Supranatural Truth; Ready or Not?


 

When we hear the word supernatural, what do we think of? What are some  of the thought that comes to mind? Most of us condition our minds to react. Supernatural first strikes an emotion of excitement, fear, shock, or grief. We usually think of ghosts, something being or is un-natural, not of an everyday occurrences.  Just the mentioning of he word supernatural  makes something  happens within, such as  the expectation of fear, or the fearing of something, or it might be  expected to cause immense fear, or hesitation, dread, grief,  anticipation,  or a feel of something of the  unholiest. SUPERNATURAL stirs up in each of us a dreading of the unknown. We might hear it on death certificates, or on autopsy reports.  We even see shows on TV that have supernatural themes with supernatural acts.  When the word supernatural is mentioned, we begin to wonder, what can it be, or what is it. Either was supernatural is cause for concern, rather good concern or bad. But it can instigate a reaction.   Most of the time when we hear of a supernatural happening we think of something bad. But supernatural can be very good also. So Supernatural has a companion word – SUPRANATURAL.                                                  SUPRANATURAL can be associated with the good supernatural. Because the word Supernatural is often associated with the bad.

Definition of Supernatural (adj)

Bing Dictionary
  • su·per·nat·u·ral
  • [ soòpər náchərəl ]
  1. not of natural world: relating to or attributed to phenomena that cannot be explained by natural laws
  2. relating to deity: relating to or attributed to a deity
  3. magical: relating to or attributed to magic or the occult
synonyms: paranormal · mystic · mystical · ghostly · ghostlike · uncanny · weird · bizarre
or:
  Supernatural is a spiritual being that does not exist in nature. This being is not physically on Earth or materially, either. It is not something you can see, most of the time you feel the presence of the being. 

su·per·nat·u·ral

adjective \ˌsü-pər-ˈna-chə-rəl, –ˈnach-rəl\

unable to be explained by science or the laws of nature : of, relating to, or seeming to come from magic, a god, etc.

Full Definition of SUPERNATURAL
1
:  of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe; especiallyof or relating to God or a god, demigod, spirit, or devil
2 a :  departing from what is usual or normal especially so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature

b :  attributed to an invisible agent (as a ghost or spirit)

supernatural noun
su·per·nat·u·ral·ly \-ˈna-chər-ə-lē, –ˈnach-rə-, –ˈna-chər-lē\ adverb
su·per·nat·u·ral·ness noun

Examples of     SUPERNATURAL

  1. <believes in ghosts, guardian angels, and other supernatural beings>
  2. <he seems to read books with supernatural speed>

Origin of      SUPERNATURAL

Middle English, from Medieval Latin supernaturalis, from Latin super- + natura nature

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Then what is Supranatural?

I would say something better and more welcoming than supernatural! But to give you a better understanding of what Supranatural really is. I have some help. According to an article I found from Indiana State University, explains it so much better than I ever could. Some may prefer the word supernatural instead of Supranatural.But there is a very stong difference!

http://mama.indstate.edu/users/bhd/Found1.html

It is an invisible, spiritual, Supranatural realm from which this visible, physical natural realm was created.

The realm of spirit is above and beyond the natural and physical, and existed earlier than the visible universe. The things of spirit are outside the observation, understanding, and limitations of the material creation. We cannot know or attain spiritual realities merely through the use of our minds and our five senses. Spiritual truths are OTHER THAN natural truth. Therefore, the realm of spirit is Supranatural rather than Supernatural.
“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Heb. 11:3.

 

 Supranatural vs. Supernatural


The realm of spirit is above and beyond the natural and physical, and existed earlier than the visible universe. The things of spirit are outside the observation, understanding, and limitations of the material creation. We cannot know or attain spiritual realities merely through the use of our minds and our five senses. Spiritual truths are OTHER THAN natural truth. Therefore, the realm of spirit is Supranatural rather than Supernatural.


