Scary Bible Quotes: Editor’s Introduction
Since I first began editing Scary Bible Quotes, many
people have had questions about it (for
example, “You know you’re going to hell, don’t you?”,
“Don’t you know that Jesus loves you?”,
and “If I want to sell my daughter into slavery, how much should I charge for
Unfortunately, since writing the remarks appearing in Scary Bible Quotes, God
unavailable for comment. So I have prepared this introduction, which includes
All the quotations on the
Scary Bible Quotes page are from the New International Version
(NIV) of the Bible.
The background image is
a page from the Gutenberg Bible (with some editing by me).
Following are versions of the same scary Bible passages, in different
(KJV). This is the traditional and most eloquent translation.
First appeared in 1611.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the
purpose of Scary Bible Quotes?
According to polls conducted in 2004, 82% of
Americans believe that the Bible is the
word of God,(2)
and 55% believe that “every word of the Bible is literally
seems to me unlikely that 55% of the country believe all of the assertions quoted on
Scary Bible Quotes
page. So I think many people must be unaware of what the
actually says. (It’s understandable – who has time for reading books
these days?) It
seems to me that a look at these quotations would provide valuable evidence relevant
whether the Bible is in fact the word of God and whether every statement in it is
And why is
one thing, because people often try to use the Bible to answer such important
questions as whether abortion is wrong, whether homosexuality is wrong, and
humans evolved from apes. Before we rely on the Bible in this way, we need to assess
whether it is actually the word of God, and how accurate it is in general.
Is this supposed
to prove that there is no God?
whether there is a God cannot be determined from the sort of information on
Bible Quotes (there could be a God whether or not the Bible is accurate).
I think some of
your quotations are mistranslations.
I think some of
your passages are quoted out of context.
they aren’t. Those who want to read the context surrounding any of the
may see the complete NIV
, or ESV
available on the web. In no case does the
context significantly alter the meaning, or the level of plausibility, of the passages.
I think some of
the statements you’ve quoted from the Bible are actually true.
It is possible that some Biblical statements that appear false are
true, though it is extremely implausible that all of them are.
Following are links to discussions of the most popular topics in Biblical
errancy. In each case, “Pro” links to a pro-Bible page, while
links to an anti-Bible page.
I hate you.
All of the hostile messages I have received about Scary Bible Quotes appear to
Christians. If you genuinely believe the Bible is the word of God, you should be
angry, that I am helping to spread the word of God. If, on the other hand, you think
page is anti-Christian, then that seems to me a tacit admission that some of the
in the Bible are so difficult to believe that merely reproducing a collection of them
serves to undermine Christianity.
Exodus 21:7 generously advises:
“If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free
as menservants do. If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself,
he must let
her be redeemed . . .” (NIV)
by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, Dec. 2-3, 2004. N=1,009
adults nationwide (U.S.). MoE + 3 (for all adults). Reported by PollingReport.com