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A recent Gallup research shows that:

Fewer than one in four Americans (24%) now believe the Bible is “the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word,” similar to the 26% who view it as “a book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man.” This is the first time in Gallup’s four-decade trend that biblical literalism has not surpassed biblical skepticism. Meanwhile, about half of Americans — a proportion largely unchanged over the years — fall in the middle, saying the Bible is the inspired word of God but that not all of it should be taken literally.

If you’re like me, and you find the Bible to be your playbook for life, these stats can be a bit alarming. The part which hits me the hardest is the 26% who believe the Bible to be nothing more than a book of fables.

This statistic breaks my heart.

I worry that those who answered that question about the Bible saying it is “just stories,” is missing out on a life filled with peace, comfort, love and forgiveness that I myself  gain from the Bible.

I know that for me personally, I find so much comfort on the daily from knowing that our powerful God has my back in ALL situations!

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They aren’t “just stories” to me. It’s not just words written on a page to make us feel better. I believe in God’s words and that His love for us is true.
A song that kept speaking to me as I wrote this is “Everything to Me” By Avalon

Everything to Me

I grew up in Sunday school,
I memorized the Golden Rule,
And how Jesus came
To set the sinner free…
I know the story inside-out,
And I can tell you all about
The path that led Him up
To Calvary…
But ask me why He loves me,
And I don’t know what to say –
But I’ll never be the same,
Because He changed my life when He became…

Everything to Me –
He’s more than a story,
More than words on a page of history
He’s the Air that I breathe,
The Water I thirst for,
And the Ground beneath my feet –
He’s Everything…
Everything to Me…

We’re living in uncertain times,
And more and more, I find
That I’m aware of just
How fragile life can be…
I want to tell the world I’ve found
A love that turned my life around –
They need to know
That they can taste and see…
Now every day, I’m praying
Just to give my heart away
I want to live for Jesus
So that someone else might see that He is…

Everything to Me –
He’s more than a story,
More than words on a page of history
He’s the Air that I breathe,
The Water I thirst for,
And the Ground beneath my feet —
Oh, He’s Everything…

And looking back over my life at the end,
I’m gonna meet You,
Saying You’ve been
Everything to Me –
You’re more than a story,
More than words on a page of history…

Although the statistics found in the Gallup poll are alarming, I’m going to rest assured that God isn’t finished yet!

I see it as a challenge I need to rise up for the kingdom and share my story with others that they may also feel the pull toward looking deeper into God’s word.

Will you join me?

If you want to read the full poll results from Gallup, you can find them here:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/210704/record-few-americans-believe-bible-literal-word-god.aspx

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With Aloha,

Lacy

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Want to see how others are responding to today’s word prompt: Loop

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4 thoughts on “Stay in the Loop

  1. Whether or not others share your understanding of the Bible and experience of God does not alter your own experience, Lacy. Embrace and hold fast to that. Thanks to free will, we may each experience God, or not, as we see fit without diminishing or demeaning one another. 😉 xoxoM

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    1. I’m sorry to have made you feel uncomfortable. I’m new to blogging and still finding my rhythm. I appreciate the feedback. I never intended to offend others but to share my story and encourage. I did take a moment to go back and re-read it a few times. I’ve re-worded some areas to reflect my heart a little more accurately and I hope this proves to be a better portrayal of my feelings. With Aloha, Lacy

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      1. Nani Lacy, I’m so sorry my comment caused you distress. Auwe!

        I am not offended by your post or your experience. It was courageous and thoughtful of you to share it.

        In the Spirit of Aloha in which you offered your views, I offered mine, that we are each free to choose how we experience and find comfort in the Divine.

        Continue standing in your own truth, Lacy. It is the one you are here to live! Me ke aloha, 😉 xoxoM

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