In an article in Time magazine which referenced a study released by the American Bible Society (http://nation.time.com/2014/01/22/godless-cities-in-america/), it was noted, from the study, that the two least “Bible-minded” cities in the United States were Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA. “The study defines ‘Bible-mindedness’ as a combination of how often respondents read the Bible and how accurate they think the Bible is. ‘Respondents who report reading the bible within the past seven days and who agree strongly in the accuracy of the Bible are classified as “Bible Minded,”‘ says the study’s methodology.”
So, reading the Bible often and believing in its accuracy are deemed as indicators of godliness.
I wonder, how does that gel with Jesus words to the Pharisees and others, who knew the Scriptures backward and forward, who read it often, and who believed vehemently in its accuracy, a belief, by the way, that motivated them to persecute and kill Jesus, from John 5:37-40: “And the Father who sent me, He has testified concerning me. You have neither heard His voice at any time nor have you seen His form, and you do not have His word abiding in you, for him whom He sent, this one you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that testify concerning me. Yet, you are not willing to come to me that you may have life.”
I’m not saying that being immersed in Scripture isn’t important, because it is. What I am saying is that this isn’t necessarily an indicator of godliness or truly knowing God.