The CNS blog reports the favorite Bible story at the bishops’ synod: Emmaus. It’s an interesting window on the minds and spirituality of the prelates. What would interest me more would be a top ten list of bible passages. It would tell more about the list-picker, perhaps, than the Bible itself.
I’d have to give some thought to my personal top ten Bible passages, but if I were to pick the ten most important Bible passages for presenting the Christian faith to the world, I’d have to say:
1. Genesis 1: God made the world and made it very good.
2. Genesis 12 through 15 (selected passages): the Covenant with Abraham
3. Exodus 12-14: Passover and Exodus
4. Psalm 51: David and his sin before God
5. John 1: The Word Made Flesh
6. Matthew 5:1-12: Beatitudes
7. Luke 15: two sons reveal the merciful God
8. Luke 22ff: The Eucharist and the Passion
9. John 20:1-18: Resurrection
10. 1 Corinthians 12: gifts
Honorable mention: Ten Commandments, Paul on love, Emmaus, Luke 11: how to pray, 23rd Psalm.
What would be your top ten most important Scriptures for presenting the Christian faith to non-believers?