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Original Bible Verse Collection

bible_verse_collectionThere is a major update to the Bible Verse Collection, which is the New Interactive Bible Verse Collection.

This collection contains over 600 carefully selected verses from the Bible which have been organized by Book of the Bible into 18 subject categories.  Each verse has a direct link to BibleGateway.com so that the entire context of the verse can be easily be read. 56 verses have been recently added to the Bible Verse Collection. The lists of Bible verses in each category is also printable.

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Click on “Print Page” above and on each page for a printer-friendly listing of the Bible verses in each category.  Click on a category to see that list:

Humble Thankfulness to God
Comfort and Hope
Joy in the Lord
Faith
Strength through God
Blessings from God
Seek and You Will Find
Praise to God
Developing Ourselves in Christ
The Gift of Grace from Jesus Christ
Love in Christ
The One and Only God
God is Everywhere, and in Us
Responding to the Call of God
Memory Verses for Children
Prayer
Unexpected Bible Verses
Authority of God’s Word

There are also other Bible verse lists and pages available:

Bible Verses Explaining Salvation through Jesus Christ
New Interactive Bible Verse Collection
Recently Added Verses to the Bible Verse Collection
Deeper in God’s Word John 14:6
Deeper in God’s Word Psalm 118:24
Phantom Bible Verses


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Steps to Salvation through Jesus Christ

Salvation through Jesus Christ

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This page shows the steps to Salvation through Jesus Christ. While the entire Bible carries this message, these verses are examples of the different steps toward Salvation.

God loves us, and wants to have a relationship with us.

  • God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16)
  • I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. (Psalm 52:8)
  • How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)
  • We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

However, we have rebelled against God, and our Sin separates us from God.

  • But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2)
  • For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Most of us try to do good things (works) to get back to God, but we cannot earn back God’s forgiveness or re-establish our relationship with Him through our own efforts.

  • For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8,9)
  • …they pursued it not by faith, but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the ‘stumbling stone.’ (Romans 9:32)

Through our sins and our broken relationship with God, our punishment is death and eternal separation from God.

  • For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
  • I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins. (John 8:24)

So that we can re-establish our relationship with Him, God provided his Son, Jesus Christ, to do for US what we cannot do for ourselves.

  • But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
  • For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
  • For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ, who gave himself as a ransom for all men. (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

Jesus Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins through His death on the cross.

  • This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:28)
  • He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by his wounds! (1 Peter 2:24)

When we accept the gift of Jesus Christ from God, and admit that we have sinned and ask for His forgiveness, our sins ARE forgiven, and our relationship with God is rebuilt.

  • …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24)
  • …there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (Luke 15:10)
  • If you confess with your mouth – Jesus is Lord – and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

By accepting and believing in Jesus Christ, we ask for His leadership and guidance through life. We are reborn as a new person, in Christ.

  • Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)
  • Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

After accepting Jesus Christ, our good deeds, or works, are done to honor Him, not ourselves. We do not earn salvation by doing good works, but rather the works come FROM salvation by Jesus.

  • What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such a faith save him? … In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:14,17)
  • For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

By accepting Jesus, we defeat death, and can look forward to an eternal relationship with God.

  • For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all, and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (Romans 10:12-13)
  • Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? (1 Corinthians 15:55)
  • I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)

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What is the Bible?

The Bible is the inspired word of God written by men as directed by God and the Holy Spirit. The Bible used by Notaccidental.com is the sacred canonical collection of 66 books used by Christianity. It is divided into the Old and New Testaments. Many different translations of the Bible may be used, but the most frequently used ones include the NIV (New International Version), ESV (English Standard Version), KJV (King James Version), NASB (New American Standard Bible), The Living Bible, and the Message.

There different terms used throughout this site that essentially refer to The Bible. These include:

  • God’s Word
  • Scripture
  • Word of God
  • The Holy Bible
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Betting on the End of the World

The Mayan end of the world prediction was December 21, 2012.  Various wagers were available on this prediction, and one gambling house gave odds that the world would end at 5000 to 1.  Interestingly, a footnote added at the bottom of the Ladbrokes Casino page stated, “Bets settled according to the state of the world at midnight on Friday the 21st of December. Ladbrokes decision final.”  Isn’t it nice that Ladbrokes was available to let us know the final status of the world at midnight 12/21/2012.

