It answers the question why we have so many unchristian Christians... why so many Christians loose their faith when they go to University...
We find ourselves in an incredible age, where at a single search on Google you can find thousands, if not millions of pages of information.
We have high educations with equally high opinions (which are usually based on whim or the trendy cliche of the day)... but we find ourselves with lives that are nothing short of a mess.
Australian's and Kiwis are living 5-7% above their means, we have out of control youth suicide rates, we are faced with overwhelming mental health issues, divorce rates are through the roof, we murder a third of the children who conceived, ... I don't think I need to go on.
The problem stems from our Biblical illiteracy. I'm not just talking about knowing what it says (although that would be a welcomed start) but a deep sense of the Word becoming flesh in our lives... getting revelation and allowing our lives and worlds to be transformed by it.
There is staggering hurdle that we must face... and that hurdle is the distrust for the Bible. Of those who call themselves committed Christians only 3% of under 25's hold to a Biblical world view.
Those hooligan youth I hear you say... the over 25's don't do that much better with only 9% holding a Biblical world view.
So what does it take to hold the Biblical worldview that the Barna Group have measured these stats with?
- Jesus Christ lived a sinless life
- God is the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe and He still rules it today
- Salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned
- Satan is real
- A Christian has a responsibility to share his or her faith in Christ with other people
- The Bible is accurate in all of the principals it teaches
- Unchanging moral truth exists
- Moral truth is defined by the Bible
So are you one of the 3% / 9%?
If not... what in the above list do you struggle with?
I look forward to having a conversation with you.