Bible App 5

Share passages, bookmarks and thoughts with friends though a single app

Bible App has received a big update today, bringing social features to the good book in version 5. You can now explore the Bible with your friends, and have a stream of their activity in the Home view of the app itself.

Other new features include being able to like and comment on friends bookmarks or notes, where you can share ideas and questions about anything you've read.

The app is free, and you can download it right from Google Play.

Source: YouVersion; Thanks, Robert!

 
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PastorDroid says:

I know you all hate "first" comments but I figured it's fitting that a pastor be the first to comment here :) Good job Bible app

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eahinrichsen says:

PastorDroid 1:1

Posted from one of an unnecessarily large collection of Nexus devices because I'm That Guy

redrooster13 says:

That's awesome! Great app!

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jozjonlin says:

My pastor puts his sermon outlines online and I can access them via the app and make notes as we go along. While I like OliveTree because I don't have to have an internet connection on a tablet, I think this is a very very cool feature.

mbj8448 says:

I do the same thing for my home church. Pastor sends me the outline each week and I create the YouVersion Live outline/bulletin. It works great for us. While you certainly need an internet connection to connect to the YouVersion Live outline, you can always download offline versions of your preferred translation for just reading.

techieTroy says:

I used OliveTree ages ago before switching to Android, but the YouVersion Bible app is so outstanding and keeps getting meaningful updates. It rocks.

I wanted to point out for you that it does support local versions for offline reading. Maybe that would be of help to you.

hotice says:

Have you tried PocketBible? PocketBible has been around the longest as it was on Windows Mobile for years before there was an iPhone. It was a little slow coming to iPhone and Android and that's why YouVersion got so popular. Anyway, PocketBible has always had all the books stored locally and still does on Android. The Android version is still a work in progress but works very well. Two major features it's still missing are good searching and notes. It has highlights and bookmarks and they have tons of great content available. All my Bibles, dictionaries, commentaries, etc. that I had for Windows Phone still work on the Android version. That's another great thing about PocketBible. Buy the books once and use them on any platform. They even have a free, full featured, version of PocketBible available for Windows so you can have the same books on Windows (I use it on Windows 7) if you want. PocketBible also lets you split the screen which I think is a must have feature and the YouVersion Bible didn't do that the last time I tried it.

Jacques says:

Update looks great so far!

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Kiddo_24 says:

Loving it!

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redrooster13 says:

+1

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B0WIE says:

Cool, will have to check it out.

master5hake says:

Does it include LOTR??

MERCDROID says:

I love how posts about the Bible always bring out the shills. It's ok if you don't read the bible or use the app. But, why waste your time here?

Grahaman27 says:

I like the bible and lord of the rings.

MERCDROID says:

Me, too. But, there's a difference between the two, lol.

brendilon says:

There is? Twobworks of fiction that folks obsess over WAY too much.
This is hardly any sort of groundbreaking app. Not sure why it merited a post. Slow news day I guess.
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MERCDROID says:

I was waiting for you, lol. Took you long enough, lmao.

Ok, the first sentence, I surprisingly agree with. And...it's a Tuesday. So, you're probably right about the slow news day.

But, I will say: an app that's used by millions of people that receives a major overhaul does warrant an article, in my opinion.

someguy01234 says:

Personally I find LOTR very entertaining and teaches good values like friendship.

+1

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Warrenisit says:

Hahaha... Exactly, Brendilon!

BradFalkner says:

I love this. The comment about both being fiction.

master5hake says:

Actually I read the bible a lot. In fact two of my favorite movies growing up and to this day are Jesus Christ Superstar and Jesus of Nazareth. I grew up catholic household, went to catholic school, was an alter boy (and was lucky to escape unscathed if you know what I mean), and in the same time while I was in school studying math, physics, biology, and the other sciences that are responsible for many of the great wonders we have today (like cell phones with apps) is when I realized how bogus and contradictory the bible is (and many other religions for that matter). Sure the bible has some great sayings: thou shall not kill, thou shall not steal, etc. But it also has some really bad saying as well like thou shall kill your enemy, rape their woman, enslave their children, and plunder their lands. I don't see how in this modern age people can reconcile all of the good things in their with all the bad things. Not only that but much of the bible is derived from other religions predate it and existed throughout the mesopotiam, north african, and asian regions. Basically anytime jews were conquered by by another group, they would retain some of that groups beliefs. The bible neither holds water scientifically (but who cares about science on a technology site),nor historically in many cases.