“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…For indeed-Jews ask for miraculous signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, – to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are – the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ -the power of God and -the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-24 (New American Standard Version)

For Example:
A good illustration of the difference between these two concepts of “supra” and “super” is the attributes of the fictional character Superman. Superman is a natural man (that is, he possesses a physical mind and body and exists in the physical universe), with some rather unique and astounding abilities due to his extraterrestrial heritage. For instance, he has un-equalled strength with any other earth-born creature. He’s faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. These skills, although they surpass the abilities of normal human beings, are nevertheless natural abilities shared by both Superman and other people. The difference is the degree to which Superman possesses these natural abilities greater than ordinary men. Since these attributes are common to both Superman and “normal” people, they are referred to as supernatural.

 In addition to these super-natural abilities there are some abilities Superman has exhibited in the comics, cartoons, and movies that are totally outside the realm of possibility for human beings. For example, Superman has been known to fly at extremely high altitudes, even outside the atmosphere of earth with no ill effects and without the aid of mechanical devices. He seems to be able to withstand all sorts of radiation with no protection, with the exception of kryptonite. Bullets bounce off his chest, he has X-Ray vision (except through lead), and he is able to tunnel through the earth with his own body and endure temperatures of thousands of degrees. 

 This is not simply an extension of natural abilities; it is outside the parameters of what ordinary mortals can do. It is supra-natural.
The spiritual realm is not just a souped-up version of the natural realm. It is supra-natural. It is totally different and outside of the natural realm and cannot be perceived merely through the intellect and the five senses or other natural means. It must be perceived through revelation. Revelation, according to Vine’s Dictionary of New Testament Words, is “an uncovering” and “is used in the New Testament of (c) the communication of the knowledge of God to the soul.” Easton’s Bible Dictionary states that revelation is “an uncovering, a bringing to light of that which had been previously wholly hidden or only obscurely seen”
“Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are -mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God -predestined before the -ages to our glory; the wisdom -which none of the rulers of -this age has understood; for it they had understood it they would not have crucified -the Lord of glory; but just as it is written, – THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND WHICH HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.

Faith: The Fountain of Revelation
There exists an invisible, spiritual, Supranatural realm from which this visible, physical natural realm was created.
“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”
Heb. 11:3.
Supranatural vs. Supernatural
The realm of spirit is above and beyond the natural, physical, visible, material realm and existed before the visible universe. The things of spirit  OTHER THAN natural truth.                                                                        Therefore, the realm of spirit is Supranatural rather than Supernatural.                                                                          (For further reading check out this link)
http://mama.indstate.edu/users/bhd/Found1.html

 Now since that’s settled I’ll move on to something else:

We now know what supernatural is, but here’s a question; When does the two connect? Or can they ever connect?

Some of us would prefer to say a thing are supernatural when we know it should be considered Supra-natural.

Would you say humans are commonly supernatural or  Supra-natural? Would you say man thinks supernaturally or Supra-naturally? Can man supersede Supra-naturally?  Speaking in a supernatural way I would say men will definitely try! They are trying now. As I speak things are going on to take the Supra-natural from God’s spiritual things and put it within their own hands. Can man take the place of Jesus Christ. Can man replace God marvelous works with their own? Can man take the mystery out of the hands of God and produce something better than Supra-natural? Well I’ll tell you they will die trying. Like the saying from 50 Cents- ” Get Rich or Die Trying”. So they will try to outdo God, or Die Trying. But here’s the thing. I don’t care who or what you are God will not permit something to be done. Unless He allows it to be so! So can men take the Supra out of natural? But sine we haven’t quit grasp the meaning of Supranatural then we’ll just talk supernatural for now.

For Example:  DOES SCIENCE UNFAIRLY RULE OUT SUPERNATURAL HYPOTHESES?   By: Lenny Frank HTTP://WWW.TALKREASON.ORG/CONTENTS.CFM

