There are three sites that I go to for the majority of my religious needs. Which is mostly just checking to make sure what I’m saying is something I remembered or assumed correctly. As a very anxious person I tend to quadruple check everything ever all the time before opening my mouth, which is why I’m pretty shitty at arguments at the start because I have a bad memory on top of it so it’s at the point I want to keep a big notebook of my references and citations wherever I go. But I choose the more preferable method of just not even saying anything ever.
Anyway, getting to the point. I usually use three certain sites, which would be the Skeptics Annotated Bible, Bible Gateway, and Religious Tolerance.
> Skeptics Annotated Bible
This site is exactly what it says it is. It’s an online Bible of which has annotations in it. But it’s not just that, it’s actually a lot more useful than just having sidenotes that may explain things more simply, which a couple publications of Bibles have anyway. It also has a reliable categorical system in which you can search for verses pertaining to common hot topics. Select a topic, say, Sex, and it will give you all the verses, organized by book, that have even one iota to do with Sex, even those just loosely associated with it (such as, polygamy quotes). Unlike the same system in actual Bibles, it doesn’t censor (as far as I noticed) anything disagreeing or unpleasant (for example, try and look up homosexuality in such types of Bibles, I’ve never yet found such a category in the back of the books). It also gives you a link in which you can look at the verses in context.
Oh, and the link doesn’t just take you to a miles-long page of mindless text with numbers (identifying verses) randomly spackled about, of which Bibles have a very fucking annoying tendency to do. It only takes you to a, often short, page of that particular chapter, with verses on individual separate lines, along with the option to navigate back and forth between chapters in the book (not sure about between books though as I don’t think I’ve ever had a need to). These pages of course are the ones that contain the annotations, and the annotations not only often include opinion and interpretation of the site owner, but also external links to other sites’ spins, both negative and positive, as well as neutral.
Not much commentary is made on a good chunk of the Bible, only on specific striking lines, with an eye for context (although sometimes I think they are thinking too negatively or positively despite declaring themselves a skeptic), so you’re not digging through an asston of annotations and links. They are typically concise notes, however, more elaboration IS available. Several times the links are internal and are links to pages that DISCUSS a certain topic - sometimes the same as the topics listed to search by or different from them - as it pertains to the Bible. These are typically concise as well and when they are they are usually what the site owner drew from considering the entirety of the Bible. But not always. For example, the page about who gets to go to Heaven and how one goes to Heaven is a rather long and exhausting read, in which it lists and puts in plainspeak various passages to exhibit how inconsistent and uncertain the answer to the question actually is, which a lot of people are completely unaware of, atheists and Christians alike.
You’ll also notice that the site has two other extensions - one for the Book of Mormon and one for the Quran. It provides mostly the same sort of attention as paid to the Christian Bible.
External links and links to these “secret pages” that discuss and elaborate certain issues are sprinkled throughout the site and not always readily displayed on the front page or even in the categorical pages. You have to hunt sometimes to find the answer or verse you’re after. Although viewing the Bible in a mostly negative light, and linking to mostly negatives sites, it does stay relatively on the course of a skeptic in that it, as I said, censors nothing - if it’s related to a topic it goes in whether the person wants to hear good news or not, and there is nothing preventing people from checking out where they pulled the quote from. In fact they have a category for passages that they found to be entirely good and well-meaning.
My criticisms I have for the site are as follows: It uses only one translation/version of each religious text, and doesn’t specify which as far as I know. Also, as I said, sometimes I think it diverges too far from skeptic and looks at things too positively or negatively. And certainly everyone’s going to have a different interpretation of some things.
Another issue is that it seems the site hasn’t been updated in… forever. It seems to be a one-shot wonder; someone wrote everything down and then forgot about it. No chances of new information being brought up or more elaboration of still-confusing items or reinterpretations or additional fun facts or anything of that sort. In fact some of the external links I think are broken. I certainly have to complain in that the pages pertaining to the Quran and Book of Mormon aren’t nearly as numerous as the Christian Bible pages.
And another problem I have is that it seems so useful in that it has the additional sections for these other religious texts BUT it doesn’t have the Hebrew Bible or any other additional Abrahamic literature. This is probably just a problem for me because I want to know FUCKING EVERYTHING but can’t be assed to go throw my time and money in a pit for a theology degree, and certainly reading religious texts in their normal settings really hurts my brain and eyes (see my earlier remark about a fucking annoying tendency), and I don’t trust American Christian publishers to put the Bible truly into plainspeak (and even if I did they also hurt my brain and eyes with how much like “grandpa trying to ride a skateboard and wearing bling” they are). But anyway, so I typically end up getting my fill of the extra as best I can from random various sites that I wouldn’t recommend under normal circumstances because although they provided me with information about a certain thing they’re also filled with a bunch of otherwise useless or redundant crap.
> Bible Gateway
I think this site is best used in conjunction with SAB so that you can get a broader perspective and better context. After all, there’s always something lost in translation and interpretation.