Krasin says:

You should add a tl;dr or break that bad boy up into paragraphs.

MERCDROID says:

It's not that long of a paragraph. Stop being lazy and put those eyeballs to use, lol.

master5hake says:

Yes. Along with being an atheist I am also an anti grammer nazi, who seeks to offend the english language at any and every available opportunity. But I will try and do better next time.

Kegman says:

TLDR how the hell do you believe anything written in the bible with an 8th grade education?

MERCDROID says:

I retract my statement, brother.

You know, I don't disagree with you. I also have my suspicions about the bible. I try to take the good from it, without paying too much attention to the bad (as referenced in your reply).

It's funny, because you sound just like one of my best friends. He grew up Catholic and had the Bible shoved down his throat (figuratively, lol). After he started high school, he studied the bible and found quite a few fallacies in it. In one of our debates, he threw it all at me. It was quite the eye-opening experience.

Anyway, I do apologize, brother. I just think that people that do draw inspiration from the bible should be able to read articles about it without being ridiculed or attacked, even on a tech site such as this. But, again, I shouldn't have blindly labeled you as a shill and I do apologize.

I appreciate the well thought out reply!!

master5hake says:

No apologies needed. I welcome debate and know that I myself can sometimes go off the deep end with my fervor on this subject.

"I try to take the good from it, without paying too much attention to the bad". I know a lot of people feel this way about the bible and other religious texts, but this statement has always irked me. I had written a lengthy rebuttal full of analogies to this statement, but I guess I will give it a rest for today.

MERCDROID says:

Thanks, for sparing me lol.

Kegman says:

you could take good things from the koran too. Star wars has plenty of good messages in it also.

jmaher1023 says:

I'd like a book, chapter, and verse reference for the whole kill your enemy and rape their women thing! It's just not there. And on a historical note, the Bible has been proven to be one of the most historically accurate books over and over again. You read without understanding and listen to the viewpoints of others who are out to prove that God doesn't exist so that they can live their lives without accountability. How about all the holes in the evolutionary theory? Let's date rocks by the fossils they contain and date the fossils by the rocks we find them in...that makes perfect sense! I'd be happy to take the time to explain any scriptures to you that seem sketchy or self contradictory, as I'm sure any of the pastors here would as well.

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Kinglo says:

Sexism (Sign of the times, forgivable)
1 Timothy 2:12, "But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
Ephesians 5:22 "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord."

Genocide (They were fighting a holy war, war is hell)

1 Samuel 15:3: "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass."

Kill babies (This reads even better in the new english versions)
Psalms 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones."

Kegman says:

dont forget eating your infant to survive a seige

Deuteronomy 28:52
Because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege, you will eat the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the LORD your God has given you.

master5hake says:

Umm actually it is there and the bible is full of it. So i guess you have some explaining to do, though I don't see how anyone can explain a god that would want his people to pillage, plunder, rape, enslave, or kill.

Deuteronomy 20:10-14: As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor. But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you.

Exodus 21:7-11: When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment.

2 Samuel 12:11-14: Thus says the Lord: 'I will bring evil upon you out of your own house. I will take your wives [plural] while you live to see it, and will give them to your neighbor. He shall lie with your wives in broad daylight. You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.'

