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Published: Thursday, Jan. 30 2014 6:40 p.m. MST

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Tyler D
Meridian, ID

In the spirit of truth in advertising I think it is high time Christians change their moniker to more accurately represent what many of them are – Biblians.

And for many Biblians (especially the fundamentalists and literalists) their religious devotion looks every bit as idolatrous as those Jesus and the OT prophets railed against.

taylorsville, UT

For some of us who think quoting the bible is a spectacular feat, has to remember the anti christ knew the bible just as well as the Christians. Also, it does not mean that you are a better person. The bible thumpers and so called religious people have and (still is ) destroying this world. Please do not get me wrong there are some true believers out there and really do have a spiritual connection with the Most High. I do not think that it really matters who is first or last.

The Caravan Moves On
Enid, OK

Article quote: "The LDS Church's blog post also questioned the methodology of the rankings produced by BibleGateway.com, which had Salt Lake City 100th on its list — dead last."

Dead last?


Nope, no anti-Mormon bias there.

Danbury, CT


Sadly you are right that churches in the past (and present) tend to bring on divisions. Exhibit 1: this article which focuses on that which (supposedly) divides us.

However, is it really religion per se that does this or just human nature?? Look at the world around us outside the US where conflict exists and you will find it transcends religious issues. Atheists like to point out all the religious conflict and ignore that the greatest wars of all time (e.g. the last century) had very little or nothing to do with religion. Take away religion and you would still have hatred, poverty, crime and yes, even war.

I find good in all kinds of people - believer and non believer alike. I think the so-called leaders of nations, religions and various factions like to create fear and hatred as a primary way of gathering and activating adherents. Nothing more. Could be any ideology they use. If it is done for a power motive, it is always wrong.

Pat Young

Don't be stupid....Time Mag. has their agenda and that agenda is spot on with the accusation that Utah is not bible conscience. My suggestion is for Utah to keep reading the bible and not Time Mag. They probably had huge sale increase because of the article....don't be stupid in what they are trying to do.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Everything in the bible literally happened.

Phoenix, AZ

Reading, understanding, practicing and believing all must have a different interpretation in Utah Mormon religion.

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

Does this study actually say that there are more Bible readers in places like San Francisco or Seattle than Salt Lake City? I wonder how a state by state study would come out, rather than just a city by city? Plus of course, as has been mentioned, the LDS Church has a lot more scripture to study than other Christian Churches. And, as a missionary, I too had some experiences with informing Christians of scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments that they were not aware of.

clearfield, UT

I actually would not be surprised to learn that the authors of this study believe, without having checked, that Mormons only read the Book of Mormon and never read the Bible. They probably do not realize that the LDS Church publishes its own King James Bible, to be included with the other standard works. Wouldn't surprise me at all.

East Carbon, UT

I read my scriptures every night unless I am out of town. I read them aloud to my husband, Over the years that I have been back to the church which is about 16..I have read the Book of Mormon at least 14 times,, just finished it again about a month ago! It truly is what brought me back to the church! I had been inactive off and on for decades, had read the first three books multiple times but never finished it. It was during one of those inactive times that I promised to read a chapter a day to Father in heaven.. by the time I was done I was active again and have never stopped reading the scriptures. When I do miss a night I feel uncomfortable. For me it is a must! As far as this poll.. I believe we the LDS read them a lot more than the poll says we do!

Kearns, UT

Just read 2 Timothy 3. 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly awomen laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

My family are currently reading the New Testament.

Bountiful, utah

Reading and studying are two different things. How can anyone who studies the Bible regularly believe in the Trinity? It is never mentioned or implied, and disproved every time Jesus talks about his father, his mission, or the creation.

Virginia Beach, VA

I'am still waiting for anyone in my own area that can go toe to toe with me on the bible. Most recently a Jehovah Witness and a Creationist indicated they knew their scriptures, but only to back down. There are several in my own ward who are far more knowlegable than I'am. If you consider the Seminary Program, you would have to know the article did'nt do any fact checking.

Tom Johnson
Spanish Fork, UT

In the 2010 Pew Forum Survey of Religious Knowledge, including knowledge of the Bible, Mormons had the highest number of correct answers, ahead of Jews, Evangelical Protestants, and Catholics.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

Not only does the research support my experience that overall, evangelicals surpass Mormons in Bible knowledge and study, but my personal experience in Bible study with many evangelicals has always involved MUCH more in-depth study... in the original languages!

Poor Mormons' pride gets hurt when someone is shown to "outrighteous" them?

That in and of itself is telling.

layton, UT

RE: happy2bhereLDS Church publishes its own King James Bible.

Did you know? We have accurate well- preserved Copies of the original text. There are some 5,500 early N.T. MS, and they contain all or nearly all of the original text . The original text can be reconstructed 99% accuracy. There is a distinction between the text and the truth of the text. While we have 99% of the original text, 100% of the truth comes through.

Over 26,000 N.T. quotes from the(2nd c) disciples of the apostles and early church fathers can reconstruct the N.T. except 12 verses.
John 7:53-8:11, is not contained in the earliest and best MSS and not an original part of the Gospel of John. . B. M. Metzger ” VS 3Nephi 14:5, 5b & D&C 42:25a.

RE: The Caravan Moves On, no anti-Mormon bias?

JS,"Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors" (T. of P.J.S., p. 327). LDS Mark E. Peterson said, "Many insertions were made, some of them 'slanted' for selfish purposes, while at times deliberate falsifications and fabrications were perpetrated" (As Translated Correctly, p. 4)

Fairview, UT

I have read that passage numerous times but normally concluded my focus after verse 5. Thanks for posting verses 6 and 7, particularly verse 7, "Ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." That says it all.

laVerl 09
St Johns, AZ

The Bible, to most Protestants, is the New Testament and Psalms. I believe the numbers would be different if they had separated the questions on Old and New Testament reading.
I remember a statement from my statistics professor--"Statistics don't lie but statisticians lie a lot."

Salt Lake City, UT

Well the one result has the obvious explanation of LDS members using the LDS scripture site (heck, I'm not a member but still use it if I want to look something up in the Bible since I like that site). Can't think of a particularly logical example for the other survey leading to skewed results though.

City, Ut

article-"But BibleGateway's rankings were based solely on how often people in a region used its own Bible-searching software."

We have our own Bible-searching 'software'-- so sorry, no need for yours.

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