In a somewhat shocking revelation, a study published by the Cultural Research Center of Arizona Christian University showed that while 176 million American adults identify as Christian, only 15 million, or 6%, actually hold a biblical worldview. George Barna, the lead researcher at the Cultural Research Center, says that the term Christian has become “generic” rather than a name that reflects a deep commitment to passionately pursuing and being like Jesus Christ.” While nearly 7 in 10 adults (69%) have adopted the label “Christian” to identify their faith, this large group entertains a wide range of perspectives that are not in harmony with biblical teachings. Among the errant perspectives most widely embraced are:
— 72% argue that people are basically good.
— 71% consider feelings, experience or the input of friends and family as their most trusted sources of moral guidance.
— 66% say that having faith matters more than which faith you pursue.
— 64% say that all religious faiths are of equal value.
— 58% believe that if a person is good enough, or does enough good things, they can earn their way into heaven.
— 58% contend that the Holy Spirit is not a real, living being but is merely a symbol of God’s power, presence or purity.
— 57% believe in karma.
— 52% claim that determining moral truth is up to each individual; there are no moral absolutes that apply to everyone, all the time… (READ MORE)