Numbers 31:7-18: They attacked Midian just as the LORD had commanded Moses, and they killed all the men. All five of the Midianite kings – Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba – died in the battle. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. Then the Israelite army captured the Midianite women and children and seized their cattle and flocks and all their wealth as plunder. They burned all the towns and villages where the Midianites had lived. After they had gathered the plunder and captives, both people and animals, they brought them all to Moses and Eleazar the priest, and to the whole community of Israel, which was camped on the plains of Moab beside the Jordan River, across from Jericho.

Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the people went to meet them outside the camp. But Moses was furious with all the military commanders who had returned from the battle. "Why have you let all the women live?" he demanded. "These are the very ones who followed Balaam's advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the LORD at Mount Peor. They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the LORD's people. Now kill all the boys and all the women who have slept with a man. Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.

Leviticus 20:9: All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense.

Leviticus 21:9: A priest's daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death.

2 Chronicles 15:12-13: They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

Deuteronomy 22:20-21: But if this charge is true (that she wasn't a virgin on her wedding night), and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father's house. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst.

2 Kings 2:23-24: From there Elisha went up to Bethel. While he was on his way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him. "Go up baldhead," they shouted, "go up baldhead!" The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two shebears came out of the woods and tore forty two of the children to pieces.

1 Kings 20:35-36: Meanwhile, the LORD instructed one of the group of prophets to say to another man, "Strike me!" But the man refused to strike the prophet. Then the prophet told him, "Because you have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, a lion will kill you as soon as you leave me." And sure enough, when he had gone, a lion attacked and killed him.

Isaiah 14:21: Make ready to slaughter his sons for the guilt of their fathers; Lest they rise and posses the earth, and fill the breadth of the world with tyrants.

Ezekiel 9:5-7: "Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, "Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all – old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin your task right here at the Temple." So they began by killing the seventy leaders. "Defile the Temple!" the LORD commanded. "Fill its courtyards with the bodies of those you kill! Go!" So they went throughout the city and did as they were told."

Isaiah 13:15-18: Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes. For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off. The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows. They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children.

1 Samuel 15:2-3: This is what the Lord of hosts has to say: 'I will punish what Amalek did to Israel when he barred his way as he was coming up from Egypt. Go, now, attack Amalek, and deal with him and all that he has under the ban. Do not spare him, but kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and asses.'

Ezekiel 35:7-9: I will make Mount Seir utterly desolate, killing off all who try to escape and any who return. I will fill your mountains with the dead. Your hills, your valleys, and your streams will be filled with people slaughtered by the sword. I will make you desolate forever. Your cities will never be rebuilt. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

Leviticus 25:44-46: However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way.

Exodus 21:2-6: If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.' If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever.

Ephesians 6:5: Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.

1 Timothy 6:1-2: Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them.

Furthermore, for every historical accuracy in the bible, there is one or more historical inaccuracies to along with it. If a hand you a note with to equations on it, 0+0=0 and 0+0=1, you wouldn't say that the note it mathematically accurate because half of the note is correct. Would you?

And holes in the theory of evolution? Like there are no holes in the story of creation. Please. You can look at fossil evidence and basically conclude that evolution existed, not only that but we have witnessed organisms called bacteria evolving everyday (becoming more resistant to antibiotics because of all of the antibiotics we pump into live stock and down the drain). Hmm seems like a toss up to me though. Follow the work of modern scientist, who use the scientific method. The same scientific method responsible for electricity, cell phones, computers, etc. Or follow the myths created by some men 4,000 years ago, who if given a cell phone would like throw it and use it as weapon. Choices, choices.

kelwyn says:

Hi,
You are certainly spending a lot of time on something you hate? What do you love?

Look for in it in the 'Top new Fiction' section of the play store

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jdevenberg says:

This is much more witty than what I was going to say. I approve.

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the_stig#WN says:

You are funny. You would be funnier if you changed the middle part of your username from lunch to douche.

kstoutdog says:

Nice +1

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MERCDROID says:

+2 lol

fuzzylumpkin says:

Do they come in a selection of colours?

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ErnstMach says:

Lol, good one

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cdemot02 says:

perfect!

