Most Americans Own a Bible, So Why Aren't They Reading It?
It may surprise you to learn that America is decidedly pro-Bible. According to research commissioned by American Bible Society, Barna Research polled 2,000 Americans and discovered that nine out of 10 households own a Bible. A full 86 percent of people surveyed indicated that they consider the Bible to be sacred or holy. That‚Äôs the good news.
But this positive view of the Bible and high rate of Bible ownership in America begs a question: what are Americans doing with all these Bibles? To put it another way, is the Bible simply sitting on our shelves or is it being read? And what difference does it make in our society if we‚Äôre not actually reading the Bible?
To look at popular depictions of American society‚ÄĒa jaded, faithless people too sophisticated for belief in God‚ÄĒit would seem there is a decided disconnect between what we say we believe about the Bible and how it impacts‚ÄĒor doesn‚Äôt...
Thanks JPW. Spent much time today not reading the Bible and ignoring my little ones as I searched the web. There's a lot of family tension because the state god is demanding so much of my time. It's depressing that people think it's my duty to learn and study the grievous commandments of men that cannot be known anyway.
Apparently when it comes to taxation one is guilty until proven innocent, and "proof" is only regarded as proof if the accuser, or rather, the fictional accuser accepts it. No joke here folks.
Basically some fiction can attack any living soul for any reason and accuse him or her guilty of whatever the fiction can conjure up, and then demand payment of any amount of money. If payment isn't made then violence will be used to steal the money.
Besides the suicide ones I've read numerous horror stories from taxation terrorists. Many just downright frivolous. How can anyone proclaim freedom of religion or freedom of anything in this land?
I did a brief search on suicides resulting from the men and women who conduct terrorist activities with the IRS cult and read some disturbing stories.
Everyday innocent Believers stand before blasphemous black-robed high priests all alone, when those temple courthouses should be jam-packed with brothers and sisters in Christ. Imagine it! Imagine how the Believer would feel? Probably won't be so nervous and terrified standing before the heathen. Now that's a witness and testimony for Jesus Christ. This shouldn't be a problem since there are supposedly thousands and thousands of professing Believers. Their buildings are all over.
It can be done.
"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not..."
How interesting, not much response to a brother being terrorized and in need. Dirk Yoder has your support and will try to bear your burden. I wonder also how many families have been torn apart by these devils, and how many suicides result from such terrorism. Daniel, Dirk will contact you offline.
Daniel Michael wrote: Our worship has just been interrupted by "certified mail" today. Kinda a hard to focus on Bible reading now. How many brothers and sisters are undergoing the wrath of these evildoers?
Our worship has just been interrupted by "certified mail" today. Kinda a hard to focus on Bible reading now. How many brothers and sisters are undergoing the wrath of these evildoers?
Daniel Michael wrote: The persistent acts of certain antichrist heathens who lust for money are enough to mentally exhaust the child of God. These cowards who threaten the innocent use words of trickery to deceive and are too ashamed to confess their father the devil and to even identify themselves, hiding behind fictions like "the Department." Ever notice in the religious courtrooms a case such as, "The State of ... vs. John Smith?" A fiction is accusing a living soul - a man? How is that? Why not Obama vs. John Smith? Or all the members of congress vs. John Smith? Much violence is conducted in various ways in the united states that goes unnoticed, as no real man or woman or group of men and women are responsible for the acts of terrorism. The blame goes to the non-conscious, non-human, fiction! "But Lord, Lord...it wasn't me, it was the state." "But Lord Lord...it wasn't my fault, it was "County Hospital." "But Lord, Lord...it wasn't my fault that I hurt your child, I was just doing my job because the judge ordered me."
Edward H. Palmer wrote: Do not give them a loaf of bread, covered with an inedible, impenetrable crust, fossilized by three and a half centuries. Give them the Word of God as fresh and warm and clear as the Holy Spirit gave it to the authors of the Bible. . . . For any preacher or theologian who loves God's Word to allow that Word to go on being misunderstood because of the veneration of an archaic, not-understood version of four centuries ago is inexcusable, and almost unconscionable.
