Of living generations, the Millennials (born between 1980-1995), are the least religiously affiliated. They have a mainly negative view of the Bible even though 62% of non-Christian millennials have never read the Bible. They think the Bible is loaded with myths, fairy tales and outdated beliefs. 30% believe it can be useful for teaching morality but ironically, 27% believe it is a dangerous book with religious views that oppress people. 20% believe it has no relevance for today.
I hope those of you who signed up for it, have been keeping up with your daily Bible reading to read through the Bible in 2015. If not, you can catch up.
When we are spending time in God’s word, we are making time for something of utmost importance. If we allow 8 hours for sleeping and 8 for working, that still leaves 480 minutes for us in each day. Surely, if we do better planning, we can allow for at least 20 of those minutes to be spent in reading God’s word. It’s that old adage – “we make time for what is important.” Keith Green used to sing in his song “O Lord You’re Beautiful” these lyrics… “Oh Lord, my faith if small; And I need a touch from you; Your Book of books lies undisturbed and the prayers from me too few.”
In our Sunday School class yesterday we spoke of the reliability of the Bible. We cannot prove to anyone it is inspired by God. That is a matter of faith. However, we can demonstrate for people that the Bible is very reliable. There is great evidence to support its reliability.
We should develop a growing love for God’s word to where we praise God for His word which is eternal – it will be with us in the new heavens and new earth. Psalm 119:89 says, “Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.”; 119:103 “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth”; 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
The more time we spend in His word, the more we will love it. The more time we spend in His word, the more we will desire it. The more time we spend in His word, the more it will live in us. I am currently working on a sermon series on the Spiritual Disciplines which will begin August 2nd.