:)

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master5hake says:

WOW! How christian of you. Is name calling something you picked up in sunday school??

awdsti4u says:

Wow!! It was just a joke, even whitelunchbag smiled at the comment. But since you are obviously without sin.. cast the first stone!

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master5hake says:

I think this is verse you are looking for:

And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him. Leviticus 24:16

Or maybe this one:

Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die. 1 Kings 21:10

Cast the first stone? Lol. That is like so 2,000 years ago!

I should go back and edit it to say "theists are dickheads" so your personal insults are in a better context

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suruat says:

whitedouchebag.... lol!

fuzzylumpkin says:

A fairly broad definition of the word "new". I hate it when they do that!

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Lol. I would also place it in the horror section.

Twonald says:

nice

master5hake says:

You are so wrong. There are tons of better fiction out there!! Bible isn't even in the top 100.

Its Andy Warhol !! (sorry the picture)

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You sir have won 1 internet. Here... take it!

LG G2 on 4.4. Kit-Kat

robnhl says:

One of my favorite new features is the ability to see past verses of the day. Thanks for writing this up, Jerry.

techieTroy says:

Thank you for pointing that out! That is useful to me for sure. I've wished it was there before.

Yes, Jerry, thank you!

Apaca1ypse says:

The bible has gone social... I guess that's the world we live in.

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kstoutdog says:

That's a good thing

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redrooster13 says:

Yes sir!

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fuzzylumpkin says:

I haven't been in one in a few years, but isn't going to church supposed to be a relatively social thing?

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etnpnys says:

Lol

Exactly.

Vito2000 says:

These added features are a welcome addition to an already good app. Nice work!

DavidJ726 says:

I don't use the app for research, or social activities, but it's great to have the Word on a portable device!

Jay Holm says:

+1!

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Awesome!!

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wicketr says:

Does this version still run in the background at all times without the ability to turn it off? Does it still send out weekly notifications to "spend time in the bible" using their custom notification method that can't be disabled?

This has been one of the most "spammy" apps I've ever used on Android. Hopefully they're working on fixing it.

fuzzylumpkin says:

Presumably it constantly running in the background is a feature to emulate the concept that "Jesus is always with you".

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techieTroy says:

I mean no disrespect or irreverence in this comment, but just wanted to acknowledge that that's seriously funny! So clever. Well done!

K White1 says:

I updated to this new version yesterday, and I love this app. However, I wish I could turn off the notifications, especially when backsliding.

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Amir47 says:

I was going to say inb4atheists but never mind

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fuzzylumpkin says:

I know, right?

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Channan says:

Haha

I'm just surprised they didn't get the first word in. Just seems like there are more atheists than believers on the internet.

You don't have to be an atheist to not follow the bibles "teachings"

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retsaw says:

Indeed. Most people are non-believers of all religions except one. Atheists just take their non-belief one religion further, and don't believe in any religion.

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fuzzylumpkin says:

Well put, I find it very strange how Christians can look at Zeus or Odin and think "that's so silly! Of course I don't believe that!" But then pull out a crucifix with an effigy of Jesus on it and exclaim "but THIS guy, this guy obviously makes perfect sense!"

Of course, it's not just the Christians, almost all religions think their particular sky dwelling magician/s are the only one/s that make sense.

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kronium says:

Yes, but Jesus was real, and the crucifix because he died on a cross. The debate is if he was actually who he said he was.

retsaw says:

Sorry, but the evidence for him being real is sketchy at best.

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benhaube says:

I am glad to see Android Central doing news about faith based apps. Regardless of the religion. As a Christian, I use this app on a daily basis and have it installed on all my android devices. Plus it's hard to find any tech news site that is willing to report on "Christian" things. This story just reinforces why AC is my main source for Android news.

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Mathisep says:

+1

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A2theC says:

+1 I agree, I'm glad they didn't go the route of completely avoiding the whole topic. This is one of the most popular android apps with close to 50 million downloads, so it seems to make sense to report an update on a popluar app. I'm sure there are people who don't care about this, they don't like any religion, they have a different religion or whatever, I personally don't care about the M8! Furthermore, I wouldn't mind seeing more apps reviewed similar to this from other faiths as well.

redrooster13 says:

+1 gained a lot of respect for AC

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Channan says:

Yeah, I thought that was pretty neat.

