Over the last month or so, I have really started to research much more about different issues facing the church and Christians who are truly trying to win souls to Christ. One of the most important issues facing the Christian church is that of Biblical illiteracy or where people have no idea what they believe in despite being a Christian.
In my research, I have talked to different people of different faiths (denominations) to find out what they believe and for a better understanding, I have also found different forums and articles that do the same thing and the findings are similar: many people who are Christians are Christians because they were raised up that way. Sadly, this is similar to many people’s political beliefs in that they believe a certain way because of their parents.
Of course, I do not know a person’s heart so it would be unfair for me to assume that these people do not truly believe in Christ as I know many of such people do but simply believing in something because someone else does is dangerous and for different reasons. The most basic reason why Biblical illiteracy is so dangerous to the church, our nation, and the world is if we do not know scripture and what God says then we will not know the real God; not the God of scripture.
Before we go any further, let me point out that no person will ever understand scripture one hundred percent but God never intended for us to completely understand it. For the parts that we are unable to understand, God wants us to have faith but He does want us to seek Him. He wants us to search Him out and read His word not as a way to take up our time or learn about things that we will never need but rather, to learn about the nature of our LORD and His features and what He has done as they are the things that He still does.
Yes, I understand that an argument could be made that believing in God without actually knowing about God is a sign of true faith and one could see this but I do believe that this a very wrong and dangerous mindset. It’s important to believe, absolutely, but a person needs to know why they believe what they believe and if they do not, they will be much easier to persuade in something else. Christ knew this which his why He told us to “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Matthew 6:11).
The armour of God begins with the knowledge that is within scripture but if you think I’m wrong, just take a look at Christ within the wilderness and how Satan tempted Him. Satan knew the word of God but Christ was a step ahead. In order for us to be a step ahead of those who doubt and do nothing but try to convince others of another way and f we are not in God’s word then this is what may happen as there are good arguments made the other way that sounds good to an untrained ear but we cannot allow Satan to take us away from God: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
There are many different reasons why Biblical illiteracy is dangerous to We the People and our nation as a whole and as much as I would enjoy going into great detail about each one, we must simply remember that if we do not understand why we do something but we do it anyway, this is called tradition and often times, tradition changes over time. There have been many traditions in America that has changed over a period of time so we cannot make a tradition out of God as He must be a valid part of who we are and what we do. There’s a reason why God wants us to armour ourselves with His word as the enemy will come at us and seek to destroy us but also, without God’s word, we are defenseless so if we only believe because it’s tradition, is this real faith: “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?” (John 3:12).