Hardly a day passes that I don't mention the lack of familiarity with the Scriptures that seems pandemic among the Catholic laity and, not surprisingly, the corps of Catholic apologists I have encountered online and in my email. I am convinced that many who wear the slave collar of Catholicism would separate themselves from Rome if they would but honestly study the Scriptures. Though I may be convinced, I have little hope this ever will occur on a grand scale.
Some may have the mistaken idea that I believe that only Catholics are innocent of the true messages in the Scriptures. That may be because, when writing in this forum, I usually address only Catholic issues. In my email and eyeball-to-eyeball communications, however, I frequently confront false doctrine in non-Catholic assemblies. I also devote effort to the edification of the church.
It isn't just Catholics who wrongly interpret or apply Scripture in their religious lives. Many of those who profess Christianity are as far off base as any Catholic you may encounter.
There is an interesting article on the Theological Studies.Org website that some who read here might finding both interesting and enlightening. The study, prepared by theologian Michael J. Vlach, is entitled Crisis in America's Churches: Bible Knowledge at All-Time Low.
Along with quite a few shocking statistics, you will find such provocative statements as:
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not"--2 Peter 2:1-3
Go Read the report.
I dare you.
Many Christians accept elements of...unbiblical worldviews without even knowing it. Because of this, Barna and Mark Hatch have noted that "we cannot really call the faith of American Christians a Bible-based faith. It is a synthetic, syncretic faith." According to Barna and Hatch, Christians today have accepted and combined so many ideas from other worldviews and religions that they have created their own faith system.
The average born-again, baptized, churchgoing person has embraced elements of Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Scientology, Unitarianism and Christian Science--without any idea they have just created their own faith.