Americans Losing Faith in God and Bible
A study released a few months ago by Harris Poll revealed that 74 percent of the US population believed in God. However, that percentage has dropped 8 points in the past 8 years.
Belief in God is not the only belief that is dropping. Belief in Miracles, heaven, Jesus as the Son of God, Angels, the resurrection of Jesus, survival of the soul, Hell, the Devil, and the Virgin Birth have all fallen since 2005.
The same poll studied beliefs about creation and the Theory of Evolution. Belief in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution rose 5 percent in the same time frame, from 42 percent to 47 percent; belief in Creationism fell from 33 percent to 36 percent.
Belief in the divinity of Scriptures was also studied. Nearly half of Americans (49%) believe that the Old Testament reveals the Word of God, contrasted with the Torah (22%), the Koran (8%), and the Book of Mormon (9%). All of those beliefs are down from 2008, with the largest drop in the beliefs in the divinity of the Old and New Testaments (-6% each).
These data arguably represent a rising tide of secularization in the United States. If current trends continue, it won’t be long before more people believe in the Theory of Evolution than in Creationism. In fact, more people are on the fence about their belief in Creationism (33%) than anything else in the study. Another indication of rising secularization is the increased belief in Reincarnation, from 21 to 24 percent.
Christians have their work cut out for them. If we want to reverse these trends something must drastically change. We must ask ourselves some serious questions:
Are we afraid to communicate our beliefs in God?
Are we somehow misrepresenting our faith in word or deed?
Do we, as a body, really believe in God and the divinity of the Bible?
What do you think?