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Number Of Bible Skeptics Rises In U.S.

Number Of Bible Skeptics Rises In U.S.

A new survey shows a large increase in the number of Americans skeptical of the teachings of the Bible.

WCSC mentions "The survey finds more and more Americans consider the Bible to be teachings of men... rather than the word of God. The poll... from the American Bible Society... found the greatest increase in those opinions came from Americans between the ages of 18 and 29."

According to the American Bible Society's latest "State of the Bible" poll, the number of people said to be "Bible engaged" is now equal to the percentage of people who do not believe the Bible is sacred.

WOFL reports both groups now sit at 19 percent. The percentage of "Bible skeptics" is up from 10 percent in 2011. According to the president of the society, that's a concerning change.

Those who are engaged by the Bible are those who read it on a regular basis and believe the book is the actual or inspired Word of God. On the other hand, skeptics see the Bible merely as stories and advice. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Amandajm)

The study, which is conducted annually by Barna Research, is based on more than 2,000 interviews with U.S. adults in January and February.

It finds this trend is most pronounced among millennials, those who are range in age from 18 to 29. But why? Most say they are either too busy or significant life changes or events created doubt in their faith.

The president of American Bible Society told the The Washington Post the survey shows, "... we just can't hand them a Bible and expect them to find the answers. We have to get out the word to give God's word a chance. It's urgent."

But The Washington Post points out Bible related movies are "raking it in at the box office."

"Son of God, which opened in February, grossed more than $25 million when it first opened.

And Noah topped the box office charts when it hit theaters at the end of March, bringing in $44 million its opening weekend.

The American Bible Society of course hopes this uptake in "Bible skeptics" reverses. The president believes more people will eventually look to the Bible for answers to America's moral decline. (Via Religion News Service)

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southrenpride187 April 10 2014 at 2:13 PM

you know i have read every bible out there they all believe in the same person the higher power as for me it's just another book to read. i was raised in a christain family as time goes by i think back, there is a jesus there has been poeple there was jesus was on earth but no one has said the god was here, THE GOD SAID I PUT EVERYTHING HERE ON EARTH TO BE USED IN SOME WAy. now on the other hand' the bible says do not eat split hoove anmils or paws anmils but christains say if you bless the food you can eat it. thats not what bible say. bible say one thing then it says other that's one reason why i don't believe in the bible, catholic's say you can drink wine as long as you don't get drunk,christain's say its a sin you are destoring your body, man is destoring earth if there was a god why man not follow what he has said, GOD SAID I MAKE MAN JUST LIKE ME WELL THAT'S A LIE, MAN HAS NEVER AND NEVER WILL BE LIKE GOD ALL THE WRONG THINGS THAT MAN HAS DONE, FIRST god put women then he put the tree of fuit say don't eat from this tree it is sin but women eat and see the light it GOD put man here as an image of him then why put tempting here.
everyone say the same thing god has always been here . but not true higher power you can't see highter power same as you can't see god so how can they give him a name if they never seen him. read the history about christain's when they first bought that here the want to get rich so they started selling the word from god selling the bible then later poeple was burning the bible that's when they started to do it for free. food, plants, animals, they where put here for a reason?
why for man to usefor his creation pills are made from plants but the pot plant in christain eyes its a drug, every christain can't say i don't use drugs they will be lining coffee,soda,cig,pills,tea,ext.. is all a drug. anything you have to have is a drug and the biggest drug the use everyday the BIBLE

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pacomj60 April 10 2014 at 3:04 PM

All it takes is simple research. The first of 4 segments of the bible was written 100 years AD. Any one who can think can figure this out. By the way I am 70 and have never considered the bible as anything more than folk tails in print

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Bruce Brough pacomj60 April 10 2014 at 3:07 PM

You must mean "tales". I have never seen a folk tail in print, have you??

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ga7smi April 10 2014 at 7:50 PM

small sample - right conclusion

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royjoneswolf62 ga7smi April 10 2014 at 8:15 PM

Religion is the problem not the cure!