One of the most oft-heard complaints from ID/creationists is that science has embraced a “religion of naturalism” and that it unfairly rules out, a priori (something already known), any potential supernatural( supranatural) or non-materialistic hypotheses(a statement that is assumed to be true for the sake of argument), solely to prop up science’s atheistic philosophy. Phillip Johnson, for instance, says, “Science also has become identified with a philosophy known as materialism or scientific naturalism. This philosophy insists that nature is all there is, or at least the only thing about which we can have any knowledge. It follows that nature had to do its own creating, and that the means of creation must not have included any role for God. . . . The reason the theory of evolution is so controversial is that it is the main scientific prop for scientific naturalism.” (Johnson, “The Church of Darwin”, Wall Street Journal, August 16, 1999). Dembski echoes, “From our vantage, materialism is not a neutral, value-free, minimalist position from which to pursue inquiry. Rather, it is itself an ideology with an agenda.” (Dembski, “Dealing with the backlash against intelligent design”, 2004) It can be readily seen, however, that science does not in fact rule out supernatural explanations a priori. Furthermore, even if we allowed the IDers to introduce all the supernatural hypotheses that they wanted to, they still would not be able to follow the scientific method.
The scientific method is very simple, and consists of five basic steps. They are:
1. Observe some aspect of the universe
2. Form a hypothesis that potentially explains what you have observed
3. Make testible predictions from that hypothesis
4. Make observations or experiments that can test those predictions
5. Modify your hypothesis until it is in accord with all observations and predictions

Deep down inside, what the IDers are really moaning and complaining about is not that science unfairly rejects their supernaturalistic explanations, but that science demands ID’s proposed “supernaturalistic explanations” be tested according to the scientific method, just like every other hypothesis has to be. Not only can ID not test any of its “explanations”, but it wants to modify science so it doesn’t HAVE to. In effect, the IDers want their supernaturalistic “hypothesis” to have a privileged position — they want their hypothesis to be accepted by science without being tested; they want to follow steps one and two of the scientific method, but prefer that we just skip steps 3,4 and 5, and just simply take their religious word for it, on the authority of their own say-so, that their “science” is correct. And that is what their entire argument over “materialism” (or “naturalism” or “atheism” or “sciencism” or “darwinism” or whatever the heck else they want to call it) boils down to.
There is no legitimate reason for the ID hypothesis to be privileged and have the special right to be exempted from testing, that other hypotheses do not. I see no reason why their hypotheses, whatever they are, should not be subjected to the very same testing process that everyone else’s hypotheses, whatever they are, have to go through. If they cannot put their “hypothesis” through the same scientific method that everyone else has to, then they have no claim to be “science”. Period.

You can read the complete article at HTTP://WWW.TALKREASON.ORG/CONTENTS.CFM

So that’s lead to another question. How can we believe less? How can we believe in man that have completely mess up things for everybody. Should I say  ” The Haves and the Haves Nots!  When we observe mans doings, we see hurt, pain, sorrow, grief, lack, and confusion. It will not stop any time soon. No it won’t. It will only get worse.

 

So, Why does men act as if God is dead?

Is God Real? Does Science Answer “Is There a God?”
by Rich Deem

Introduction

Does God Exist?

The reality of God’s existence is the most important question, since it has eternal consequences. The evidence for God’s existence comes primarily from the design of the universe. It is virtually impossible that all the physical laws would just happen to be tightly constrained by chance in order for stars and galaxies to exist.

Rich Deem  Part 1 of the introduction for non-believers showed that strong atheism contradicts its own worldview by believing the universe has a natural cause despite the lack of observational evidence for such a belief. However, since there is no direct observational evidence regarding the origin of the universe, why should one believe the equally unobserved hypothesis that God created the universe? Although there is no direct evidence for the cause of the universe, we now have a fair amount of knowledge about the early history of the universe and the laws that govern it, which provide us with indirect evidence that a super-intelligent Agent designed the universe.

Detecting the non-physical

Atheists/non-believers tend to fall into one of two camps. First, are the atheists/non-believers who say that science cannot have anything to say about the existence of God. However, recently, the “new atheists” think that they can prove the non-existence of God through science. Although science cannot directly detect God, it can examine His creation. Consider the non-physical concept of love. We all accept that love exists, although it cannot be directly measured by science. However, if we observe those who love each other, we can indirectly measure the affect of love on these individuals’ actions. For example, we might notice that they spend a lot of time together, they are constantly helping each other in various ways, and they come to each other’s defense when the other is threatened in some way. Although we cannot measure love directly, we can measure the indirect effects of love. Likewise, although we cannot measure God directly, we can examine the universe to detect God’s imprint on the physical world.

For  example: http://www.godandscience.org/slideshows.html

 

If God Created Everything, Who Created God?
by Rich Deem

Introduction

How did God get here?

