Amun-Ra : The Bible (What else do we read?)

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The Bible is the one book most likely to be found in the home of African Americans. It is the world’s best selling book and African Americans seem to read it more than the rest of the country and among households which own a Bible, blacks are more than likely to have at least three. African Americans homes are also among the least likely to own a dictionary.

On the surface, it appears that African Americans are more religious than white America and statistics tend support that idea. However, social statistics for crime, illegitimate births, drug use and illicit sex say otherwise. Still, there is no doubting that African Americans, for the most part, talk a good game and have all the right equipment, but have African Americans placed all their bets on their being an afterlife, while it seems that all those who prosper are doing so in the here and now.

Statistics for praying and reading the Bible vary widely as 94 percent of African Americans reported praying regularly compared to the national average of 77 percent and were twice as likely compared to other Americans to have read from the Bible in the past week. The national average for Bible readership is 31 percent. Research also showed that blacks are more likely to believe the Bible is totally accurate 64-41 percent compared to whites showing a considerable gap in those who believe the Bible to be inerrant.

The key interest here is the number of people who have never read the Bible or the Koran and believe that either of these books might hold the answers to the worlds problem is akin to guessing the color of the sunset without seeing it or based on the sense of touch—it has no basis for any conclusion. When it comes to the Bible, most people, including regular church attendees are unaware of the raw sexuality, brutality or carnage of the Bible because those parts are normally overlooked or glossed over.

Almost every household, 92 percent, in America has a copy of the Bible, including the homes of atheists and agnostics. However, according to a Gallup poll, overall readership of the Bible has declined since the 1980s from 73 percent to 59 percent today while the same poll says that 65 percent of Americans say that the Bible "answers all or most of the basic questions of life." Interestingly, 28 percent of those who agreed with this said they rarely read the Bible or never read it.

George Gallup Jr., son of the founder of the Gallup Organization said there is vast difference "between Americans stated faith and their lack of the most basic knowledge about that faith.” Americans ignorance of the Bible can be shown in that 12 percent of adults believe that Joan of Arc was Noah's wife and only 42 percent of adults know that the Sermon on the Mount was preached by Jesus.

The ubiquitous Bible is not only the best selling book in the world; it is also the most translated book in the world. It has been translated into more than 40 languages including Chinese and Braille. It decorates millions of coffee tables and bookshelves in the United State and often serves as a diary for family history. It populates courthouses and legislative digs where it is revered as talisman of truth. It is sworn on, used as a judicial prop and bumped on the heads of children during solemn events. It comes in a variety of colors including red, white and blue with gold edged pages and even tabs. It ranges in size from small enough to fit in a pocket to large enough to require both hands to lift it.

However, the one thing that seems to be missing is that not everyone agrees with it, understands it or even actually reads it. As the numbers indicate, for many the Bible serves no other purpose than as a conversation piece or political decoration. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, the Bible is filled with glaring contradictions, bad science and numerous errors, that will not go away no matter how sincere or fervent the belief. Still, even with the number of people who claim to read the Bible, these things seem to go unnoticed, except among Biblical scholars whose research rarely reaches the regular reader of the Bible.

Interestingly, nearly all of the participants for this writing including nonbelievers and freethinkers claimed and demonstrated extensive knowledge of the Bible including its many contradictions and errors. Not only were they familiar with its contents, the majority possessed knowledge that extended well past the Bible and included the study of works by various theologians, sociologists and historians, as well as noted scientists, philosophers and humanists.

Education also has a direct influence on religious belief throughout the world, with the uneducated tending to have higher belief rates than those with advanced education. Of the nearly nine out of ten people who define themselves as Christians, seventy-two percent of Americans with a high school education or less believed the Bible to be totally accurate while only 46 percent of Americans with postgraduate degrees felt the same. Nationally, less than half of all adults (41 percent) believe the Bible is totally accurate in all it teaches.

One of the most remarkable and controversial aspects of Christianity insights into America's faith is the fact that less than half of all adults (40 percent) are convinced that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life during his life on earth which is a direct contradiction of everything Christianity teaches about its namesake—Jesus.

Another interesting anomaly is that most Americans do not accept evangelism as a personal responsibility even though the call for personal evangelism stems from the Bible and its call to go forth unto all nations spreading the word of God. It is controversial because it often seems to be in conflict with individual privacy. Only one-third (32 percent) claim they have an obligation to share their religious faith with those who believe differently.

Reflecting the continued dominance of women in the church, research shows that women are twice as likely to read the Bible than men and that blacks are more likely to read the Bible than whites. Barna commented that the survey challenges some widely held assumptions. "Charismatic and Pentecostal churches are often characterized as attracting people who respond on the basis of emotions but who lack strong biblical training.”
 

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This is a subject that sometimes causes hard feelings.And if it contradicts a persons belief systemm,forget it!! A friend of mine,who is from West Afrika did make an interesting statement.He said that when the white man cam to Afrika ,the white man had religion and the Black man had the land,now the Black man has the religion and the white man has the land.That's something to think about.:heart:
 

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Years ago when we hadn't set foot on the moon, Dick Gregory speculated that if they landed there we would know if there were any black people on the moon because the next ship would be filled with Bibles and watermelon. It was a pointed joke, but I am afraid that there is much truth in it. It seems that we are very familiar with the Bible, but not familiar with the Wall Street Journal. As much as an afterlife an redemption appeal to some, it is not in the here and now which is where we all must live until we die. I could go on about this but I won't.

Ra


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It's A Secret!

Only a few people know and they are living it up, plus you and me, can't let it get out or they'll be trying to horn in on all the good times--seriously--some folks think that it is their place to suffer in the here and now and that retribution (the big pay back) will occur in the future when allwrongs will be made right--I can't make it that long when it's available here and now as Luther says.

Ra

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