Various polls and studies show that the Bible remains the most popular book of all time in the USA, with at least 93% of American households owning at least one copy of the ‘Good Book’. With this data you would expect, naturally, that Americans possess an excellent grasp of what is claimed, by Christians and Jews, to be God’s book. But would do the numbers tell us:
1. Less than 50% of adults can name a single gospel.
2. Less than 50% know the first book to be Genesis.
3. A 2000 study showed that 60% of evangelical Christians believed that Jesus was born in Jerusalem rather than Bethlehem.
4. More than 65% can’t name more than six of the ten commandments.
5. A 2004 survey of high school students found that 17 percent thought “the road to Damascus” was where Jesus was crucified.
6. More than 35% of college attending Christians could not put the following in order: Abraham, the Old Testament Prophets, death of Christ, and Pentecost.
7. More than 33% could not identify Matthew as a gospel from a list of New Testament names.
8. More than 20% think Moses was one of Jesus’ disciples.
9. More than 50% of High School seniors believed Sodom & Gomorrah were a married couple.
10. More than 35% believe that the Bible is the biography of Jesus.
When you contrast these stunning findings against the fact that a 2007 Rasmussen Poll found that more than 35% believe the Bible to be literally true, meaning that more than 100 million Americans believe that God created the universe in six days, then one can easily identify an astounding conundrum.
Let’s get serious for a minute, if Christians truly believe that God wrote a book shouldn’t they want to see what he had to say?
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