The American Bible Society has released the results of its annual “State of the Bible” survey regarding Bible knowledge in America, and once again it is not good news. Even though the ABS is hardly a conservative Bible Society and publisher (Simply consider the questions in the survey they considered important to ask people! Or perhaps this is more a reflection of the point at which our culture is.), the report is still troubling. Not only is people’s knowledge of basic Bible facts weak, but so is their perception of what the Bible teaches. For the details on this, read the report, the beginning of which is posted below.
I know and am confident that the knowledge of Scripture among us is better, much better. Because of all our good exposure to Bible teaching – in the home, school, and church. But how is our knowledge of the details of the Word of God? And, more importantly, how deep is our knowledge of God’s Word and truth? Are we spending the time we ought to in the Scriptures? When the day comes when God’s Word is taken from us and we have to fall back on our memory of it, will we be prepared?
Think about these things. And then daily, dive deeply into God’s Word! Read your Bible faithfully! That is the best kind of “read more and read better” there is!
(RNS) The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such fraught topics as war or slavery.
As least, that’s what about one in five U.S. adults believe. But they’re wrong.
The American Bible Society’s annual “State of the Bible” survey reveals “the people of the book are not people of this book,” said Geof Morin, chief communication officer for the society.
“We know 88 percent of people say they have a Bible. They think: ‘I have a Bible. I have had one for a long time. I must know what’s in it.’ But people overestimate their knowledge,” Morin said.
The ABS survey of 1,012 U.S. adults, conducted by Barna Research, found that 82 percent of U.S. adults consider themselves at least somewhat knowledgeable about the Bible.
However, he said, “43 percent can’t even name the first five books of the Bible.”