Believing in Myths – People Believe but don't know why

The Blogger (here) asks a good question – why do so many believe in Christ, especially when so few actually read the bible? With statistics like these, it is not difficult to see why so many have their faith so easily shaken, and why so much is so easily passed off as ‘Christian’.

Here are a few statistics:

  • 93% of Americans have a Bible.1
  • Only half of Americans can even name one of the Gospels.1
  • The majority of Americans don’t know that Genesis is the first book of the Bible.1
  • 60% of evangelicals think Jesus was born in Jerusalem rather than Bethlehem.1
  • 22% of high school students think Moses was one of Jesus’ disciples.1
  • Half of High School seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah were a married couple.1
  • 1 in 10 Americans believe that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife.1
  • 60% of Americans can’t name 5 of the ten commandments.1
  • Given thirteen basic teachings from the Bible, only 1% of adult believers embraced all thirteen as being biblical perspectives.2
  • One-third of college attending Christians could not put the following in order: Abraham, the Old Testament prophets, the death of Christ, and Pentecost.3
  • One-third could also not identify Matthew as an apostle from a list of New Testament names.3
Various sources listed in this Politics Daily article, “Why a Real ‘Year of the Bible’ Would Horrify Its Sponsors
Barna Research Online, “Discipleship Insights Revealed in New Book by George Barna.”
Gary M. Burge, “The Greatest Story Never Read: Recovering biblical literacy in the church.”

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6 Replies to “Believing in Myths – People Believe but don't know why”

  1. Sigh …
    But how many of them know that “God helps those who help themselves” and “Cleanliness is next to godliness”?
    Again … many problems would be solved if people would open up their Bibles.

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