A new survey has found that the Bible has been a vital lifeline for Christians in the U.K. and Ireland during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
The Bible study app WordGo commissioned the research and Savanta ComRes conducted the survey, which revealed that 63% of churchgoing Christian adults in the U.K. and Ireland say that the Bible has been crucial in helping them deal with the pressures of life since the first lockdowns began in March in response to COVID-19.
“It is so encouraging to hear of people being comforted by God through the Bible in these challenging times. This shows us the genuine impact of Bible engagement on our lives. In times of great uncertainty, we need the timeless wisdom and genuine peace that only the words of God can bring,” said Simon Lennox, director of WordGo, in an interview with Premier News.
“The most radical thing we can do for our mental and spiritual health during this season is to be in conversation with God, in prayer and in Scripture,” he added. “Ultimately, if we are going to face the uncertainties of life — death, disease or famine — we need to start the day with our certainties in Christ.”
According to the BBC, under the new restrictions for the second U.K. lockdown, people are being ordered to stay at home unless they have a specific reason to leave, such as work that cannot be done from home. Meeting indoors or in private gardens is not permitted, but individuals can meet one other person from another household outside in a public place.
In Wales, under the “firebreak” lockdown restrictions, grocery stores have been banned from selling greeting cards and books, and other shops are prohibited from selling blankets, light bulbs, baby clothes and electronics.
Of the 1,905 people surveyed for the WordGo/Savanta ComRes poll on Bible reading during the lockdowns, approximately 60% of regular churchgoers said the Bible encouraged and motivated them, the researchers found.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter