A mission agency launches an effort to fight biblical illiteracy.

By August 22, 2005

USA (MNN)–The newest report from the Barna Research Group indicates people feel accepted by God, but roughly 95-percent of them don’t have a biblical worldview.

The definition requires someone to believe that absolute moral truth exists; that the source of moral truth is the Bible; that the Bible is accurate in all of the principles it teaches; that eternal spiritual salvation cannot be earned; that Jesus lived a sinless life on earth; that every person has a responsibility to share their religious beliefs with others; that Satan is a living force, not just a symbol of evil; and that God is the all-knowing, all-powerful maker of the universe who still rules that creation today.

Those numbers have been holding steady for the last three years. That deficiency greatly affects how people are discerning global events, and understanding them in light of the end times predicted in the Bible.

Bible Pathway Ministries’ Ken Sharp says they’ve launched a project this year to tackle that problem. “The Biblical illiteracy in our nation has caused a dark shroud of rejection of the information and knowledge of God’s word in all avenues of our lives.”

Sharp explains that they’re trying to encourage people to read through the Bible in the year 2006, because: “You can’t believe something that you haven’t read and studied for yourself. So, Bible Pathway is preparing 300-thousand copies of its January ‘Through the Bible’ reading guide that we’re going to be giving out free of charge to people.”

(The data reported in the most recent Barna summary are based upon telephone interviews with a nationwide random sample of 1002 adults conducted in July of 2005 by The Barna Group. The maximum margin of sampling error associated with the aggregate sample is ±3.2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. )

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