Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Ringo
The Christian and the Bible
“Listen to the statutes… teach them to your children and your grandchildren.” – Deuteronomy 4:1, 9
Jesus said the love of many would grow cold in the End Times. Despite our profession of faith, the facts speak loudly about the general level of spirituality among believers. The only true source of spiritual sustenance is the Inspired Word of God and neglect is causing many Christians to suffer from Spirtual Malnutrition.
Recently comedian Jay Leno asked his television audience to name one of the Ten Commandments. One person ventured: “God helps those who help themselves.” Leno asked if anyone could name the four Gospels. No one could; but responding to another question, almost everyone in the audience could name the four Beatles.
As biblical instruction wanes, large numbers of young people are biblically illiterate. Our society is developing a profound ignorance of Jesus. Many don’t understand the term “Good Friday” or the meaning of our basic Christian vocabulary–grace, sin, redemption, and salvation.
The number of people who read the Bible “occasionally” has declined from 79 percent in the 1980s to 59 percent. Only 16 percent of Christians say they read the Bible daily. (Clayton Hardiman, Bible Literacy Slipping, Experts Say, at Religious News Service, posted at home.snu.edu/~HCULBERT/literacy.htm)
Read your Bible every day. Teach it to your children. Don’t depend on others to do it. Offer to lead Bible classes at your church, and volunteer to work in the children’s ministry. Reversing the tide of biblical illiteracy is going to take all of us doing our part.
“Many Christians expect the world to respect the book they neglect.” -E.C. McKenzie
Source: David Jeremiah