There was one tool that I had for a while and I had no idea what it was for. It was short with a hook on the end. While ignorant of its purpose, I found a good use for it. I discovered that it was excellent for removing the springs on drum brakes. I also remember the day my father discovered the way I was using it. I told him I had discovered a "special tool" for removing and replacing the springs. I called it "special tool 36294" or something like that. He asked to see it and when I showed it to him he chuckled and slowly shook his head. He then informed me that "special tool 36294" was in fact an ice skate lace tightener (see image above).
It seems that, for some, the King James Bible in their house is also a bit like "special tool 36294." They have one, but they are not sure why it is important. The American Bible society recently conducted a survey in which they discovered that while 57% of respondents own a King James Bible, 70% had no idea why it was important and 39% thought that it was the first English translation of the Bible. Below are some of the other results. I will admit that I don't know whether to laugh or cry over the first one.
- Seventeen percent of those surveyed believe the King James Bible was first released shortly after the time of Christ.
- Younger Americans (age 18 to 26), often categorized as considerably less religious than older Americans (age 65 and older), are equally likely to be unsure of why the King James Bible was significant (34 percent vs. 33 percent respectively).
- Non-Christians or those with no faith are approximately twice as likely to know when the King James Bible was published (32 percent), than are non-practicing Christians (17 percent).
- Approximately half (45 percent) of all Bible readers use the King James Bible; far fewer say they read the New International Version (10 percent).
- Approximately six out of 10 adults who own a Bible own a King James Bible (57 percent) whereas only one out of eight Bible owners have a New International Version (12 percent).
I suppose it is good to know that people own and/or use some version of the Bible, including the King James version. But I hope that, like my discovery of the true significance of "special tool 36294,"that they too will come to learn and appreciate why the KJB is important. Especially during this year of 400th anniversary celebrations.