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Most Americans Reject Moral Absolutes, Biblical Worldview

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma

Barely a third of all Americans believe in absolute standards of right and wrong, and far fewer hold to a biblical worldview, a new poll says. The poll by The Barna Group, a Christian research organization, shows that only 35 percent of Americans believe in absolute standards of morality--that is, believe that right and wrong do not change with time or circumstances. Thirty-two percent of Americans say that morality depends on the situation and the circumstance, while 33 percent say they do not know if morality is absolute or relative. The poll involved interviewed 1,002 adults in July. Moral relativity is often reflected in such statements as "that might be true for you, but it's not true for me" and "who are you to judge?" Polls consistently show that a majority of Americans consider themselves to be Christians. Despite that, only five percent of Americans hold to a biblical worldview, the Barna poll showed. Barna defines a biblical worldview as believing that: moral absolutes exist, the source of truth is the Bible, the Bible is "accurate in all of the principles it teaches,” salvation is by grace alone, Jesus lived a sinless life, believers have a duty to witness, Satan is real and not just a symbol, and God is the "all-knowing, all-powerful maker of the universe who still rules that creation today." (From Religion Today)

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