One Bible verse is by far the most popular on the planet.
A survey by Christian charity World Vision found two million people google John 3:16 every month.
That’s no surprise to Biblical scholars.
They say it’s a concise, clear summary of the Gospel in just 26 words reading:
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (NIV).
The verse is also widely used on social media platforms.
On Instagram, the hashtag #John316 has been used on over 250,000 posts while on TikTok #John316 has been viewed nearly 56 million times.
World Vision reviewed Google search data for the 100 most-read Bible verses on a country-by-country basis.
Globally Jeremiah 29:11 and Philippians 4:13 came in a distant tie for second.
Jeremiah 29:11: ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ (NIV).
Philippians 4:13:: I can do all this through Him who gives me strength (NIV).
They were followed by John 10:10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (NIV).
Rounding up the top five was Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (NIV).
In Australia Joshua 1:9 was the second most popular search.
It reads: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (NIV).
Just behind was Jeremiah 29:11 followed by Romans 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (NIV).
Making up Australia’s top five verses is John 14:6: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (NIV).