There is a growing refrain among non-theists: reading the Bible made me an atheist. Commonly, they point to difficult to understand Old Testament passages, including ones where God allows the death and destruction of humanity as He did with the flood in Genesis and bloody wars against the Canaanites detailed in Deuteronomy.
"Contemporary Christians have had a difficult time trying to come to grips with what they find in the Old Testament, especially those narratives that recount the destruction of whole groups of people by the acts of God," said Thomas Howe, a professor of Bible and Biblical Languages at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, North Carolina. "Non-Christians capitalize on this and attempt to undermine our faith by calling into question either the goodness of God or even His existence."
A challenge that some non-theists use to undermine the Christian faith is if God is so loving, why does He kill people or why does He encourage His people to commit genocide. more >>
Christmas is a time often associated with trees, Santa Claus, mangers, family gatherings, television specials, and the opening of presents. But according to a very successful technological Christian ministry, the season for giving may also be the season for Bible reading.
Bobby Gruenewald, the pastor who was the mastermind behind the YouVersion Bible App, told The Christian Post that during December the rate of Bible App usage increases.
"Our data gives us insight into people's interaction with the Bible around the world: installs of the app, chapters read, bookmarks and highlights created, verses shared, and more," said Gruenewald. more >>
Online scripture resource Bible Gateway says the website's most popular keyword searches include the terms "Love," "Faith," and "Peace."
Also on the site's 2014 Year In Review report of the top five most popular word searches throughout 2014 are "Hope" and "Joy." The number one keyword, "Love," was the top search term for 200 days out of the year, reported Bible Gateway Content Manager Andy Rau.
The top keyword corresponds with Bible Gateway's number one and number four most popular Bible verses, John 3:16 and Romans 8:28, which states "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." more >>
A South Carolina man who lost his wallet with over $300 in cash inside thought his money was gone when he received a package with the wallet and a list of three Bible verses inside.
Bruce Rylant, who had lost his wallet and $305 during a recent trip, said, "I was running crazy, canceling credit cards, debit cards, trying to scramble and get the insurance cards and drivers license," when he received the package in the mail. Inside was "all of my identification, all of my cards, and $305," Rylant told WMBF News.
The note attached to the wallet read, "Three scriptural reasons I am moved to do this. Please read them for yourself." more >>
Bible app YouVersion released its list of the top 10 most bookmarked, highlighted and shared scriptures and topping the list for 2014 is Romans 12:2, a verse urging Christians to be non-conformists.
The passage reads: "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Colossians 3:23-24, which bids readers, "Whatever you do, work at it will all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for human beings," is the most shared verse of 2014. more >>
The Bible has been crowned the book "most valuable to humanity," beating out Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species and George Orwell's 1984.
In a survey of 2,044 British adults, 37 percent of respondents named the Bible most valuable, versus 35 percent for Origin of Species.
Conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Folio Society, other literary works ranked included Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time (17 percent), Albert Einstein's Relativity (15 percent), Orwell's 1984 (14 percent) and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird (10 percent). more >>