Posted by: Rolf | October 28, 2013

Beliefs and Behavior

Beliefs and Behavior 01According to a study, 66 percent of Americans agreed that “the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life,” while 58 percent say they don’t want “wisdom and advice” from the Bible, and 57 percent say they read it fewer “than five times” per year.

“There is a difference between believing something is beneficial and opening up your heart, mind and life to let that beneficial thing in.”

Some people “view reading the Bible as taking your medicine,” rather than a “life-changing” encounter with God.

But it isn’t “just” a lack of motivation.

Sixty-one percent of adults “wish” they read the Bible more.

“It seems that many Americans are letting other priorities get in the way of them opening the pages of the Bible.”

The study found that about one-fifth (21 percent) of the population believe the Bible is the “Word of God” and read it at least four times per week; while an increasing number (10 percent in 2011, 17 percent this year), believe the Bible is “just another book of teachings written by men” and rarely or never read it.

The middle ground – “those who say the Bible has some truth but rarely read it” is shrinking (26 percent in 2012, 23 percent this year).

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In an age where “homosexual marriage and abortion” have become key political issues, only 17 percent of “self-identifying” Christian adults say they would “be interested in receiving input and wisdom from the Bible on romance and sexuality.”

The study did bring some encouraging news as well, however.

More than half of Americans (56 percent) believe the Bible has “too little” influence in U.S. society today.

Only 13 percent said it had “too much influence.”

What perhaps many Americans “fail to recognize” is that the easiest way for the Bible to “influence society” is for individuals to take it off their shelves, read it and let its “words and wisdom” influence their own “choices and decisions.”

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If more individuals were reading the Bible on a “consistent” basis and using it as a “road map” for their lives, I think the world would look quite a bit brighter. 

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In His Grip and Serving Grace…

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