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Measuring Faith Attitudes

Experiencing a life-changing faith, having a close relationship with God and desiring to please God above all else are strong earmarks of belief for born-again Christians, according to a recent poll comparing America's religious attitudes.

In a nationwide survey, 1,210 adults were asked?(those responding yes)


Born-again Christians


Is your faith very important to your life' 99% 78%
Do you desire a close personal relationship with God' 94% 44%
Is it more important to please God than to achieve success or the acceptance of others' 91% 68%
Does prayer really make a difference in your life' 73% 43%
Do you have a responsibility to share your faith with others' 68% 29%

Margin of error is plus or minus 3 percent

Source: Barna Research Group, by Monica Seaberry and Mike Paquette, 1998 Religion News Service, quoted in Moody, July/August, 1998, p. 37

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