Richard Dawkins, among other atheists, thinks he has the ultimate proof that God doesn’t exist. If God created a complex universe, wouldn’t it take an even more complex entity to have created God? However, such logic assumes that time has always existed, rather than being merely a construct of this universe.

Rich Deem

Who created God? It is an age-old question that has plagued all those who like to think about the big questions. Having grown up as an agnostic non-Christian, it provided me with a potential reason why there might not be any god. Various religions tend to solve the problem in different ways. The LDS church (Mormonism) says that the God (Elohim) to whom we are accountable had a father god, then grew up on a planet as a man, and progressed to become a god himself. Many other religions have claimed that gods beget other gods. Of course the problem with this idea is how did the first god get here? This problem of infinite regression invalidates such religions. Christianity claims that God has always existed. Is this idea even possible? Does science address such issues?

Christianity’s answer

Christianity answers the question of who made God in the very first verse of the very first book, Genesis:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1)

This verse tells us that God was acting before time when He created the universe. Many other verses from the New Testament tell us that God was acting before time began, and so, He created time, along with the other dimensions of our universe:

  • No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. (1 Corinthians 2:7)
  • This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time (2 Timothy 1:9)
  • The hope of eternal life, which God… promised before the beginning of time (Titus 1:2)
  • To the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1:25)

7 Truths that Changed the World: Discovering Christianity's Most Dangerous IdeasThe idea that God created time, along with the physical universe, is not just some wacky modern Christian interpretation of the Bible. Justin Martyr, a second century Christian apologist, in his Hortatory Address to the Greeks, said that Plato got the idea that time was created along with the universe from Moses:

“And from what source did Plato draw the information that time was created along with the heavens? For he wrote thus: ‘Time, accordingly, was created along with the heavens; in order that, coming into being together, they might also be together dissolved, if ever their dissolution should take place.’ Had he not learned this from the divine history of Moses?”1

God exists in timeless eternity

How does God acting before time began get around the problem of God’s creation? There are two possible interpretations of these verses. One is that God exists outside of time. Since we live in a universe of cause and effect, we naturally assume that this is the only way in which any kind of existence can function. However, the premise is false. Without the dimension of time, there is no cause and effect, and all things that could exist in such a realm would have no need of being caused, but would have always existed. Therefore, God has no need of being created, but, in fact, created the time dimension of our universe specifically for a reason – so that cause and effect would exist for us. However, since God created time, cause and effect would never apply to His existence.Beyond the Cosmos: What Recent Discoveries in Astrophysics Reveal about the Glory and Love of God

God exists in multiple dimensions of time

The second interpretation is that God exists in more than one dimension of time. Things that exist in one dimension of time are restricted to time’s arrow and are confined to cause and effect. However, two dimensions of time form a plane of time, which has no beginning and no end and is not restricted to any single direction. A being that exists in at least two dimensions of time can travel anywhere in time and yet never had a beginning, since a plane of time has no starting point. Either interpretation leads one to the conclusion that God has no need of having been created.

Why can’t the universe be eternal?

The idea that God can be eternal leads us to the idea that maybe the universe is eternal, and, therefore, God doesn’t need to exist at all. Actually, this was the prevalent belief of atheists before the observational data of the 20th century strongly refuted the idea that the universe was eternal. This fact presented a big dilemma for atheists, since a non-eternal universe implied that it must have been caused. Maybe Genesis 1:1 was correct! Not to be dismayed by the facts, atheists have invented some metaphysical “science” that attempts to explain away the existence of God. Hence, most atheistic cosmologists believe that we see only the visible part of a much larger “multiverse” that randomly spews out universes with different physical parameters.2 Since there is no evidence supporting this idea (nor can there be, according to the laws of the universe), it is really just a substitute “god” for atheists. And, since this “god” is non-intelligent by definition, it requires a complex hypothesis, which would be ruled out if we use Occam’s razor, which states that one should use the simplest logical explanation for any phenomenon. Purposeful intelligent design of the universe makes much more sense, especially based upon what we know about the design of the universe.Without a Doubt: Answering the 20 Toughest Faith Questions

What does science say about time?

