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THE BIBLE CHANGES LIVES

Research consistently shows what a person believes translates into behavior. A major survey of more than 3,700 teens involved in evangelical churches reveals that, compared to teens who possess a solid, biblical belief system, young people who lack such basic biblical beliefs are:

- 225 percent more likely to be angry with life; 216 percent more likely to be resentful;

- 210 percent more likely to lack purpose in life; and 200 percent more likely to be disappointed in life.

This is why research has shown teens -- otherwise good teenagers from good families -- who do not possess a biblical belief system are:

- 36 percent more likely to lie to a friend; 48 percent more likely to cheat on an exam;

- 200 percent more likely to steal; 200 percent more likely to physically hurt someone;

- 300 percent more likely to use illegal drugs; and 600 percent more likely to attempt suicide.

Source: From a sermon by Timothy Pang, "Keeping the faith" 7/5/2009

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