The American Bible Society has released the findings of a study that says Americans who read the Bible more consistently are more likely to be more hopeful about the future and resilient in the face of adversity.
Americans are generally feeling more hopeful this year than they have in recent years, largely thanks to declining pandemic numbers. But “Scripture engaged” Americans are extra hopeful, according to this study. People who read the Bible regularly and strive to apply it to their lives scored anywhere from 14 to 19 points higher on the study’s “hope scale” than people who don’t engage the Bible on a regular basis.
Younger generations are more likely to be stressed about the future than older generations, with Gen Z reporting a higher degree of uncertainty about the future than older respondents. Younger generations have typically experienced higher degrees of uncertainty than older generations, but the impact appears to be growing over time, with younger people reporting higher and higher degrees of stress than people their age did in previous years. Even so, the study found that Bible engagement did mak ea differencel
“Our research continues to confirm that consistent Bible reading leads to hope and greater flourishing. Christians know that Jesus offers us full life; there’s no surprise here. But for those who are questioning their faith or even who need reassurance after a hard season, the data validates that applying the truths of Scripture leads to better health, better relationships, and a higher sense of purpose and meaning—all while bringing us closer to God,” said John Farquhar Plake, Ph.D. and Director of Ministry Intelligence for American Bible Society.