The following is taken from a George Barna study in which 1,871 Christians were asked their thoughts on God, Jesus, Satan, and the Holy Spirit. The answers are startling and bode ill for the future of Christianity. This website exist to warn of the lack of good teaching and this survey further confirms a pressing need for Biblical teaching.
Statement 1: “All 1,871 self-described Christians were asked about their perception of God. In total, three-quarters (78%) said he is the “all-powerful, all-knowing Creator of the universe who rules the world today.” 21% of Christians do not believe God is all-powerful, all-knowing Creator of the universe who rules the world today.
Statement 2: “Four out of ten Christians (40%) strongly agreed that Satan “is not a living being but is a symbol of evil.” An additional two out of ten Christians (19%) said they “agree somewhat” with that perspective.” 59% of Christians do not fully believe in Satan’s existence.
Statement 3: “Although a core teaching of the Christian faith is the divinity and perfection of Jesus Christ, tens of millions of Christians do not accept that teaching. More than one-fifth (22%) strongly agreed that Jesus Christ sinned when He lived on earth, with an additional 17% agreeing somewhat.” 39% of Christians believe that Jesus sinned while on earth.
Statement 4; “Much like their perceptions of Satan, most Christians do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a living force, either. Overall, 38% strongly agreed and 20% agreed somewhat that the Holy Spirit is “a symbol of God’s power or presence but is not a living entity.” 58% of Christians do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a living entity…what happen to the teaching of the Trinity.
Statement 5: “29% of Christians said their faith “has been helpful but has not greatly transformed” their life and 9% stated that their religious faith “has not made much of a difference” in who they are and how they live.” 38% of Christians said their faith had not changed their lives.
Statement 6: “Christians regarded other holy books equal to the Bible (19% agreed strongly, 22% agreed somewhat).” 41% of Christians felt that other holy books had the same authority as their Bible.
Statement 7: “A slight majority of Christians (55%) strongly agree that the Bible is accurate in all of the principles it teaches, with another 18% agreeing somewhat.” 73% of Christians believe that the Bible is accurate. This statement indicates real confusion among Christians for if this were true the other six statements would have had a different answer.
Published on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 @ 5:18 AM CDT