|Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven
Monday, December 06, 2004 People Believe in Jesus Christ (according to Newsweek)
Dec. 5 - Seventy-nine percent of Americans believe that, as the Bible says, Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, without a human father, according to a new NEWSWEEK poll on beliefs about Jesus.
79%. That's great. I have no problem with that. In fact, I'm encouraged by it.
As a Christian essentialist, I don't believe that it is necessary to believe in a number of dogmas in order to be saved, but I prefer that people accept the dogmas rather than not. It is the place to start with Faith in Jesus.
Also (and I cannot urge this too strongly), it is important for souls to recognize that anything is possible with God.
That acceptance requires humility. So, I am very happy to know that my fellow Americans in such numbers believe in Jesus as they do.
I've started saying "Merry Christmas" to everyone I encounter on the phone or in running errands. Many people have been surprised to hear it and are pleased by it. California has always had a hard time of getting into the spirit since so much of it is warm in winter, lacking the seasonal signs and cues for such greetings. But with a little effort, said with some strength and sincerity, Merry Christmas makes for a good moment. Try it. Spread it around. posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:01 PM |