HeyImAlexD says:

I agree with you 500%! :)

Posted through my Nexus 7!

extremenet says:

Thanks for posting this, Jerry.
I use this app every day. I'm glad to see AC posting about a major version upgrade to an obviously popular app.

Well at least it's less annoying than a jehovah's witness knocking on my door at 8am on a Saturday, trying to "spread the word".

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flash4yish says:

Yes, thanks! I like the "Bible in a Year" feature...

tdizzel says:

Screw the bible, I'd much rather watch Dogma. Its far more realistic.

I foresaw much bickering.

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MERCDROID says:

There was weeping and gnashing of teeth.

strausd says:

Thanks for the update! It's always great to see posts like this.

ken512 says:

Basic. instructions .before. leaving .earth

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tdizzel says:

When I leave earth I'm going to Qo'nos

A2theC says:

Be sure to bring a bat'leth and maybe a Klingon dictionary (unless you are fluent). See you in Sto-vo-kor!

I'll be going to Quiznos.

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AndroidHugo says:

A towel would be a lot more useful, in fact it is the most important item to have when exploring space!
Just don't let the Vogons read their poetry to you, it has been said that their poetry is even worse than the bible.

JonAis says:

Thanks for posting Jerry.

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A2theC says:

+1Million Jerry
First of all let me thank you for talking about this app AT ALL!! It is becoming taboo to even speak about faith related matters in fear of backlash and offending atheists (people of other religions are more accepting than they).

Also, thanks for telling me this update is important, I usually just update apps and forget about it. My family doesn't really care too much about updates in general "don't fix what isn't broken" kind of thing, but this kind of feature is well worth updating.

lightyear420 says:

Maybe it's because people don't want YOUR beliefs shoved down their throats. If you believe it, great!! If someone else doesn't, then shut the hell up and let them believe what they want. It's not your place to try to control someone else's life. I don't come in your house and tell you you're cleaning dishes wrong or you're using the wrong electronics, so don't tell me what to believe!!! People that do this make me sick to my stomach!

FYI, I'm no atheist, I just don't want anyone else's fucked up totally unproven beliefs shoved in my face.

NickA says:

People try to tell you the truth because they care about you. This topic obviously angers you, maybe because you are in the minority. Perhaps you should just ignore these articles, no one is forcing you to read or comment.

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lightyear420 says:

The truth??? lol....sheeple!! There is no evidence the bible is interpreted correctly by Christianity, but there is evidence to the contrary. Believe what you want, but know in the end you believe in a religion based only on heresy and the word of others passed down through generations. Have you ever played the game telephone? It's a game played by children that starts with the first person whispering something in the person's ear next to them, then the recipient whispers what they heard in the next person's ear, and so-on down the line. 99% of the time when the last person gets the message it's so screwed up it's not anywhere close to the original message. You see where I'm going with this, right? I'm not saying you're wrong and I'm right, but believing firmly that you have the only correct interpretation to a series of events that happened thousands of years ago is just so ignorant words can't begin to describe it. Having an open mind to the possibility that there may be correct answers to the epic question which no one has yet discovered can really make you see the world differently. You shouldn't walk around with blinders and immediately discredit anyone who doesn't agree with you wholeheartedly.

Someone should study the Dead Sea Scrolls.

lightyear420 says:

That is not evidence of correct interpretation! You somehow read my comment to say the bible is one huge lie....that's not what I said. I said Christianity misinterprets the bible. I never said the bible is a fabrication.

NickA says:

And by the way, it's not all unproven. Do some research. There is a lot of historical evidence not based on any religious beliefs.

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MERCDROID says:

But...you could have just avoided the article altogether...

