A man with a photographic memory has memorized most of the Bible and uses his gift to preach as a traveling evangelist.
The Jackson Sun reported that Charles Matlock, 59, is known as the "Walking Bible of West Tennessee" and can recite entire books and chapters.
Matlock said he started to memorize the Scriptures when he was 12 years old. He recalled memorizing his homework one day and thinking to himself that he could also memorize Scripture. The first passage he memorized was John 1:1-5.
But Matlock emphasized, "I want a relationship with Jesus more than just reading and memorizing verses."
The "Walking Bible" has spent the last four decades traveling, mostly in southern United States, to preach in churches, nursing homes and on the streets.
"He could've made a lot more money in his life doing something else with his talents," commented Jim Essary, owner of a car dealership whom Matlock has visited and prayed for several times, to the Jackson Sun. "He's very humble and survives off of the donations people give him. I'm very impressed with his knowledge of the Bible. He's got a good spirit. It makes you feel good when he's around."
While most people cannot memorize the Bible like Matlock, many Christians do try to memorize key verses in the Bible.
The Web site www.topverses.com ranks Bible verses by popularity. Eighty seven of the top 100 verses are from the New Testament.
According to the site, the most popular verse is John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
The Book of John is also the most popular Gospel book.
Topverses.com creator Peter B. Chapman hopes that by putting the most popular verses first on his site the Bible will become more accessible.