Nearly half of Christians don’t believe in moral absolutes

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A study released earlier this month by famed researcher George Barna raised eyebrows because it showed only 51 percent of American adults today have a traditional view of God as opposed to 73 percent in 1991, a 22 percent drop from 30 years ago, Christian Headlines reported.

Barna was back this week with another stunning headline that should come to no surprise.

Nearly six out of 10 Americans reject the idea of moral absolutes, or the idea that something is wrong all the time under all conditions.

According to Barna, only 58 percent of American adults agreed that “identifying moral truth is up to each individual; there are no moral absolutes that apply to everyone, all the time.” Only one-third (32%) disagreed with the statement, while the remaining adults said they do not know, Christian News reported.

The report noted, “An unexpected result is that people who attend evangelical churches … are as likely to reject the existence of absolute moral truth as they are to accept it. Overall, 46% say moral truth is dictated by the individual; 48% say there are absolute morals truths that apply to all people, all the time.”

“Now we see that Americans have rejected the idea that God is truth and that the truth principles He has given for our good are reliable and relevant,” said Barna. “As a nation we are becoming increasingly self-reliant. We trust ourselves or our discoveries rather than the truth principles God provides.

“It’s one thing to lack theological clarity regarding biblical perspectives on immigration policy or the end times. It’s a much more serious condition when the general public outright rejects God as the source of truth, the Bible as the conveyance of truth, and the very importance of integrating a known, proven and stable source of truth into our daily decision-making and lifestyle,” he added.

The report can be viewed at the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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