LiveFaith says:

Why do that, when you need to rant against people telling you what to believe ... all while hammering everyone about what to believe about sharing their faith. LOL

rweeks says:

Thanks for posting the review..
Great app.... Use it every day...

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tim242 says:

Yay! An app about a fictional book that condones slavery in 47 verses. SMH.

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NickA says:

No one is going to take your troll bait my friend. I give you credit how ever, you must have read to have actually counted verses. While you lack understanding of the Word, you are at least aware of it. That's a start.

By the way, there is historical evidence in this book you call fiction. Religious beliefs aside, you can't discount historical facts.

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master5hake says:

You can find historical facts in Harry Potter, doesn't mean that Hogwarts exists. Furthermore, much of the archeological and historical evidence found directly contradicts many of the things in the bible.

NickA says:

Do you know the definition of a fact? It's something proven to be true by people smarter than you and I.

And no, the evidence doesn't contradict the bible. If you look at what's been happening over the last 30 or so years, more and more of the bible has been proven to be true. I'm not talking about things like Jonah and the big fish, I'm talking about cities and artifacts mentioned in the bible that are just now being found.

Sure, not all of the bible has been proven, and that's fine. That's why it's called faith. But, if you tell me where you think historical evidence contradicts the bible, I'd be happy to do the research and educate you (or myself).

fuzzylumpkin says:

I wouldn't mind being shown some proof of this "historical evidence from the bible found in the last 30 years" but I don't think it'll materialise, because I don't think it exists.

Also, I can't believe I have to say this but a whale is not a fish.

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NickA says:

In reply to @fuzzylumpkin
Read the bible. The Greek doesn't translate to "whale", it translates to fish, or huge fish. See Jonah 1:17. I don't even think any bible translation calls it a whale. You've been watching too many cartoons maybe? ;)

And there is a lot of recent evidence. First one that comes to mind is there is new evidence that the flood did happened as reported by ABC news in December 2012. Same with the news about chariot parts in the Red sea.

You really need to know what you are talking about before making comments. It sounds like you have some knowledge, or over heard some things from the bible. But it also sounds like you have been really misinformed.

lutin says:

Hold on, you think that just two and half thousand years ago there existed a FISH that was big enough for a man to survive inside for several days???
You should have stuck with the whale story - much easier to swallow.

fuzzylumpkin says:

I read the bible when I was 7, if I'm going to re-read a book it won't be that one.

This great flood never happened, there is no evidence for it. What's more the ark that Noah is alleged to have constructed is physically impossible.

As for chariot parts in the red sea, it's implausible, but not impossible and I'm not willing to blindly take your word.

Whale vs fish this does well to demonstrate the accuracy of a book which has been translated and copied dozens if not hundreds of times.

There is no such thing as "too many cartoons".

Why should I know what I'm talking about when you don't? Do you know more about the bible than me? Yes, probably. Do you know more about the way the world actually works? No, it would seem not.
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No evidence for the Flood? No, there's plenty of evidence - You just choose to ignore it. You even stated it yourself! "I'm not willing to blindly take your word."

fuzzylumpkin says:

I do not ignore evidence when it is presented to me, someone randomly saying "there is evidence" in a random forum is not evidence.

If you think it is, I have a bridge you can buy.

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lutin says:

"there's plenty of evidence - You just choose to ignore it. You even stated it yourself! "I'm not willing to blindly take your word."

It sounds like you don't know what the word "evidence" actually means.
Blindy taking someone's word is not evidence.

If I told you that the moon is made of cheese - would you blindly take my word for it? Of course you wouldn't (at least I hope not) - you'd (hopefully) ask for evidence.

retsaw says:

What is this evidence you refer to for the flood?

I just know it is going to be horrible and not evidence for the flood at all, even if the news you read presented it as such, but I still have to ask. If there really was solid evidence for the flood of the bible, it would be such massive news there is no way I could have missed it.

I won't ignore good evidence presented to me, but it does have to be good evidence, especially when it contradicts mountains of evidence to the contrary.

