Americans Believe: A new poll released by Newsweek reveals some surprising statistics on how Americans view Jesus and his birth.
· 93% percent of all Americans believe Jesus really lived.
· 82% see Jesus as God or the Son of God.
· 73% say they believe Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary.
· 67% of Americans think the entire Christmas story is historically accurate, including the virgin birth, angelic proclamation to the shepherds, the star of Bethlehem and the wise men from the East.
· 84% consider themselves Christians.
· 55% believe the Bible is literally accurate.
· 52% believe Jesus will return to earth some day, and 15% think it will be during their lifetime.
· 11% say American society as a whole very closely reflects true Christian values and the spirit of Jesus; 53% say it somewhat reflects those values.
· 86% think organized religion has “a lot” or “some”
· influence over life in the U.S. (PWB 12/10/04)