why don t christians read the bible

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Why don’t American Christians read their Bibles?

One of the main reasons why American Christians don’t read their bibles is, only 22% of them believe the Bible is fully inspired by God Himself, and written by men who were divinely appointed by the Lord almighty. Over 1 in 4 American Christians believe the bible to be a book written by mere men, not at all the word of God.

What happens if you don’t read the Bible?

Your parents don’t read the Bible I’m talking to your kids, now. If you don’t read it, your kids won’t, statistically speaking. If you’ve given up, they may never begin. 7. Bible bullies Sincere believers are often told, overtly and covertly, that they are not smart or educated enough to truly understand the Bible.

Are You too busy to read the Bible?

In pursuit of a true diagnosis here, let’s be honest: none of us are truly too busy to read the Bible. We may be busy but we choose to put the Bible aside for one reason or another. Let me give you a few reasons why many Christians do not regularly read their Bibles.

Why should I read the Bible?

One reason to read the Bible – Faith Restarts. Moses instructed families to teach the law to their families every day. But he knew that everyone needs a fresh restart now and then. That’s why he instructed the Israelites to read the entire book of the law to the entire congregation every seven years.

What is an expository pastor?

Expository pastors are content to feed spoonful at a time. Thematic-preaching pastors enjoy bringing a topical flavor-of-the-month. Both have a place, but shouldn’t we be encouraged (and expected) to do some self-feeding at home?

What are Bible bullies?

Bible bullies. Sincere believers are often told, overtly and covertly, that they are not smart or educated enough to truly understand the Bible. Sounds like something Martin Luther railed against 500 years ago! (This year is the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the reformation, by the way.)

What did we expect our toddlers to do when they were babies?

So we fed them little bites of baby food. Eventually we expected them to feed themselves, and even make their own meals.

Why don’t people read the Bible?

People don’t read the Bible because they don’t like the Bible. But…. People don’t like the Bible because they don’t read the Bible. Lately, I’ve seen a brighter and brighter spotlight placed on the Bible. To me, this marks either an attempt to finally have the Bible erased from our culture once and for all—or a genuine hunger for God.

How often did Moses teach the law?

Moses instructed families to teach the law to their families every day. But he knew that everyone needs a fresh restart now and then. That’s why he instructed the Israelites to read the entire book of the law to the entire congregation every seven years.

What is the unintended consequence of church branding and mission statements?

3. All we hear is mission and vision. An unintended consequence of church branding and mission statements is constant preaching of vision, and funding for mission. In a growing number of churches, vision has replaced discipleship.

Who ordered a restart reading?

Joshua triggered a restart reading as soon as they crossed the Jordan River. ( Joshua 8) King Josiah ordered a restart when the dust-covered book of the law was discovered in the temple. ( 2 Kings 22) Ezra and Nehemiah instituted some restart reading sessions when they rebuilt the temple and the walls. ( Nehemiah 8)

Why does the Bible make us uncomfortable?

It is because the Bible makes us uncomfortable before it comforts us. We don’t like this. Consider what Paul says about the activity of the Bible: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” ( 2 Timothy 3:16)

What does the moral law teach us?

The moral law reveals to us, even the next 9 commandments, how to live with God as your God. It trains us by saying: “This is how you must live instead.”. If we have engaged in honest Bible reading we know that we have been confronted by God and his Word. This punctures our pride and unsettles us.

Why do people avoid the Bible?

They avoid the Bible because it has been a long time (if ever) since they have found themselves truly moved by its truth. This reveals more of a problem with the person than with the Bible. The Bible is not boring, we are boring.

What is the first commandment?

Consider the First Commandment: “”You shall have no other gods before me.” ( Exodus 20:3 ).

Is the Bible living or powerful?

The Bible declares that it is living and powerful ( Heb. 4:12-13 ), and it has a long track record of being so. If we think the Bible is stale or lifeless then perhaps the coin of its central truth has not yet dropped. Maybe we have yet to see that God is truly good and that we are truly not.

