Monday, August 10, 2009

The Changing Faith of African Americans

According to a recent study by The Barna Group, African Americans continue to exhibit strong Christian faith in comparison to other ethnic groups within the United States. The study, which examined a number of different areas of Christian belief and behavior, found that black Americans had the highest score on most of the categories when compared to Asian Americans, Hispanics and whites.

The topics considered in the study included beliefs about the Bible, importance of a relationship with God, and the existence of Satan. In regard to personal behavior, areas considered included church-going habits, prayer, and making a personal commitment to Christ.

A particularly interesting finding from the research was that, in comparison to 15 years ago, African Americans have grown even stronger in their faith in a number of areas:
"Six of seven measures of belief had changed significantly. Blacks today are more likely than they were in the early 1990s to believe that the principles taught in the Bible are totally accurate; to say that their religious faith is very important in their life; to have a biblically orthodox understanding of the nature of God; and to be born again.

Three of the five behavioral measures that were evaluated both recently and 15 years ago showed substantial change. Those efforts included an increase in the proportion of African-Americans who have made a personally important commitment to Christ, church attendance, and Bible reading.
As with any study such as this, these are general findings and do not hold true for everyone that is an African American. But the importance that many in the black community place on the Christian faith indicates the resilience of the black church in the midst of sweeping cultural change within the American mainstream.

You can read more about the Barna study here.


Michael Lantz said...

The African-American people need Christainity.It is sad what is happening in the black communities with all the crime and the other social problems going.I believe that the ministers need to take a strong stand and preach on the issues of morality.

Anonymous said...

Ours is an envionment where evil is perceived to be rewarded while good is punished. As with everything the Gods have a reason for creating this perception::::

People who fall on the good side of the good/evil scale have more favor, and when they do something wrong the Gods punish them BECAUSE THEY WANT THEM TO LEARN. The Gods want them to receive this feedback in hope they make corrections and begin to behave appropriately. The Gods DON'T like evil and refuse to grant this feedback.

EVERYBODY pays for what they do wrong, only evil people must wait until their next life before they will experience the wrath of the Gods, manifested in their reincarnation as a lower form of life into environments with increased/enhanced temptations.

Sadly, this allows the Gods to position this perception of evil rewarded as temptation, one which they use as an EXTREMELY effective corruptor.

Both Africa and the Medittereanean are regions which have sexual issues. This is a sign of morbid disfavor once you understand that females are the God's favored gender. Muhammad's (Mohammed's) polygamy halfway through his life as a prophet was preditory. Now a huge percentage of Muslims believes in male superiority and that the abuse of women is God's will. Female genital mutilation is still practiced in Africa. Black misogyny is the most eggregious example in the recent past.

The patriarchal cancer spread throughout Europe because of Christianity, of which the majority of policy makers were Italian men.

Militancy in Africa is consistant with the Iraqi example, as was slavery and the KKK here in America:::Fear enforces proper behavior. Without it we see what happens as a result of gross/morbid disfavor:::::AIDS, crack babies, dead young men in gangland retaliation killings.

The same principle was true in Europe and throughout the world for centuries:::People whom lived under iron fists were conditioned to think the right way. As a result they experienced higher numbers of children accend into heaven because they were taught to think and behave appropriately. Our preditory envionment of "freedom" was the primary purpose the Gods had when implimenting this strategy that is the United States, one which they used to spred the cancer of democracy and westernization throughout the world. And the Gods use this tool that is America to prey on the disfavored both at home and abroad.

Even the Old Testiment is not to be taken literally, but the Gods do offer clues throughout to help the disfavored:::The apple is a tool of temptation used to corrupt Adam and Eve and cast them out of the Garden of Eden.

There is another lesson to be learned from this passage, and it is quite similar to the vailing issue and the discourse over women's attire which ultimately died in the 70s:::Women are responsible for and control the fate of mankind.

The masculinization of women experienced in the last few decades should cause despondancy and desperation:::It illustrates the deterioration of mankind's collective favor and is a clue the Gods are preparing for some event.

Think about what I say. Consider what I teach. Society is going to become disturbingly ugly as we approach the Apocalypse due to spiralling, runaway disfavor.

I do not know when this will occurr, but it is the God's way to grant some time before they end on Planet Earth.

Make the decision to always be good and never look back. Until you do this technology will employ tactics to test your resolve:::Ridicule, beligerance, doubt and refusal to abandon what people perceive to be their "investment".

Pray daily. Think appropriately. Too many are confident, unaware of the God's awesome powers or their status as antients. Others may fall prey to their positioning.

Be humbled, God-fearing and beware of the God's temptations, for everyone is tested to evaluate their worthiness.

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Michael Lantz said...

Sad but true.I think People like Alan Keyes,Bill Cosby,Tony Evans and other black leaders are correct.I think that people in those torn apart need more male role models.I would like to see God raise up a generation of males in the inner city black,white,and hispanic and take back the family.Amen