Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Saddened by the America religion survey

Just in from the New York Times:

More than a quarter of adult Americans have left the faith of their childhood to join another religion or no religion, according to a new survey of religious affiliation by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Also from AFP (as reported by Inquirer.net):

Protestants are on the verge of becoming a minority in the United States, a country they helped to found, as people change affiliation and immigration reshapes the religious "marketplace", a ground-breaking study showed Monday.

I wonder how the study was conducted. For one, it's hard to give an exact number of who the genuine Christians are. By that, I mean those who have trusted in the Lord for their salvation and who have received eternal life because of their faith in Him alone.

If the researchers merely based religion on the profession of a respondent, I can't blame them: it's the most practical thing to do. But there's the danger of including non-Christians in the Christian list. And same goes with other religions as well.

But regardless of the method of information gathering, the sad result should not suprise us. This is a fallen world, and people turn away from God. They are dead to sin and are imperceptive to the things of God. They treasure broken cisterns over the Fountain of living water.

We must pray that the Lord change their hardened hearts and bring them to His fold where true, everlasting joy can be found.


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