When Stephen Hawking, George Ellis, and Roger Penrose extended the equations for general relativity to include space and time, the results showed that time has a beginning – at the moment of creation (i.e., the Big Bang).3 In fact, if you examine university websites, you will find that many professors make such a claim – that the universe had a beginning and that this beginning marked the beginning of time (see The Universe is Not Eternal, But Had A Beginning). Such assertions support the Bible’s claim that time began at the creation of the universe.

Conclusion Top of page

God has no need to have been created, since He exists either outside time (where cause and effect do not operate) or within multiple dimensions of time (such that there is no beginning of God’s plane of time). Hence God is eternal, having never been created. Although it is possible that the universe itself is eternal, eliminating the need for its creation, observational evidence contradicts this hypothesis, since the universe began to exist a finite ~13.8 billion years ago. The only possible escape for the atheist is the invention of a kind of super universe, which can never be confirmed experimentally (hence it is metaphysical in nature, and not scientific).


 

 

I’ve decided to include some polls, to give you an idea concerning the issues.

Poll: Americans’ Belief in God Is Strong–But Declining     

(CNSNews.com) – A new Harris Poll finds that a strong majority (74 percent) of U.S. adults say they believe in God, but that’s down from the 82 percent who expressed such a belief in earlier years.

Belief in miracles, heaven and other religious teachings also declined in the latest poll, as follows:

–72 percent believe in miracles, down from 79 percent in 2005;

–68 percent believe in heaven, down from 75 percent;

–68 percent believe that Jesus is God or the Son of God, down from 72 percent;

–65 percent believes in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, down from 70 percent;

–64 percent believe in the survival of the soul after death, down from 69 percent;

–58 percent believe in the devil and hell, down from 62 percent;

–57 percent believe in the Virgin birth, down from 60 percent.

The same poll also found that belief in Darwin’s theory of evolution increased to 47 percent, up from 42 percent in 2005.

And it shows that 42% of Americans believe in ghosts (especially younger people), 36% each believe in creationism and UFOs, 29% believe in astrology, 26% believe in witches and 24% believe in reincarnation – that they were once another person.

Other findings:

— Absolute certainty that there is a God is down vs. 10 years ago (54 percent vs. 66 percent in 2003).

— Outside of specific religious samples, the groups most likely to be absolutely certain there is a God include blacks (70%), Republicans (65%), older Americans (62%), Baby Boomers (60%), Southerners (61%) and Midwesterners (58%), and those with a high school education or less (60%).

— There continues to be no consensus as to whether God is a man or a woman. Nearly 4 in 10 Americans (39%) think God is male, while only 1% of U.S. adults believe God is female. However, notable minorities believe God is neither male nor female (31%) or both male and female (10%).

— 19 percent of Americans describe themselves are “very” religious, with an additional four in ten (40%) describing themselves as “somewhat” religious (down from 49% in 2007). Nearly one-fourth of Americans (23%) identify themselves as “not at all” religious – a figure that has nearly doubled since 2007, when it was at 12%.

The Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between Nov. 13-18, 2013 among 2,250 adults, ages 18 and older.                                                                                                                                                                                                             CNSNews.com is not funded by the government.                                                                                                                        Like NPR. CNS News.com is not funded by the government like PBS.


Americans’ Belief in God, Miracles and Heaven Declines

Belief in Darwin’s theory of evolution rises

New York, N.Y. – December 16, 2013 – A new Harris Poll finds that while a strong majority (74%) of U.S. adults do believe in God, this belief is in decline when compared to previous years as just over four in five (82%) expressed a belief in God in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Also, while majorities also believe in miracles (72%, down from 79% in 2005), heaven (68%, down from 75%), that Jesus is God or the Son of God (68%, down from 72%), the resurrection of Jesus Christ (65%, down from 70%), the survival of the soul after death (64%, down from 69%), the devil, hell (both at 58%, down from 62%) and the Virgin birth (57%, down from 60%), these are all down from previous Harris Polls.

Belief in Darwin’s theory of evolution, however, while well below levels recorded for belief in God, miracles and heaven, is up in comparison to 2005 findings (47%, up from 42%).

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,250 adults surveyed online between November 13 and 18, 2013 by Harris Interactive.

