This is related to my post, Tweeting wisdom of the ages, attempting to debunk the notion that something less than 140 characters must be shallow. These are quotations from the Bible and holy books of other faiths that would fit in tweets:
Each of the Beatitudes fits into a tweet, a great series of tweets or a start for a sermon on a mountain:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Each of the Ten Commandments, as abbreviated for posting at courthouses and other locations, fits easily in a tweet:
I am the Lord thy God … Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
A side note here: The Ten Commandments as taught to children and displayed artistically are really a condensation of their appearance in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Catholics, Protestants and Jews actually use slightly different versions of which parts of those passages constitute the Ten Commandments.
Lots of other favorite Bible verses would fit in tweets, but I’ll illustrate the point with these four:
Be still and know that I am God.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Other faiths also boil many of their important teachings down to messages that would fit in tweets:
The creed repeated as the first of the Five Pillars of Islam: There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the Prophet.
Qur’an: Praise be to Allah, Lord of Creation, the compassionate, the merciful.
Buddha: A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
Buddha: Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
Buddha: Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
Buddha: There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Confucius: And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
Confucius: Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
Bhagavad Gita: Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.
Bhagavad Gita: A man’s own self is his friend. A man’s own self is his foe.