Random Bible Chapter Generator

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grippit | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Aug 19 2014 4:53 AM

This year, I am using a random Bible chapter generator for choosing a random Bible chapter across the entire Old and New Testaments.  I have been enjoying it.  Providentially, I think, the chapter selections have been addressing my needs often and well.

I can imagine feature variations like:

  • Random Bible Chapter across the entire Bible
  • Random New Testament chapter
  • Random Old Testament chapter
  • Random Psalm
  • Random Proverb
  • Random chapter in the minor Prophets
  • Random Bible book Generator
  • Random Bible verse generator
  • Etc.

This seems like an easy feature to add to Logos. Will Logos consider it (and add the feature set)?

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 19 2014 5:02 AM

This sounds like "Bible roulette" to me. It reminds me of the story of the person who was trying to determine God's will. They flipped through the Bible and pointed to verses to be directed by God. The first first said "Judas went out and hung himself". Not liking the result he tried again and the send one landed on "Go and do likewise". Becoming even more frustrated he flipped to the final page "What you do, do quickly."

I suppose that just flipping to verses for "fun" is okay but I would hope that people would not use that for direction in life. There are much better ways to search the Scriptures to find that.

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 19 2014 5:22 AM

I leaped up to write something right quick to do that for fun.  Then my conscience said it might tempt  people to use it like a Ouija Board. The Spirit will guide us into all truth, not a VB random number generator.   

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 19 2014 5:56 AM

Gao Lu:

I leaped up to write something right quick to do that for fun.  Then my conscience said it might tempt  people to use it like a Ouija Board. The Spirit will guide us into all truth, not a VB random number generator.   

For what it's worth (I think I never ever used it, not even for beta testing), there already is a Logos command fsd in order to Facilitate Serendipitous Discovery.

According to https://wiki.logos.com/Logos_5_Commands it can be restricted to a collection, which might enable opening the bible (or the AT/NT/a specific book if one has a resource that covers just this) at a random location. 

 

 

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Randy W. Sims | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 19 2014 5:57 AM

It's kinda already built in. Create a collection. Name it "My Bible" (or any name you prefer). Drag your preferred bible into it. Anytime you want a random scripture, type "fsd in my bible" in the command box.

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 19 2014 7:11 AM

I think the concern about bibliomancy or "Bible roulette" is in great measure addressed by reading random chapters, as the original poster suggested, rather than random verses.  Looking at an entire chapter will generally provide enough basic context to either get some sense of what's going on in a passage, or to realize that you really can't undertand what's going on without reading more.  Either way, it should help prevent the most egregious examples of taking a single verse completely out of context.

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grippit | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 19 2014 6:43 PM

Thank you, all.

The "fsd in My Bible" method works for me.  It selects chapters.  Thanks.

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Matthew C Jones | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 19 2014 6:54 PM

grippit:
The "fsd in My Bible" method works for me.  It selects chapters.  Thanks.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 19 2014 7:14 PM

Randy W. Sims:
Anytime you want a random scripture, type "fsd in my bible" in the command box.

Command can be dragged to create a shortcut so one click opens to a random location in a collection.

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grippit | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 21 2014 4:07 AM

FYI, I have been reading through the Bible most years for many years.  I have been using the M'Cheyne Bible calendar that has guided me through the New Testament and Psalms twice per year and other parts of the Bible once per year.  With this method, I was generally reading the same chapters of the Bible at the same time of the year during every year.

FYI, the method of using the "fsd in yyy" collection command will work with multiple collections.  I have more than one collection where the result will return a random Bible chapter.

I also have another collection with resources for "Prayer Inspiration".  I used the fsd command with that collection last night.  

Thank you, all, for the reminder and instruction concerning the fsd command. 

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