The survey also finds that 42% of Americans believe in ghosts, 36% each believe in creationism and UFOs, 29% believe in astrology, 26% believe in witches and 24% believe in reincarnation – that they were once another person.

Generational & political divides

Echo Boomers are less likely than their counterparts in all older generations to express belief in God (64% Echo Boomers, 75% Gen Xers, 81% Baby Boomers, 83% Matures), miracles (65%, 74%, 76% and 78%, respectively), that Jesus is God or the Son of God (58%, 67%, 74% and 75%, respectively) and angels (59%, 71%, 73% and 68%, respectively.

On the other end of the generational spectrum, Matures are far less likely than any other generation to express belief in ghosts (44% Echo Boomers, 46% Gen Xers, 46% Baby Boomers, 24% Matures), witches (27%, 29%, 28% and 18%, respectively) and reincarnation (27%, 25%, 23% and 13%, respectively).

Turning to the political spectrum, Democrats and Independents show similar levels of belief in most of the tested concepts, with Republicans consistently more likely than either group to express belief in those concepts aligned with the Judeo-Christian belief system; Republicans are less likely than either group to express belief in Darwin’s theory of evolution (36% Republicans, 52% Democrats, 51% Independents).

Absolute certainty that there is a God down vs. 10 years ago

In a separate line of questioning, focused on Americans’ degree of certainty that there is or is not a God, two-thirds of Americans (68%) indicate being either absolutely or somewhat certain that there is a God, while 54% specify being absolutely certain; these figures represent drops of 11 and 12 percentage points, respectively, from 2003 testing, where combined certainty was at 79% and absolute certainty was at 66%.

Meanwhile, combined belief that there is no God (16%) and uncertainty as to whether or not there is a God (also 16%) are both up from 2003 findings (when these levels were 9% and 12%, respectively).

Outside of specific religious samples, the groups most likely to be absolutely certain there is a God include blacks (70%), Republicans (65%), Matures (62%) and Baby Boomers (60%), Southerners (61%) and Midwesterners (58%), and those with a high school education or less (60%).

Gender of God

There continues to be no consensus as to whether God is a man or a woman. Nearly 4 in 10 Americans (39%) think He is male, while only 1% of U.S. adults believe She is female. However, notable minorities believe God is neither male nor female (31%) or both male and female (10%).

Women, perhaps surprisingly, are more likely than men to believe that God is male (43% women, 34% men), while men are more likely to believe that God is neither male nor female (34% men, 28% women).

God’s control over the Earth

There also a continuing – and increasing – lack of consensus as to how much control, if any, God has over what happens on Earth.

A 37% plurality of Americans (including 52% of Catholics) believes that God observes but does not control what happens on Earth – down considerably from 2003, when half of Americans (50%) expressed this belief. Just under three in ten (29%) Americans, including majorities of those who self-identify as very religious (60%) and/or born-again Christians (56%), believe that God controls what happens on Earth.

Religious texts as “Word of God”

Just under half of Americans believe that all or most of the Old Testament (49%) and the New Testament (48%) are the “Word of God,” representing declines of six percentage points each from 2008 findings.

Prevalence of “Religious” self-identification

Just under two in ten Americans (19%) describe themselves are “very” religious, with an additional four in ten (40%) describing themselves as “somewhat” religious (40%, down from 49% in 2007). Nearly one-fourth of Americans (23%) identify themselves as “not at all” religious – a figure that has nearly doubled since 2007, when it was at 12%.

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TABLE 1a

WHAT PEOPLE DO AND DO NOT BELIEVE IN

“Please indicate for each one if you believe in it, or not”

Base: All Adults

Believe In

Don’t Believe In

Not Sure

Believe In

Change

2005

2007

2009

2013

2005-2013

God

%

74

12

14

82

82

82

74

-8

Miracles

%

72

15

13

79

79

76

72

-7

Heaven

%

68

16

15

75

75

75

68

-7

Jesus is God or the Son of God

%

68

18

14

72

72

73

68

-4

Angels

%

68

18

15

74

74

72

68

-6

The resurrection of Jesus Christ

%

65

19

16

70

70

70

65

-5

Survival of the soul after death

%

64

16

20

69

69

71

64

-5

Hell

%

58

25

18

62

62

61

58

-4

The Devil

%

58

26

16

62

62

60

58

-4

The Virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary)

