The Epidemic Of Bible Illiteracy In Our Churches

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Christians claim to believe the Bible is God’s Word. We claim it’s God’s divinely inspired, inerrant message to us. Yet despite this, we aren’t reading it. A recent LifeWay Research study found only 45 percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week. Over 40 percent of the people attending read their Bible occasionally, maybe once or twice a month. Almost 1 in 5 churchgoers say they never read the Bible—essentially the same number who read it every day.

Because we don’t read God’s Word, it follows that we don’t know it. To understand the effects, we can look to statistics of another Western country: the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom Bible Society surveyed British children and found many could not identify common Bible stories. When given a list of stories, almost 1 in 3 didn’t choose the Nativity as part of the Bible and over half (59 percent) didn’t know that Jonah being swallowed by the great fish is in the Bible.

British parents didn’t do much better. Around 30 percent of parents don’t know Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, or the Good Samaritan are in the Bible. To make matters worse, 27 percent think Superman is or might be a biblical story. More than 1 in 3 believes the same about Harry Potter. And more than half (54 percent) believe The Hunger Games is or might be a story from the Bible.

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1 thought on “The Epidemic Of Bible Illiteracy In Our Churches”

  1. Put the Bible in plain English. In this case US English.
    Address the issues. There is an education system out there by which all of our children are being brainwashed to believe something that is not entirely false nor entirely true. The most dangerous weapon in the opposition armory is half truths.
    Christianity does not often address the issues. They play conservative and it does not work.
    Address the three different individuals of the trinity and what they mean to you and me.
    In some churches the Holy Spirit is there. In some, I do not sense that spirit there at all.
    Look at what the church you go to supports and doesn’t support.
    Are they actively involved in feeding the hungry? If not, why not?
    Are the actively practicing Christianity as it is portrayed in the New Testament? Or are they sitting on their hands?
    What is your church’s position on issues?
    Do they support the world being six thousand years old? Or do they support the scientific view of it being at least 13.5 billion years old? Are they aware of the Bishop that came up with those numbers and how he came up with them?
    What do they think of recent discoveries in DNA and Genetics? Or the apparent manipulation of the Human Chromosome. Bet they do not even discuss it. That man has a manipulated Chromosome on both sides of the helix that is double that of the rest of them. That man has two less chromosomes than the entire animal family closely related to ourselves. The difference being in how the entire thing is programmed in what is a very sophisticated chemical program that determines just exactly who and what we are.
    Do they ever go into why Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution might be completely wrong? On layman’s terms of explaining things with no fancy words?
    Or the curse of Adam and Eve and what it means to us today?
    We have over 400 genetic diseases in the human family. That sure doesn’t look like perfection to me.
    Or why we have discovered the Universe doesn’t really make sense because it is 100 billion light years across and the limiting speed of light would not account for the amount of time spent and how distant things are.
    The only explanation they can come up with is that space had to expand so that everything could stay within the limit of the speed of light. I think it sounds good but it is wrong. The only other explanation that comes close to being right is time goes backwards as well as forwards. But God is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end of all things. That basically makes God capable of traveling in time and changing things as he sees fit.
    What exactly does E=MC squared mean when dealing with engineering and physics and how does it relate to Christianity? In a perfect faith none of this should matter. None of us are perfect.
    I do not have all of the answers. No one does. I do believe in Jesus Christ as my lord and savior.
    I do believe the entire universe was created by God.
    I believe that the Holy Spirit exists and is here on Earth today. I have no idea what the nature of the Holy Spirit might be or what its history is. Though it is hinted at a lot in the bible.
    Even non-believing physics people know that if the Universe were created any other way with any other set of rules life would not even exist anywhere in this universe nor would we have stars and planets if it came about any other way than the way it did.
    Right now we are growing up. We are like teenage children that think they have a handle on everything.
    Yet every scientific theory(guesswork) out there is likely to be proven false in the next 100 years.
    The principles set down in the bible on how we should live are very important. I suggest every child at about the age of 12 or 13 read the entire thing in modern English so that they at least understand what is expected of them.
    But don’t do it through any government sponsored program. Do it on your own.
    One chapter at a time before bed. It is the greatest sleep medicine I have ever seen.
    More important, if one pays attention, it will change your life very dramatically for the better.

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