In a Gallup Poll, only 24 percent of Americans believe the Bible is the literal Word of God.
In 1984, that number was 40 percent, and it’s been eroding ever since.
Today, only one in four believe the Bible is “the actual Word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.”
It is the lowest number in Gallup’s 40-year trending.
This shift is most pronounced among young adults.
The largest segment falls in the middle: 47 percent, believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, but that not all of it should be taken literally.
The poll also found that 71 percent continue to view the Bible as a holy document and is at least God-inspired.
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