Only 37% of Practicing Christians Say They Read Their Bible

Bible cloudyThe other 63%?
Sounds like people learning to play piano
who don’t use a piano!
Are we kidding ourselves?

Recently Samuel Harrell, director of Project Ignition at the American Bible Society, discussed the disappointing results of a six-year assessment by the Barna Group.

Just 18% of the American population 18 years and older said they read the Bible. More shocking, only 37% of “practicing Christians” do.

“We have been having the honor of walking for a number of years with Barna Group and studying the state of the Bible in America. I know that you and I are feeling the change in the winds and the trends that are affecting us,” said Harrell.

Only 14% of men say they read the Bible; 22% of women.  What will the cause-and-effect result be for our families, nation and world?

As for millennials, Harrell said only 12% say they read the Bible. The rest indicate “that not only do they not believe the Bible, but they categorize the Bible as just another book or fairytale. But they also voice opposition to the Bible and consider it a dangerous book.”

Harrell said millennials are more likely to read the Bible when they see its impact on the lives of others.

For older adults, 26% said they read the Bible.  Apparently the gray-haired are not setting the example and showing the impact that their children want to see.

The one encouragement from the study is that 62% of Americans said they want to read the Bible more!

Good! Because Jesus said we would be sanctified “by Your truth, Your word is truth” (John 17:17).

Jesus knew His Bible—Old Testament scrolls—and used His knowledge of it to turn away the temptations of Satan: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” (Matt. 4:4).

If we are tempted to not study the Bible, we will not be ready to fend off the Tempter.

Timothy wrote that

“All Scripture

is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16). So therefore we should “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15).

toolboxIn a Christian’s toolbox, Bible study is one of the four indispensible tools.

I sincerely hope you are not only reading your Bible but also studying it and letting it change your life.

You’ll be helping yourself, and maybe an astute millennial will notice.


Robert Curry

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