John 3:16, is one of the most familiar passages from the New Testament in the Bible and the most printed verse, but not in social media. According to Rev. Dr. Peter Phillips and the Bible Society, Jeremiah 29:11 now is the most popular verse in today’s social media culture.
It also tops the charts in nine other countries, including Canada and Australia, where religious individuals pick verses concerning personal feelings, rather than the glory of God.
According to experts, the switch is a product of social media and young people’s social performance of the Bible, in line with the trend of displaying wellness and spirituality online.
With apps like Bible Lens – which allows users to create new images using their own photos overlayed with quotes from the Bible – and YouVersion’s search-by-emoji function soaring in popularity, millennials have drastically changed how they approach the Bible’s teachings.