Monday, May 28, 2007
Gallop Poll: almost a third of Amercians believe bible is literal word of God!
A Gallop found:
"About one-third of the American adult population believes the Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally word for word, a new Gallup poll reveals. This percentage is only slightly lower than several decades ago.
Gallup reports that the majority of those "who don't believe that the Bible is literally true believe that it is the inspired word of God but that not everything it in should be taken literally." Finally, about one in five Americans believe the Bible is merely an ancient book of "fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man."
"There is also a strong relationship between education and belief in a literal Bible, Gallup explains, with such belief becoming much less prevalent as schooling continues".
I agree with fellow blogger Pam over at Pam's House Blend:"Help me understand this low-witted thinking -- how can anyone take the Bible literally when it's been translated, mistranslated, altered, edited, etc. in many languages (including over 50 modern English versions), never mind the issue of idioms".
She continues: I mean, what do these people think of The Good News Bible, which has been endorsed by the Catholic Church as well as Billy Graham and the Southern Baptist Convention? It's "written in a simple, everyday language." I'm sure that the folks in the King-James-Only movement would be quite unhappy.
Justice MH's Final thoughts: I'm with Pam on this, and I'm trying to understand why they think about this book in that way. I don't know what group I'm in, but some of these people haven't studied the book careful or any other holy book. That's all i have to say.