Can we separate love for the Word of God and the God of the Word?

And to bottom line this further, this is indicative or your relationship with God. We cannot separate a love for the Word of God and the God of the Word. Action item: If we do find ourselves not reading our Bibles we should examine ourselves to see the true substance of our relationship with God.

Is it better to live in the false comfort we are in than the comfort that God can provide?

We believe the lie that it is better to live in the false comfort we are in rather than the comfort that God can provide. We lean upon the false savior of self and as a result guarantee that we will not be comfortable. It is only be being made uncomfortable by God that we can truly be comforted.

How many languages are there in the Bible?

The Bible is for white Americans. The Bible has full translations in 531 languages and has portions translated in 2,883 languages. It is read by people-groups and cultures around the world. It’s the only book that has such staggering cross-cultural popularity.

What is the best selling book of all time?

The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. Jesus has been hailed by secular sources as the most influential person to ever walk the earth. Most people, even those who don’t worship God, agree that Jesus was a good person with a message of love that changed humanity – so much so that the world divides the measurement of time based on HIS life.

What does the Bible say about meeting with other believers?

The Bible advises in Hebrew 10:25 to meet together with other believers for mutual encouragement and understanding.

What do other cultures think differently than Westerners?

Other cultures, most actually, think differently than Westerners. They look at text circularly or thematically. I recommend to a reader from any culture to start in the book of John. It’s not too long, you’ll find information about the ages including stories of Jesus and it says a lot about the true meaning of love.

How does the Bible span history?

The Bible spans all of human history from the creation of the world to eternity. Some are rules God gave to a specific group of people during a specific time, but that doesn’t mean it’s not beneficial to know.

What does your soul ponder?

Your soul ponders things like, "Is there more?” “What’s the point? and “Why?" These answers are found in the Bible. Your soul longs for completion, unconditional love, and peace.

Why can’t I get past Genesis?

I can’t get past Genesis. Anglo-saxons, or Westerners, are the biggest culprit of this because they think linearly. They open the Bible at the beginning, go through it chronologically, and somewhere after Moses get confused and stop reading. Other cultures, most actually, think differently than Westerners.

Why don’t Christians read the Bible?

It is those 95% whack-jobs who do so much damage to actual Christianity because of their sheer ignorance of what the Bible actually says, and by swallowing wholesale the man-made traditions fed to them by ignorant and stupid preachers.

Why don’t religious people read the Bible?

This is why religious believers don’t really want people to read the Bible and why they don’t read it themselves. They want to believe but they are afraid that reading would mean not believing. So instead they go around pretending to read the Bible. They listen to what their religious leaders tell them the book says and then they get a verse or two that they can show others as a way to prove that they read it even when they didn’t.

What is the deciding factor on how anyone perceives the Bible?

The deciding factor on how anyone perceives the Bible is their possession (or lack thereof) of the Holy Spirt who illuminates and gives understanding.

Why do religious leaders tell them what each passage means?

The ones that do often have a religious leader next to them telling them what each passage “really” means because it couldn’t possibly mean what it actually says. That would be crazy talk. The Bible is a long and tediously boring series of books full of tribalism, hate, tyranny, and genocide.

Is there a Messianic prophecy in the OT?

There are no Messianic prophecies in the OT!

Do Christians believe in something they’ve never read?

for a different reason. But really, many Christians are perfectly happy to allegedly ‘believe’ in something they’ve never read, because the dogma of their faith really doesn’t matter to them. As long as they hear some nice inspiring messages about love and faith from a pulpit every week, that’s good enough for them. Plus the free coffee and donuts afterward. That’s the reality of ‘faith’ for the majority of American believers–happy talk, some music, and eating together. And woe be to the atheist who threatens these sacred things!

Who is Staks Rosch?

Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post , and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.