Some Christian leaders say this generation is the most Biblically illiterate in history. The problem: young Christians guiding their lives by a popular culture instead of Scripture.
The consequences could be devastating, not just for the Church, but for society as a whole.
CBN News spoke at random to young people on the beach:
CBN News: Can you name three of the 10 commandments for me?
Young Man: Nope.
CBN News: Can you name one of the 10 commandments for me?
Young Man: Nope
“Can you name the first book of the Bible?” we asked another young man.
“Testament,” he replied.
Americans Biblically Illiterate
It’s clear that many Americans — including Christians don’t know their Bible. Just look at the numbers from a recent study:
- More than 60 percent of Americans can’t name either half of the Ten Commandments or the four Gospels of the New Testament.
- Some 80 percent including “born again” Christians believe that “God helps those who help themselves” is a direct quote from the Bible.
- And 31 percent believe a good person can earn his/her way into heaven.
According to a recent George Barna study, most self-proclaimed Christians don’t believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit actually exist. And even though the Bible is very clear about the sinless nature of Christ, 22 percent believe that Jesus sinned while he was on the earth.
“I don’t think he was sinless altogether, no,” one young man said about Jesus.
“What do you base your belief on,” we asked.
“My opinion,” he said.
So what are the consequences of this on society?
“If you’re Biblically illiterate, you’ll fall into every kind of sin, and every kind of problem and that’s the problem with our country, said, Dr. Vinson Synan, dean emeritus of the Regent University School of Divinity.
“If you know the Bible, if you know the Ten Commandments, they’re warnings, so that we can live a wonderful life,” he added.
“The saddest part is that young virgins and young men will faint for thirst,” he said. “It doesn’t mention that older generation, but it mentions the young people. They’re idealistic. Young people need something to live for and the only thing that really satisfies that hunger, is the Word of God.”