ESV - 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
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For the first fifteen hundred years of the Christian era (prior to the invention of the printing press), the primary means of dissemination of the gospel was through preaching and word-of-mouth. (In addition, I would think that a high percentage of the population would have been illiterate.) And yet, this did not prevent Christianity's spread throughout the known world (and beyond). In fact, one of the primary motivators of trans-oceanic exploration was the desire to reach those who had never heard of Christ or the Bible. Also, modern non-print means of access to Christianity have expanded greatly through media such as television and radio. And wherever Christianity is present, there should be churches where the Bible is proclaimed, discussed, and studied. Those who seek to follow Christ; to bring others to Him; or to learn about Christianity today should similarly want to increase their knowledge of God and His word. This should still serve as a motivation (both for those who are illiterate and those who seek to minister to them) to learn or teach the necessary skills to make that possible. (In fact, I once participated in a training program for aspiring literacy tutors (Laubach Literacy) that had arisen and been organized because of the specific desire of the founder (who was a missionary) to allow people to read the Bible.)
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