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Horrifying Holy Rollers

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.

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  1. dixie1965

    On July 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    i dont know were you live but church attendance is declining, so how could there be more believers out there, i am not a HOLY ROLER IN ANY WAY but you are basically saying that we should fear people who believe in God and the bible, is that any different than a Christian saying you better fear and hate other religions, homosexuals, lesbians, single parents, different races???? I question religion a lot but i also see the Bible as a book that can, if used right, teach morals and hope for others who have lost all hope, maybe there is no wonderful place with flying angels when we die, maybe death is just the end…. but loose a child and you will hope with all your heart there is a place you might see your child again…

  2. leewalls

    On July 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I believe people have also been warned about what will happen if they persist in a lifestyle that’s questionable. I also tend to disagree with the philosophy that man has put forth about what is right in their eyes and what is wrong in their eyes.

    Anyone who chooses to disregard the literal context of the Bible has “free will” and will have to face the consequences of their decision.

    “Where is the wise man? Where the scribe? Where the debater of this system of things? Did not God make the wisdom of the world foolish? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not get to know God, God saw good through the foolishness of what is preached to save those believing.” 1 Corinthians 1:20-21

    So much for those with higher education. I don’t consider myself a holy roller such as you stated but when I know something is wrong I say it; I made it very clear in my profile.

    And for those that have lost a loved one you have the hope of the resurrection. It’s stated in the Bible, the book many frown upon and don’t believe its veracity.

    “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” John 5:28-29

  3. J.M.K

    On July 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    The comments on this article are very interesting and appear to be from Christians that believe in what Christ teaches. As for the term, “Holy roller” it is a dismissive and divisive term that only seems to bring the wrath of the people it was meant to offend. Personally, I am not offended because I know who I am in Christ Jesus. I am a Christian that believes in the Bible because of my relationship with God solely. Going to church or Christian meetings are not exclusively where I encounter God. Furthermore, God makes everyone an individual and the label seems to categorize people too holistically. People are too layered and science proves that. Therefore, science and God agree, so we must avoid putting hurtful labels on people that we disagree with because of a lack of an encounter in the same way. We are all sinners, so who has the right to cast the first stone? It is right to say what is correct or incorrect, but judging is what is what brings God’s wrath on you. There are Bible believers that may be guilty of that, but lets be sure not to label everyone the same. Dealing with God’s wrath for judging someone else is enough for them to handle. God Bless!

  4. Socorro Lawas

    On August 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    When I was teaching my students used to ask me if the bible is classified as fiction.

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