A new study released by Baylor’s Association of Religious Data Archives reveals the fascinating truth that, “Yes! Reading your Bible will change your perspective.” Aaron Franzen, the author of the press release, explained that, “frequently reading the Bible changed the attitudes of all Christians no matter their political background.”
According to the study:
- Almost half of the survey respondents who read their Bible less than once a year supported gay “marriage,” while only 6 percent of those who dug into the Word several times a week or more believed gay couples should be able to obtain a marriage license.
- As Christians read the Bible more frequently, they were 27 percent more likely to believe it is important to consume less to be a good person and 22 percent less likely to think science and religion are incompatible.
- Bible readers also were more likely to be against abortion, expanding the government’s authority to fight terrorism, harsher punishment of criminals and the death penalty.
- The agreement on these issues from people in all political camps is not widespread because daily or weekly Bible reading is not as common as many would think, Franzen said.
So, according to this study, those Christians who read the Bible regularly (and I would be cautious to describe those who have access to the Scriptures and do not read them as regenerate believers), oppose gay marriage and abortion. Those who read the Bible less were statistically more likely to support those issues.
Which brings me to a question I’ve asked for some time:
Can you really feed on the Word of God daily and not be a “values voter?”
According to this study, that doesn’t seem to be a likely option.
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