9/8/2004 A bi-weekly e-mail from George Barna
Did you know that people’s religious faith appears to have no impact on whether or not a married person gets divorced? In a study we began earlier this year and just completed, we tracked a person’s faith commitment, the age at which those who were born again accepted Christ as their savior, and the age at which those who got married eventually dissolved that marriage.
Were is the difference that Jesus talked about and Peter preached about?
Born Again Beliefs – according to Barna
• Compared to 60% of all adults, 84% of born again Christians believe “the Bible is totally accurate in all of its teachings.” (2004)
o What happened to the other 16%
• 78% of born again Christians believe they “personally have a responsibility to tell other people their religious beliefs” compared to 52% of all adults. (2004)
o What about the 22%?
• Nearly all born again Christians (98%) say their religious faith is very important in their life, compared to 52% of all adults. (2004)
o Why would 2% who claim to be Born Again say “It’s not important?”
• Half of born again Christians (50%) agree that Satan is “not a living being but is a symbol of evil.” (2004)
o %0% of the Christians church does not know what the Bible says or rejects what it says- were is the difference?
• About one-third of born agains (38%) believe that if a person is good enough they can earn a place in Heaven. (2004)
o Once again contrary to Scriptures teaching yet 38% believe this false notion.
• 31% of born agains agree that “while he lived on earth, Jesus committed sins, like other people,” compared to 44% of all adults. (2004)
o This one blows my mind – 31% just ruled out Jesus as being the sinless Savior of mankind.
• 15% of born again Christians claim that “after He was crucified and died, Jesus Christ did not return to life physically.” (2000)
• About one out of four (26%) born again Christians believe that it doesn’t matter what faith you follow because they all teach the same lessons; a belief held by 56% of non-Christians. (2000)
• Born again Christians are more likely than non-born again individuals to accept moral absolutes. Specifically, 32% of born agains said they believe in moral absolutes, compared to just half as many (15%) among non-born agains. (2002) (For more information, click on the Press Release titled "Americans Are Most Likely to Base Truth on Feelings" on the right-hand side of this page.
Related Text Illustrations
Contributed by Steven Chapman on Feb 8, 2001
Dr. Ellin Greene, of the University of Chicago, has said, "We get so quickly sidetracked from the simple story nature of our faith. We begin to think that theology saves us, that truth is somehow embodied in our theology of the Atonement, or our mastery of eschatological charts. But when Jesus ...read more
Contributed by Bruce Howell on May 30, 2001
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Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Jun 21, 2001
[Christian Contradictions, Citation: Joseph Roy, Leadership, Vol. 5, no. 4.] A true Christian is a sign of contradiction--a living symbol of the Cross. He or she is a person who believes the unbelievable, bears the unbearable, forgives the unforgivable, loves the unlovable, is perfectly happy ...read more
Contributed by Evie Megginson on Aug 3, 2001
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