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FRONT PAGE  |  12/8/2022
FRIDAY, DEC 28, 2018  |  12 comments
Record High Say Religion Can’t Answer Life’s Problems, Poll Shows
An overwhelming majority of Americans say religion is important in their lives, although a record high says religion does not have the answers for life’s problems, according to a new Gallup poll.

The survey released Dec. 24, shows 72 percent of Americans say religion is important in their lives, including 51 percent who say it’s “very important.” But that latter number is near the historic low of 49 percent, recorded in 2015. When the question was asked first in 1952, 75 percent of Americans said religion was “very important.”

“Although these finding ... show that religion is still very important to a slim majority, they provide further evidence of the long-term decline in the importance of religion in Americans' lives,” Gallup’s Megan Brenan wrote. ...


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News Item1/2/19 11:32 AM
sc  Find all comments by sc
RE: religion/religious
Going to Scripture helps:

James 1:26-27

26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

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News Item12/31/18 12:35 AM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
Here's the original source -- https://news.gallup.com/poll/245651/religion-considered-important-americans.aspx

"Unlike Americans' views of the influence of religion, opinions of religion as the answer to today's problems differ greatly based on frequency of church attendance. Among those who say they attend church every week, 81% say religion can answer most problems, compared with 58% who attend nearly weekly or monthly and 27% who attend less often than that.

Likewise, Americans' views differ based on their religious preferences, with 63% of Protestants seeing religion as answering most problems and 46% of Catholics saying the same. However, 73% of those who do not identify with a religion take the opposite stance: that religion is old-fashioned and out of date."

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News Item12/30/18 4:12 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
What is religion? Such a poll is meaningless if this cannot be defined rigorously. Each person interviewed may have a different idea in mind, and maybe this has changed over the years as well. As Gordon Clark pointed out, in order to define "religion" in the abstract, one has to identify all the common elements among religions, but one has to know what religion is in the 1st place in order to form a list of them. Circular Reasoning; Game Over.

And atheists have no answers themselves; other than Ad Baculum (Justice is the interest of the stronger).

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News Item12/30/18 2:46 PM
Adriel  Find all comments by Adriel
Holy Spirit.

"There is a general omission in the saints of God, in their not giving the Holy Spirit that glory which is due to His person, and for His great work of salvation in us; insomuch that we have in our hearts almost lost this Third Person. We give daily in our thoughts, prayers, affections and speeches, an honor to the Father and the Son. But who directs the aims of his praise (more than in that general way of doxology we use to close our prayers with) unto God the Holy Spirit? He is a Person in the Godhead, equal with the Father and the Son. The work He does for us, in its kind, is as great as those of the Father or the Son. Therefore, by the equity of all law, a
proportionate honor is due to Him."—Thomas Goodwin on the Work of the Holy Spirit. 1704.
(From Old Paths by J C Ryle)

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News Item12/28/18 4:51 PM
Just a Guy | Mississippi  Find all comments by Just a Guy
1Mississippi etc... says
This reminds me of the survey of prisoners that found that 99 percent believe in God. "

Exactly...

In times of desperation people will fall on the things that seem the most helpful. And when your in prison, falling back on yourself isn't that appealing (otherwise you wouldn't have got there in the first place).

"Religious polls" only work near 100% during times of persecution. Only then do you have a good way of telling who's who with religion...

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News Item12/28/18 4:19 PM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
Can't speak for prisoners, but I'd hazard that a sizable portion of my Jewish relatives do not believe in the Lord who led them out of the house of bondage. At best, they are agnostic but more likely atheist. But another third of Jews in America are like me, Christian. My family and I are not Messianic but have attended a number of Bible believing and teaching churches with you all.

Peace on earth? Before Jesus' second advent? Hardly believable. Romans 8:17-25 applies.

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News Item12/28/18 3:33 PM
1Mississippi2Mississippi3 | Mississipppi  Find all comments by 1Mississippi2Mississippi3
This reminds me of the survey of prisoners that found that 99 percent believe in God. And other surveys showing one third of American Jews do not believe in God.
And then, to speak of religion, you are throwing in Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Mormons, Masons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Seventh Day Baptists, etc.
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News Item12/28/18 3:32 PM
Adriel  Find all comments by Adriel
What?
You expected peace on earth wtth Christanity?

Jesus teaches .........

Luke 12:51
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

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For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

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The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

And that's just family life!
Imagine living in a fallen world!!

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News Item12/28/18 10:34 AM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
That a good point, JAG. One bad outcome of the nihilism of the present age is that we expect everything to be skewed to favor some entity, instead of being truthful. Something that might be interesting is to look at the original data and survey instrument from Gallup, which might be available on their website, rather than rely on a secondary source to report it out.
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News Item12/28/18 10:21 AM
Just a Guy | Mississippi  Find all comments by Just a Guy
I never really trusted these "polls" on religion, ethics, etc. There is so much at stake for them, they probably find it hard not to twist the statistics. Not to mention, people are so fickle, you could get an different answer within a difference of a few hours...
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News Item12/28/18 1:32 AM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
Amen, Dr. Tim. I think a big part of the problem is a false expectation of who the Lord is and His will for us as individuals. If someone believes that becoming a Christian will solve his financial, health, or relational problems, he may be disappointed. The Lord never promised to make our lives easier. He did promise to uphold us while we pass through the waters or walk through the fires, but He doesn't say we're not going to get cold and wet or very hot and dry (Isaiah 43:2). Life is uncomfortable, but this life is not all there is. It is miniscule, in fact, when compared with the rest of eternity.

I once knew a man who was angry with God and His church. That continued until he got cancer, then he came running to Jesus. But the Lord didn't heal him, at least physically. And his family members, Pentacostals, were telling him that he didn't have enough faith. So here is a dying man, a new Christian, struggling with whether or not he has faith. It was a disaster and one I will not forget. I do believe the man had a credible profession of faith and was healed spiritually. But not physically...And it tormented him until he passed away.

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News Item12/28/18 1:01 AM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
Absolutely right; religion never did anything for anybody. It’s relationship, and not religion, that makes all the difference in the world.
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