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Bible Society Australia: Spring Flash Sale - 85% off Selected Books and Bibles (Variable Shipping)

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Hey OzBargainers, thanks for the warm welcome last time! I'm back with another clearance sale. It's a little smaller than last time but hey, 85% off. Fair warning: sale ends on Sunday at midnight, so you have a day and a bit to take advantage of it. Here are a few of the highlights:

40 Days with Jesus: $0.68 (was $4.50) - a bestselling 40-day devotional designed for the Easter season. Easter in September, anyone?

NIV Softcover Bible: $1.79 (was $11.99) - it's a Bible and it's got cherry blossoms on the cover. Perfect for the avid Bible reader who wants to see the cherry blossoms in Japan but can't afford it because they spent all their disposable income on OzBargain deals. Seriously someone help me I have like five cartons of Eneloops that I don't have any use for.

NKJV Explorer's Study Bible - a content-heavy study Bible that's designed for kids. This isn't your garden variety Awana memory verse book.

There are also a bunch of VeggieTales books on sale that'd be good for teaching your kids how to read - although as a store rep for the Bible Society I'm obliged to say that while vegetables are a necessary part of a growing child's diet, they probably shouldn't be the foundation of their moral development. (Is VeggieTales even a Christian thing anymore?)

Shipping shouldn't cost you much more than $7. Also, all of our profits fund our mission and charity work in Australia and internationally.

P.S. Thanks to everyone who gave feedback on the site last time - we shouldn't have any problems with accidental back orders that go unfulfilled this time around.

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  • +37

    Just because I'm not religious, doesn't mean that this isn't a bargain. I hope all discussion stays civil

    • +16

      Thanks Andrew - admins did a good job of filtering out some of the nastier stuff last time, overall it was actually pretty chill

    • +6

      You're going to Heaven, it's like Ozbargain but you get everything without paying for it.

      • +3

        That doesn't sound like heaven, heaven would be everything you ever buy is the cheapest it's ever been and it never gets cheaper after you buy it.

    • +3

      Why should it be different to any other OzB discussion?

    • +7

      The Koran society is offering their soft cover for $1.50.
      Any chance of a price match?

      • +2

        The Quran is free, always has been too.
        It actually goes against Islam to profit from the sale of it.

        • … Edit

      • +1

        Would have to be the same product. And it certainly isn't the case.

        • -1

          Would have to be the same product. And it certainly isn't the case.

          Thats not true. Islam is a very close clone of Judaism and the laws of the bible.

          If you want i list a few similarities.

          • hatred of gays
          • polygamy
          • monolarity
          • kosher = halal food, very close concept and precise list of animals.
          • muslims accept bible prophets.
          • angels
          • adam and eve story
          • noah and the flood story
          • qibla, muslims pray to m ecca jews pray to jersualem
          • calendar system of both is lunar.

          THe differences between the bible and islam are probably less than the bible and the vast majority of christian religions.

          Of course if im wrong feel to site actual differencel and dont make stuff up because i will challenge you to provide bible quotations if i catch youtelling porkie pies..

        • +1

          Sigh - plenty of errors - why bother.

      • +6

        I would just switch religions and enjoy the savings.

    • +4

      Can I post my Dianetics sale and expect civil discussion?

      • +18

        No. Scientology has crazy stories and beliefs so we mock them. Christianity has crazy stories and beliefs, but we blindly accept them because it is our religion.

        • Speak for yourself. Personally, I steer clear of God believers. There are less and less every year :)

  • +5

    Really now? I would think the majority of OzBargainers are Atheists.

    • +35

      Quite the opposite lol considering past deals, and that scotty is a christian too.

      Arguable, if you believe jesus paid for your sins for [FREE] you'd be pretty good at bargain hunting too.

      • +31

        Proud Christian bargain hunter here lol

        • -5

          Atheists no god nothing happens when die

          Religious person you die you go to heaven

          Reality no one knows what happens if you die.

          Cost of being a believer is free a true Ozbarginer would be the most religious person on the planet because of the possibility of there being an after life.

        • +1

          @Pastry: The main problem with that argument is that there is more than one religion.

        • -2

          @Pastry: You just described agnostic.

        • @PiratePete1911: Of course but you got to buy a ticket to win the lotto!

