Saturday, August 24, 2013

Will There Be Faith on the Earth?

In Luke 18:8 Jesus asks the question “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”  The implied answer is no.

The Barna Group recently conducted a survey for the American Bible Society and summarized the results in a document titled “The State of the Bible 2012”.  Here are some of their findings.

48% of American agree that “the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life.” Just one year earlier (2011) the figure was 53%.

16% said they felt that the Bible has too much influence on society.  Just one year earlier (2011) the figure was 13%.

60% said they wished they read the Bible more.  Just one year earlier (2011) the figure was 67%.

Only 46% could name the first five books of the Bible.

39% identified Abraham as the person who raised his staff and parted the Red Sea.

26% said they never read the Bible and another 10% said they read it less than once a year.

Psalm 2:2-5 The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
"Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us."

"Cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us." Isaiah 30:11
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh:
The Lord shall hold them in derision,
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:

And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" Revelation 6:15-17.