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       A BIBLICAL OUTLOOK ON THE WORLD

 

 

 

This Barna Research survey taken in late 2003 showed that just 4% of
America's adult population and 9% of born again Christians had a biblical
worldview.  The numbers were even lower among other religious
classifications:  Protestants (7%), adults who attend mainline Protestant
churches (2%) and Catholics (less than one-half of 1%).
 
A Biblical Worldview Has a Radical Effect on a Person's  Life
Any objective social analyst would conclude that  the United States faces
its fair share of moral and spiritual  problems. A new research study from
the Barna Research Group suggests that a large share of the  nation's moral
and spiritual challenges is directly attributable to the absence of a
biblical worldview  among Americans.

The findings from a [2003] national
survey of 2033 adults that showed only 4% of adults have a biblical
worldview as the basis of their decision-making Not Just Any Worldview The
research indicated that everyone  has a worldview, but relatively few people
have a biblical worldview  - even among devoutly religious people.   The
survey discovered that only 9% of born again Christians  have such a
perspective on life. The numbers were even lower among other religious
classifications:  Protestants  (7%), adults who attend mainline Protestant
churches  (2%) and Catholics (less  than one-half of 1%).

For the purposes of the research, a biblical  worldview was defined as
believing that absolute  moral truths exist; that such truth is  defined by
the Bible; and firm belief in six specific religious views. Those views
were that.....

 
 
Jesus Christ lived a sinless  life
 
God is the all-powerful and  all-knowing Creator of the universe and He
stills rules it today

Salvation is a gift from God and  cannot be earned

Satan is real

A Christian has a responsibility to share their faith in Christ with other
people 

And the Bible is accurate in all of its teachings



The Difference a Biblical Worldview Makes..........


One of the most striking insights from the research was the  influence of
such a way of thinking upon people's behavior. Adults with a biblical
worldview possessed radically different views  on morality, held divergent
religious beliefs, and demonstrated  vastly different lifestyle choices.

People's views on morally acceptable behavior are deeply  impacted by their
worldview.  Upon comparing the  perspectives of those who have a biblical
worldview with those who  do not, the former group were  31 times less
likely to accept  cohabitation (2% versus 62%, respectively);  18 times less
likely to endorse  drunkenness (2% versus 36%);  15 times less likely to
condone gay  sex (2% versus 31%);  12 times less likely to accept  profanity
(3% versus 37%);  and 11 times less likely to describe adultery  as morally
acceptable (4% versus 44%).

In addition, less than one-half of one  percent of those with a biblical worldview said voluntary exposure to pornography was morally acceptable (compared to 39% of  other adults), and a similarly miniscule  proportion endorsed abortion (compared to 46% of adults who  lack a biblical worldview). Among the more intriguing lifestyle differences  were the lesser propensity for those  with a biblical worldview to gamble (they were eight times  less likely to buy lottery tickets and 17 times less likely to place  bets); to get drunk (three times less  likely); and to view pornography (two  times less common). They were also twice as likely to have discussed spiritual matters with other people in the past  month and twice as likely to have fasted for  religious reasons during the preceding month.

While one out of  every eight adults who lack a biblical worldview
had sexual  relations with someone other than their spouse during the prior
month, less than one out of every 100 individuals  who have such a worldview
had done so. Some Groups Are More Likely to Have a Biblical  Worldview.

Adults who have a biblical worldview possessed a somewhat  different
demographic profile than those who did not.   For instance, individuals who
attended college  were much more likely than those who did not to have this
perspective (6% versus 2%, respectively).  Married adults were more than
twice as likely as  adults who had never been wed to hold such a worldview
(5%  versus 2%).  Whites (5%) were slightly more likely than either blacks
(3%) or Hispanics (3%) to hold this  ideology. 

One of the largest gaps was between Republicans (10% of whom had a biblical  worldview), Independents (2%) and Democrats (1%). Residents of Texas and North Carolina  were more likely than people in other states to  have a biblical worldview.  Among the states in which such a  worldview was least common were Louisiana and the
six  states in New England.  The nation's largest state - California - was average (i.e., 4% of its  residents had a biblical worldview). Attributes such as gender, age and  household income showed no statistical relationship to the possession of a biblical worldview.

 

The data from the 2003 survey was compared with figures on  worldview
possession compiled from Barna Research Group surveys  conducted in 2002 in
order to assess the reliability of the new  data. The 2002 surveys also
showed that just 4%  of the aggregate population and 9% of the born again
segment had a biblical worldview.  Other repeated measures were  compared,
producing virtually identical results to the current  measures.

 

 

 




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