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Bible Lens – the Pokemon Go of memory verses? September 8, 2018

Posted by P, J, or J in Uncategorized.
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 2Tim3.16So, hot on the heels of the iPhone version, Bible lens for android is now here. The new app that automatically suggests Bible verses to go with your selfies and snapshots has already been installed on well over 100,000 times and will probably 500,000 before the weekend is out. (update: I was wrong on that. Two months in and still not at 500,000. Meanwhile a new app, “Follow JC Go” has launched which really is copying Pokemon Go)

Sadly it doesn’t seem to work on all phones and tablets (including the ones I own) but I can see what other people are sharing (especially when they use the #BibleLens tag.)

I suspect it will lead to a lot of people sharing a lot of Bible verses, and a lot of photos. Will it be a quickly passing fad or a new era in looking at the world around us and seeing what the Bible has to say about it?

I likened it to the Pokemon Go of memory verses because while I have a few reservations I can see it’s potential to get people out and connect the Bible with the world around them. Point your phone at a scene, take a picture and see what verse the apps algorithm proposes.

Does it trivialize the word or celebrate and share it? How does the app analyse the photos and decide what to suggest? I don’t know, and neither do I know what list of verses the app selects from. I suspect it’s not every verse. There are certainly a number you wouldn’t want to accidentally appear alongside the photos you share …(but I’ll save those for another post).

Meanwhile here are a few public examples from people I’ve never met.

(warning verses and photos can be taken out of context. The content below is direct from social media streams and may have been edited or have links and comments I didn’t see when posting)

Lots more available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/search/photos/?q=%23biblelens

and lots on on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/biblelens/

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What do you think of the idea and the app?

What are your favourite verse/photo combinations?

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