SIX IN TEN SAY THE GOD OF THE BIBLE IS NO DIFFERENT FROM THE GODS OR SPIRITUAL BEINGS DEPICTED BY THE OTHER WORLD RELIGIONS
American churches, specifically the Christian church, are on the decline with many Americans considering the congregations a hot bed for hypocrites.
In a recent survey conducted by the research arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, a stunning 22% of Americans identified themselves as non-churchgoers, a five-percentage point increase since the question was last asked in 2004.
Of this number, 72% believe that a higher or supreme being, actually exists, though 61% say the God of the Bible is “no different from the gods or spiritual beings depicted the other world religions including: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. ” This is in spite of the fact that Buddhist philosophy has no god and Hindus worship many.
Moreover, 86% of those who do not go to church claim that they can have a “good relationship with God without belonging to a church.”
On a less positive note, 72% of the non-churchgoers believe that organized religion is “full of hypocrites,” with 44% agreeing with the statement “Christians get on my nerves.”
Additionally, 79% say “Christianity today is more about organized religion than loving God and loving people,” though 71% agreed that “believing in Jesus makes a positive difference in a person’s life.”
Of the unchurched 89% have at least one close friend who is Christian, and that 78% admit that they would “be willing to listen” to someone tell “what he or she believed about Christianity.”
Source: USA Today / LifeWay Research, the research arm of the Southern Baptist Convention