Read the Bible. All of it. Now. Seriously. Please.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:17)

The Bible is the really very most incredibly amazingly astoundingly awesome communication in the history of the universe.

Just think about it. The Creator of the Universe breathed out his thoughts for all us mere earthlings to behold.

And what do we do with it?

Tragically, shockingly, disturbingly, ridiculously we mostly ignore it.

Studies show that 92% of Americans own a Bible and 75% believe it’s the inspired word of God. But very few have the slightest idea what’s in it.

A few sad stats:

  • Less than half of Christians have read the whole Bible
  • Less than half of Americans can name the first book of the Bible
  • More Americans can name all four Beatles than can name even one of the Ten Commandments
  • 50% of high school seniors think that Sodom and Gomorrah were married
  • 12% think that Noah’s wife was Joan of Arc
  • Only 1 in 7 Christians regularly apply the Bible to their lives

The authors of one study concluded:

American Christians are biblically illiterate. Although most of them contend that the Bible contains truth and is worth knowing, and most of them argue that they know all of the relevant truths and principles, our research shows otherwise. And the trend line is frightening: the younger a person is, the less they understand about the Christian faith. (The Barna Group)

Yikes.

To help combat this terrible epidemic, we hereby declare this STAMP OUT BIBLE ILLITERACY GENTLY (SOBIG) WEEK here on GUWG.

We’ll kick things off today with a little quiz designed to help us all assess our level of Bible literacy. The official answer key will be posted here tomorrow.

Enjoy!

(Sources: Gallup; Bible Society; Bible Literacy: Crisis in America; USA Today; Pew Research; Barna Group)

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