Searching for Answers- Top 10 Bible Verses According to…You?

Posted: February 24, 2011 in Faith/Christianity

“Hmmm…I wonder what the bible say about…?”  That’s obviously a common theme of question people have been asking, according to biblegateway.com’s 2009 release of the top 100 bible verse searched on their site.  Their team compiled a search based on over 25 million bible verses searched between the months of March-April ’09, and came up with a list of the top 100.  In two months they gathered over 25 million search hits…wow!

Here’s the top 10 from that list;

10. Matthew 28:19: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

9. Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

8. Romans 12:2:Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

7. Proverbs 3:6: “In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

6. Proverbs 3:5:Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

5. Genesis 1:1:In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

4. Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

3.  Romans 8:28: “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.”

2. Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

1. John 3:16: 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.”

So what can we gather from this?  Firstly, there’s millions of people out there that are searching for answers…searching  for some kind of meaning, purpose and direction.  Secondly, I wonder how many of these people actually believes and knows that God loves them…that God is truth, and can be trusted in all things?  If so…why are they still searching?  Could it possibly be that John 3:16, the most commonly known scripture verse, is often quoted, but less often demonstrated through Christ’s followers?

I’m not saying we shouldn’t be preaching God’s love…that Jesus came to live among us as God incarnate…to reveal His love, mission, warnings and purpose for mankind.  People need to hear about the love of God…absolutely…but what I am saying…suggesting…pondering…in as much as people have heard the message “God loves you“, they also need to see that love of God lived out in those who profess to have that love of Christ within them.  Afterall, James 2:20 speaks of having faith that produces an effect…not that it earns or merits salvation or favor…but that living, real faith is the outward manifestation of someone who truly loves, follows and believes in Jesus.  Isn’t that one of the things people are searching for today?  It’s the Holy Spirit who works and draws people to Himself, but it is often the result of His love, trust, calling, assurance, strength and purpose being lived out…demonstrated…in those who are found in Christ.  So let that be some challenge and encouragement to us, as Christians, to realize there are people searching all around us…hoping and wanting to believe…they’re just looking for other who truly believe too! 

And for those that are not-yet-Christ-followers…that are still searching…please forgive us for the times we aren’t demonstrating what we say we believe…what we say we’ve searched for…and found.  We’re still a work in progress too!  I hope your search ends soon, with the end result being the One True answer to all your questions!

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