Bible comes before coffee for 61 percent of engaged Americans: survey

Nearly a half of Americans are "Bible users", that is, they engage with the holy book on their own by using, listening to, watching, praying or using its text or content at least three to four times a year.

And 61 percent of Bible-engaged Americans say they need the Bible more than coffee to jumpstart their mornings and new survey carried our for the American Bible Society has found.

What do you need most each day? Can you go without coffee or sweets? Are you able to resist scrolling through Instagram? Is the Bible one of your non-negotiable must-haves?

When asked about daily priorities, Americans shared their answers to this and more in the latest 2018 State of The Bible Report.

The research was commissioned by Philadelphia-based American Bible Society and conducted by California's Barna Group.

It reveals trends for how often Americans read the Bible, their perception of the Bible, and how much of an impact it has on their choices, relationships, and lives.

American Bible Society president Roy Peterson said: "What many Americans rightly recognise is that while coffee provides a nice temporary jolt of energy, only the life-changing message of the Bible gives lasting hope and peace.

"The Bible provides the wisdom of the ages for today's fears, challenges and struggles."

American Bible Society is a Christian ministry engaging people with the life-changing message of God's word since 1816.

"We are now able to give better context into how Americans are or are not interacting with the Bible and how that impacts their lives," says Peterson.

"We are finding the more engaged with the Bible someone is, the more hopeful and peaceful they are, along with a greater awareness of their need for the Bible."

Survey says that while 42 percent of Americans report feeling more fearful today than five years ago, they're also more hopeful about the future.

The data revealed that 41 percent feel peaceful when reading the Bible and 81 percent of Americans have a great sense of hope for the future.

But not all engaged Chrisitian believe that the Bible need to precede their morning coffee

Andrew Sercombe, a Christian personal development coach, told the UK-baed Premier News Hour Christians shouldn't get hung up on the idea of reading the Bible in the morning.

He said it can be read at any time and a person's relationship with God should be the number one priority.

"Until the 1500s people didn't have the Bible in their own language," Sercombe said.

"They couldn't read it every morning, and yet they still had a thriving passion and understanding and longing for God. So let's enjoy the Bible for what it is. And of course the more we read it, the better we can understand the God behind it."

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