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The rise of Biblical illiteracy in America

 

As Jesus gathered His followers on the hill before He ascended into Heaven, Jesus gave specific last instructions. This is what He said: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Tell others the Story of God!

Matthew 28:19, 20

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary wrote in 2005 regarding the issue of biblical illiteracy, “ Researchers George Gallup and Jim Castelli put the problem squarely: ‘Americans revere the Bible--but, by and large, they don't read it. And because they don't read it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates.’  Researchers tell us that it's worse than most could imagine.

         Fewer than half of all adults can name the four gospels.

         Many Christians cannot identify more than two or three of the disciples.

         According to Barna Research Group, 60 percent of Americans can't name even five of the Ten Commandments. ‘No wonder people break the Ten Commandments all the time. They don't know what they are," said George Barna, president of the firm.

         82 percent of Americans believe "God helps those who help themselves" is a Bible verse

         12 percent of adults believe that Joan of Arc was Noah's wife

          A survey of graduating high school seniors revealed that over 50 percent thought that Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife

         A considerable number of respondents to one poll indicated that the Sermon on the Mount was preached by Billy Graham

The world remains in jeopardy with a generation that will “know neither the Lord nor what He had done for Israel.” And the result will be similar, “The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord.”

Without a spiritual moral compass the world indeed is doomed to a falling away from biblical principles of living. Is there any doubt that there is a need and urgency for telling the Biblical Story?

 

In church teaching for all ages, having congregations become familiar with just 12 stories can be a beginning in learning the complete 60 stories for sharing the Story of God to others. In any church setting everyone can become familiar with just these 12 stories as a beginning. Then tell these stories to others and use open ended questions for discussion about each story. Let the listener discover Bible truth for themselves.

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