According to The American Bible Society, two-thirds of Americans believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to know in order to live a meaningful life. Unfortunately, about one- fourth actually read it on a regular basis, while the majority, only four times a year or less.
From this we can reasonably deduce the following:
For most, the Bible is still regarded as the ultimate key to a “meaningful life”—which by extension resolves it as the essential tool for defining what the meaning of life actually is. And only by digesting its content—spending time reading, searching and meditating upon it, can we possess and fulfill the individual meaning of our own, uniquely designed life.
Despite our earnest profession of faith in the Bible, and deep desire to live the life “we were distinctly created for, we collectively dismiss its invitation for a variety of sensible, yet spiritually-Illegitimate reasons, otherwise known as the “Yeah-buts”. Yeah-but: I don’t have time. It’s difficult to understand. It doesn’t seem relevant. I find it completely boring. Or…I already read it—to name a few.”
This is certainly why eighty percent of those who identify themselves as Christians in America, believe that “God helps those who help themselves,” is actually a Bible verse, and live accordingly with a fix-it-myself, competitive, striving mentality—something Jesus never did, or modeled for His followers. And why whether we have plenty of resources or not quite enough, we remain exhausted, depressed and desperate for purpose that seems just out of reach.
So what can we do with this information? And how do we make the jump from what we passionately profess and truly desire, to actually knowing who we are as individuals and why we’re here?