New Research Shows Disconnect Between U.S. Bible Beliefs and Engagement

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Most Americans believe the Bible is beneficial and want to find time to read it more, but just as many do not engage.

According to the American Bible Society’s annual “State of the Bible” study, most Americans believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life (66 percent). However, most also say they don’t have time to read it, and a large percentage say they don’t want wisdom or advice from the Scriptures.

“There is a difference between believing something is beneficial and opening up your heart, mind and life to let that beneficial thing in,” Geof Morin, chief communications officer for the American Bible Society (ABS), wrote in a Thursday statement to The Christian Post. He explained that some people “view reading the Bible as taking your medicine” rather than a life-changing encounter with God.

Other important findings: One in six Americans bought a Bible last year, and 80 percent of Americans are willing to call the Bible “sacred.” The average household contains at least four Bibles. But more than half (57 percent) of Millennials report reading the Bible less than three times a year or never.

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  • Brian

    I would say there’s a difference between what people SAY, and what they really BELIEVE.
    If you truly believe the Bible has all the answers, you’ll find time to read it!!

  • Drae

    As soon as I read about people not wanting wisdom or advice from the scriptures I thought of Paul talking about “itchy ears”. As God said before; MY word will not come back to me void it will accomplish what I desire and succeed in the thing which I sent it. It’s His Word His way and people don’t want that. They want God’s Word their way and it will not do that. So as long as we continue in our false precepts we will never desire the true relationship with God he wants for us.

  • Vincent Aja

    “However, most also say they don’t have time to read it, and a large percentage say they don’t want wisdom or advice from the Scriptures.”
    This statement and others may have been associated with the popular sermons among those considered to be the best preachers. Who will need wisdom or advice if the messages coming from the preachers are how to become rich or how God is going to prosper me without any condition. Since the Gospel message has moved from Repentance, Salvation and where someone is going to spend Eternity. It is necessary that someone who has a good job and living comfortably does not need wisdom or advice from the Bible. People are making money without going to the Church, and too many television evangelists were lying to the people with their prosperity messages which is never inspired by the Holy Spirit. When we begin to preach the message of the Cross just like Rev. Billy Graham has done when he was active in the ministry, people will recognize the Biblical wisdom and advice because of where their souls will be going when their lives have expired.


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