Kudos to those who attempt to defend 'rooms in the sky' vs. 'mansions in the sky' -- as though either one makes sense.
In other words they are told by clergy what to believe?
Indoctrination works for many. Just believe what the clergy says.
1. My statement specifically referred to the US â€œIn the United States, 55% of survey respondents who read the Bible reported using the King James Version in 2014 https://en.m.wikipedia.org â€º wiki â€º Bible_translations_into_Englishâ€�. [Note: US = United States]historia wrote: A majority of Christians also don't speak English,
2. The Bible has been translated into 698 languages. That should cover most cases â€“ among Christians who happen to be literate.
I do not disagree with demeaning the KJV (and all other versions of the Bible)historia wrote: let alone derive their beliefs from their own private interpretation of a 17th century translation of the Bible in a language they don't understand.
If this is to say that Christians are in general incapable, unmotivated, disinclined (etc) toward doing their own thinking regarding Bible tales, I do not disagree.
Is this to say that Christians are incapable of understanding â€˜mansionsâ€™? If so, based upon these debates (and life in the Bible Belt), perhaps I should not disagree.historia wrote: Moreover, the assumption that we can somehow divine what people believe simply from what translation of the Bible they use is dubious, at best.
From your own sourcehistoria wrote: And, for clarity, the most widely cited survey of Bible usage in the United States is the annual American Bible Society State of the Bible report, which is based on surveys conducted by the Barna Group, and shows that nearly 2/3 of American Bible readers prefer modern translations, while less than 1/3 prefer the KJV, a number that continues to decline.
The King James Version continues to be the version Bible users prefer most often, with 31% using this translation.
It is interesting to note that younger generations are also leaving Christianity.historia wrote: However, the King James has seen a nine-percentage point decrease in usage since 2016 and 14% decrease since Barna first measured this in 2011. Use of the King James Version (KJV) is directly related to age. Nearly half of all Elders use the KJV most often (49%), compared to 40% of Boomers, 34% of Gen-Xers and 14% of Millennials.
Perhaps young people are not enamored of the new Bible versions â€“ or of the Bible in general â€“ or of Christian dogma in general (in spite of vigorous bailing by â€˜the faithfulâ€™). The young may also tend to be less gullible or naive than the old guard, more inclined to accept science over superstition, and more likely to have learned some critical / analytical thinking skills.Answers in Genesis wrote:It comes as no surprise to anyone keeping a finger on the pulse of our culture that a dramatically high number of young people are leaving the church. Many of these formerly churched individuals are now identifying as â€œnonesâ€� (religiously unaffiliated).
https://answersingenesis.org/christiani ... istianity/
Yup, quote their own literature to them and watch as they â€˜throw it under the busâ€™historia wrote: The only thing that's difficult to understand, then, is why you thought this was a compelling argument.
It is difficult to understand why anyone of sound mind would attempt to defend a story about mansions in the sky (and make it sound like it was â€˜onlyâ€™ rooms).
But, carry on demonstrating to readers the value and tactics of Apologetics. Iâ€™ll continue to do what I can to help encourage the downward spiral.