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March 3, 2015

75% in U.S. Still See the Bible as Word of God

Gallup: “Twenty-eight percent of Americans believe the Bible is the actual word of God and that it should be taken literally. This is somewhat below the 38% to 40% seen in the late 1970s, and near the all-time low of 27% reached in 2001 and 2009. But about half of Americans continue to say the Bible is the inspired word of God, not to be taken literally — meaning a combined 75% believe the Bible is in some way connected to God.”

“While the long-standing Gallup trend shows biblical literalism as ebbing, the new question indicates that the percentage of Americans taking the Bible literally is even lower, at 22%, when respondents are offered more alternatives. Still, the 78% who agree with one of the three statements linking God’s word to the Bible using the four-part question nearly matches the 75% choosing one of the two statements affirming God’s role in the three-part question — underscoring the validity that three in four Americans consider the Bible holy to some degree.”

Which of the following statements comes closest to describing your views about the Bible?

  • Jonas Grumby

    America may not survive such rampant ignorance.

    • euphgeek

      Why? The percentage of people who believe it should be taken literally has gone down. Just because some people (myself included) think that it’s inspired by God, doesn’t mean that they’re ignorant. And just because a person thinks that the Bible is just a bunch of fables doesn’t automatically mean they’re smarter than those who don’t.

      • Art Bagnall

        It’s the difference between having the intelligence to think for one’s self instead of buying the fundamentalist crapola we’ve been fed our whole lives.
        Yes,, it DOES confirm intelligence. On that issue (religion) only.
        It’s like climate change.
        It exists, but people with a rightwing agenda don’t believe in it.
        It is hard for CEOs of oil companies to tell the truth when there’s $$$ on the table.
        People who belive in things that do not exist (like magical sky beings) are fools.
        Maybe their IQ’s are equal to non-believers, I doubt it.

        • euphgeek

          I’m talking about those who believe that the Bible is inspired by God, not those who believe it to be literal and inerrant. And no, you are not smarter than every person who believes in a higher power. You don’t believe in any god and that’s fine, but don’t think you’re better than people who do. Your attitude is extremely condescending and the main reason many people dislike atheists.

  • Ritorna Vincitor

    The “word of God”, huh? Well then, let’s see. What were Jesus’s last words on the cross?

    Matthew 27:46,50: “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?” that is to say, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” …Jesus, when he cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.”

    Luke 23:46: “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, “Father, unto thy hands I commend my spirit:” and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.”

    John 19:30: “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished:” and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

    • pitch1934

      Yep, they are all kind of different, aren’t they. But, that is from the New Testament. All biblical stories are just that, stories. The Old Testament wasn’t written by the ancient Jews who lived it, but by later followers. Here’s what I say, if you want to believe, that’s fine. Just don’t attempt to foist those beliefs on me.

      • moderatesunite

        “The Old Testament wasn’t written by the ancient Jews who lived it, but by later followers.”

        depends on what part your talking about. The accounts of the invasion of Israel by Babylon, and all its effects was written pretty close to the time. It is also likely that many of the older stories were written down at this time by jews attempting to preserve their culture in a foreign land. Whether or not some of the older books were written earlier and if so which ones is difficult to prove with what we know now.

    • njguy54

      Even earlier than that, in Genesis 4, Adam and Eve (after the expulsion from Eden) have two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain kills Abel, leaving only three humans on the planet. And in Genesis 4:17, Cain and his wife have a son, Enoch.

      Wait… wife!?!?! Where did *she* come from? Another tribe, perhaps? Not so, if Eve is truly “mother of all the living” (Gen. 3:20). A heretofore unmentioned sister? So now we’re dealing with incest?? Not only that, in Gen. 4:18 Enoch has kids (presumably with a wife). Where are all these baby mommas coming from?

      Seems like someone didn’t think this section through very well, or just got lazy. You’d expect the “literal word of God” to kick it up a notch…

      • Ritorna Vincitor

        Not to mention that the bible gives two conflicting versions of creation.

        • njguy54

          Oh, we could play this game all day. :)

  • DogbiteWilliams

    Snakes can’t talk, and anybody that says snakes can talk is a damned liar.

    The Bible is fiction.

    • moderatesunite

      The first 11 chapters or so are likely allegories, or at best parts of it are modified memories from the end of the last ice age.
      However to say “The Bible” in its entirety is fiction. Is inaccurate. Large portions of it are the history of the Jewish people. Many other portions are the philosophic thoughts of people thinking about god.

      The problem comes when you try to say every word is “the word of God” When most of the people who were writing most of the bible never claimed such a thing. This is what many of the 45-50% understand.

    • bpai99

      Give it credit for being the greatest con ever perpetuated in the history of mankind. That’s more positive than pointing out that it has been the justification for more murders than any other cause in history.

    • njguy54

      But geckos can talk. I’ve seen it on TV…

  • bpai99

    “The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession.” – Abraham Lincoln

  • Art Bagnall

    “three in four Americans consider the Bible holy to some degree.”
    Some degree. SOME degree.
    In other words, they don’t believe the conservative claptrap like eating shellfish will send you to hell (Leviticus10 et al).
    And that 75% that says the Bible is “Holy to some degree”?
    That means the US is NOT made up mostly of Christian fundamentalists.

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