Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Poll: Who Would Jesus Send To Hell?


It looks like us Christians better get back to work on the narrow-minded arrogance. We're losing ground to the Muslims; who believe that if you are a homosexual, apostate, or adulterer, not only will you go to hell, but you ought to have your head cut off right now to expedite your trip to hell.

I mean look at the results of this poll. We are not nearly dogmatic enough. (uh, that's sarcasm, if you don't know)

From Yahoo News:

The study confirmed some well-known political dynamics, including stark
divisions over abortion and gay marriage, with the more religiously committed
taking conservative views on the issues.
But it also showed support across
religious lines for greater governmental aid for the poor, even if it means more
debt and stricter environmental laws and regulations.

By many measures, Americans are strongly religious: 92 percent believe
in God, 74 percent believe in life after death and 63 percent say their
respective scriptures are the word of God.

But deeper investigation found that more than one in four Roman
Catholics, mainline Protestants and Orthodox Christians expressed some doubts
about God's existence, as did six in ten Jews.

Another finding almost defies explanation: 21 percent of
self-identified atheists said they believe in God or a universal spirit, with 8
percent "absolutely certain" of it.

"Look, this shows the limits of a survey approach to religion," said
Peter Berger, a theology and sociology professor at Boston University. "What do
people really mean when they say that many religions lead to eternal life? It
might mean they don't believe their particular truth at all. Others might be
saying, 'We believe a truth but respect other people, and they are not
necessarily going to hell.'"
Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum, said that
more research is planned to answer those kinds of questions, but that earlier,
smaller surveys found similar results.

Nearly across the board, the majority of religious Americans believe
many religions can lead to eternal life: mainline Protestants (83 percent),
members of historic black Protestant churches (59 percent), Roman Catholics (79
percent), Jews (82 percent) and Muslims (56 percent).

By similar margins, people in those faith groups believe in multiple
interpretations of their own traditions' teachings. Yet 44 percent of the
religiously affiliated also said their religion should preserve its traditional
beliefs and practices.

"What most people are saying is, 'Hey, we don't have a hammer-lock on
God or salvation, and God's bigger than us and we should respect that and
respect other people,'" said the Rev. Tom Reese, a senior fellow at the
Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.

By the way, if you ask me, who is going to hell, here's my answer:

"I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."