A recent Newsweek poll out finds that 79% of Americans believe that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, without a humanly father. Here are some key excerpts from the article:
Sixty-seven percent say they believe that the entire story of Christmas (the Virgin Birth, the angelic proclamation to the shepherds, the Star of Bethlehem and the Wise Men from the East) is historically accurate. Twenty-four percent of Americans believe the story of Christmas is a theological invention written to affirm faith in Jesus Christ, the poll shows. In general, say 55 percent of those polled, every word of the Bible is literally accurate. Thirty-eight percent do not believe that about the Bible.
In the NEWSWEEK poll, 93 percent of Americans say they believe Jesus Christ actually lived and 82 percent believe Jesus Christ was God or the Son of God.
I always find these polls interesting. How does 55% of Americans believe every word of the Bible is “literally accurate,” yet divorce is over 50%, abortion continues, so many moral issues are swept aside by the majority of Americans? Something does not add up.
How does 82% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ was God or the Son of God and that has no impact on the behavior and morals of our nation? There is a large and growing gap between what we believe in our head and what we act out in our life.
This is not a call for Congress to pass “Christian” laws. This is a call for people who believe these things to act like it. If you believe Jesus is God then that should have some type of impact on your everyday life.
So while it may be nice for some Christians to see that many people share our beliefs, it is a discouragement to me to see so many people who cannot take knowledge and translate that into action.