The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. It’s been translated into seemingly countless languages and preserved for generations, often at great personal cost. Most Christian homes in America own several Bibles. But do we read them?
Here in America—a nation with more churches, Bibles, Christian TV and radio programs, and Christian outreaches than any other nation—biblical illiteracy is a huge problem. People simply don’t read God’s Word so they don’t know what it teaches. Sadly many Christians are easily convinced of errors and half-truths from popular preachers and authors because they don’t know God’s Word well enough to decipher what is true and what is not.
I was recently reading an opinion piece that appeared on the Fox News website asking the question, “Why are so many Christians biblically illiterate?” The author writes that, “Americans no longer know the Bible. The evidence is overpowering that contemporary Christianity is Bible-ish, at best, and at worst, in some cases, Bible-less . . . most are oblivious to the Bible’s basic content, meaning, and message” (emphasis original). He goes on to say that “the challenge of biblical illiteracy in America is not because of a shortage of Bibles, but rather knowledge and appreciation of the Bible’s message.”
Now, we would agree that this is a big problem, but how can parents, pastors, and teachers help put an end to biblical illiteracy in their sphere of influence? Well, here are four things that I believe we need do to help create biblical literacy in our homes and churches:
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.