The wave of religious fervor sweeping the American nation threatens to carry all before it along for what might become a terrifying and apocalyptic ride.
While the ore sane among us in modern society challenge the Bible often, as being the actual word of God, a recent US survey turned up some terrifying statistics for the world, in that three out of every ten Americans genuinely do interpret the Bible literally, believing it to be, word-for-word, the actual statements of God.
Conducted by Gallup, it seems that this minority are heavily outnumbered by a majority believing the bible prose to be the inspired word of God, not actual quotes, else it is a book composed of history, moral anecdotes, legends etc., this being the latest in Gallup’s 40 year history of such surveys.
It is the growing numbers of highly religious Americans, especially Protestants, that believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible as a common trait, with 54%of regular church-goers being of this persuasion, there being many Christian leaders who believe it best to use any biblical text easier for average Americans to both read and comprehend.
Much has been written in the past debating this issue, and there are many varied opinions, some people not believing in bible teachings at all, thinking the book no longer relevant to modern society, while others think it an invaluable collection of 66 books, by around 40 authors over 2,000 years.
Gallup’s survey did point out that the strength of belief in the literal value of the bible diminished with improving education, as 46% of high-school taught Americans believed it, while those college educated numbered only 22%. Not surprisingly, those of protestant persuasion who identified themselves as Christians rather than Mormon or Catholic are most likely to believe the Bible to be literally true.
Given that religion plays a major part in US politics these days, the survey also showed that 42% of Republicans, 23% of independents and 27%of Democrats, all take the Bible quite literally, another horrifying prospect, when you really think it over, the worst aspect ot this being that conservatives are most likely to believe in literal interpretation of Biblical texts.
Even though this, as some would see it, straw poll involved, over the telephone, just over 1,000 adults, it is nonetheless an damning indictment of the ridiculous indoctrinations that are going on 24 hours of every day in the US, bringing rational human beings to fervent beliefs in totally irrational things like the existence of a supreme being who has all of our lives in its hands.
There was a poem, written it is believed by an ancient Australian Maori, some 4,000 years ago, which literally translated, in part reads – you are your own devil, you are your own god, you fashioned the steps that your footsteps have trod – words written two whole millennium before Christianity as a faith was born. How can anybody fail to comprehend the message therein?
You cannot help but fear that what we see as religious terrorism by believers in Islam, against the west, might pale in comparison to the vengeful wrath of a devout US military that wages its own brand of Holy War, if things continue in this madcap vein. You have been warned.