Reflection. Changing the bottle of "Devotional" with "solid food". By Fabian Massa.
Treasures of wisdom shared with us: Changing the bottle of "Devotional" with "solid food".
Sproul tells - Among the most significant elements were the following:
1. Over sixty million Americans said they had a personal conversion experience.2. An extraordinarily high percentage of Americans said they believed the Bible was the Word of God.3. "As a game against these claims, however, was the clear revelation that Americans, even if evangelical, woefully ignorant of the content of Scripture and even more ignorant of the history of Christianity and Christian theology classic. Perhaps most alarming was the realization that the mass of people who say they have a biblical faith little or no impact on the structures and values of American culture.4. For example, recent studies on sexual ethics and the issue of abortion suggest that the difference between the behavior of evangelical Christians and those who are not insignificant. In other words, the clear message of these studies is that the Christian "faith" produces a small difference or no difference in the lives of people and in American culture.The phrase over sixty million Americans said they had a personal conversion experience makes the "Revival in the USA" is the largest in the history of Christianity. Given that the US population in the 80 was 227.72 million people , sixty million represents almost 27%.However, analyzing the state of American society of that time, Sproul and other theologians come to the following conclusion: "If this revival has taken place, we must ask ourselves why there is so little evidence of their impact on culture . It seems that a huge revival had virtually no transformation of our customs and our lives. "Sproul gives several reasons why the American believers were thus being "spiritual babies" without getting to mature and bear fruit (a change that impacts society).
- Replace the investigation by a first reading of the text.
- Left alone with the subjective (what God tells me) discarding everything else, such as historical, social, cultural contexts, etc ...
Sproul says: "There are many aids available for daily devotional readings. Those who read the Bible every day for fifteen or twenty minutes are a minority. While certainly fifteen minutes of daily Bible reading is better than no reading. The problem arises when we think that we can plumb the depths of the Scriptures with a simple regimen of fifteen or twenty minutes a day. Very few disciplines that can be mastered with such a short attention span. To grow in the mature understanding of the Word of God for a more concerted effort than can be achieved by brief periods of devotional reading is required. Devotional reading is a great complement to the study seriously but is not a substitute for such a study. A study of the Bible at the end of each chapter of this book references, and commentary that is made of the same within the chapters, can be an excellent start for this study seriously. "