19 Jul Where Do You Find Hope?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Genesis 27:12 – “Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing.”
If you’ve been with us for our entire study of Genesis, you most likely remember the Fall in Genesis 3 and, as we’ve seen throughout our study, families were the first to be afflicted by the Fall whether it’s marriage, raising your young kids, parental favoritism, or even strained relationships with adult children. We live in this pain every single day, as we see the effects of the Fall play out in our own lives and families, but for most people, they don’t understand the problem behind the pain.
We seek answers internally, through our passions, emotions, and meditations, as well as externally, through counselors, politicians, or philosophers but the majority of people are missing the true source of hope and comfort.
A recent Gallup poll studied the percent of Americans who believe the Bible is the Word of God throughout decades and the staggering and somber statistics were as follows:
- 1980 – 40%
- 1984 – 40%
- 2017 – 24%
- 2022 – 20%
Another Gallup poll broke things down further for 2022 between three categories – those who believe the Bible is perfect, imperfect, and a myth as follows:
- Perfect: Literal Word of God – 25%
- Imperfect: Inspired Word of God, not literal – 58%
- Myth: Ancient book of fables – 16%
Every day, we hear of more deaths, higher gas prices, broken family relationships, and failing marriages. Everyone knows that this world is broken and that there’s a problem. I would ask: Why not try the Bible as a solution? I did at the age of 19 in my college dorm room at a state university and my life has never been the same. It doesn’t mean my life has been without problems and perils, but it does mean that the same God who was faithful throughout the entire book of Genesis 4000 years ago until now has been with me every step of the way. If you’re looking to worldly solutions for eternal problems, I would encourage you to do the same.
What do you believe about the Bible?
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