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BBC poll: Fewer than half of UK Christians believe Jesus died, rose again for forgiveness of their sins

With Holy Week upon us, a new BBC poll found that fewer than half of Christians in the U.K. — 46 percent — believe Jesus died and rose again for the forgiveness of their sins.

A BBC Radio program that aired Sunday said the online poll was taken in early March and surveyed more than 2,000 British adults. The host said the results raise the question: “How much of the traditional Easter story is actually optional for Christians?”

The program aired commentary from Dave Tomlinson — an Anglican priest and author of “How to Be a Bad Christian … and a Better Human Being” — who said the reason why it appears fewer people believe the traditional Easter story as the Bible presents it is because “it just doesn’t make sense.”

“I think it makes God out to be some kind of weird monster, really,” Tomlinson said, adding that he sees some Evangelicals also questioning the Easter story and Christ’s atonement for our sins.

The program added that, according to poll, 82 percent of Christians who attend worship services at least once a month overwhelmingly agree that the Easter story is true.

So it would seem the numbers depend greatly on how individuals define themselves: Respondents can say they identify as Christians, insist they don’t believe Christ died and rose from the dead for the forgiveness of their sins — but it appears most of them don’t identify as Christians enough to attend church at least once a month.

The BBC program also featured a pair of guests who debated the issue. The bulk of the content can be heard after the 34-minute mark.

Among the replies to the BBC tweet about the new poll’s findings were those who questioned the Christian faith of those who don’t believe the traditional Easter story:

“Um…. then they are not Christians.”
“How can they say they’re Christian if they don’t believe in the main part of the story?”
“This makes them not Christians.”
But one commenter countered, “What do you call someone who lives their life in the way Jesus did (loving everyone, fighting injustice, following the Sermon on the Mount), but who doesn’t think Jesus was/is God and didn’t rise again after his death?”

That was met with following reply: “Tragic. Because if you’re living the way Jesus did, it’s impossible that He wouldn’t have inspired your soul to search for Him and understand that being holy is infinitely more than just being nice and good. That means you’ve turned down His invite for you to really follow Him.

A similar poll was taken two years ago, and a quarter of survey respondents who identify as Christians said they don’t believe in Christ’s resurrection — but 57% of “active Christians” (again, those who attend church at least once a month) believe the resurrection took place.

And believe it not, that 2017 BBC poll said 9% of non-religious people believe in the Resurrection — and 1% of them say they believe it literally.

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7 Comments

  1. BETTY LEE

    April 16, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    The claim that the blood Jesus shed the day he was crucified saves Christians from having to suffer the consequences for their sins is totally bogus! Jesus in Spirit form is the Son of man. He is alive and well and AWESOME! He comes to life and dwells within all people who REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOSPEL. Because Christians cannot even perceive the Gospel, they certainly cannot believe it. And since they do not believe it, they have not gained salvation. In fact, they war against the doctrine of believing and obeying the Savior.
    Gaining forgiveness for our sins requires that we work our amends with the people we have harmed. We know God has forgiven our sins when the past loses its power to dominate our lives.

  2. BETTY LEE

    April 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Easter is a pagan spring equinox fertility cult goddess. That Christians would have the gall to name the day of the Lord’s Resurrection after a pagan goddess proves how ignorant, deceived and befuddled they are. They further carry on with their pagan sell abrasion by having their children running around hunting for colored chicken eggs laid by their Ishtar bunny.
    Not only do they violate, “You shall have no other gods before me,” but they shove her in God’s face. How grateful I am to have escaped from the clutches of Christendumb.

    • paulette barrow

      April 17, 2019 at 12:16 am

      WELL THEY HAVE INVITED IN FALSE gods AND MANY OF THE CHURCHES NOW ARE NOT REALLY SERVING GOD THEY SERVE MAMMON/MONEY

      • Dean Perry

        April 17, 2019 at 12:19 am

        Mammon is a demon who, according to Christian theology, embodies one of the cardinal sins: greed.
        Greed = Donald Trump!

    • paulette barrow

      April 17, 2019 at 12:19 am

      @BETTY,I AGREE,I CELEBRATE THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS NOT ISHTAR,SAME WITH CHRISTMAS,I CELEBRATE HIS BIRTH,NOT THE TREE,BUT I SEE JESUS IS THE TREE OF LIFE AND HE IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD,SO I PUT UP A SMALL TREE BUT I DONT WORSHIP IT

  3. Dean Perry

    April 16, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Thank God America isn’t a Christian nation.

    • paulette barrow

      April 17, 2019 at 12:21 am

      @DEAN,YES IT IS WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT,JUST BECAUSE SATANIC OBAMA SAID IT WASNT DOESNT MEAN JACK,HE WANTED AND THOSE WHO HE HAS STILL BEHIND THE SCENES WANT TO TURN THIS NATION INTO THE MIDDELEAST BUT IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN,ITS A SHAME YOU HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT,WHY DONT YOU GO LIVE THERE

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