Dirk Yoder wrote: Philosophical meanderings sure do boggle the mind. Do take note of the quotes, though. Oh, I wonder, how do we know that we are all really here, and that all this life and stuff is nothing but a dream?
Dirk Yoder wrote: Have and do the philosophers ever find answers to satisfy them? I think, and I think that you think, and I think that we all think, that the only thing we do "know" is that we all know nothing.
The more we know the more we see how little we know.
The less we know the more we think we know.
Knowledge provides the information to realise the difference between the two.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. 9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
Neil, you should be flattered, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!"
Elijah, the AV:
Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon wrote: ...In James White‚Äôs book, King James Only Controversy, there is a similar chart in which he compares the KJV, NIV and NASB. Of twelve primary references to Christ‚Äôs deity, the NASB is clear in 10 of 12 Scriptures. The NIV does it one better, clearly teaching Christ‚Äôs deity in 11 of 12 Scriptures. But, horrors, the KJV is clear at only 6 of 12 Scriptures. 4
Dr. Robert Joyner wrote: I believe it is misguided for fundamental Baptists to defend a version of the Bible based on a Greek text, prepared by a liberal Roman Catholic, translated by Episcopalians and authorized by a king who hated Baptists. While they reject translations based on a Greek text approved by all the great scholars and early fundamental leaders...
Dirk, I'll give you the jpw "post of the day". A brilliant criticism of the western mind, which I myself can fall victim to as I try to find my way around it! Christian charity and grace helps us all sound a little less like the sounding gong of 1Cor12. I will take note of this. You all have a good day.
Neil wrote: If you really believe that, then why did you post anything at all? You have nothing to report if you really know nothing. But actually, you're still claiming to know something ‚Äď¬†that we (you and I) know nothing! So that is self-refuted.
Philosophical meanderings sure do boggle the mind.
Do take note of the quotes, though.
Oh, I wonder, how do we know that we are all really here, and that all this life and stuff is nothing but a dream?
Neil wrote: Dirk, if that's supposed to be a parody, it's poorly devised. And if it's not, then it's merely pathetic. I didn't ask those question just to bait you. I was hoping for a thoughtful answer, not sarcastic mockery, which is sinful.
Have and do the philosophers ever find answers to satisfy them? I think, and I think that you think, and I think that we all think, that the only thing we do "know" is that we all know nothing.
Neil wrote: How do you know? And why is making widgets less "meaningful" than, say, carpentry? How can one lawful vocation be meaningful, & another not?
Do the math: if one sleeps 8 hrs, works 8 hrs, that leaves say 2 hrs for commuting, another hr. for meals, which means one has 5 or so hrs left to read the Bible. Sounds like plenty to me. Not a good reason, I think.
How do you know that I don't know? And why would making widgets be more meaningful or equally meaningful than carpentry?
Your presumptuous, question-begging mathematical example is fallacious. However, even with the so-called 5 hours or so left, one will easily use up that time by studying and meditating upon man's law, because ignorance of the law is no excuse, and, of course, to obey God is to obey sinners and their commandments.
Because most Americans would rather "own" a Bible than bend the knee to Jesus Christ and conform their will to the Word of God... or it was given to them as a gift by their aging grandparent, and they hang onto it for "sentimental" reasons... I collect used KJV's from thrift stores, and it is amazing how many are in mint condition, with a hand written note by Grandma from Xmas 1982 on the first page... how sad...!
I believe that the Jesuit/Freemasons who are also members in and leaders of the major denominations in this country and elsewhere have been successful in their 150+ year plan to secularize our society, weaken our morality, relativize our conception of Truth, and reduce the KJV to a piece of furniture at best, (just like in their Lodges) and an anachronistic relic when compared to the "modern" RV that reduced the deity of Christ in hundreds of verses... or the KJV is "fundy" hate-speech when compared to the post-modern NIV & Message perversions that elevates "tolerance" for homosex above the inspired & preserved Word of God... Most professing Christians of my generation today are lukewarm, politically correct, emergent liberals who think contemporary culture, not even tradition, trumps the Word of God. So why read?