In the post, Chris quotes a statistic that “65% of professing Christians never read the Bible.” After examining this statistic, he asks this question, “Is more knowledge of the Scriptures the answer that the Church needs?”
He answers his question with both “yes” and “no.” His answers are very good, so you should read them. In the comments, I also answered his question with “yes” and “no,” but for different reasons.
One point that I raised is that the Scriptures were not available to Christians in the early church the way they are available today. Those early Christians could not have read the Scriptures every day even if they wanted to. I’m certain they heard the Scriptures read and discussed when they gathered with others, but they could not hold a copy of a Bible and read it for themselves in their homes (for the most part). This was true because of availability and literacy until quite recently.
Here’s the problem though… if you examine the book of Acts and the other books of the New Testament, you will find that those early Christians looked much different than Christians generally look today… even though they did not have ready access to Scriptures.
So, reading the Bible is not the issue.
Is the issue apathy? Perhaps, but does that point to a deeper issue?
It’s obvious that many, many professing Christians do not seem to care about the things or God, or if they do care about God, they don’t care about other people. (At least, they don’t care in the same way we see the Christians in the NT caring for others.)
Why? What do you think the issue is?