May 21, 2011 was predicted to be Judgment Day – The End of the World – by American Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping.  Born in 1921, he is known for applying numerology to his interpretations of Bible passages to predict dates for the End Times.  He specifically predicated that “on May 21, 2011 Jesus would return, the righteous would fly up to heaven, and that there would follow five months of fire, brimstone and plagues, with millions of people dying each day, culminating on Oct. 21, 2011 with the end of the world.”  He has previously erroneously predicted judgment days on May 21, 1988 and September 7, 1994.  (From Wikipedia, Harold Camping).

And indeed, Las Vegas gambling bookmakers did give odds and accept bets on the 5/21/2011 end of the world scenario.  One bookmaker at the Las Vegas Hilton remarked that, “You’d be surprised. We’ve had a ton of people, mostly paranoid schizophrenics that are putting down their whole life’s savings on the bets we’re offering.”

Their main bet was that the world would end on May 21st, paying 800 to 1.  Side bets included how the world would end, such as an earthquake paying 1200 to 1, a flood or tsunami at 1800 to 1, etc.

The bookmaker “knew” that the world would not end.  He went on, “Let’s face it. We take the action, have a big party Friday and see what happens on Saturday. If the world ends, we won’t be able to pay off the bets anyway. So, we’re taking their money and planning an event if the world doesn’t end. We’ll have a free prime rib dinner for anyone holding a ticket on the world’s end. Should be a great time.”

Did they take bets that the world would not end?  “That’s a sucker’s bet for the house. We know that the world won’t end. Why would we take a lamebrain bet like that? We don’t want that kind of action.”


Is the Las Vegas bookmaker’s attitude toward Biblical End Times representative of most people today?  Maybe to some extent, but it is likely that most Christians do not accept that the exact date of judgment day can predicted through numerology.  After all, the Bible itself states in Matthew 24:36, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  Even Jesus does not know the time of His return, so how is it possible that man could know this?

However, these are not the first wagers made on Biblical truth and prophecy.  Blaise Pascal, a French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist who lived from 1623 -1662, also put forth a bet, known as  Pascal’s Wager.  In this wager, he postulated that “even if the existence of God cannot be determined through reason, a rational person should wager as though God exists, because living life accordingly has everything to gain, and nothing to lose.”  A grid illustrated this concept, showing the different combinations of belief and unbelief, and their different consequences.  Incidentally, his references to God are Biblical (as opposed to Muslim, Hindu, etc.), with Jesus Christ being Lord and Savior.

 Do You Believe in God?   If God Does Exist  And If God Does Not Exist
 If You Believe in God:  Eternity in Heaven  Moral Benefits
 If You Do Not Believe in God:  Eternity in Hell  Immoral Consequences

In this grid, the prospect of spending eternity in Heaven outweighs all of the other possibilities, thus the rationale behind the wager.  However, in reality, you cannot “bet” on belief in God and expect to “win” eternity in Heaven any more than you can bet on the date of the end of the world and expect to win an fortune.  You cannot purchase salvation, and you cannot do enough good works to buy your way into God’s eternal kingdom.  Pascal’s wager is an intellectual exercise, and a spiritual lie.


If we continue with Matthew 24:36-44, it goes on to read, and Jesus is speaking:

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

The Vegas bookmaker sounds a lot like the people in the days of Noah, before the flood.  He is making bets on the end of the world, taking the action, planning a big prime rib dinner, and having a great time.  But there will be a time when Jesus does return, so we must stand vigilant and prepared.  We can avoid being swept away like those in the flood by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and body, and basing our lives on Jesus and the teachings of the Bible.  There is much more to salvation than just making the hollow statement, “I believe in God”, as in Pascal’s wager.  It is a life-changing commitment to Jesus Christ.

We must stand vigilant and prepared not only to benefit ourselves, but also to benefit our loved ones, and anyone else in the world who has not heard the good news of Jesus Christ.  We stand has His ambassadors in the world; we spread His message.  Maybe the end of the world will not happen in our lifetimes, but everyone will die at some point, and that will be the end of their chance for salvation.  That will be their personal “end of the world”. 

Judgment Day or not, all will be judged.  While Harold Camping’s predictions are misguided, they do cause us to pause to reflect on our own mortality, our relationship with Jesus, and the mortality of our loved ones.  Are we prepared?

