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    Angels hot, Holy Spirit not, according to survey

     

    The success of television’s “Touched By An Angel” is no surprise in a nation where more than three-fourths of adults believe angels exist and affect people’s lives. But if network executives are planning any new programs about Satan or the Holy Spirit they may want to think twice: a new nationwide survey of Americans found that a large majority don’t believe in either spiritual entity.

    Nearly two out of three adults (62 percent) agreed that Satan “is not a living being but is a symbol of evil,” a response that has remained relatively consistent throughout the 1990s. In a surprising finding, however, the recent survey by the Barna Research Group found that even a majority of born-again Christians (52 percent) deny the existence of Satan, as do nearly three out of four Catholics (72 percent).

    Even more stunning is the nationwide consensus that the Holy Spirit does not exist. Six out of 10 Americans (61 percent) agreed with the statement, “the Holy Spirit is a symbol of God’s presence or power, but is not a living entity.” Amazingly, a majority of born-again Christians (55 percent) also reject the existence of the Holy Spirit. The Christian faith, which 84 percent of all adults say they embrace, teaches that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity, which is the expression of one God as three persons.

    The survey also found:

    • 87 percent claim their religious faith is very important in their life.
    • 58 percent agree that the Bible is totally accurate in all it teaches.
    • 53 percent believe that if a person is good enough, or does enough good things for other people, they will earn their way into Heaven. (One-third of all born again Christians accept this notion.)
    • 40 percent believe that when Jesus was on earth He committed sins (28 percent of born again Christians believe this).
    • 39 percent of Americans and 35 percent of born again Christians say that Jesus Christ was crucified, but never had a physical resurrection.

     

    – E.P. News

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