1 min read

Nine out of 10 adults own at least one Bible and 8 out of 10 consider themselves to be Christian, but you’d never know it from the smorgasbord of religious beliefs professed by most people. A nationwide survey conducted by the Barna Research Group of Ventura, California, indicates that a large share of the people who attend Protestant or Catholic churches have adopted beliefs that conflict with the teachings of the Bible and their church.

Six out of 10 Americans (59%) reject the existence of Satan, indicating that the devil is merely a symbol of evil.

More than 1/3rd of the public (35%) also believe that it is possible to communicate with people after they’ve died.

Protection from eternal condemnation for one’s sins is widely considered to be earned rather than received as a free gift from God.

Half of all adults (50%) argue that anyone who “is generally good or does enough good things for others during their life will earn a place in Heaven.”

A plurality of adults (44%) contends that “the Bible, the Koran and the Book of Mormon are all different expressions of the same spiritual truths.” Just 38% of American rejected that idea.