"ADAM GOD'S" MARKED BIBLE. ~ Shows What Passages Influenced Religious Fanatic.

December 22, 1908

Shows What Passages Influenced
Religious Fanatic.

A little Bible belonging to James Sharp, "Adam God," the religious fanatic, who with others of his kind started a riot in the North End two weeks ago, is now in the possession of Police Captain Walter Whitsett at headquarters. It is much worn and looks like a book that had been carried by a soldier through a four years' campaign. Throughout the two testaments dog and pot hooks indicated the paragraphs upon which the peculiar sect of which "Adam God" was the head based its belief.

One of the quotations underlined is from the first book of Corinthians and says:

"But I say that the things that the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice unto devils, and not to God; and I would not that ye would have fellowship with devils. Ye can not drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of the devils; ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table and of the table of devils."

In the third chapter of James this verse is underscored heavily:

"From whence comes wars and fighting among you? Come they not hence even of your lusts that was in your members? Ye lust and have not, ye kill and desire to have and cannot obtain. Ye fight and war yet ye have not because ye ask amiss. Submit yourselves, therefor, to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you."

The following verses in the twenty-second psalm were enclosed. Above them also was a cross made with a lead pencil apparently to signify their importance:

"Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies; thy right hand shall find out all that hate thee. Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger. Their fruit shalt thou destroy. For they intended evil against thee' they imagined an evil device which they are unable to perform."

"Adam God," as he is known to his followers, apparently was not able to read Roman numerals, for every chapter in the little Bible is numbered with a lead pencil or in ink.

"Sharp was sure a close reader of the scriptures," said Captain Whitsett yesterday. "I notice nearly all of his favorite quotations are of a morbid nature and calculated to cause a weak minded person to do something rash.

"As a founder of a sect, believing himself to be God, the verses probably would appeal to his sense of divine power to an extraordinary degree. No one can read them without understanding the reason for the vicious fight put up by the fanatics at Fourth and Main streets."