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Ed April 11 2014 at 12:43 AM

Doubting the Bible is a very healthy sign! It indicates that Enlightenment is driving out the Darkness! There is hope for us yet!

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blackcoffeeparty Ed April 11 2014 at 12:52 AM

Yes Ed, there is hope for us and his name is Jesus. And this is one reason why he is the only hope for us. If Jesus did not come and die on that cross and more importantly rise on the third day; then there is no hope for the living but to die and the dead are nothing but dust. Right or not I will say that I believe that Jesus written about in the Bible is the savior and light of the world

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blo2thehead April 11 2014 at 12:48 AM

Say what you want about the Bible, it's helped more than it's hurt.
I doubt anybody else can come up with a more complete story.

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banngbanng April 10 2014 at 2:58 PM

And yes ALIENS DO exist :) where's that in yr bible?

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lxixwithu banngbanng April 10 2014 at 4:44 PM

Ezekiel 1:4

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godsgifttonature April 11 2014 at 12:53 AM

As expected....

"The LORD God will have mercy on whom he will and he will harden whom he will. "

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Franco April 11 2014 at 1:22 AM

There is only one book in my opinion that is directed at young people. The book of Proverbs, in the old testament.

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thomcit April 10 2014 at 6:48 PM

Well, we do know there were many books of "The Bible" that didn't make the final cut.

The Roman Empire was vast. Many regions differed in the books they included in "The Bible". Rome wanted consistency (i.e. everyone on the same page). So, Rome gathered all of the representatives of the various regions to convene and hash out a compromise, which they did.

A few of the smaller, relatively isolated regions were not included in the council. They kept their versions. Today, those same, small regions (actually, a few villages in Ethiopia) still include the their original version. The Catholic Church, The Russian Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Church are a few examples of larger groups who include/exclude other books of "The Bible". Various Protestants deleted certain books, revised and re-interpreted "The Bible".

Stay with me. I am getting to the point. There are (at least) a hundred Denominations. Each interprets "The Bible" differently. Like many of you, I've witnessed some really ugly arguments between Protestants from differing, mainstream denominations (none were Mormons). Many times, the differences were/are so strong, both parties are certain the other party is destined for Hell (unless one or the other "repents").

Why would an all-knowing God, allow his word to be so ambiguous. One wouldn't think a Deity, with unlimited powers, would place his/her "Stamp of Approval" on such contested, ambiguous works, especially when "Eternal Life" is at stake.

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lidodex thomcit April 10 2014 at 7:05 PM

A great point, thomcit. But what makes you (or any of us) think that God has given "The Bible", as we now know it, a stamp of approval? I would argue that anything written, translated, rewritten and interpreted by humankind, again and again over many centuries, is suspect. A hint at the answer to that question may very well lie within scripture itself: "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." --1 Corinthians 13:12

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thomcit lidodex April 10 2014 at 7:47 PM

Ditto. A great point. For the sake of argument (actually, just a friendly discussion): Why should we rely on any passage from a collection of accounts that contains so many contradictions and may or may not be inspired by God? Every denomination uses a myriad of "selected" Biblical passages (both New and Old Testament) as the basis for their particular interpretation. I'm sure you've endured (witnessed) disagreements between those of different denominations who, using the same version of "The Bible" to summon up the particular passages that backs their claim. It's like being stuck in an endless loop. The sentiments of the scripture you pointed out were certainly authored by a very wise individual. It's a beautiful passage. But (again, just for the sake of "discussion"), there have been many wise, beautiful passages over the eons that were not inspired by a Deity. I certainly appreciate thoughtful, intelligent replies like yours.

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lmthurner April 10 2014 at 3:25 PM

Bottom line: control is an aspect of fear- if people had nothing to fear (aka loss of power/money) there would be no need to control others. Religion is s a means of control. We are all specs of dust that came from the universe and that is where we will return to. So let's just try and enjoy this experience and work together as one, b/c we are all one entity, and that entity as a whole is "god", which takes no shape or form, esp a human one.

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