"If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work." - 2 John 1:10-11
This is the shortest book of the bible by verse and word count in the NIV. If my googling is correct, 3 John has the honor of being the lowest word count in the KJV.
That being said, I don't have a whole lot to say about his one. John says (to whoever he's writing to) that he's overjoyed at her children's finding Jesus. He then tells her to love everyone and follow "his [God's?] commands". Again, I'm not sure what he means by "commands". Old Testament commands? Commands of Jesus?
John goes on to say that if anyone comes to them and does not bring the teaching of Jesus that they should not let them into their house. This person is doing "wicked work".
John ends this letter by saying that he's saving the majority of his teachings for when he visits this woman in person. Hopefully we didn't miss any life changing revelations on account of John's brevity.
3 John 1
"Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God." - 3 John 1:11
As if it weren't bad enough that 2 and 3 John are competing for the title of shortest book of the bible, they are also almost exactly the same.
John again starts out by saying that he is grateful that the children are "walking in the truth" with Jesus. And he again ends by saying that he's got a lot more to say in person.
John complains to whoever he's writing to that he wrote to the church, but the leader will have nothing to do with him. He says that this church leader will not even accept the brothers into the church.
John ends by telling his friend to imitate what is good, not what is evil. He also says that anyone who does evil has not seen God. Wait a minute. Just yesterday he said that no one had "seen" God.
"But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, 'The Lord rebuke you!' " - Jude 1:9
Jude starts out by saying that he was originally going to write about shared salvation, but decided it was more important to write about all the false teachers among them. These people, Jude says, are like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. And he says they serve as an example of the people that will "suffer the punishment of eternal fire".
Jude says that these people even slander celestial beings (angels). To show how bad this is, Jude tells the people about the time when the archangel Michael was arguing with the devil about the body of Moses. You know, that time. Oh, right, the bible has never actually mentioned that incident before. Way to make that one up Jude.
Anyway, the moral of the story is that even the archangel didn't slander the devil. Therefore it's unfathomable that a mere human would slander a celestial being.
Jude ends by telling the people to persevere through all these false teachers.
Onward to Revelations!
You know you're crazy when an organization calling themselves a "Christian militia" says "whoa, that's over the line":
An armed Christian organization which had pledged to protect a Florida church as it holds "International Burn a Quran Day" withdrew its support from the event Wednesday, saying it "does not glorify God," according to a posting on its website.
It gets better:
Right Wing Extreme founder Shannon Carson told CNN. "We don't want to be a part of inciting violence and racism anymore."
Is this the twilight zone? Is it possible that they could have empathy for Muslims?
Maybe they just realized that "International Burn a Quran Day" is the dumbest idea ever. What is this event accomplishing? First of all, how about reading the Quran instead of burning it. I'd venture to say the vast majority of Christians (including the ones who plan on burning Qurans) have never read a word out of the Quran. Shouldn't you at least fix your ignorance before you show the world your idiocy?
Second, I can't even begin to imagine the repercussions if someone created "International Burn a Bible Day". More than just insulting the religion, it seems like a militant act.
In the end it's only going to piss people off. I'm not saying we should be stepping on eggshells so that we don't upset the Islamic world. But blatant provocation is probably a bad idea too.