King James Bible

Christians Don’t Read Their Bible

Of over 2 billion Christians in the world, less than 30% will ever read through the entire Bible. The fact is over 82% of Christian Americans only read their Bibles on Sundays while in church.

A little over 20 years ago, Gallup released the results of a major study indicating that 86% of Americans claimed to be Christian, although only 70% of these admitted to being “born again” according to biblical measure.

In recent studies, the Pew research indicates that only 25% of Americans now attend church any given Sunday, significantly down from 47% in 1990.

The study also shows that, in evangelical churches throughout the United-States, statistics show 36% of those who attend church weekly indicate that believing in Jesus Christ is the only true way to Heaven. A shocking 57% of American Christians believe other religions can lead to eternal life.

One of the main reasons why American Christians don’t read their bibles is, only 22% of them believe the Bible is fully inspired by God Himself, and written by men who were divinely appointed by the Lord almighty. Over 1 in 4 American Christians believe the bible to be a book written by mere men, not at all the word of God.

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Christians Love Apple Devices

Christians love technology. In 2012, it is estimated over 87% of American believers own a mobile device which they have within reach 24/7, of which more than two thirds (115 million) choose Apple over its competition.

While most Christians who own an iPhone, iPad or iPod also run at least one bible application on their Apple device to keep up with the word of God, the truth of the matter is these gadget savvy Christians spend the majority of their time interacting with colleagues, friends of family as few, under 12% admit they read the bible daily on their iPad, iPhone or iPod.

Statistics show over 90% of young Christians ages 10-25 in the United-States answer text messages within 3 minutes, a far stretch from email which shows a 90 minute response rate among believers ages 18-55.

Fact is, American Christians now prefer using their mobile devices for information and search, with over 70% of all mobile searches resulting in action within 30-60 minutes.

The iPad has multiple uses in the classroom, and is highly praised as a valuable tool for homeschooling among the Christian community. It’s reported that 81% of the top book apps are for children.

While the iPad has also been called a revolutionary tool to help children with autism learn how to communicate and socialize more easily, the same device has been held responsible for distracting Christians from fulfilling the great commission to advance the gospel, as over 87% of believers’ time is spent on worldly topics rather than praise, worship or spiritual growth.

Numbers show that in the United-States, Christians have grown to love their Apple device and everything in it more than God, as each one invests their time, energy, passion and money into Apple more than the Church.

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Christians Prefer New Cars

In 2011, the Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled data from Christian car buyers throughout the United-States. Results are in, and it turns out Christians prefer new vehicles over used ones.

In the U.S. car ownership cost is the second largest household expense after rent or mortgage. Statistics show American Christians spend more on their cars as they do on food.

Since 2002, auto financing among Christian households has escalated from an average $235.oo per month to a whopping $310.00 monthly, a 32% increase.

Owning a new car certainly has its privileges. Most car owners stop at their monthly payment to evaluate their overall vehicle costs. But there’s a lot more to owning a car than financing.

  1. Insurance Premiums
    Christian motorists in America assume their auto insurance premiums are based on their driving record. The fact is, most insurance companies in the U.S. first consider vehicle type, make, model and year. A flashy yellow sports convertible is likely to cost twice as much to insure as a family sedan.
  2. Fuel Efficiency
    Over 85% or American drivers ignore rising gas prices when evaluating car costs, consequently resulting in huge expenses over time. Statistics show daily commuting on board a 4-cylinder car will cost thousands of dollars less than a V8 powered sports utility vehicle. Since the average American drives approximately 10,000 to 12,000 miles each year, a smaller power plant in a fuel efficient car can save as much as $220.00 per month.
  3. Repairs And Regular Maintenance
    Car warranties do not cover everything under the sun. American motorists believe their car warranties will pay for every single issue they’ll have while making payments on their vehicle. This misconception is too often at the root of bad surprises when issues such as tire wear sneak up on drivers. In many cases, replacing tires will cost as much as $650.00 every 3-4 years, which does add up quite a bit over the life span of any car, SUV or truck.
  4. Depreciation
    Lastly, the most expensive vehicle cost of all: depreciation. While most American Christians fully understand the concept of depreciation, few factor this variable in their decision making when purchasing a new car. Statistics show most cars, SUVs and trucks depreciate by at least 50% during the first 4-5 years. New cars are not investments, they are a huge expense every car buyer should carefully evaluate when considering purchasing a vehicle.
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Christians Love Junk Food

The almighty Creator’s plan for Christians must have room for the big and large, because, according to research by Purdue University professor Ken Ferraro published in the June issue of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, he is cranking them out by the pound, at least among his devoted worshipers in certain American Protestant denominations.

Ferraro, studying correlations between religious behavior and BMI, found in a 1998 study that those states with large numbers of persons professing a religious affiliation had higher than average numbers of obese people. In the new study, he breaks this down by specific denomination, and reports that whereas 1 one percent or less of those embracing the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or other non-Christian religions qualify as obese, the numbers of the markedly overweight rise dramatically the further one goes toward the Christian end of the spectrum: around 17 percent of Catholics, 18 percent of Methodists, 20 percent of Pentecostal and Assemblies of God parishioners, and a striking 27 percent of Baptists are obese.

Even after controlling for such variables as race and geography — the tofu and veggie Western states versus the fried catfish South, for example — the numbers clearly indicate that some worshipers are feeding much more than the soul.

These findings do not come as a particular surprise to those raised in such religious families, for whom post-sermon coffee-and-pastry gatherings, pot lucks, Sunday picnics, pancake breakfast fundraisers and sundae socials are commonly accepted traditions. And it makes perfect sense to social scientists who study contemporary religious behavior, and who, like Ferraro, note that among congregations whose belief system prohibits — and often preaches against — such indulgences as alcohol, tobacco, and other sinful lifestyles, gluttony is the one “virtuous” sin left to the fellowship.

Underscoring the acceptance of overeating is the fact that unlike Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism, there are for the most part no dietary restrictions imposed by Protestants.

Unfortunately, Ferraro concludes, however enjoyable these food-centrist traditions may be to the fellowships’ moral, spiritual and emotional well-being, they are unhealthy contributors to the rise  in obesity that, eventually, he fears will be to the detriment of the health care system, and to the health of a large number of the God-fearing.

Just as a number of denominations are backing such social causes as environmentalism and inequality, Ferraro’s hope is that they will awaken to the cause of personal health and fitness. The alternative will, sadly, very likely send all too many churchgoing Americans to meet their maker sooner God had planned for them.