Some 37 million online Bible references were surveyed and then ranked by popularity to create a website that makes searching for scriptures easier.
TopVerses.com ranked every Bible verse by popularity and published the results on its website, which launched this month. Instead of starting in Genesis, the ranked search shows popular verses first. It found that 87 of the top 100 verses are from the New Testament.
‚ÄúPutting the most popular verses first makes the Bible much more accessible. All sorts of people are visiting the site and seeing the Bible in a new way,‚ÄĚ said Peter B. Chapman, the creator of the TopVerses.com. ‚ÄúI love finding old favorites in Psalms. You can see the top 10 Proverbs by simply clicking on Proverbs.‚ÄĚ
The most popular verse was John 3:16, with over twice the reference as the second most popular verse ‚Äď John 1.1....
John in San Jose brought up a very interesting suggestion. It opens up hearts and reveals hurts, fears and our defensiveness when we have to look at what makes us uncomfortable. The cause would always reveal an important stumbling block toward one's reluctance to embrace Christ. It sure does mine--and I do seek to embrace Him!
I'd actually be much more interested in knowing what the LEAST popular verses in the Bible are, and why people feel the way they do about them.
In the Bible study at my workplace, I can't tell where my fellow attendees are spiritually when we read and study "popular" Bible passages, since everyones response is pretty much the same,but when we encounter verses that deal with God's wrath and man's depravity THEN you get to see where people stand by how they respond to these often unpleasant passages.