Almost 70% of born again Christians don’t see Jesus as the only way

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Nearly 70% of born again Christians disagree with the biblical position that Jesus is the only way to God, according to a new survey from Probe Ministries, a nonprofit that seeks to help the Church renew the spirit of believers with a Christian worldview.

The survey, which examined religious beliefs and attitudes toward cultural behaviors, interviewed 3,106 Americans between the ages of 18 and 55 from all religious groups, including 717 respondents who identified as born again Christians.

Born-again respondents were identified based on their affirmative response to the question “Have you ever made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in your life today?” They were also identified by their belief about what happens after they die. Born again believers agree that “I will go to heaven because I confessed my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior.”

Despite this assertion by the self-identified born again Christians in the study, however, among all respondents aged 18 to 39 who profess an affiliation with a religion, less than 1 in 5 of them strongly believe. disagree with the claim that Muhammad, Buddha and Jesus all taught God valid ways.

Yet some 60% of this cohort said they shared their faith with someone else at least once a year with the intention of converting them.

“If you think there are many paths to heaven, why would you want to do all you can to convert someone to your religion? Of course, you could share with an unaffiliated person who needs to choose a valid religion, ”noted Steve Cable, senior vice president of Probe Ministries, in his analysis of the data.

The survey also found that accepting pluralism was among the top reasons born-again Christians cited for not telling others about their faith. When asked why they don’t share their beliefs with others, the born-again respondents chose “They can go to Heaven because of their different religious beliefs”, “We shouldn’t impose our ideas on others” and “The Bible tells us not to judge others” as their first three answers, respectively.

“At first glance, this may seem surprising. But in a culture where pluralism is a dominant part of all religious groups, this is starting to make sense. And pluralistic reasons were dominant, attracting about two-thirds of the population across all religious groups, ”Cable said.

Cable argued that pastors and churches must make the exclusivity of Jesus as the only path to heaven a more important goal in teaching their congregations in order to push back the tide of pluralism.

“Of the most common reasons (which indicate a belief that others do not really need to know salvation through faith in Jesus), we need to make the exclusive role of Jesus Christ in any hope of salvation a recurring theme. and important in our teaching, ”he said. “This is not a subject to be approached with caution. On the contrary, we must boldly proclaim, “There is no salvation under any name under heaven except the name of Jesus Christ. God would not have planned since the dawn of time to sacrifice himself on the cross for our salvation if there had been another way to reconcile sinful men and women with Him.

He added, “God will not force reconciliation on us. We can choose to reject his grace. But as Paul tells us in Romans, ‘How do they believe in someone they haven’t heard of?’ If we think we can shed our responsibility to tell others, we fail to understand the grace of God and our role as citizens of Heaven living on this Earth.

In 2008, a Pew Research Center study found that more than half of all American Christians believe that at least some non-Christian denominations can lead to salvation. Almost a decade later, a Pew survey found that even among the most traditional Christian groups, significant minorities rejected God as described in the Bible.

While 80% of all Americans surveyed in the 2018 study said they believe in God, only 56% said the God they believe in is the one “as described in the Bible.”

The strongest supporters of God as described in the Bible were Christians who identified themselves as members of historically black Protestant churches at 92%, followed closely by Evangelicals at 91%.

Significant minorities of Christians who identified as Catholics, 28%, and majority Protestants, 26%, also indicated that they believe in a higher power or spiritual force, which is not God as described in the Bible.

This confusion among Christians and what they believe was also reflected recently in the American Inventory of Worldview released last month by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University.

Of the roughly 176 million American adults who identify as Christians, only 6% or 15 million of them actually have a biblical worldview.

The study showed, in general, that while a majority of self-identified Christians in America, including many who identify as evangelicals, believe that God is almighty, omniscient and is the Creator of universe, more than half reject a number of biblical teachings and principles, including the existence of the Holy Spirit.

It was also found that strong majorities mistakenly believe that all faiths are of equal worth, that people are basically good, and that people can use acts of kindness to earn their way to Heaven. The study further showed that majorities do not believe in moral absolutes, view the feelings, experiences or contributions of friends and family as their most trusted sources of moral advice, and say having the faith matters more than the faith you pursue.

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