The portion of born-again Christians who believe Jesus was sinless during His time on earth has declined significantly, according to a new survey.
The American Worldview Inventory 2023 found just 44% of born-again Christians believe Jesus didn't commit any sins during His life on earth, down from 58% in 2020, The Christian Post reported.
The survey, conducted by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, also yielded a number of other troubling results.
But the rejection of the sinless nature of Christ—a metric that experienced a 14-point shift—is a finding that directly violates Scripture.
The Bible proclaims in 1 Peter 2:22 (NIV), "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth." And 1 John 3:5 (NIV) adds, "You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin." There are also other Scriptures affirming similar sentiments, including 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Portions of the American Worldview Inventory assessed Americans' changes in religious devotion overall, though statistics focused on born-again Christians are perhaps among the most alarming.
Two of the biggest negative transformations surround assessments of God's calling and a deep commitment to one's personal faith.
"The percentage of born-again adults who believe that they have a unique, God-given calling or purpose for their life has been cut nearly in half, from 88% to 46%," read a statement announcing the results. "The second major reorientation was a 35-point swing regarding born-again individuals claiming that they are deeply committed to practicing their faith."
It continued, "The proportion dropped from a very robust 85% in 2020 to merely half of the group (50%) in 2023."
Another disturbing trend was the decrease among born-again Christians in the belief human life is sacred. Sixty percent of Christians answered affirmatively in 2020, with that proportion decreasing 12 points to 48% in 2023.
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