The Bible is apparently losing its in influence in American culture, according to a new State of the Bible survey.
The study was conducted by the Barna group and American Bible Society and the outcome pointed to a nation that takes a book once held sacred in a casual manner viewing it more as a guidebook.
One of the most alarming statistics showed that 19 percent of American adults are skeptical about the Bible while another 19 percent are "engaged" with it. This marks that first time that the number of skeptics and readers are dead even. The number of skeptics has grown 10 percent since 2011. This shift can be attributed to groups of younger adults including those belonging to generation X and the Millennial generation holding a less sacred view of the book. more >>
Hank Hanegraaff recently commented on blasphemous remarks made by atheist talk show host Bill Maher regarding the story of Noah and the new film based on it.
On his show Real Time Maher called God a "psychopathic mass murderer who gets off by watching babies drown" while discussing the new film.
A caller phoned in to Hanegraaff's Bible Answer Man broadcast to ask his opinion on Maher's comments and the media's failure to report the offense committed by the pundit to religious people. more >>
Jon Stewart poked fun at religious conservatives unhappy with Darren Aronofsky's Noah on Tuesday night in a segment called "Haters of the Lost Ark."
After showing a Fox News montage with commentators asking why Hollywood had paid scant attention to Christians and Biblical stories, Stewart noted dryly: "That's how you show respect for religion. You get in there, you churn some s--- out."
The Comedy Central star then suggested that because the movie had made $200 million in its first two weeks of release, "religious filmgoers must have something to cheer about," before juxtaposing his remarks with clips of Glenn Beck calling it "awful" and film critic Kevin McCarthy on Fox News informing the audience that Noah "is definitely not a documentary." more >>
The guy sitting across from me is a professing and practicing Christian. He drops by my office unannounced today to talk to me about his new online dating life. Specifically, he wants to talk about the over-willingness of Christian women he has encountered on several of his dates who want to jump right from a very public conversation and vanilla latte at Starbucks to very private whispers and physical exchanges between the sheets back at his place.
Usually this gender scenario is reversed, but the sex, love and dating landscape continues to move in a progressively liberal direction among Christians without any solid indicators that it will change anytime soon. Both sexes today, across all ages and Christian demographics, are prone to compartmentalize their faith away from their sexual life.
While Christian singles report praying and church attendance are highly desirable qualities in the dating matrix, a troubling and confusing dichotomy arises when the issue of sex before marriage presents itself. Specifically, single Christians enter a sexual fog. That fog clouds and hides the reality that an identity rooted in Christ should manifest itself in intelligent and hope-filled sexual restraint based on God's promises and instead replaces it with fear and pride-filled choices based on some other promise they believe more. more >>
The American Bible Society recently found a rise in the percentage of Americans who view the Bible skeptically, according to its Annual State of the Bible report.
Since 2011, the percentage of those who believe that the Bible is "just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and advice" has risen from 10 percent to 19 percent of those surveyed.
The report, conducted by Barna Group, details Americans' beliefs about the Bible, its role in society, its presence in U.S. homes and other information about the best-selling book of all time. more >>
True freedom in Christ allows for personal freedoms, but most freedoms are intended to work within a framework of social responsibility (Galatians 5:13). Food and beverage, for example, are good, but we are warned against extremes such as gluttony and drunkenness. Most anyone who has lived with these abuses understands why.
The person who consumes alcohol walks a very fine line between freedom and sin, responsibility and carelessness, liberty and abuse-over-indulgence can even disqualify a person from leadership (1 Timothy 3). This discussion is not about a glass of wine or beer now and then, it's about abuse. Damage done to families and individuals demands a closer look. Here are samples of the correspondences that I have received:
"I won't watch my kids be physically abused anymore. My husband's alcohol consumption is killing our family." Others write, "Leaders in my church don't recognize that they are hurting people by abusing alcohol." One man wrote, "My wife has co-workers and parishioners fooled, but she is destroying our family from the inside out." more >>