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.

Sixty-seven percent say they believe that the entire story of Christmas—the Virgin Birth, the angelic proclamation to the shepherds, the Star of Bethlehem and the Wise Men from the East—is historically accurate. Twenty-four percent of Americans believe the story of Christmas is a theological invention written to affirm faith in Jesus Christ, the poll shows. In general, say 55 percent of those polled, every word of the Bible is literally accurate. Thirty-eight percent do not believe that about the Bible.

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 |