28 January 2009


Pollster George Barna's recent survey of American Christians reported some interesting information.

"Americans are increasingly comfortable picking and choosing what they deem to be helpful and accurate theological views and have become comfortable discarding the rest of the teachings in the Bible," said Barna.

"Growing numbers of people now serve as their own theologian-in-residence," he continued. "One consequence is that Americans are embracing an unpredictable and contradictory body of beliefs."

By a margin of 71 percent to 26 percent adults "noted that they are personally more likely to develop their own set of religious beliefs than to accept a comprehensive set of beliefs taught by a particular church," the report said.

None of this should be surprising to nonbelievers. Christians have decided that despite the Bible's admonitions against eating pork and allowing women to speak in church (to give two examples) they can do it anyway. The only "abomination" some of them care about is homosexuality.  Many ignore Bible passages that don't fit into their own comfort zone. We already know they have been picking and choosing what to believe to satisfy their own agendas ---and they have been doing it for many years. 

All of the GREEN TEXT was quoted from this WEB SITE where you can find more detailed information on Barna's survey. 


Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, I dare you publish my comment, unless you're a typical liberal chicken shit that is afraid to be challenged publicly!!!

C Woods said...

"Anonymous" left two messages. I rejected his/her first because my policy is not to publish disrespectful language or abusive comments. (The one I did post was beyond my usual tolerance level as well.)

I have posted comments from others who disagreed with me in a polite manner. And, although we disagreed, I replied in an equally respectful manner --I've had lengthy back and forth discussions with religious people in the comment sections and we had them without insulting each other.

If he/she would like to rephrase the comment, even if it challenges mine, I will be glad to publish it.

Also note that the person who is stating that I am afraid to be challenged, apparently was afraid to leave a name, even an pseudonym.

Jonathan said...

I am an assistant pastor and I have to say as sad as it is, this article is true. Most of us Christians do pick and choose what is convenient like some religious buffet line. The Bible predicted this would happen in Revelation 3 when Jesus describes this time period in church history as the Laodicean church, and the warning from Christ says that because you are neither hot nor cold I will spew you out of My mouth. In modern terms Jesus is saying our spiritual state makes Him want to vomit. Its time for Christians to take some time and really reflect for the Bible says "MY people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." God is saying His own people will lose salvation because they do not know God's word.

Susan said...

Hey "Anonymous" ...spoken like a true, right wing "Christian". Jesus must be proud, lol. Btw...do you kiss your mother with that mouth? Tsk tsk.

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