“How did we get here”?
“How did YOU get here”?
“I went looking, so much to see…I went looking
“I went looking for spirit, I found alcohol”
“I went looking for soul, and I bought some style”
“I wanted to meet God, you sold me religion”
U2, Last Night on Earth (Live)

“But whereunto shall I liken this generation?”
“It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows”
“And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced;”
“we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.”

Matthew 11:16-17

Note:  All data and information about the survey is from the website http://www.barna.org at which the survey results itself can be read.  Further references are from the article published by the  website in.christiantoday.com

 

In 2009, a survey of 1871 self-proclaimed Christians was published by the Barna Group.  The results of that survey was titled “Most American Christians do not believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit Exist“.  The survey highlighted a number of disturbing trends in modern American Christian beliefs, such as:

  • 22% of American (c)hristians choose not to believe that God is “…all-powerful, all-knowing Creator of the universe who rules the world today..”
  • 74% of American (c)hristians either strongly agreed or agreed in some manner that “…Satan is not a living being but is a symbol of evil…”
  • 43% of American (c)hristians either strongly or somewhat agree, or are undecided that “Jesus Christ sinned when He lived on Earth”
  • 58% of American (c)hristians either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that the “…Holy Spirit is a symbol of God’s power or presence but is not a living entity.”
  • Somewhat confusingly, 54% of American (c)hristians either strongly agreed or agreed that “…a person can be under the influence of spiritual forces, such as demons or evil spirits”, seeming contradicting the 74% who do not believe Satan is a living being
  • Despite Wicca being described as “an organized form of witchcraft” in the survey, 40% of American (c)hristians said they could not form an opinion on it
  • About one-third (33%) of the self-defined Christians who agree that the Bible, Koran and Book of Mormon all teach the same truths simultaneously contend that the Bible is totally accurate in its principles, even though the three sacred books have very different ideas about truth, salvation, and the nature of God.

You can see how they did the research by visiting http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/12-faithspirituality/260-most-american-christians-do-not-believe-that-satan-or-the-holy-spirit-exis

IN a 03 February 2012 article titled “Survey:  Christians defer with Jesus on abortion, gay marriage” at the website Christian Today, Christians (conservative and liberal) say “…their own views on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage would differ greatly from Jesus if he were walking among them today…”

Also, in 2009 the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life published a study entitled “The Religious Dimensions of the Torture Debate“.  In the results (shown below), an astounding thing pops out:  More white self-described “Christians” advocate torture against suspected terrorists (Protestants, Catholics, and unaffiliated) than those who rarely or never attend religious services.  It shows that at the time of the results, more than six-in-ten white evangelical Protestants (62%) say that the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information can be often or sometimes justified. This is significantly higher than the number of white mainline Protestants (46%) and religiously unaffiliated (40%) who say torture can be often or sometimes justified. Additionally, those who attend religious services at least once a week are much more likely than those who seldom or never attend religious services to take this view (54% vs. 42%).

From the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

Also in 2009 syndicated religious radio man “The Allen Hunt Show” did a show on Christians and Torture, and had an online survey which revealed:

Torture Revisited: 20 May 2009 Allen Hunt Show

So, how as Christians do we understand (c)hristians who have no foundation upon which they rest their beliefs?  It is always important to remember that Christianity is not a religion, Christianity is Jesus Christ, and if you do not believe in the things the Bible spoke of regarding Satan (who tempted Jesus in the wilderness, and Jesus called out many times in the New Testament), among the other things the survey brings out, are you really a “Christian” or (c)hristian?

Where, anywhere in any text, does Jesus Christ teach that the torture of another human being is okay in ANY situation?

Are we to assume (c)hristians believe that Jesus was talking to a “symbol” in the desert?  Or that a “symbol” entered into Judas Iscariot?  That a “symbol” offered Jesus the kingdom’s of the world?

When does the point come where you have to decide who you will serve:  Manna, or God?

“These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”

2Peter, 2:17-22

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