I recently read in an article where a Tennessee minister concluded, “The Bible is the best-selling, least-read, and least-understood book in the world.” In his view and experience, “Biblical illiteracy is rampant”. I am not a pollster on religious matters, but I would have to agree with this preacher. “We revere the Bible”, he says, “but we don’t read it”.
In a recent survey, 64 percent of those questioned said they were “too busy” to read the Bible. The average household has three Bibles, but less than half the people in the United States can name the first book in the Old Testament. One survey found that 12 percent of its Christians identified Noah’s wife as “Joan of Arc”!
So, what is the solution to biblical illiteracy? The simple answer is to Read the Bible! We all have busy lives but failing to include God in our business can ultimately lead to sin. The Noble Bereans studied daily. “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Acts 17:11.
All of us could take 15 to 30 minutes a day to follow a daily reading regimen of God’s Word. The same amount of time spent exercising, that many doctors say could extend your life span. Well what about our eternal life span. We all need to be growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18). If we have not been studying God’s word, let us make a commitment today to put Him first so that we can thereby grow up in the truth and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.