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Most U.S. Christians Don’t Believe Satan, Holy Spirit Exist

Nearly six out of ten Christians either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with the statement that Satan “is not a living being but is a symbol of evil,” the survey found.

Forty percent strongly agreed with the statement while 19 percent of American Christians somewhat agreed.

In contrast, about 35 percent of American Christians believe Satan is real. Twenty-six percent strongly disagreed with the statement that Satan is merely symbolic and about one-tenth (9 percent) somewhat disagreed.

The remaining eight percent of American Christians responded they were unsure what to believe about the existence of Satan.

Interestingly, the majority of Christians believe a person can be under the influence of spiritual forces, such as demons or evil spirits, even though many of these same people believe Satan is merely a symbol of evil. Two out of three Christians agreed that such forces are real (39 percent agreed strongly, 25 percent agreed somewhat).

Likewise, most Christians in the United States do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a living force. Fifty-eight percent strongly or somewhat agreed with the statement that the Holy Spirit is “a symbol of God’s power or presence but is not a living entity.”

Only one-third of Christians disagreed with the statement that the Holy Spirit is not just symbolic (9 percent disagreed somewhat, 25 percent disagreed strongly). Nine percent expressed they were unsure.

Interestingly, about half (49 percent) of those who agreed that the Holy Spirit is only a symbol but not a living entity, agreed that the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches. The Bible states that the Holy Spirit is God’s power or presence, not just symbolic.

“Most Americans, even those who say they are Christian, have doubts about the intrusion of the supernatural into the natural world,” commented George Barna, founder of The Barna Group and author of books analyzing research concerning America’s faith.

“Hollywood has made evil accessible and tame, making Satan and demons less worrisome than the Bible suggests they really are,” he said. “It’s hard for achievement-driven, self-reliant, independent people to believe that their lives can be impacted by unseen forces.”

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6 responses to Most U.S. Christians Don’t Believe Satan, Holy Spirit Exist

  1. i am troubled by this but jesus said apostasty would enter the church. i just hope people would repent and call on jesus because hell is a real place the word talks about hell more than it does heaven.

  2. A weak Gospel has been preached in the US. “Fire insurance” has been the term coined. Saying with your mouth that you believe in God and or Jesus does not make you a Christian. Satan believes in God. The demons believe in Jesus, and shutter. ANYONE who answers a survey saying they don’t believe in Satan or the Holy Spirit is not a Christian. It’s like a Bulls fan saying they don’t believe Michael Jordan was a real player, but an inspiring story for all sports.

  3. They should restructure the survey to ask people what they believe, and then inform them about which religion they most easily fit into. You’d have a WHOLE LOT LESS CHRISTIANS.

  4. Ask people if they believe Jesus was God in the flesh, died for the sins of the whole world, and rose from the dead, literally. Anyone who says they believe in that is a real Christian. All the others will discover they “never knew Him”.

  5. Look closely at the following quote from the above article:

    “Nearly six out of ten Christians either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with the statement that Satan “is not a living being but is a symbol of evil.”

    Define for me please the term “living being.” Honestly, as a believer who has ABSOLUTELY no doubt about the existence of either Satan or Evil, I don’t know that I could have answered that question by saying I “strongly” or “somewhat” agree.

    It is a poorly worded question which, I expect, brought about poor results.

    Secondly, the article does not state who did the survey. It quotes George Barna yet doesn’t attribute the survey to him.

    All in all, interesting but not very alarming.

  6. Tucker has it right. Real belief changes things. If I believe the fire will burn me I would reflect that belief by stopping to put my hand on the stove top. We can say a lot of things about our faith, but let us be doers (walking in the love of God) and not hearers only. Time is very short now we need to be very sensitive to allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through us the truth in love since it is His kindness that leads us to repentance. May God richly bless you my brothers and sisters in Christ, soon the groaning will be over and we will be changed in that moment, in the twinkling of an eye!

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