Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Ignorance of the Bible

Nicky Gumbel writes a lot for the Alpha Course, a worldwide evangelisation course.

On page 40, of his book 'The Da Vinci Code - A Response', he writes 'The teaching of Jesus is widely acknoweldged to be the greatest teaching that has ever fallen from human lips. Some who are not Christians say 'I love the Sermon on the Mount; I live by it.' If they were to read it, they would realise that that this is easier to say than to do, but they acknowledge that the Sermon on the Mount is great teaching'.

One of Jesus teachings in the Sermon on the Mount is as follows :-

Matthew 5:32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

Most people are horrified by the view that people who marry a divorced woman are committing adultery.

Do apologists who praise the Bible do so , safe in the knowledge that not even many Christians actually read it?

I read a survey saying that many American Christians could not name the 4 Gospels.

Many defenders of the Christian faith rely on such ignorance of the Bible.


Blogger Martin Lack said...

Hi Steven,

Have been on holiday.

I think you are (conveniently) ignoring the distinction between cultural identity and spritual experience: Anyone that cannot even name the four evangelists is clearly in the former category.



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