Some Bible Verses to Know
This page lists some important Bible verses, or at least the verses that I think are important. The way I determine which verses are important to me, and therefore which verses I should memorize, is that whenever I have need of a verse but can't think of it, or whenever I say "The Bible says somewhere that ..." but can't state where exactly it is said, then I note that, look up the verse, and then add it to my list of verses I should know.
People have made careers out of Bible study aids and guides, so this simple overview is just that - a simple overview.
How does one select a verse as more important than others? What are the drawbacks of selecting a particular verse for a given subject? These are not just rhetorical questions. This section will attempt to answer them.
Let's start with the drawbacks. The main drawback is taking a verse out of context. It can be easy to do. Sometimes the results are harmless; other times the effect may be the opposite of what was intended. The first half of avoiding taking a verse out of context is to look at the context - the surrounding paragraph or so. The ideal "important verse" would be a summary of the passage (that paragraph or maybe even a whole chapter). The second half of avoiding taking a verse out of context is to look at the rest of the Bible. Compare the isolated verse with other verses on the same subject. If they agree, then it should be safe to use the isolated verse.
The other topics concerns the application of verses. How does one act on a verse? I'm glad you asked. Do not act on a verse. I repeat: do not just obey a verse. Do obey the meaning of the verse. There is a subtle difference - sometimes what the verse says and what the verse means are the same, but sometimes they are different. That is where your interpretation of the verse matters and that is one reason why there are differences and denominations within Christianity - people's interpretations may vary.
Why do I say not to obey a verse but rather obey the meaning? It is like saying to obey the spirit of the law not just the letter of the law. Ideally, you would want to do both, but sometimes that does not work with the Bible. My favorite example comes from the end of 2nd Timothy in chapter 4, verse 19. It says "Greet also Priscilla and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus". Now if you try to live your life by doing exactly what the Bible says, then you must find people named Priscilla and Aquila and you must greet them. Not to do so would be disobeying the Bible. Now if you try to live your life by doing what the Bible means, then you must find how to apply that verse to your life. Perhaps it means to be cordial in all your communications. Perhaps it means to greet those you meet in a friendly manner. Whatever it is, that is what you are supposed to do.
On the other hand, sometimes a verse and its meaning are the same. An example for this is John 14:15. In that verse, Jesus says "If ye love me, keep my commandments." Now what does that verse mean? It means just what it says.
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