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master5hake says:

The bible is full of contradictions. Like how the earth is flat and is the center of the universe:

The king “saw a tree of great height at the centre of the earth...reaching with its top to the sky and visible to the earth's farthest bounds.” "Daniel 4:10-11

And how many spherical objects do you know of that have corners??

"And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." Isaiah 11:12

Also using the historical records of many of the civilization present during the "biblical times" (like the Egyptians, Babylonians, etc) and carbon dating it has been proven that many of things in the bible did not or could not have ever happened. Like the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and the Israelites and them wondering the the Sinai desert. It is a myth!!!!!

O and the whole great flood thing has been debunked numerous times. Not only is it a staple in in religions that predate Judaism by thousands of years, it has been proven mathematically that the bible got the population of the world wrong and that different cultures existed before and after the supposed date of the flood, hence there could have been no flood that wiped out everything on the planet except for what was in a boat. Not only that but it would literally be physical impossible for a man to collect two of every species in the world today, and we have trucks, cargo ships, cargo planes, heavy machinery, etc. Yet you think some man 4,000 years ago would have been able to do it on camel back??

I could go on but I am begining to tire myself out.

NickA says:

You're misinformed as well, which is normal nowadays as more and more religion is being pushed out of every where. Sad really.

I could go on about the prophesy in the bible that has come true, or how inaccurate carbon dating has proven to be, or how past debunked evidence has now been proven true. And as I said before, you need to have faith.

As for me, I'm not taking any chances. I know the bible and what has been predicted, and what will happen when judgement comes. I'm safe and I hope you have a change of heart.

tim242 says:

I love it. If christians like what the bible says, it's the word of god and must be followed. If they dont like it, it is being interpreted wrong. How predictable.

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NickA says:

Don't group all Christians into one and think we all think alike. You sound racist when you group people like that. It's like saying "those people". Try to be respectable.

fuzzylumpkin says:

All Christians are part of one group.

That group are called "Christians" and they are not a race.

Also, I believe you meant "respectful".

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master5hake says:

I think that you are being sexist to asians! ;)

NickA says:

Yeah, respectful it what I meant, thanks. I know it's not a race. My point is some people point to an action of an individual or individuals and think everyone associated with what that person represents is how all people of that group are. That's simply not true.

It's like an Android user on this site saying all iPhone users are sheep and will buy whatever Apple puts in front of them. Then someone saying All you Android users are alike and pike to troll Apple forums.

master5hake says:

Add that to the versus dealing with mass murder, murder, conquest, rape, incest, child sacrifice, polygamy, theft, stoning, etc and you got half of the bible.

NickA says:

Oh, you mean the things that go on today in this world? You don't need the bible to have all those things happen. I guess it goes to show you what happened 4000 years ago still happens today. That has nothing to do with the bible.

And to be fair, you need to look at how things were relevant to the times people lived in.

Also, if you are going to mention those parts of the bible, how about mentioning love, compassion, friendship, grace, mercy, gifts, blessings, etc.

master5hake says:

"You don't need the bible to have all those things happen.'

I couldn't have said it any better. There will still be good, evil, and lots of grey with or without the bible. This is the very reason why societies create laws to abide by. In fact, much of the bible are just laws created to deal with society 4,000 years ago in Israel.

But when I look at history I wonder how many times the bible has been used in the name of good to promote evil. The bible was used to justify slavery and segregation, and is still used today by some organization to promote racism. The crazy thing is the very bible that Jews had a hand in creating has been used countless of times to persecute them.

NickA says:

Good insight. I appreciate the comments and wish I had a well thought out reply, but I don't at this time.

ichuck7 says:

I love apps like these. It's handy when you tell people people about the Bible... Like did you know God commanded pregnant women to be cut open and infants heads to be dashed against the rocks (twice). People say, "that's not in the Bible!" Then open up the handy dandy Bible app and wowza!

pappy53 says:

Could you point me to that in the Bible?

lightyear420 says:

Because people knocking on my door, shoving fliers in my face, telling me I'm going to hell if I don't believe some completely misinterpreted story wasn't enough?

