According to a 2017 study by Lifeway Research, about half (53%) of the 1,000 American’s surveyed have read none, or very little, of the Bible. Bible IQ notes the Lifeway research results are consistent with other Biblical research. By all measures, this translates to a crisis – a Biblical illiteracy crisis!
Bible IQ is of the belief that “Biblical Knowledge” and “Spiritual Vision” (i.e.., a person’s understanding & belief in God and Bible truths) are highly correlated. In other words, if a person possesses a strong level of “Biblical Knowledge” then they most likely have strong “Spiritual Vision”. To the contrary, if a person has a weak level of “Biblical Knowledge” then they most likely have weak “Spiritual Vision”. See below illustration:
As a result, we believe it is reasonable to assume that the 53% group (i.e., who have never read, or read very little, of the Bible) are either spiritually “blind” or “vision-impaired”. And to gain a larger perspective of these findings, Bible IQ extrapolated the Lifeway® survey results. Specifically, we extrapolated the 53% finding to: 1) America’s total population, and 2) the World’s total population. The end result was a projection from the two populations of the total number of people who are potentially spiritually “blind” or “vision-impaired”. The results were eye-opening! See below:
We acknowledge the above calculation is simplistic and high-level. However, our objective is to illustrate that the numbers are enormous… even with some statistical hair-cut. And to make matters worse, we believe the above estimates are conservative. In other words, studies consistently reveal that even people who have read most, or all, of their Bible still fail to understand core Biblical Truths… and as a result, are presumed to have spiritual “vision-impairment”. In summary, we are living in a “spiritual” crisis!
“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge…” Hosea 4:6
“The days are coming, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.” Amos 8:11
Will you go to Heaven when you die? Here’s a quick test:
Q. Have you ever told a lie?
Q. Have you ever stolen anything?
Q. Have you ever used God’s name in vain?
Q. Have you ever lusted over someone?
Q. Have you ever hated someone?
If you have done these things, God sees you as a liar, a thief, a blasphemer, an adulterer-at-heart, and a murderer-at-heart. And this is only 5 of God’s Ten Commandments (a/k/a “God’s Law”). And the Bible warns that on the Day of Judgment, God will punish you in a terrible place called Hell. But, there is “good news”! God is not willing that any should perish. Sinners broke God’s Law, but Jesus paid their fine by shedding His sinless blood on a cross ~2,000 years ago. This means that God can legally dismiss their case (and yours!): “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Then Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death. Today, repent (turn away from your sins), put your complete trust in Jesus, and confess Jesus as your Lord & Savior… and God will give you eternal life as a free gift.
Contrary to popular belief, being a “good person”, doing “good deeds”, or being “religious” will not get you a ticket to heaven! Many people are hoping God will dismiss their sins because their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds. They further hope that because God is “good” he will let them go unpunished and enter heaven. However, because God is “good” he must by nature punish sinners (i.e., God would not be a good judge if he let criminals go free). The Bible states: “There is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20) The Bible also states: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) And finally, think about this, if your goodness could save you, Jesus would have died in vain (i.e., for no good reason). The Bible states: “I (Jesus) am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me. (John
14:6) Friends, please don’t “roll-the-dice” and gamble your eternal life on the life-threatening lie that being a “good person” will get you to heaven.
Here is a prayer you can use to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord & Savior. It is a suggested prayer – the key is that you are speaking from your heart.
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me turn away from sin going forward. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus into my heart and I confess him as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for sending your Holy Spirit to help me obey you, and to do your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
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