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Well put, Carol.

It says a lot about us that even folks who make the effort to attend Bible study still want to keep God at arm's length. It's one thing to honestly acknowledge, as Jason has, that studying the Bible can be a challenge and even a drag. It's quite another to be so disrespectful as to express a desire to kick God's Word out of a Bible study.
I believe the "sharing" groups should not use "Bible study" in their names. There is rarely any "study" (much less "Bible") in them. They might be called philosophy groups, or conflict resolution groups. Sooner or later, they get around to dumping a problem on the group, and seeking answers. (So, why aren't they "dumping" their problems on God???)
On the other hand, Mo is right in that no one seems to care enough to actually STUDY the Bible! I can appreciate the lack of time. Even tho' I'm mostly homebound, there's never enough time for all the things I want to do. But someone has to ask the million-dolar question: where are your priorities? Where is even the curiosity about what God thinks or wants? Where is the answer to the question: what did God put me here for? If we are planning on spending all eternity with Him, shouldn't we get to know Him? Are you really going to wait till you die to start that project???? Really?
Come to think of it, I often don't like studying the Bible either. But there is a difference between not liking it and not thinking you should.

As for "shareing" well obviously there is a place for that.
This attitude is more common than you'd think. (Only most people would be embarrassed to state it outright in that way.)

I'm the exact opposite. I cannot stand most of what passes for "Bible studies" today!

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Christians are so mentally lazy these days that even those fill-in-the-blank devotional books that many small groups use are too much for most of the attenders. Most people won't read the chapter, much less do any work. "I don't have time!" is the eternal cry.

Instead of calling people to study and use our minds (you know, like the God does), group leaders bring everything down to the lowest common denominator. Their response is always "Oh, that's okay. Don't feel bad. The important thing is that you're here." I've ended up having to leave groups for that reason. Don't even get me on some of the sermons of today!

But if I say anything about such things, even in a loving, gentle way, I am looked upon as having too high of standards or something.

And then we wonder why are churches and our nation are falling apart?

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The last line of that article is gold.




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