Today we’re presenting the second part August 2009 LifeWay Research study of a national, demographically representative survey of 1,200 Millennials in the United States.  The first part of the study is reviewed here:

Here is how Millennials respond to a series of doctrinal statements:

God, Satan, sin and salvation

* “God is a real being, not just a concept.” 46% agree strongly, and another 26% agree somewhat; 28% disagree somewhat or strongly.

* “The devil, or Satan, is not a real being but is just a symbol of evil.” 40% agree strongly or somewhat.

* “When he lived on earth, Jesus Christ was human and committed sins, like other people.” 50% agree strongly or somewhat; only 30% strongly disagree.

* “Believing in Jesus Christ is the only way to get to heaven.” Millennials are split on this question, with exactly half agreeing and half disagreeing. Only 31% agree strongly that Jesus is the only path to heaven.

Heaven, hell and the afterlife

* 70% of Millennials believe heaven is a real place, not just a concept, while 60% believe hell is real.
* One-third of respondents giving believe that “no one really knows what will happen after we die.”
However, Millennials are evenly split on whether they believe they will go to heaven. Those who don’t believe they will go to heaven include 8% who believe they will cease to exist and 5% who say they will return in another life form.
* 48% believe they will go to heaven after they die, but are split as to the reason. 26% believe it is “because they have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior;” 16% say it is because they have tried their best to be a good person and live a good life; and 4% say it is because “God loves all people and will not let any of them perish.”

Importance of religious faith:

* 60% say their religious faith is very important in their lives today.
* 70% agree (strongly or somewhat) that Christian churches are still relevant in America today.

“Millennials are the most religiously diverse generation in our culture’s history,” said Thom Rainer, author of the study. “Unsure of the afterlife and the life of Jesus, Millennials present the church with a great opportunity to engage them in conversations dealing with the nature of truth and its authority as God.”

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  1. pharmacy tech on June 1, 2010 7:25 pm

    What a great resource!

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