%

57

24

20

60

60

61

57

-3

Darwin’s theory of evolution

%

47

29

25

42

42

45

47

+5

Ghosts

%

42

37

21

41

41

42

42

+1

Creationism

%

36

31

33

39

39

40

36

-3

UFOs

%

36

35

29

35

35

32

36

+1

Astrology

%

29

50

21

29

29

26

29

Witches

%

26

54

19

31

31

23

26

-5

Reincarnation – that you were once another person

%

24

49

27

21

21

20

24

+3

Note: Percentages may not add up exactly to 100% because of rounding   — indicates no change

 

TABLE 1b

WHAT PEOPLE BELIEVE IN

By Generation & Political Party

“Please indicate for each one if you believe in it, or not”

Base: All Adults

Total

Generation

Political Party

Echo Boomers (18-36)

Gen Xers (37-48)

Baby Boomers (49-67)

Matures (68+)

Republicans

Democrats

Independents

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

God

74

64

75

81

83

87

72

70

Miracles

72

65

74

76

78

83

71

68

Heaven

68

62

68

74

73

80

66

65

Jesus is God or the Son of God

68

58

67

74

75

83

64

62

Angels

68

59

71

73

68

77

66

64

The resurrection of Jesus Christ

65

55

63

72

74

80

60

60

Survival of the soul after death

64

59

63

68

67

74

63

60

Hell

58

54

58

60

63

74

53

53

The Devil

58

53

60

60

60

69

55

54

The Virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary)

57

48

52

64

67

72

52

53

Darwin’s theory of evolution

47

49

48

45

43

36

52

51

Ghosts

42

44

46

46

24

43

45

39

Creationism

36

33

35

38

37

49

30

34

UFOs

36

36

36

37

30

36

37

35

Astrology

29

33

34

26

23

29

31

27

Witches

26

27

29

28

18

27

26

25

Reincarnation – that you were once another person

24

27

25

23

13

18

30

18

TABLE 2a

CERTAINTY THAT THERE IS/IS NOT A GOD

“Are you…?”

Base: All Adults

2003

2006

2009

2013

Change 2003-2013

%

%

%

%

% points

Absolutely/ Somewhat certain there is a God (NET)

79

73

74

68

-11

Absolutely certain that there is a God

66

58

59

54

-12

Somewhat certain that there is a God

12

15

15

14

+2

Absolutely/ Somewhat certain there is no God (NET)

9

11

13

16

+7

Somewhat certain that there is no God

5

6

6

7

+2

Absolutely certain that there is no God

4

6

7

9

+5

Not sure whether or not there is a God

12

16

13

16

+4

Note: Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding.

TABLE 2b

DEMOGRAPHIC VARIATIONS IN CERTAINTY THAT THERE IS A GOD

Base: All Adults

Absolutely Certain there IS a God

All Adults

%

54

Region
East

%

48

Midwest

%

58

South

%

61

West

%

46

Generation
Echo Boomers (18-36)

%

47

Gen Xers (37-48)

%

51

Baby Boomers (49-67)

%

60

Matures (68+)

%

62

Gender
Male

%

48

Female

%

59

Race/Ethnicity
White

%

53

Black

%

70

Hispanic

%

53

Political Party
Republican

%

65

Democrat

%

50

Independent

%

51

Education
High school or less

%

60

Some college

%

55

College graduate

%

48

Post graduate

%

37

 TABLE 3

GENDER OF GOD

“If there is a God, do you think of God as male or female or neither?”

Base: All Adults

All Adults

Gender

2003

2006

2009

2013

Change 2003-2013

Male

Female

%

%

%

%

% points

%

%

Male

42

36

38

39

-3

34

43

Female

1

1

1

1

*

3

Neither male nor female

38

37

34

31

-7

34

28

Both male and female

11

10

11

10

-1

10

9

Do not believe in God/Not sure

9

17

15

19

+10

21

17

Note: Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding.  * indicates less than 0.5%; — indicates no change

 TABLE 4

GOD’S CONTROL OVER EARTH

“Do you think God…?”