        • +4

          @PiratePete1911: that's why I follow the flying spaghetti monster.

        • +1

          @Pastry: Pascal's wager displays a serious lack of imagination; you're only considering two possibilities rather than the infinite number of possibilities. It's just as likely that there's a god out there that rewards atheists with everlasting life in Heaven and punishes believers with Hell.

          So… cost of being an atheist is free, cost of being religious is not really (in most cases there are some obligations involved, although Thai Buddhism seems pretty low key), so a true ozbargainer would have to pick the non religious route.

        • @elyobo: This probably true but a true atheist believes in no life after death - Not saying this is wrong or right just saying

          Definition according to google 'is a person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods'

        • @Pastry: Sure, but your opinion of what happens after death is not necessarily relevant to what actually happens after death (if anything). I'm not disagreeing with the definition of atheist, just pointing out that the two outcomes that the atheist and christian imagine are not the only two outcomes possible and so the actual maths is not as you describe.

        • +1

          @elyobo: Oh 100% i mean for all we know the Scientologist or some other cult are right

        • @Pastry: That would be an entertaining outcome :D

        • -4

          @Pastry:

          Atheists no god nothing happens when die
          Religious person you die you go to heaven
          Reality no one knows what happens if you die.

          Reality is, the atheist doesn't know what happens when he dies and the Christian does.

        • +4

          @GregMonarch:

          “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

          ― Marcus Aurelius

        • -1

          @stormii: Jesus said: "I am THE way, THE truth, and THE life. No man comes to the Father except via ME." That means no buddha, no allah, no self-proclaimed anyone or anything else, and definitely no 'pass key' earned by doing good deeds:

          After talking about necessary good deeds, Jesus then said:

          [However…] "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes."

          a) People that did lots of good deeds will be clearly told: "I don't recognise you as mine" and "your good deeds meant nothing" because they didn't hear and obey what Jesus said.

          b) Religious leaders of various religions often have 'no idea what they're on about'.

          c) People that think deeds earn them some kind of 'pass' are foolish, planning their entire future life like a building on sand that washes out from beneath them destroying them.

          The rest of Matthew 7 explains to do the good deeds AND obey Jesus - because there is only ONE way. And NEITHER of these two things is of much point without doing the other. (Many churches teach works don't save us - and they're technically correct - but without those things those people didn't "hear" - understand and obey - what he said".)

          People can make up little sayings like Marcus Aurelius all they like. Each person's own decision about what was sufficient to earn their fantasy pass, will hold no water. His decision God isn't worth worshipping according to his own personal preferences doesn't either. HE judges and decides - not us. It's HIS Heaven - not ours. We don't get to 'opt out' through our own 'mental ascent' - and the things Jesus has said will one day be proven true: "Every knee shall bow, every tongue will confess - that He is Lord (designer, owner, and judge - of all and everyone)."

        • +1

          @GregMonarch: For me that is covered in the quote. I'm good with not worshipping or being accepted by that kind of God. According to Dante I will be facing the devil himself struck mute due to my dissenting ways, i hope he is good looking. The mute part will be the real hell I suppose.

        • +1

          @GregMonarch:

          the atheist doesn't know what happens when he dies and the Christian does

          That's not true. Atheists accept that death is the end of life. Atheists don't accept the irrational belief of life after death.

        • @Drifter: tips fedora

        • +1

          @stormii: Nice, was not aware of that quote but it pretty much sums up my thoughts. The god that GregMonarch describes above is covered by the "If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them" option or the "If there are no gods" option.

          Edit: appears to be misattributed (see https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Marcus_Aurelius). Still accurately sums up my position though.

        • +1

          SO your proud of 1800 years of christianity supporting slavery and degrading women as cattle to be own byu their husbands ?

          I fail to see why anyone would be proud of that track record.

    • +4

      I used to be an atheist until I joined Ozbargain, but there must be a divine being giving us all these bargains.

      • Logic checks out, I might have to convert. Just have to decide which now…

        • If I were to convert to christianity, it would only be during a half-tithe sale.

      • +1

        And how do you know it's not the Devil tempting us to spend all our money on stuff we don't need?

