October 2, 2014 | Kacey Chambers |
Written By: Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School
Over 90 percent of Americans are estimated to have a Bible in their home. It’s the best selling book of all time. Most experts believe that five billion copies of the Bible have been printed since Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type.
As impressive as the statistics regarding Bible ownership may be, a recent survey by the American Bible Society found that while we may be buying the Book, we’re not necessarily buying in to what it teaches.
1. Those who consider themselves Bible readers say they only read the Bible three or four times a year.
2. In two years, the percentage of Bible readers who say they read the Bible because it brings them closer to God decreased by 11 percent.
3. A majority of Bible owners say they are not interested in receiving input and wisdom from the Bible on various aspects of family life even though 70 percent of them said America was in a moral decline.
4. Interestingly, the survey found that Americans believed the top three causes of moral decline were lack of Bible reading, negative influences in entertainment, and corruption from corporate greed.
5. One-third of those between ages 18-48 said they have never read the Bible.
The greatest hope for America is a return to the teachings of the Bible. In your home and in mine we must place a priority on reading, studying and following God’s Word (Deuteronomy 6:7).
Dictators have banned it, tyrants have burned it, and skeptics have scoffed at its teachings. No other book in history has faced such opposition. Yet, it has not only survived, it has flourished. Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”
Share this article with a friend and let’s challenge one another to not just buy the Book but also to follow what it teaches.