses do reflect actual biblical concepts, good common sense or folk wisdom.

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