Top 10 Beautiful Verses from Religious Scriptures

Even though, I'm an atheist, I still believe that there are morally upright values that we could learn from any religious scripts and figures. These verses from scripts guide us how to live and prosper in the world by doing good deeds so that we may be rewarded in the afterlife. Even if you're irreligious, you can't deny that these verses are utmost inspirational and poetically beautiful. These verses are open to interpretation. This list will show some of religion's most motivating and touching verses that we could live by in our daily lives. You could also add one of your own as well.
The Top Ten
1 "Far better to do your duty, tread your path, live your destiny imperfectly than to follow another's perfectly."

Written in the Hindu scripture epic of Bhagavad Gita, the beauty of the verse is that it encourages us to follow our own destiny through our hard work and decision-making, even if it leads you to a materially substandard life. I am by no means an expert in Theology, but these are my interpretations.

2 "Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world."

This verse comes from the Talmud and is popularized in the movie "Schindler's List," when one of the Jews Oskar Schindler saved told him that he had saved the entire world by saving the lives of his factory workers. Twelve-year-old me got his eyes teary upon seeing that scene.

3 “It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. No, your beauty should come from within you- the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. This beauty will never disappear and it is worth very much to God.”

Written in Peter 3:3-4. Visual appearance and beauty don't matter when you have a heart that is rotten to the core. What matters is the beauty that comes from within you in terms of personality, which would charm a million more people than your looks ever will.

4 "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."

As written in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, love isn't a sign of weakness by being meek, as this verse has shown. There is virtue in being kind and patient to anyone we meet.

5 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Written in Galatians 6:9. It is wasteful to throw your life away when there seems to be no bright future ahead. Life is delicate, and you can only experience it once. Make the best of it by reflecting on your flaws and redeeming yourself. Then, one day, you may acquire its rewards.

6 “And let not those among you who are blessed with graces and wealth swear not to give to their kinsmen, the poor, and those who left their homes for Allah’s cause. Let them pardon and forgive. Do you not wish that Allah should forgive you?”

Written in Al-Nur 24:22, we must be generous when it comes to helping the poor and needy, even if it means sacrificing a bit of your wealth. You may be treated the same way if disaster ever strikes in your life.

7 "And do not turn your cheek [in contempt] toward people and do not walk through the earth exultantly. Indeed, Allah does not like everyone self-deluded and boastful."

Written in Surah Luqman of the Qur'an, 31:18, which taught us to be modest in our actions and mannerisms. There is a stronger being that is far greater than you, not to mention numerous people around the world that exceed your capabilities.

8 "Whence all creation had its origin, the creator, whether he fashioned it or whether he did not, the creator, who surveys it all from highest heaven, he knows - or maybe even he does not know."
9 "Let the rich satisfy the poor implorer, and bend his eye upon a longer pathway. Riches come now to one, now to another, and like the wheels of cars are ever rolling."
10 "The Daughter of Heaven now appears before us, a fair young woman clothed in shining garments. Auspicious Dawn, mistress of earthly treasure, shine upon us today in queenly splendor."
The Contenders
11 “Dedication to purity from birth onward is best for mankind. For Mother Earth should we toil, leading all men to the realms of light.”

Written in the Avesta, Yasna 48:5, in the Zoroastrian religion. I believe that the good deeds we've done as a collective society could catapult the world into a brighter future where our children wouldn't have to worry about earthly pain or disasters such as famine and war.

12 "This is the start, the beginning, of everything - the beginning of the world, the beginning of the universe, the beginning of life, the beginning of love, the beginning of faith. Everything is fresh and new, untainted by sin and evil."

Written in Genesis 1:1, there is nothing more intriguing than the beginning of the universe and everything that we know. It was a brave new world to explore, one that was not yet stained with the horrors and atrocities that came after it.

13 "The stranger who sojourns with you shall be as a native from among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord, your God."

Written in Leviticus 19:34 of the book of Torah, this verse encourages us to treat people of different racial and religious backgrounds equally as they are also creations of God. This might sound weird coming from an atheist.

14 “There is Neither Jew nor Greek, nor Slave or Free, nor Male nor Female, for we are all one under the body of Christ.”
15 “Let all that you do be done in love.”
16 "Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy”
17 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life."
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