What it says...
How many people truly know the Bible? Christianity - the people of the book. No. It is Christianity - the people of the God who gave us the book. A small difference, but I beg to differ. We do not believe in the Bible because we are Christians. We do not believe in the Bible because it is an old book. We believe in the Bible because we believe it to be true. Or do we?
Christianity proclaims that the Bible was written by men who were guided by divine direction. What that means is that ordinary men wrote down what is in the Bible, but God guided their hands to write the Bible. We believe it is without error (not as in typo’s, but in the truth of what is said in the Bible). The Bible is said to be God’s love letter to His children. It is the history of His people and the story of our fall, His redemption of us. That is Christianity’s book. But do Christians believe this?
I can only hope they do. This is what Christianity believes, but not all who say they are Christians know what it means to be a Christ-follower or what it says about Him in the Bible.
Over eighty percent of American’s claim to be Christians. Over sixty percent claim to be born-again Christians. Only ten percent believe in the core beliefs of Christianity.
How can that be?
Because there are cultural Christians - Christians who say they are Christians because that is the major religion in this country.
Because there are hereditary Christians - Christians who say they are Christians because their parents were.
Because there are event-Christians - Christians who do the events like baptism and holidays, but the rest of the 365 days belong to them.
Because there are compartmental Christians - Christians who play the part every Sunday but never apply it to everyday life.
In truth, only the 10% actually read the Bible. Is it only 10% that know what the Bible says? Is it only 10% that knows what Christ actually said when we are called after His name? Is it only 10% who truly know what the pastor is talking about every Sunday because they have read it too?
Is it that we don’t read, or that we don’t believe? That is a question for you to answer.
Do not hear me wrong, believing is not reading, but if you do not read the Bible upon which our belief is recorded, then you may fall for any fancy preacher who comes around claiming to have the biblical truth. How well do you truly know what you truly believe?
“You can read the Bible a hundred times and learn something new on the hundred-and-first time. ~ Unknown