“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” – Moliere
- “Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches.”
- Agree Strongly – 33%
- Agree Somewhat – 25%
- Disagree Somewhat – 19%
- Disagree Strongly – 23%
- “Which of the following statements comes closest to describing what you believe about the Bible?
- Actual word of God and should be taken literally, word for word – 22%
- Inspired word of God, no errors, some verses symbolic – 30%
- Inspired word of God, has some factual or historical errors – 16%
- Not inspired, tells how writers understood the ways and principles of God – 9%
- Just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and advice – 15%
- “How often, if ever, do you actually read the Bible, not including times when you are at a church service or church event?
- Never – 27%
- Less than once a year – 14%
- Once or twice a year – 9%
- 3 to 4 times a year – 8%
- Once a month – 7%
- Once a week – 8%
- Several times/4+ times a week 14%
- Every day – 13%
- Not sure – 2%
Is it any wonder that the world and the church looks like it does? Almost half of the people surveyed think the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches. 40% believe that the Bible has errors, is uninspired or just another book. Maybe most shocking is that only 13% read the Bible every day and only 35% read it at least once a week away from church. The study states that Elders, us old people, are more likely to read the Bible and believe in its inspired accuracy, while Millennials, the hip, young crowd, are more likely to not read the Bible regularly or believe it is inspired.
“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” C. G. Jung