Skip to comments.The Good News for Christians From An Otherwise Bleak Pew Study
Posted on 04/29/2018 9:04:12 AM PDT by Kaslin
Ive been tracking the decline of Christianity in America ever since serving as a youth pastor in the early 2000s. Even back then I couldnt help but notice the astonishing rate at which young Christians were leaving the Church. The polls have been consistent about this, and the latest Pew Research Center study (surveying more than 4,700 U.S. adults) is no exception.
If youre a Christian, the poll offers a distressing assessment:
Our Numbers Are Shrinking Only 56% of Americans say they believe in God as described in the Bible. The number of people who claim a belief in God or who self-identify as Christian is steadily shrinking each year according to Pew surveys conducted over the past decade.
Our Members Are Less Educated Of those who have a high-school education or less, 94% say they believe in God as described in the Bible. But, as our collective educational level increases, our collective belief decreases. Of college graduates surveyed, only 45% believe in the Biblical God.
Our Ranks Are Aging The younger we are, the less likely we are to believe in the Biblical God. While 65% of Baby Boomers believe in God as described in the Bible, only 43% of millennials hold a similar view (a recent Barna survey also revealed that Gen Z Americans, ages 3-18, are far more likely to be atheists than older age groups).
Our Understanding Is Withering Of those who identified themselves as Christians, only 80% said they believed in the Biblical God. 20% said that they believed in a higher power or spiritual force, other than the God described in the Bible.
If youre a Christian, you probably find these statistics as troubling as I do, but beneath the stark numbers - nestled in between the dire statistics - I see an undercurrent of hope and opportunity:
We Havent Given Up On God Yes, fewer Americans claim a Christian affiliation or a belief in God as described in the Bible, but America is still a highly spiritual if less religious country. 88% of Americans report believing in some kind of God / higher power / spiritual force, even if that Being is not the God of the Bible. In fact, the Pew report reveals that as people move away from belief in a Biblical God, they are far more likely to move toward a belief in a higher power than toward complete atheism. These spiritual believers think this higher power loves all people (69%), is omniscient (53%), has protected them (68%) and rewarded them (53%). Even of those who claim no religious affiliation, 17% still said they believed in the God as described in the Bible, and 53% said they believed in a higher power or spiritual force. Even 18% of self-proclaimed atheists said they believed in some kind of higher spiritual power.
So, fellow Christian, before you throw up your hands over the bad news coming from the latest Pew Center Report, consider the good news: we live in a country filled with spiritual seekers who believe a higher power exists and is at work in their lives. For one reason or another, many have rejected the God of the Bible. Sadly, many may have done so without ever coming to know Him. Instead, they may only know us. Have we been able to answer their questions? Have we presented them with a reasonable, forensic faith capable of withstanding the scrutiny of our increasingly secular culture? Have we accurately embodied our Christian worldview? Have we shown them the love or power of God? As always, every challenge offers an opportunity. Lets seize the moment and turn those who are seeking the Divine back toward the God of the Bible.
The results are very understandable. The God of the bible comes across to today’s snowflakes as “mean,” while the god they prefer never fails to give them what they see as a well-deserved pat on the back.
“Of college graduates surveyed, only 45% believe in the Biblical God. “
Colleges are so biased against Christianity it’s not surprising that it creates this decline.
[Our Members Are Less Educated Of those who have a high-school education or less, 94% say they believe in God as described in the Bible. But, as our collective educational level increases, our collective belief decreases. Of college graduates surveyed, only 45% believe in the Biblical God. ]
Exposure to Communist college professors.
Also this so-called “less educated” meme plays right into the lefts narrative. It needs to stop. “Education” takes many forms.
What really annoys me is that college professors, who are supposed to be intelligent, accept a less intelligent way of thinking. And then claim it’s more intelligent.
well, one day all will find out whether or not God is God, and Jesus is the Christ.
Some will be overwhelmed with joy. Sadly, others will be overwhelmed with shame and regret.
I know my Redeemer lives, and I will stand with Him one day.
They worship the God of Socialism. He’s the Dark One.
You either believe in God, or think you are god. Same as always.
I have no belief in God, nor do I think I'm a god.
Not only that, but Christians themselves, at least the self-professed ones, are poor role models. Just look at TV evangelists and many others on the religious right....
The problem I see with this survey is that the survey centers on the belief in the “Biblical God.” That phrase is pretty broad and open to some legitimate debate.
Does a “Biblical God” have a bunch of human qualities some of the time, and yet is far above human foibles at other times and as described in the different Books of the Bible? Do descriptions in some Books or Testaments trump descriptions in others, or is God a hodgepodge of all the descriptions?
We will all know someday.
Probably young, inexperienced, and fairly unchallenged in terms of life issues.
///”Not only that, but Christians themselves, at least the self-professed ones, are poor role models. Just look at TV evangelists and many others on the religious right....”///
It’s an unfortunate circumstance that God has strived to make Christians out of pretty flawed folks. The bar is set pretty low to become a Christian. In fact, you need to be an admitted sinner, who for the time being at least is striving to act better. I am not surprised when we fail.
‘You either believe in God, or think you are god. Same as always.’
if you wished to drive people away from your worldview, the above statement could hardly be improved upon...
What do you admire most above anything else?
The Constitution of the United States of America.
If that is true, you have just named your god.
There is no such thing as an atheist.
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