A recent Gallup survey shows that less than one-fourth of Americans believe the Bible is the actual word of God to be taken literally.
The percentages are lowest among 18-29 year-olds (12%), 30-49 year-olds (24%), and college graduates (13%).
Credibility of the Bible is in steady decline as older generations die off.
Quoting the Bible means nothing if people don't trust it.
Many well-meaning Christians are inadvertently accelerating this trend by attributing outrageous and erroneous concepts to the Bible, from old church tradition, as illustrated below.
Unbelievers quickly conclude that if the Bible is proven wrong in matters where we have factual data, it's probably wrong in matters of faith too, and therefore it cannot be trusted as a book of truth.
Most people read the Bible to affirm what they already believe. Very few read it for new insights.
The purpose of the Bible Studies on this site is to go directly to scripture – not tradition – to answer the hard questions people are asking today about God and the Bible. Here we find that there are often huge differences between what the Bible says and what church tradition says.
As an introduction to this site, think about these four examples of belief statements (concepts) attributed to the Bible just from the first two chapters of Genesis:
Unbelievers think these are incredulous statements in 21st century America. Does the Bible really say this??