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America's Biblical Worldview

How do you feel about the new Barna survey that less than one percent of the youngest adult generation, those between the ages of 18 and 23, in America has a biblical worldview.

Moderator - I have not read the survey, but where we live that would be impossible.

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amand6348: "I don't know...
I wish I could believe."

God reveals truths to you as you walk closer. Most christians today have the knowledge of God, but don't know HOW to love him.

So, HOW do you walk closer with God? You begin to know him through the bible. Not as stories, but pay close attention to the relationships between God and men. Knowing the relationships is important. Next, talk with God the way you talk with an earthly friend. And last, DO God's will. HOW? Do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," and "encourage" because living a christian life is a 24/7 lifestyle - not a once a week pep talk dished out by denominational "churches."
---Steveng on 4/30/09


Surveys are manipulable. The Barna group said that 19% of Americans who say that they are born again, 9% of adults, but .5% of 18-23 years old, answered yes to all the questions. The survey is:
"Do absolute moral truths exist?
Is absolute truth defined by the Bible?
Did Jesus Christ live a sinless life?
Is God the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe, and does He still rule it today?
Is salvation a gift from God that cannot be earned?
Is Satan real?
(twice) Does a Christian have a responsibility to share his or her faith in Christ with other people?
Is the Bible accurate in all of its teachings?"
---Glenn on 4/30/09


I don't know. I myself don't seem to have a Biblical worldview. I try to believe certain things, but something in my brain just won't let me. Like the creation story for example. I just don't know lately.

I wish I could believe.
---amand6348 on 4/28/09


BruceB: "I believe you're confusing my comment, Statistically significant "christians", with some premise there is some great number of Christians in the US."

I wasn't.

"God (Who invented numbers, as well as people)"

God didn't invent, he created. A huge difference. (ok, so I'm getting a little technical).
---Steveng on 3/20/09


Steveng,

I believe you're confusing my comment, Statistically significant "christians", with some premise there is some great number of Christians in the US.

To expand on my point: if God (Who invented numbers, as well as people) has to rely on the Barna Group to "statistically" determine the Who's Who of Christianity, we're, all, likely goin' into that lake of fire.

BTW: the 173-count could very well be on the high side. As is, though, even 173, as a subset, is just as extremely insignificant as the population set being studied.

Thank God for small favors, eh? Given the population set studied, I'd hate to contemplate the validity of any statistical subset arising from it.
---BruceB on 3/19/09




Moderator: "I have not read the survey, but where we live that would be impossible."

Not possible? You and most other christians are blind to prophesy for it is written that the end times will be like the days of Noah. What percentage of the people back then were protected from the wrath of God? What percentage of today's denominational chrisians will mock the two prophets sent by God because they don't conform to their denominational doctrines? The two prophets do not belong to any denomination. The do not conform to any denominational doctrines. Today's chirsitans will mock because they don't conform. God will soon lift the veil of protection from America because of denominational christians.

Repent America.
---Steveng on 3/18/09


BruceB: Statistically significant "christians"? LOL"

Don't laugh. Did Abraham use numbers/statistics? Abraham asked God if He would destroy the city of Sodom if there were 50 righteous people in them. God said no.

He won't destroy America like he did to Sodom, but he is going to lift the veil of His protection to give America time to repent.
---Steveng on 3/18/09


Well, it's about time the teachings of Jesus be statistically categorized by a "marketing" firm, which conveniently allows for anyone with a Bible on their bookshelf to grab a piece of the action.

By extrapolating from this survey (and others on their website--search on Barna Group) it's clear there are roughly 173 Christians living in the "continental" US. (+/- 2.6% error)

Is this any surprise, when a "marketing" firm describes a "born again christian" as someone planning on showin' up Sunday... with 10 bucks? (BTW: 7% of them don't believe God is the all-powerful, all-knowing creator of the universe.)

Statistically significant "christians"? LOL
---BruceB on 3/17/09


I've now looked at the survey, and whilst still objecting to the use of the word "worldview" find some interesting stats there.

It seems the small percentage relates to those who blieve ALL the aspects that Bill mentions. The percentages accepting some of the factors is much more encouraging.

For example 70% of all adults say that God is the all-powerful creator, and half beleive the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches.

But one surprising finding is that of "born-again" Christians, only 62% believe Jesus lived a sinless life, and only 40% believe in absolute moral truth

---alan8566_of_UK on 3/14/09


There are as many Biblical worldviews as there are Biblical interpretations. Whose do we pick? God bless.
---JohnnyB on 3/13/09




Bill If you are correct, why on earth the term "worldview"?

Is it just another buzz-phrase that no-one really knows what it means?
---alan8566_of_UK on 3/13/09


Less than one percent for adults aged 18-23 ? I searched with "Barna survey" and "Biblical worldview" > what I understand is a Biblical worldview meant things like you believe (1) there are absolute moral standards, given by the Bible (2) scriptures are correct in *principles* (3) Jesus lived a sinless life on earth (4) Satan really exists (5) God is all-powerful and all-knowing
(6) salvation is through grace alone (7) each of us is personally responsible to evangelize. The survey said less than *0.5 percent* of adults aged 18-23 have this Biblical worldview > also > 53% male pastors, 15 % female pastors, more pastors (64%) where most infested by liberals, 19 % born-again (meaning committed to Christ).
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/13/09


compare spiritual things with spiritual things
if you hate how people are, you don't fit in, people call you crazy or weird,all the answers are in the Bible in battles, spies, mystery, proverbs, parables, seers, oracles, angels, poetry, history, prophesy, wizards and dragons, every interesting book in one. The key to understanding- ask God and if you are a chosen one, you will read it over and over again. It is like watching a good movie if you miss one part you won't get it. How many books do we get in college and how we study... It blows my mind that people aren't rushing to read a book that was written by the spirit of God using a person by dream, angelic messenger, trance, or Holy possession. That does not make a bit of sense to me!
---Danielle on 3/13/09


Like many things in this world, the question and it's attitude are all wrong. The Zealots and Pharisees wanted to "VIEW" THIS "world" as the heavenly kingdom (666).

The phrase BIBLICAL "world" view is a contradiction in terms for a Godly person. The bible can only SHAPE a 6th day creation, God CREATES a NEW creation.

Because the 6th day creation attempts to claim responsibility for the 3 gifts of God to all humanity, The Lord has provided a "strong delusion" (but it is self imposed) for all who dare not offend the "text god" of the book.

Only God can provide creation, salvation, and spiritual teaching. Only JESUS hung on the cross, not the bible, Paul, etc.
---more_excellent_way on 3/13/09


First, I'd like to know what the Barna survey meant by "Biblical worldview."
---katavasia on 3/13/09


What excatly does "biblical worldview mean"?
---observer on 3/13/09


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