A new study from Pew Research has some unwelcome news for evangelicals.
The more people know about different religions, the less they like evangelicals, reports The Christian Post. This finding, says Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, ses.edu) President Dr. Richard Land, should be dismaying to those who seek to evangelize the world.
According to the “What Americans Know About Religion” study, “Americans with a high level of religious knowledge have a warmer view of Jews, Catholics, mainline Protestants and Buddhists than they have of evangelical Christians.”
“The question stemming from this study should be, ‘Why?'” Land said. “Why, when people learn about evangelicals, does the ‘likeability’ factor decrease? Do people view evangelicals less favorably because they tend to stand firm on the foundational teachings of Holy Scripture when it comes to marriage, homosexuality and other societal issues? Is it because evangelicals and politics have become intertwined in many people’s minds in the recent past? Is it perhaps because the evangelical community is indeed divided on some issues, including how to handle social justice initiatives? Whatever the reasons, it is important that evangelicals better demonstrate their love for each and every one of their fellow human beings and their desire to see everyone come personally to a saving knowledge of Jesus as Savior and Lord. If we want to share Jesus’ Gospel with the world, we must do everything we can to show people how much we care about them personally and individually.”
Pew’s survey questions helped examine whether Americans with higher levels of religious knowledge had more positive attitudes toward various religious groups. In general, it was found that the more people know about a particular religion, the higher they would rate it on a thermometer scale ranging from zero to 100.
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SOURCE: Charisma News