        But probably not - after all, it's easier for a poor man to get to the kingdom of Heaven, and Ozbargain certainly keeps us poor!

      • in jv we trust, to save us from the evil deeds of broden

    • +4

      Jesus saves, Moses invests.

    • +4

      Not true at all….

      Some of us are Satanists.

      • So do Satanists aim to go to hell? Is that the goal?

        • +3

          We go to the cool part of Hell; Open bar, all you can eat buffalo wings, cardboard cutout of Satan to take your picture taken with, etc.

        • @DreadEmperor: All serious though…. Satanitsts don't believe in an afterlife; Better to be content in this life, than aspire to it in the next.

    • +1

      I assumed Jewish…

  • +3

    In b4 ninetyNineCents says 'selling' the bible is ungodly.

    • Sorry, neg vote was accidental (wide screen, wrong comment), but can't see how to undo it…

      Edit: figured it out and removed, holy crap that was terrible UX. Why not just toggle the thing you vote with like any sane person would expect?

      • +1

        Make that mistake often enough and you get a badge.

  • +1

    What % is Australian and what is overseas.

    Just curious.

    • +8

      Hey SlipperyFish, in 2016 we allocated 26.2% of our mission fund to international causes (so 73.8% was Australian). You can check out the annual report here: https://www.biblesociety.org.au/annual-review-2016

      • -10

        Jesus said to give freely just as you received. So why charge at all, especially when Jesus said not to charge ?

        Dont give me things cost money, because life wasnt free in jesus time as well, if anything it was harder than now.

        • -2

          Because this has nothing to do with Jesus. If that is his real name.
          Mish mash collection of hearsay, moulded, shaped, disputed over 2000 years.

          Actually. Should be free, then.

          NotHatingJustStating

        • @niggard:

          What do you think jesus would say about people selling his message when he said to give it freely ?

          https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2010:5-...

          8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

        • +1

          @ninetyNineCents: there are plenty of free bibles about. Many churches give them out for free. But they tend to be the cheaper ones. One of the ones above has cherry blossoms on it. So you're paying more for the cover and aesthetics than just the print inside.

        • @Athenah:

          You completely ignored the fact that jesus said not to charge for the word, he didnt add exemptions. If you dont want to listen to what he has to say then dont bother buying a bible to begin with.

        • +1

          @ninetyNineCents: can you point me to where he said

          not to charge for the word

        • @ninetyNineCents:
          Did he say anything about not charging for the cherry blossom cover?

        • @ninetyNineCents: If you want to twist what He said, don't bother fabricating your own version. You even quote it above: HEAL the SICK, etc. Nothing there about sending yourself broke printing free Bibles.

        • Just eat ya veggies and push the rest aside 99.

        • @Miss B:

          Did he say anything about not charging for the cherry blossom cover?

          GO read what i quoted in Matthew above and answer the question yourself.

        • @GregMonarch:

          You even quote it above: HEAL the SICK, etc. Nothing there about sending yourself broke printing free Bibles.

          Dont play word games, read the last sentence…"freely you receive", its quite clear he is talking about his message, "freelt give" means not to sell.

          There are other passages where he complains about the merchants in the temple selling a variety of things to the locals for worship. He says stop making my business in my fathers house. Business is what you are going.

          Do you really want me to show where in the bible multiple times he says this ?

          https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2010:5-...

          8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

          Jesus was disgusted at the traders selling animals in the temple. You are doing the same when you sell another religious apparatus - the bible.

  • +5

    Bless you OP.

  • +2

    I think I'm going to try stealing a bible. How do I know not to steal it if I haven't read it yet?

    • We sin
      We confess
      We're forgiven.

      RinseRepeat

    • If you promise to read it, I'll buy you one.

      • +1

        I hope you dont deny that god allows slavery and raping of virgins…

        The world doesnt need people who continue to deny the backward evil behaviour of their ancient holy books.

        • +1

          If you mean condones, then I'm not sure where you're getting that from.
          I've heard those assertions before from people that mistakenly also think that the Bible says that good people go to heaven and bad people go to hell. It doesn't. It actually says that only forgiven bad people go to heaven and that nothing any of us does helps to earn our forgiveness.
          Rather than hijacking the thread, PM me or start a discussion in the forum's if you're really interested in having a discussion.

