We live in a modern world that is often full of paradoxes. We now live in the “Age of Information”; thanks to our new techologies, we can access all kinds of information at a moment’s notice. On the other hand, despite having all this knowledge available, people tend to not remember many facts or details that are normally considered important to know. In the end, we have more information, but less knowledge.
This trend is especially true in terms of knowledge of the Bible. It would seem that Biblical knowledge today is at a record low. One could perhaps blame the education systems of our day, since even though the Bible is foundational for our entire civilization it is still not taught in the schools, but it would seem that overall people simply do not know their Bibles.
There are many consequences to this trend. As Paul asks in Romans 10:14, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard?”. How can people really believe in Jesus or to do His will if they do not know His message from the Bible?
The consequences for our society, however, are perhaps even more grave. God spoke the following to Israel through Hosea in Hosea 4:1-3:
“Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel; for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor goodness, nor knowledge of God in the land. There is nought but swearing and breaking faith, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery; they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.”
Have we not seen these very trends in our own society? If we turn on the television and watch the news, we are constantly bombarded by images of people not knowing God and doing all kinds of horrendous things to one another. If God had a dispute with Israel regarding these matters, we can be sure that God also will dispute with Americans when Americans does the same thing!
The problem of Biblical illiteracy, however, is easily solved: everyone can read the Bible! We are a people most blessed, and we rarely even think about it or consider it (cf. Ephesians 1:3). We live in a society where most people can read; many generations before us had far lower literacy rates. The printing press has allowed us to print the whole Bible in a compact and readable form; the Bible remains the best-selling book, and most everyone has a copy of it (and if you need one, feel free to contact us, and we will be happy to get you one!). The Internet even features the whole Bible for free. It is clear, therefore, that we have unprecedented access to God’s Word, and all we need to do is to open it up and take advantage of it!
Let us all strive to know God’s Word!
Ethan R. Longhenry