U.S.—YouVersion, the popular Bible app used across several mobile platforms, recently added a comment section to each chapter of the Bible, allowing internet users to comment on the Scriptures and interact with one another while partaking in their daily reading.
The feature was intended to foster a sense of online unity and togetherness among Christians but was taken offline within a few hours as the comment section disintegrated into Christians blasting each other all across the digital pages of Scripture, prompting the software company to issue an apology.
“We now see this was a terrible idea. We have no idea what we were thinking,” a YouVersion rep said Tuesday. “We apologize profusely for forcing the depravity of comment sections onto the Word of God. What a horrible mistake.”
According to YouVersion personnel, one crazed Arminian was spamming the link to his Blogspot blog all across Romans 9 and Ephesians 1, while a Presbyterian with a John Calvin portrait as his profile picture was spotted condemning all other denominations to hell throughout the minor prophets. Paedobaptists and credobaptists bickered through nearly every book of the Bible, while King James-Only advocates were attacking literally everybody in the comment section of the NIV.
“Even the most innocuous passages saw hundreds of threads arguing over semantics crop up like weeds,” the rep continued. “They were worse than YouTube comments, to be honest.”
At publishing time, YouVersion had scrapped plans to allow Christians to react to passages of Scripture with a collection of fully integrated reaction gifs.