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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...
This is small potatoes. I know of people, past & present, who for all I know, were/are thoroughly versed in Scripture, yet still treated fellow human beings, or even fellow Christians, with utter contempt. Why should I believe that those who act this way have any more respect for, let alone fear of, God?
‚ÄúNevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Luke 18:8