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“A large share of people who attend Protestant or Catholic churches have adopted beliefs that conflict with the teachings of the Bible and their church, according to the latest release from the Barna Research Group (www.barna.org).

There are some fundamental Christian precepts that most Americans have held on to:

Three-quarters of all adults believe in the Trinity.

Seventy-nine percent accept that "every person has a soul that will live forever, either in God’s presence or absence."

Seventy-six percent reject the pre-Reformation perspective that "the Bible can only be correctly interpreted by people who have years of intense training in theology."

On other issues, the research found disturbing trends:

Six out of ten Americans (59%) reject the existence of Satan, calling him merely a symbol of evil, a view common among Catholics.

More than one-third (35%) believe that it is "possible to communicate with others after they die."

Forty-two percent believe that, when Jesus was on earth, he committed sins.

Half of all adults argue that anyone who "is generally good or does enough good things for others during their life will earn a place in Heaven."

Forty-four percent contend that "the Bible, the Koran and the Book of Mormon are all different expressions of the same spiritual truths."—Article quoted from the October 11,2002 “Pastor’s Weekly Briefing” provided by Focus on the Family,)

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