A poll taken not too long ago, found that 74% of Americans are believed to be Evangelicals. The shortest definition of an Evangelical is: pertaining to or in keeping with the Gospel and it's teachings. I don't believe that the poll statement is accurate. I believe many people claim Christianity as their faith, but another poll showed that only 27% of Evangelicals believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. If 74% are Evangelicals, but only 27% believe the Bible is actually God's Word, given to men through inspiration, then the above definition is way off, or the poll doesn't understand the word Evangelical.
So why do so few "Christians" believe the Bible? Mainly because of certain Biblical accounts of miraculous events. Namely, the creation, Noah's ark, the 10 plagues of Egypt, and the miracles of Jesus. If you get right down to the heart of it, none of these accounts are everyday events, so they are hard for the natural mind to accept as reality. One century ago, people never could have believed their would be any invention like cell phones, PCs, space travel, big screen tvs, etc. These would seem nothing less than miraculous to people back then. Yet, when talking of creation, the impossilbilties seem greater than the possibilities. According to scripture, everything created, was create by faith. God pictured what He wanted to create, then spoke it into existence. Even those whose lives have been transformed by faith, don't have faith in much of what the Bible says. There is endless adversity to scripture, mainly through "higher education" and media, making anyone who believes the Word, an idiot. 100 years ago, trying to explain a cell phone would have someone committed to an assylum.
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the Word of God, so
that what is seen has been made by things that are not visible. Heb.11:2
For in it (the gospel) God's righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as
it is written; the righteous shall live by faith. Rom.1:17 (HCSB)
When people enter into rehab from alcohol and drug addictions, they have to have faith to believe that within that rehab facility, or that AA/NA meeting, there's hope for themselves. As these broken individuals read the literature offered, and they listen to the testimonials of others who have gotten clean and sober, they find that hope. Their life improves. They, along with their families, believe in rehab, in AA/NA, etc. However, before entering these programs, the individuals had heard of rehab, but didn't necessarily believe in them. It took faith to try the program, results followed. Now these folks believe every word of the literature as well. No person alive, no matter how wise they seem, can convince them otherwise.
I can't speak for anyone else other than myself. I know that my life has been transformed by faith in Jesus Christ. I believe in His purpose entirely. I believe that He was given birth by a virgin, I believe He reconciled me to God through His shed blood on the cross. I believe He rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, as it is written, and sits at the right hand of God, mediating for His own beloved. He is Lord. I also believe the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation, every word inspired by God. So I guess I'm an Evangelical, a fanatic, a hypocrite, a follower of Christ, a Christian. Whatever tag you want to place on me, it's okay, as long as I'm in Christ. All of this statement is made by faith. I can't prove any of it to you. You can't prove me wrong either.
That isn't to argue the point, or say ha-ha, I'm right you're wrong. The point is that the Bible is true or a lie, inspired by God, or an idea of men. Fully accurate or completely inaccurate. If one part is wrong, it's all wrong..or it's all true. Not being sure is not a complete denial, but a lack of understanding. But like the example of the addict/alcoholic above, when you are in need, you know the Bible says to pray and you do. The Bible says God loves you and you believe that too. The Bible isn't for those who need it. It is for those who want Him, who want change and purpose, and abundant living. Give the Bible a go. Ask God that if it is really the truth, He will give you understanding. He will show you the right way.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. Keith I also want to add, that the book is in the final editing stage, the critic (conceptual editor) has thumbs up, and I have to review the entire manuscript again. I may be able to blog some over the next week or so, or may not...I dunno.