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Bible reading boosts mental well-being among Christians, survey says

The UK survey found that respondents were reading the Bible more and turning to Bible-related videos during the pandemic

Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

Published: March 02, 2021 05:00 PM GMT

Updated: March 03, 2021 06:43 AM GMT

Bible reading boosts mental well-being among Christians, survey says

Forty-two percent of respondents reported that reading the Bible increased a sense of hope in God during the crisis, rising to nearly half among those aged 45-54, the report by the Bible Society says.

Reading the Bible has had a positive effect on people's mental well-being during the pandemic, according to a Christian Research survey conducted in the United Kingdom.

The survey also found that respondents were reading the Bible more and turning to Bible-related videos more during the pandemic.

The survey, carried out on behalf of the Bible Society, posed a number of questions to 1,000 people in the United Kingdom who identified themselves as Christians and who had attended church at least once a month before restrictions aimed at curbing the pandemic. The questions were asked in December, and the results were published online by the Bible Society March 1.

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Forty-two percent of respondents reported that reading the Bible increased a "sense of hope in God during the crisis, rising to nearly half (49%) among 45- to 54-year-olds," the report by the Bible Society said.

"Some 28% said that reading the Bible had increased their confidence in the future," while 63% said they felt their level of confidence remained the same, rather than dropping, it said.

It said 23% of those surveyed said the Bible "had increased their mental well-being, including 47% of 24- to 34-year-olds," and 33% of 16- to 24-year-olds reported that reading the Bible had helped them "feel less lonely."

The report said 35% of survey respondents were reading the Bible more during the pandemic with the biggest increase among 25- to 34-year-olds in which "53% were reading the Bible more often."

"A quarter of those asked, said that they were reading the Bible 'multiple times a day' and half said that they were reading the Bible on a daily basis," the Bible Society said.

It also found that 25% of the 25- to 34-year-olds in the survey said they had begun reading the Bible during the pandemic.

While many continue to turn to print editions of the Bible, 23% reported using "a Bible-reading app, 30% are now listening to the Bible" and 59% of those surveyed said that "they now watched more Bible-related videos or had started watching them."

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