Base: All Adults

 

All Adults

Very vs. Somewhat Religious

Catholic/Protestant/Born Again

2003

2006

2009

2013

Change 2003-2013

“Very”

“Somewhat”

Catholic

Protestant (NET)

Born Again

%

%

%

%

% points

%

%

%

%

%

Controls what happens on Earth

29

29

30

29

60

35

27

44

56

Observes but does not control what happens on Earth

50

44

43

37

-13

34

49

52

41

37

Neither observes nor controls what happens on Earth

6

8

8

8

+2

2

5

8

5

1

Do not believe in God/Not Sure

15

18

19

25

+10

4

11

13

10

6

Note: Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding.    — indicates no change

TABLE 5

WHICH BOOKS REPRESENT THE WORD OF GOD

“To what extent do you believe that the following represents the word of God?”

Base: All adults

All Is Word of God

Most Is Word of God

Some Is Word of God

None Is Word of God

Not Sure

All/Most is Word of God

2008

2013

Change 2008-2013

The Old Testament (texts used in the Christian religion)

%

33

16

14

17

20

55

49

-6

The New Testament (texts used in the Christian religion)

%

31

17

15

18

20

54

48

-6

The Torah (the texts used in the Jewish religion)

%

12

11

16

23

39

26

22

-4

The Koran (texts used by Muslims)

%

3

5

15

39

38

9

8

-1

The Book of Mormon (texts used by Mormons)

%

5

4

15

38

37

10

9

-1

Note: Percentages may not add up exactly to 100% because of rounding

TABLE 6

HOW RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE

“Would you describe yourself as . . .?”

Base: All adults

Total

2007

2008

2009

2013

Change 2007-2013

%

%

%

%

% points

Very religious

21

23

21

19

-2

Somewhat religious

49

45

48

40

-9

Not very religious

19

17

16

19

Not at all religious

12

15

15

23

+11

Note: Percentages may not add up exactly to 100% because of rounding; — indicates no change

A Note on the Methodology Used and How It Affects the Results

Other research has shown that when replying to a question administered impersonally by a computer, people are less likely to say they believe in God, or attend Church services when they really don’t. It is generally believed that surveys conducted by live interviewers tend to exaggerate the numbers of people who report the socially desirable, or less embarrassing, behavior, and that the replies given to an online survey such as this, are more honest and therefore more accurate.

Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States November 13 and 18, 2013 among 2,250 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

 

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

The results of this Harris Poll may not be used in advertising, marketing or promotion without the prior written permission of Harris Interactive.

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The Harris Poll® #97, December 16, 2013

By Larry Shannon-Missal, Harris Poll Research Manager

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One Out of Four Americans Do Not Believe In God While 38 Percent Believe They Have Been Given Direct Orders From God

sisteen chapel ceilingThere are news reports out this morning on a new poll stating that “76 percent of Americans are True Believers.” However, I find it more remarkable that basically one-fourth of Americans said that they do not believe in God. Given the continued lure of faith-based politics, it is remarkable that atheists and agnostics still have so little influence on politicians. There are few groups that can claim one out of four Americans and yet politicians continue to denounce those who do not believe in God. That includes people who simply say that they do not know one way or the other. The poll has some other interesting facts.

Thirty-eight percent of Americans believe that they have received direct orders from God to take particular actions in their lives. Of those who believe in God, 53 percent believe God plays an active role in dictating weather and disasters. Only 17 percent believe that God does not play such a role.

By the way, despite common misconceptions, there is little difference between Democrats and Republicans on such questions. Some 42 percent of Republicans believe that they are acting on God’s orders as opposed to 40 percent of Democrats. Fittingly, “independents” are least likely to believe in such divine direction.

Yet, I am struck by the large number of atheists and agnostics given their small influence on politics. Compare more powerful groups like the 34 percent of gun owners or 22 percent Tea Party supporters or 12.9 percent over 65 or 3.5 percent Gay population or the 2.2 percent Jewish population. Non-believers constitute 25 percent of the population but continue to be not only marginalized politically but vilified socially. It is an interesting contrast with other groups of similar or strikingly smaller size with more power politically.

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