Survey: Four Out of Five Americans Unholy, Hypocrites

Survey: One Out of Five Americans Holy

from Religion News Service

A new survey indicates that 21 percent of Americans consider themselves holy.

The survey, conducted by the Barna Research Group, also found that 73 percent of Americans believe that a person can become holy, regardless of his past, while half of those surveyed said they knew someone whom they considered holy.

The study also asked Americans to define holy. The largest category of respondents (21 percent) admitted they didn't know how to. The highest number that had an idea said "being Christ-like'' (19 percent), while 18 percent said "making faith your top priority."

The survey's director, Christian researcher George Barna, said that "the results portray a body of Christians who attend church but do not understand the concept or significance of holiness...masses who claim they love God but who are ignorant about biblical teachings regarding holiness."


Anonymous Jeff D said...

Maybe the respondents can't distinguish "holy" from "holey," as in "I have a large self-inflicted hole in my cerebral cortex." Remember that Martin Luther said (translated loosely from the German), "He who would become a Christian must first tear reason from the mind."

The capacity for human beings to have a "spiritual," "mystical," or "contemplative" experience in relation to the rest of the cosmos is apparently hard-wired into our brains and is a byproduct of the last several million years of human evolution. Yes, there's no such thing as "spirit," and although words such as "spiritual" and "mystical" aren't really appropriate descriptions, there are no good substitutes.

It's a shame that this human ability to have a mystical experience has been co-opted, crammed, and corrupted by organized religions in the service of non-existent supernatural beings and other bogeymen.

Whether they know it consciously or not, the Americans who hunger for a genuine "spiritual" or "mystical" experience, and who want to find or make meaning in their lives, are among those who gave positive responses to the survey about "holiness."

"Faith" used to be a courageous trust in life and in the ability of intelligent beings to make sense of a vast universe that sometimes seems indifferent or hostile to life. Nowadays, "faith" is a code word for something quite different and distasteful: Persistence and Certainty of Belief Impervious To Evidence and Reason (PACOBITEAR is my acronym). How far we have fallen!

February 24, 2006 12:46 PM  
Blogger Darren said...

That's just ridiculous! I find your statement completely fictitious and outlandish! I mean, really! Like a Christian knows what "cerebral cortex" means! Preposterous! As everyone knows, what's inside your skull is God's Box, a place man was never meant to venture, let alone name. If it wasn't for that bitch Eve, we'd all be the blissfully unaware, unthinking sheep best suited to blindly follow spirits in the sky.

"Cerebral cortex"! Niggapleeze!

March 01, 2006 9:50 PM  
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