What this site is, is a site in which you can search for specific verses or groups of verses, or an entire chapter, per translation (including many non-English ones). It also claims you can search via keywords and topics but that’s about as reliable and helpful as putting “the” in Google in my experience. Which is why I say you should use SAB and BG together, so you can know exactly where to check instead of digging through a bunch of random shit because of a hit-and-miss search of a word.
It also claims to have a topical index buuuut I haven’t used them much and as a start-off they don’t appear very reliable necessarily. Again, I used the homosexuality-test and found that it was not there, only lots of biased topics. However “Nate’s” index appears to be possibly useful if you are searching for specific names and titles and places, or even words that are a little confusing in definition; in fact it seems this index is a lot about definition which COULD be useful, but I haven’t tested its reliability to not exclude disagreeing passages from its lists, so again it’s about a 50/50 usefulness.
There was a similar site to this that I found that would compare the verses per translation, side by side. You’d look up a verse or group of verses and it’d bring it/them up in a table grouping them per translation. It was a rather crafty way of seeing which texts were censored and where and by who, and I quite delighted in it for this use. However, I can’t seem to find it now, sadly. So, now, instead I would have to search over and over again flipping through each translation one at a time.
 Hoohoo, I found it. Check out Bible.cc!
It is clearly biased to a Christian point of view however as far as I’ve seen it doesn’t seem to outright censor passages or books entirely. You’re completely free to see it if you wish, they just won’t point the way for you. So it’s not that bad and again used with something relatively neutral to tell you where to work from, like SAB, it can be great. It’s also a lot more helpful than turning to your own Bible copies because again really to hell with looking at those bastards, this takes you right where you want to be.
Which brings me to the only complaint I have about Bible Gateway. You have to constantly jump back and forth through translations instead of having the option to see them all.
> Religious Tolerance
Again this site works best in conjunction with cross references - remember this in all aspects of life: cross reference like a motherfucker.
Well anyway this site basically is kind of a lot like SAB except in that it does censor - but I hate using that word because they don’t do it because of disagreement but to be straight to the point. Regardless it still doesn’t give you proper context or all things pertaining to certain topics, HOWEVER its saving grace is that it only does this so it has the room to discuss. Where SAB falls short on elaboration and explanation and opinion-touting, this site picks up the reigns. It’s true-blue neutral in that it doesn’t directly advocate or condemn anything, as far as I’ve seen. It simply points things out, and then goes on to talk about various interpretations and points of view, although it doesn’t make it unclear when things are contradictory or confusing. If I remember correctly too it also has many external links to refer to and even many of its pages contain citations to theological articles.
Another useful thing about this is that it travels beyond the realm of Christianity and its brothers and gives a quick going over of various religions. Though, how deeply it delves I’m not sure as I’ve never had a need to venture deeper in other religions. Although I should at least do so with Satanism since I’m interested in it. Oh well.
The only complaint I have about it is one I have about pretty much all Bible-related sites: Missing books. All sites I’ve come across seem to never reference, address, or have available books that have been deleted from the Christian canon, with exception of Revelations but I think that’s more because people still use it and publish even though most don’t put any serious stake into its validity, as far as I know. The more rarely used books and the books completely removed from all strains of Christianity, I have yet to find online. I’ve seen maybe scant references in some places that upon double checking do have validity, but it’s really, really good to have you know the literal thing in front of you to link to and read for yourself. And lord knows the gospels from before the formation of the first Christian unitings* are pretty much fucking impossible to get to if you don’t have a lot of money to put into a theology degree and research most typically in a more secular country.
(*While Christianity was still emerging, gospels were literally a group-by-group thing, since they all had scant contact with each other due to hiding from persecution. When Christians first really clumped together, unified as a legitimate religion, many gospels were lost, though some not entirely as of course splinter groups did still exist.)
So yeah, those are the two main sites I use. Obviously sometimes I use other sites, like the notorious and old as fuck Evil Bible (even if I disagree with some of its interpretations) and the most lovely Google search, which can lend its hand in some technical aspects of the transliterations and history, and Wikipedia for quick glossings and certifications. Then I’ve got friends who are well versed in Abrahamic mythology and news regarding such, though I haven’t really spoken with them in a long as time I guess. Then of course the ever-useful nonreligious atheist community and pagan community of dA and Tumblr who have this rather amusing habit of making just the most delightful compilation images comparing and contrasting various religions, dark and moody though their observations can be. You also can’t forget reasonable Christians, rare though they are, who always have an interesting new way to think about something most people overlooked. Like for example the Jesus is a Liberal site, I have glanced at it a few times and have pretty much always been surprised at some of its opinions about things I had previously never given a second thought to, never thought were of any importance or worth noting.
(Although I wouldn’t recommend it, ever, sidelining in religious debates can also be enlightening but I’ve personally pretty much always found it exhausting and irritating.)