As someone who teaches others how to study the Bible, you may find these recent Bible trends both encouraging (88% of Americans own a Bible) and not-so-encouraging (Just 26% read their Bible on a daily basis). Here are some fascinating Bible statistics on American attitudes and habits on the the best-selling book of all time.
Highlights of the “State of the Bible” poll:
How many Americans own a Bible?
- 88% own a Bible
- On average, an American household owns 4 Bibles
- 79% think the Bible is sacred
- 61% wish they read the Bible more
How many American read it?
- The majority of people who read their Bible—53% read their Bible four times a year or less
- 26% of Americans said they read their Bible on a regular basis (4 or more times a week)
- Americans spend 30 minutes reading the Bible in one sitting
- Elders are the most avid readers of the Bible (24%)
Why aren’t they reading it?
- 8%-Difficult to understand
- 6%-Never finding the story or verse they’re looking for
How many are using online Bible resources?
- 35%–Use their smartphone to look up Bible verses or content
- 24%-Use an e-reader such as Kindle or iPad to read Bible content (compared with 17% in 2013)
- 55%–Use the Internet to find Bible content (up from 3% from 2013)
Let’s change these numbers in the new year, and bring the Word back into the lives of those we teach with our 30-Day Bible Reading Challenge, Be a “model of good works” and join Rose with the goal of reversing this national decline: invite your church, small group, and friends to join our Bible challenge and feel the joy of reading through the Scriptures and creating a lifelong habit. And maybe next year, we can see the Bible in a better state.
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