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Phantom Bible Verses and Misquoted Bible Verses

What is a phantom Bible Verse?  Consider the following two “verses” of scripture:

“God helps those who help themselves.” – Hezekiah 5:1

and

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” – Phillips 66:1

Do you see anything wrong here?  Of course, Hezekiah and Phillips are not even books of the Bible, and these verses are not found in any other book of the Bible, either.  These are two examples of phrases which are thought to originate from the Bible, and are even given fake Bible-sounding book names to add credibility.  To people who haven’t studied the Bible, these could indeed pass as authentic Bible verses.  Hence the name, “phantom verses.”

These and other Bible “verses” are discussed below, as well as several often misquoted Bible verses.

Phantom Verses – Phrases which do not exist in the Bible

  • “God helps those who help themselves.”Not only is this not a verse of the Bible, but the Bible actually teaches the opposite of this. Supposedly, this phrase was coined by Benjamin Franklin, who as a deist believed in self-reliance. Instead, the Bible teaches us to put our faith in God, and to rely on Him, not on ourselves. Consider these authentic Bible verses (NIV):“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
    in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
    Proverbs 3:5“This is what the LORD says, ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.'”Jeremiah 17:5“A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper. He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.”Proverbs 28:25-26
  • “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”There are sections of the Bible that refer to cleanliness, but not as much to physical cleanliness but rather to spiritual cleanliness. There are cases of objects being “ceremonially clean”, according to Old Testament tradition.  (For example Mark 7:3 mentions this: “The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.”)More significantly, being “clean” refers to being without sin. Of course, this is impossible for man to achieve on his own. Only through belief in the saving power of God and Jesus Christ are we made “clean”:“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”Psalm 51:10“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” Ephesians 5:25-27
  • “God works in mysterious ways.”The origin of this phrase is uncertain, but it is definitely not from the Bible. However, the  Bible does say that there are things beyond our understanding.“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”Romans 8:28While we don’t always know why the purpose of our circumstances according to God’s plan, we can rest assured that whatever happens will work toward the benefit all believers in Jesus Christ as Savior.
  • “The eye is the window to the soul.”The Bible does not speak of the eye as being the “window to the soul”, but it does refer to the eye as the “lamp of the body”.The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”Matthew 6:22-23
  • “To thine ownself be true.”While this phrase may be offered as a Biblical recommendation to follow one’s conscience, this phrase is not Biblical, but rather is from Shakespeare. In Hamlet, Polonius, the older counselor of Prince Hamlet’s uncle, King Claudius, is in the process of advising the prince when he speaks forth the famous line: “This above all things: to thine own self be true.”But is this really good advice?  Better advice would be to seek the will of God:  “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” Psalm 105:4

Misquoted Bible Verses – Verses from the Bible that are often misused.

  • “Money is the root of all evil.”
    The actual Bible verse is “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
     – 1 Timothy 6:10A key phrase that is left out of the commonly spoken words above is the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. The next verse explains this even further, stating that the love of money enables people to wander from their faith is Jesus Christ as Lord, and to commit sin. Thus it is not the money itself, but rather the love of money becoming a type of false god, replacing Jesus in our lives.Another verse speaking of the “love of money”: “Whoever loves money never has money enough;
    whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.”
    Ecclesiastes 5:10However, God has a positive view on wealth itself:“The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.” Proverbs 10:22“Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God.”Ecclesiastes 5:19Wealth is best used to glorify God:“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;  then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”Proverbs 3:9-10
  • “Judge not lest you be judged.”
    The actual Bible verse is “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2This is one of the most inappropriately used Bible verses. It is usually spoken contemptuously and self-righteously by a non-Christian in criticism of a Christian supposedly judging someone else. The statement has evolved into a pervasive creed of open-mindedness that slaps-down anyone who has the courage to declare that someone else’s belief, actions or lifestyle is morally wrong. The Bible itself is very clear on what is and what is not sinful, without any help from us.When Jesus condemned judging in the verse above, he was not implying we should never make judgments about anyone. What Jesus condemns is a critical and judgmental spirit, an unholy sense of superiority. Jesus commanded us to examine ourselves first for the problems we so easily see in others. Only after we remove the “plank from our own eye” can we help remove the “speck from another’s eye”.
  • This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24This verse is commonly used during praise and worship, declaring that today was made special by the Lord, and we should rejoice in this gift from the Lord. While this is true, it is not what the verse is talking about.  Read the entire passage from Psalm 118:22-24, and Acts 4:11.

    “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;
    the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
    This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
    Psalm 118:22-24“It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”Acts 4:10-12This passage is not compelling us to rejoice in just any day, but to rejoice in the day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
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