YOU WON'T BELIEVE THIS SURVEY!
The October 4, 2009 edition of Parade Magazine has a survey of what is going on spiritually in America. And the results are shocking! Below are some statistics:
Concerning the Purpose of "Religion."
40% say religion holds the truth;
22% say that religion has no place in their lives;
19% say it helps teach morality and ethics to children.
Concerning the Reasons We Pray.
72% say we pray for the well-being of others;
60% say they pray for forgiveness;
21% pray for material things.
Concerning New Beliefs.
82% would marry someone of a different faith;
59% say that all religions are valid;
24% say they are "spiritual" but not "religious."
19% believe they are religious because it is traditional.
14% say religion makes them feel good.
8% say religion gives them a sense of community.
15% say they pray because God expects them to.
27% pray for personal success.
20% say they go to services once a month or a few times a year.
50% say they rarely attend services.
45% consider themselves religious.
59% say faith can help solve the world's problems.
58% say one should not mix religion and politics.
12% check their horoscopes.
83% say they have no experiences with the spirit of one who has passed away.
9% say they have psychic abilities.
43% say people will go to heaven or hell depending on their good works.
—Dr. Mal Couch