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Have You Read Your Bible Today?

from the March 13, 2007 eNews issue

Biblical illiteracy is one of the biggest problems facing the Church in America today. A recent survey indicates that the average American owns three copies of the Bible, but doesn't read any of them. According to Woodrow Kroll, president of Back to the Bible, the organization that conducted the survey, "The problem is not that people can not read the Bible, it's they don't read the Bible…Bible literacy is not a problem in the church. Bible literacy is THE problem in the church. It impacts everything else we do."

There are more than 450 different versions and translations of the Bible in the English language, and yet most Americans can't identify the first book of the Bible or name even one of the four New Testament gospels. When Boston University did a survey of high school students last week they found that fifty percent of the students incorrectly thought that Sodom and Gomorrah were married.

The vast majority of Americans say they believe in God. In fact, some polls indicate that two-thirds of Americans believe that the Bible holds the answers to all or most of life's basic questions. However it seems that while Americans acknowledge that the Bible is important, most don't take the time to find out what it says.

It seems that more and more Christians today are unable to articulate an intellectual basis for why they believe what they believe is true. Even those who attend church regularly do not take the time to study the Bible on their own. Biblical illiteracy is perhaps the primary reason why many Christians do not share their faith and why most are ill-equipped to defend it. It is no wonder that 50 to 80 percent of Christian youth abandon their faith within the first years of college.

Where did our Bible come from? How do we know that it really is the Word of God? What is truth? Why do you believe what you believe? When someone asks you to explain your faith, will you be able to give them an answer? What will you tell them?

At Koinonia House, our goal is to create, develop, and distribute materials to stimulate, encourage, and facilitate serious study of the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. We believe that the Bible, although composed of 66 books, penned by 40 different authors, over thousands of years, is an integrated message system. Furthermore, the origin of this message system is from outside our time domain. The degree of integration of design among the 66 books is astonishing. Every number, every place name, even the hidden structures behind the text itself, bear evidence of precise, skillful engineering.

Effectively sharing and defending your faith requires more than simply the ability to parrot others. If you want to be able to discern the truth and grow in your spiritual walk with God, you have to be willing to get your hands dirty. In Acts 17:11 we are encouraged to receive the word with all readiness of mind, and search the scriptures daily to find out whether these things are so. If you are at all familiar with our ministry, you probably recognize this verse. In addition to encouraging and facilitating the study of God's Word, we have consistently urged Christians to do their homework. Our prayer for you is that, like the Bereans, you too would be diligent in seeking the truth.


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