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Pray-Reading the Word can Revolutionize Your Life 28-4

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COAL BASKET BIBLE

COAL BASKET BIBLE

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson, who wanted to be just like him, tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, “Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?” The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.” The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was “impossible to carry water in a basket,” and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, “See Papa, it’s useless!”

“So you think it is useless?” the old man said. “Look at the basket.” The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean. “Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.”

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While Alone Many Teens Pray and Read Bible

WHILE ALONE MANY TEENS OFTEN PRAY AND READ BIBLE

Brett Cain

*A recent poll of American teen-agers dispels the notion that teens usually go through the motions of worship and religious study only in response to parental pressure, according to the Princeton Religion Research Center. *”To the contrary, many teens do not confine their religious practices to formal worship or religious instruction sessions but also when they are alone will pray or read the Bible, at least occasionally,” said a report in the October issue of Emerging Trends, the center’s publication. *The study also cites widespread belief among teens in the divinity of Jesus and in a God who loves them.

*Students doing above-average work were more likely to pray and read the Bible than their less-achieving counterparts.

*Praying alone is practiced by three out of four teens–42 percent on a frequent basis, according to the study. And 44 percent of teens read the Bible in private–13 percent on a regular basis.

*The report, based on a survey conducted by the Gallup Organization, with which the center is affiliated, says young women are more likely than young men to pray or read the Bible privately. Protestant teens are more likely to engage in those activities than Catholics, as are teens who live in the South and Midwest.

*About 83 percent of teen-agers living in the South say they pray when alone, and 55 percent say they read the Bible by themselves. Figures for prayer and Bible reading in other parts of the country are, respectively,
74 percent and 51 percent in the Midwest; 67 and 31 percent, East; and 68 and 45 percent, West.

*Among Protestant youth, 80 percent say they pray privately, and 52 percent read the Bible. Among Catholics, 71 percent pray and 34 percent read the Bible.

*”The great majority of teens say they believe God loves them, and a surprisingly high number report they have experienced the presence of God,” the report says.

*A large majority of teen-agers, 86 percent, say they believe in the divinity of Jesus–that he is either God or the son of God. *The survey, which included telephone interviews with 513 teen-agers 13 through 17, showed that 95 percent believe in God or a universal spirit and that 93 percent believe God loves them.

*Just 2 percent said they believe there is no God or that, if there is a God, they are not loved by God.

*Belief in a loving God decreases slightly as teens grow older, with 96 percent of teens under 16 professing such a belief, compared to 88 percent of teens 16 or 17 years old.

*About 29 percent of teens report that they have personally experienced the presence of God while 67 percent deny having such an experience. *Among Protestant teens, 41 percent say they have experienced the presence of God, compared to 27 percent of Catholic youth.

*The percentage of those reporting such an experience rises slightly with age–from 27 percent among teens 15 and under to 32 percent among teens 16 or 17.

(The above material appeared in a November 5,1991 issue of RNS Daily News Reports.)

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