It doesn’t take much to infuriate Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry, we find Study Indicates Beginning of Scripture Neglected. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
How often do you read the Bible, and where do you read from? These were two of the questions a recent study from the ministry publisher Crossway asked 6,000 Bible readers.
Your Curmudgeon likes to keep up with important news, but somehow we weren’t aware of that survey. Fortunately, ol’ Hambo brings it to our attention. He says:
The results showed, rather predictably, that most Bible reading is confined to the New Testament (with considerable focus on the last book, Revelation), and that people typically find the Old Testament prophetic books the most difficult to understand. But this survey serves as a reminder that we need to read the whole Bible — not just the New Testament!
Yes, you gotta read it all — every wonderful word! Hambo tells us:
[The study] indicates people within the church are reading the book of Genesis (although the study doesn’t reveal which chapters) — which is great news because this book provides the foundation for our worldview and all doctrine (ultimately, directly or indirectly, every single biblical doctrine of theology is founded in Genesis). However, these figures may be slightly skewed because many yearly Bible-reading plans start people in Genesis and the survey was taken in January. The study also does not address the key issue — whether people believe what they are reading and take Genesis as literal history.
He’s right — the key issue is whether they take Genesis literally. Hambo continues:
There are negative aspects to this study as well. [Oh no!] Just over 10 percent of respondents found the first 5 books of the Bible the hardest to understand.
How horrible! Let’s read on:
More discouraging is that the first five books are among the least likely to be read frequently. [Egad!] Revelation was much more likely to be read than Genesis! Sadly, as the church has focused on the end of the Bible, it has lost the beginning — which is the foundation for the rest! Genesis chapters 1–11 are the foundation for the entire Bible.
They’re neglecting the foundation! And if people don’t care about Genesis, they’re unlikely to visit Hambo’s replica of the Ark. This is really important! Here’s another excerpt:
I believe this study shows yet again how far the church has moved from the foundations of Scripture. Why do so few people regularly read Genesis and the rest of the Old Testament?
Why? Why? Here’s Hambo’s explanation:
To me it’s no surprise since so many in the church accept the evolutionary worldview (e.g., millions of years/evolution) and reject the truth of Scripture, particularly the history in the Old Testament. As a result they don’t see Genesis as important.
‘Gasp!‘ He’s right! The problem is evolution! And now we come to the end:
Even many conservative Christian leaders don’t teach much (if anything) about Genesis, as it’s considered too controversial because of supposed science. [Hee hee!] It’s great that people are reading the New Testament, but they need to understand that the foundation for what they read comes from the Old Testament, particularly the history in Genesis 1–11. We need to read God’s Word — all of it!
This is the most important crisis of our time, dear reader. Therefore, if you have any suggestions for getting more people to read Genesis and to take it seriously, we’re sure ol’ Hambo will appreciate it.
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