When writing this blog I was encouraged to explain that when I talk about Christians I don’t mean the 83 percent of Americans who would say they’re Christians.
83 percent of Americans are not following the same Christian faith that I’m speaking about. In fact one poll claims that only 74 percent of Americans actually believe that Jesus died and was resurrected. A key belief in Christianity that makes any percentage of Christians who don’t believe in the resurrection completely null.
Out of those 83% of Americans a much smaller number is what I refer to. Steven Crowder, a political comedian and Fox News contributor recently said that if you asked that 83 percent if they believed that Jesus was the son of God and the only way to heaven, then that percent would drastically drop.
In fact, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life conducted a study and found that 57 percent of so called evangelical American Christians believe that many religions can lead to heaven, a direct contradiction of the very Bible itself.
It is made clear throughout the Bible that the only way to heaven is to believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. The son of God who died for our sins and rose again on the third day.
It is horrifying to me that so many Christians could think differently as that is the core belief of our entire faith. Yes, religious tolerance is wonderful and great, but there’s a difference between tolerating other religions as Christianity is tolerated and seeing other religions as the truth as well. If that were the case then why be Christian at all?
There’s a reason why your Christian friends always try to get you to come to church or to read the Bible, because they love you and want you to believe in Jesus because quite frankly they want you to go to heaven. If Christianity has just become one of the many paths that lead to heaven then don’t even bother spreading the good news. The point is void, because your friend is surely a good person and that will be enough when the time comes.
I wrote an article for my school newspaper about Christianity under attack in America, and cited the country as turning against 83 percent of its population but I was wrong. It’s more like 43 percent and that makes way more sense. Because looking at the way American society is today, it would actually be more horrifying to know that 83 percent of the population was Christian, with the filth we see on TV today and the heavy pro-choice movement as well as high divorce rates and let’s not pretend that most of the young population isn’t sleeping around.
I’m not trying to make judgements. All Christians sin, we all make mistakes and we all fall. But if 83 percent of Americans were truly Christians then there wouldn’t be lawsuits over Christian florists declining to decorate a same-sex wedding and pretty much every television show on MTV would be non-existent.
We live in the opposite of a majority Christian nation.
And so this blog is advice for the 43 percent who do believe that Jesus Christ is the “way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through [him].” – John 14:6 and anyone else who wants to become a part of that percentage. Not the cultural Christian percentage, but the “I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ” percentage.