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The Bible Becomes an Idol?

Recently, I received several letters scolding me because I refuse to take the Bible literally, obeying all of its supposed proscriptions. It is a sad commentary on those who, in taking the Bible literally, reveal that they have made the Bible an idol to be worshipped and obeyed. It goes all the way back to the 1500s when Martin Luther helped to initiate the Protestant Reformation. When Protestants no longer had to obey an “infallible” pope, many turned to their Bibles and made them an infallible substitute.

Bible Becomes Idol | Letters | TheLedger.com.

It is a good article, although I may disagree with him on several points.

Often times, people do make the physical bible an idol. They just look at it, afraid to touch it, believing that the physical object has some sort of power or connection to God. They don’t open it, waiting for it to somehow speak to them.

New Research Explores How Different Generations View and Use the Bible

Perceptual Gaps

However, despite these similarities, the Barna studies show that the youngest generations are charting a new, unique course related to the Bible. Here are the types of changes being forged by young adults:

* Less Sacred – While most Americans of all ages identify the Bible as sacred, the drop-off among the youngest adults is striking: 9 out of 10 Boomers and Elders described the Bible as sacred, which compares to 8 out of 10 Busters (81%) and just 2 out of 3 Mosaics (67%).

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