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A new Barna survey shows that more Americans accept the Bible as "holy" or "sacred" than they would other books.
Respondents of the survey for The Barna Group identified around 12 books they thought fit the bill as "sacred literature" or "holy books." The list included expected titles such as the Bible and the Koran and others such as Quiet Strength by football coach Tony Dungy.
However, the Bible stood out by far from other texts with 84 percent of Americans deeming it a holy book.
I've got a wholly Holy Bible: an Authorized Bible: not a holey bible:
when as, said in John 7:39, they did "receive": "the Holy Ghost" they sent forth the Holy Bible: as the gospel went out from men " full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom" Acts 6:3 "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost"2 Pe 1:21" that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren."1 Thess.5:27 In it, God is calling us to "love one another with a pure heart fervently" 1 Peter 1:22 because "we speak wisdom among them that are perfect" 1 Cor.2:6 "we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth" 1 Cor. 2:13 :a message to even "holy apostles and prophets" Rev.18:20 that "the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done." Rev.22:6 Which remind us "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory" Matt.25:31
I've also got some holey 'bibles' that remove the words 'holy' 'pure' 'perfect' from the above. I call those 'redacted' or holey bibles.
The best study bible is the one without all the study notes. God has given us amble study material in the inspired text alone. It is only a matter of reading it, meditating it, digesting it, obeying it and practicing it.
It seems like everybody and their granndma is putting out a study bible. Are we reading God's word or somebody's commentaries pushing their own presuppositions.
"However, the Bible stood out by far from other texts with 84 percent of Americans deeming it a holy book."
Is this proffered as great news or desperation in a time of declining Christian influence?
"The study also found that men, conservatives, older Americans, and individuals who had lower income and education levels were more likely than their counterparts to accept the Bible as holy."
Sounds about normal with history.
And then theres... 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.