        • @newdad:
          Actually, the bible is kind of vague and open to interpretation on the matter of the afterlife.

          If you are looking in the bible for the medieval notion of your soul going to heaven or hell (or limbo etc)after death, you will not find it.

          Old testament does not have it. New testament talks in places about the resurrection of the dead after the end of the world.

        • @newdad:

          newdad: If you mean condones, then I'm not sure where you're getting that from.

          Dont believe me at all, let the bible speak for itself. There are plenty more examples, google is your friend.

          http://biblehub.com/niv/exodus/21.htm

          20“Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, 21but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.

          Newdata: Rather than hijacking the thread, PM me or start a discussion in the forum's if you're really interested in having a discussion.

          99: We are hijacking anything, people are read to read and free to ignore.

          New: I've heard those assertions before from people that mistakenly also think that the Bible says that good people go to heaven and bad people go to hell. It doesn't.

          M: Good is all about context, for example, you and me would not consider a slaver owner who rapes women to be good would we ?

          ANd yet the bible including Jesus call Abraham good, and he was a slave owner of hundreds and he raped his wives "hand maiden".

          Everythign i said you can verify or ask me for bible quotes.

          Secondy the bible never says anywhere anyone goes to heaven for any reason. Of course ask those people to show you where it says good people goto heaven and bad people goto hell. THe bible actually says EVERYONE goes to hell. Many "bible good people" in the OT goto hell. Hell just means the grave, not fire and brimestone.

        • +1

          @manic:

          Manic: Actually, the bible is kind of vague and open to interpretation on the matter of the afterlife.

          99: Thats untrue, there re many examples in the OT particularly where it says the dead goto sheol, which is basically a grave.

          M: If you are looking in the bible for the medieval notion of your soul going to heaven or hell (or limbo etc)after death, you will not find it.

          THis is truye.

          M: Old testament does not have it.

          99: The OT as i mentioned previously only mentions ALL people good bad ugly whatever going to Shoel of the grave.

          M: New testament talks in places about the resurrection of the dead after the end of the world

          99: Basically only in ONE place, where Paul mentions tartarus.

          Jesus never mentions people goto heaven or a firey hell, and its hard to believe jesus of all people would forget to mention such an important religious "fact".

    • You'll know because the law says you shouldn't.

  • +2

    Some limited edition Coopers would be nice, but the fun police stopped that one.

  • Too tempting 😅

  • +1

    Holy crap thats a big discount!

    • +1

      Jesus, did you really go there? OMG

      • By Zeus's beard! (am I doing it right?)

  • Tempted.
    Give in, money well spent :)

    Thanks Op bought a few books for missus, the kids and off course myself.

    • +1

      Sinner

      • +2

        I am one, hence I need the book :D

  • I read "softcover" as "softcore". I think I might be looking at the wrong post.

    • +3

      Try reading Song of Songs.

  • +5

    Do you stock any other best selling fiction book series?

  • +1

    What version are these bibles?

    • +5

      2.2.1 build 25154

      • +9

        I hope this version fixes the issue about working on Sundays being punishable by death.

        • +1

          No, it actually says every single person deserves death for something. In fact, most of us deserve many many death sentences.

          'There is no-one righteous, not even one. All have turned away'.

        • @newdad: yep, the whole point of that is that no one can earn your way into heaven.

  • +1

    Both Old and New Testaments?

  • Which bible is the most accurate?

    • +4

      I'd avoid the one about Noah being told to take three of each animal on his ark. The accurate number was two. Isn't that silly? Three of each animal. How ridiculous! That talking snake thing should also be included to be considered accurate.

      • +4

        Almost as silly as noah living to over 900 years old.

        • -6

          Why, because you've never seen it? That proves zip. First, there's scientific evidence (that even the people that discover it oddly ignore), showing people lived longer in the past. Second, so-called 'experts' have declared in their [cough] 'wisdom', that certain creatures have long been extinct - only to discover they're far from it. Just because you don't see it every day, doesn't mean it never happened. Like people who mock Goliath's size and extra fingers and toes - yet photographic evidence of both of these hereditary traits is as near as the nearest Guinness Book of World Records.

        • +7
        • Oh what, Yoda's not real either?!!

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