Most American Christians Do Not Believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit Exist ?!

Posted: October 5th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

This is a recent story from the Barna Group, which does extensive studies on Christianity.  My reaction is , “What are we doing wrong that professing Christians do not believe Satan or the Holy Spirit are REAL?”

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)

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Most American Christians Do Not Believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit Exist

altApril 10, 2009

A new nationwide survey of adults’ spiritual beliefs, conducted by The Barna Group, suggests that Americans who consider themselves to be Christian have a diverse set of beliefs – but many of those beliefs are contradictory or, at least, inconsistent.

The survey explored beliefs about spiritual beings, the influence of faith on their life, views of the Bible, and reactions to faiths other than their own.

Views on Spiritual Beings

The Barna survey asked questions about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Satan, and demons.

All 1,871 self-described Christians were asked about their perception of God. In total, three-quarters (78%) said he is the “all-powerful, all-knowing Creator of the universe who rules the world today.” The remaining one-quarter chose other descriptions of God – depictions that are not consistent with biblical teaching (e.g., everyone is god, god refers to the realization of human potential, etc.).

For the other survey items a four-point opinion scale was used to measure people’s reactions to statements about each spiritual entity.

Four out of ten Christians (40%) strongly agreed that Satan “is not a living being but is a symbol of evil.” An additional two out of ten Christians (19%) said they “agree somewhat” with that perspective. A minority of Christians indicated that they believe Satan is real by disagreeing with the statement: one-quarter (26%) disagreed strongly and about one-tenth (9%) disagreed somewhat. The remaining 8% were not sure what they believe about the existence of Satan.

  • Christian Fahey

    A point to remember (and people who love lies hate this): These poll data are gathered under scientific and LEGALLY mandated and reported statistical constraints. So when you hear someone say, “Well, I just don’t believe that (i.e. Barna’s poll data),” they’re flying in the face of science.

    • baddogmooney

      I agree, If it wasn’t from such a reputable source, I would have dismissed it entirely. And the church wonders why it is a shadow of the New Testament church. Even an unchristian friend of mine thinks this is messed up.

  • ektachrome

    There is no evidence of ANY life-forms or beings existing outside of our known reality. Maybe that’s why they don’t believe.

    There’s as much “evidence” for the existence of the Devil, demons, angels, Holy Spirit as there is for UFO’s, alien abductions and Bigfoot.

    • baddogmooney

      Thanks for the comment, and your argument might be valid except for the fact that this study is of professing Christians. People who say they believe in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I guess this is what was meant when Jesus said, “I would rather that you were hot or cold, and not lukewarm.”

  • ektachrome

    My argument might be valid?

    I think my argument is extremely valid – Christians of any persuasion have never once presented any evidence of a physical nature that any “spiritual beings” exist or influence human life.

    You quote the book of the Revelation to me (Jesus speaking to the church at Laodicea). Revelation is a perfect example of how mysticism and bizarre teachings have taken over Christianity.

    • baddogmooney

      Your argument is valid if you are trying to prove/disprove what Christians believe and the existence of God. However, the study, and point of this post, is of people who claim they are Christians and believe the Bible is the Word of God, and is therefore very disheartening as it shows 60% doubt what they say is true.

      I agree with you that there are some very bizarre teachings going around, but that is why we need to ask God for wisdom and guidance to not follow the instruction of false teachers.

  • tommybrennan

    There is a great need in the body of Christ for solid, anointed Bible Teaching. This is the only way to change these sorry statistics.

  • Jayhawk

    Good point. I hadn\’t tohuhgt about it quite that way. :)