Know Your Bible? Many Christians Don’t (CBN video clip)

Here are some direct quotes from this CBN video report by Wendy Griffith (4:09).

More than 60% of Americans can’t name either half of the ten commandments or the four gospels of the New Testament.

Some 80%, including born-again Christians, believe that “God helps those who help themselves” is a direct quote from the Bible.

And 31% believe a good person can earn his or her way into heaven.

According to a Barna study, most self-proclaimed Christians don’t believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit actually exist.

And even though the Bible is very clear about the sinless nature of Christ, 22% believe Jesus sinned while He was on the earth.

Why is Bible Engagement Down in an Age of Digital Accessibility? | by Rachel Barach

What’s technology really doing to the Bible: three reasons Bible engagement is down — and three ways we can change that.

(4-minute read; 1,045 words)

Source: What’s Technology Really Doing to the Bible? – OnFaith

(Courtesy of BibleGateway Blog; “Bible Gateway is the most-visited Christian website. Millions of visitors from more than 200 countries regularly come to set up personal accounts and freely read, hear, search, study, compare, share, and engage the Bible in 70+ languages and 200+ versions.”)

Why So Many Churches Hear So Little of the Bible | by Al Mohler

(Originally posted by Al Mohler at his website Friday, February 19, 2010.)

Opening excerpt:

“It is well and good for the preacher to base his sermon on the Bible, but he better get to something relevant pretty quickly, or we start mentally to check out.” That stunningly clear sentence reflects one of the most amazing, tragic, and lamentable characteristics of contemporary Christianity: an impatience with the Word of God.

Source: Why So Many Churches Hear So Little of the Bible –

George Barna and David Barton Talk About Biblical Literacy in America (CBN video clip)

This CBN video clip (4:23) profiles the thesis of the 2014 book by George Barna and David Barton titled U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots.   In it, they decry the sad state of biblical literacy in America today.  For example, they say “early Americans were shaped by the Bible and a Judeo-Christian worldview,” but today only 30% of Christians read the Bible, and less than 10% from cover to cover.  They also say “Only 9% of born-again Christians have a biblical worldview; only 51% of pastors have a biblical worldview.”

From the YouTube description:

Researcher George Barna and historian David Barton say the United States is entering its own version of the Dark Ages and that any civilization that’s gone where America’s headed now has gone to ruin.

The Epidemic of Bible Illiteracy in Our Churches | by Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer talks about biblical literacy in this blog post.  In it, he links to four other posts or articles he’s written on the same subject.

Source: The Epidemic of Bible Illiteracy in Our Churches | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

Top Christian Resources on the Marriage Debate | Center for Strategic Apologetics

Opening excerpt:

It’s the most difficult and contentious issue facing Christians in the Western world today, and we all need the best possible information available. This is especially true in the U.S, now that the Supreme Court has made gay marriage the law of the land.

Source: Top Christian Resources on the Marriage Debate (Books, Articles, Videos, Podcasts on Gay Marriage/Same-Sex Marriage) | Center for Strategic Apologetics

How Geographic Separation Affirms the Reliability of the New Testament | J. Warner Wallace

(4-minute read; 904 words)

Source: How Geographic Separation Affirms the Reliability of the New Testament | Cold Case Christianity

HT: Greg West at The Poached Egg of Ratio Christi