Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Majority of Americans Believe Earth is 6010 Yr. Old

60% of adult Americans believe that the universe was created in six days. I assume that means that 60% of adult Americans believe that yesterday was the birthday of the Earth. The earth is indeed 6010 yrs (and 1 day) old.

But here is the real problem with those that believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible.

"While the level of literal acceptance of these Bible stories is nothing short of astonishing given our cultural context, the widespread embrace of these accounts raises questions about the unmistakable gap between belief and behavior. On the one hand we have tens of millions of people who view these narratives as reflections of the reality, the authority and the involvement of God in our lives. On the other hand, a majority of those same people harbor a stubborn indifference toward God and His desire to have intimacy with them. In fact, a minority of the people who believe these stories to be true consistently apply the principles imbedded in these stories within their own lives. It seems that millions of Americans believe the Bible content is true, but are not willing to translate those stories into action. Sadly, for many people, the Bible has become a respected but impersonal religious history lesson that stays removed from their life."
[from the Barna Group]
Or as Jimmy Buffet put it much more eloquently: "there's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning".

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