Monday, March 23, 2009

How's that working out for ya?

     "How's that working out for ya?" - Dr. Phil sometimes uses this to help someone realize that their problem is a result of their own behavior or way of thinking. Sometimes as humans we are a little too prideful to admit that we are the cause of our own issues. It is not logical to assume things could "change" if we are not willing to change our habits. This same line of reasoning can be applied to the Church.  

Consider the following statistics from The Barna Research Grou

  • Slightly less than half of the born again adults (46%) believe in absolute moral truth.
  • The Bible is accurate in all the principles it teaches. four-fifths of born again adults (79%) concur.
  • Is Satan is a real force? A minority of born again adults (40%) believe he is.
  • Not quite half of all born again Christians (47%) strongly reject the notion of earning salvation through their deeds.
  •  Slightly less than two-thirds of the born again segment (62%) strongly believes that Jesus Christ was sinless.
  • 93% of born again adults hold the conviction that God is the all-powerful, all-knowing creator of the universe who still rules it today.

The above statistics reflect that Christians lack a foundational understanding of the Bible. Anyone with a 3rd
grade reading level and a Bible can figure out these basic tenants of the faith. The Gap comes, not because people
cannot read, but because people don't read the Bible. In addition to not reading many people, simply do not study
the Bible. Even though the Bible instructs us study and understand. (II TIm 2:15) we refuse. Even though the Bible
warns us about not growing in the faith (Eph 4:14-15) we refuse. 

Just look at the state of Christianity, "How's that workin out for ya?"

1 comment:

あじ said...

The Pharisees knew the bible quite well - that didn't help them. What wasn't the solution then seems to me an unlikely solution now. I am reminded of Scot McKnight's work, The Jesus Creed, which has a different, yet biblical perspective on spiritual formation.