Look, if you want to believe a religion, fine. Keep it to yourself, please. I don't need some fanatical moron telling me what I should believe. And I don't need to see it on a totally unrelated website either, fyi.

NickA says:

It's an article about an app. This article isn't forcing any belief on you.

Just another article dude. You're reading too much into it.

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MERCDROID says:

This. It's an Android app used by millions of people that received a major UI overhaul. It's completely relevant to this site to post about it.

Now, if this weren't an app, and AC was just blindly telling people to read the bible, then, ONLY THEN, would his comment hold some relevancy.

NickA says:

Agree. It's the same way with the "Android After Dark" articles. Not everyone agrees to them or wants to know about adult applications, but AC isn't forcing anything on the reader. Just skip the article and read some other Android goodness on this site.

MERCDROID says:

+1

Lee Payton says:

+1

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sidds18 says:

Old testament included or omitted?

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suruat says:

I was expecting a lot of haters and trolls in this comment section. but i gotta admit this is a lot less than I anticipated. There seems to me more positive comments concerning the app! Yay!

XChrisX says:

I will be downloading this App. Thanks for the heads up!

ejraney says:

I love this update and the way it takes advantage of the screen size on my Nexus 10,

I read that book once. When I was a kid. Pretty good story. I liked that Jeebus fellow. But there is a lot I could have done without. Like the 1st half, most of the middle, and almost all of the end.

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JFMobile says:

Wow. You fail. -1

Chill brosef it was a joke.

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Channan says:

Aren't jokes supposed to be funny? :|

retsaw says:

I found it funny.

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You've never seen Leno.

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jshamoon says:

+1 Thanks for posting this Jer... Love the app, use it all the time for my bible study small group.

DannyBoyJr says:

I like the Bible app, even though I am an atheist. I like ANE mythologies as much as others like Greco-Roman or Norse mythologies.

sprint4lyfe says:

Would have been useful when I was forced to go to church like all of you.

redrooster13 says:

Nobody forces me to go to church. I choose to on my own. I actually look forward to it!

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btate0121 says:

Props and kudos to both AC and Jerry (who's probably now my favorite tech dude) for posting this in a culture that's growing increasingly more hostile to Christianity. If you'd ever entertain a guest poster..... I'm your guy! LOL. Grace and peace!

redrooster13 says:

+1

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_X_ says:

Thx. There is also some other really good Bible apps would love to see a review on them. TECARA has some really good app

Arguing about religion is like arguing about who has the best imaginary friend. While interesting it's ultimately pointless.

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Zachylee says:

Great app, thanks for sharing.

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bigdaddytee says:

Guys, guys, take a breath...it's social media now, download the app and troll there instead.

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happy_red says:

Only 8 days late with this article.

redrooster13 says:

I just got the update yesterday when the article was posted. Guess maybe they rolled out the update?

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ab304945 says:

Sorry. No religious crap going on my phone.

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MarkSeven says:

I had this app but it keeps pushing pop up notifications on my screen while I'm in the middle of doing something and it got annoying. Even if I turn the notifications off it still kept doing it! It hurt but I had to uninstall it. Bible apps shouldn't be pushy. It's annoying.

I never had any of that D:

Gimik says:

Entered this article with popcorn in-hand. Was not disappointed.

NealJ777 says:

I've been asking YouVersion to add a history function. They keep saying that it's "coming soon." History is easier than using bookmarks because you can just quickly go back to previous readings.

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Great app, great book. Don't get bogged down in the details.
Faith helps to heal the soul.

Posed via Nokia 3310 smartphone

I love the app, but after an update to my Verizon Galaxy S5 recently, it will not even run. I just get the following error every time I launch it. "Unfortunately, Bible has stopped." I've uninstalled, reinstalled, rebooted. I uninstalled anything installed since the problem began. I'm waiting on support, but based on what I've heard, they will punt and tell me to talk to Verizon.

Has anyone else experienced problems.