Study Reveals Huge Number of Christians Are Not Reading the Bible Regularly By Will Maule for Faith Wire
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A new study has revealed that a startling number of Christians very rarely delve into the word of God.
The study, undertaken by Lifeway Research, found that just a third of Americans who attend a Protestant church regularly (32%) say they read the Bible personally every day. Roughly a quarter (27%) said they read it a few times a week.
The latest study also noted that churchgoers aged 50 to 64 are more likely to say they read the Bible every day (35%), with younger people less likely to flick through the pages of scripture.
So why are so few prioritizing daily Bible reading?
Well, author and church leader, Tim Challies, has a few ideas — namely, that Christians want to increase their desire and time given to reading their Bible, but struggle to do so for a plethora of reasons.
“I suspect nearly 100 percent of the people who took part in the study and who attend my church believe they are supposed to be reading the Bible through the week and that they feel some guilt that they are not doing so,” the commentator wrote at his website.
“Also, nearly 100 percent have the level of literacy and the access to resources that would make it possible. The issue is not ignorance, personal expectation, or raw ability, but commitment. People simply do not do what they believe they ought to do and, on one level, actually want to do.”
As such, and with this study’s shocking results in mind, Challies advises that church leaders should not assume their flock is in the word of God throughout the week — then, ministers should present their congregants with the scriptures, time and time again.