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Percent of Americans Believing in the Resurrection Drops To 64% From 77% Last Easter

Still way too many people believe someone can be buried for 3 days and come back to life...but at least more people are coming to their senses.

A study released by the Rasmussen Reports polling firm on Good Friday found that 64% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

While Americans who believe in the resurrection remain in the majority, that number is down significantly when compared to a Rasmussen Poll that asked the same question, released a year ago.

On April 7th, 2012 Rasmussen released a poll finding that 77% of Americans believed the resurrection of Christ to be historical fact.

The difference between the two polls shows a 13 percentage point drop in the number of Americans who believe that Christ rose from the dead, since last Easter.

Additionally, this year's poll found that 19% of Americans reject the central tenant of the Christian faith and do not believe that Christ was resurrected. That's compared to only 7% who said they didn't believe that Christ rose from the dead a year ago. A staggering 12 percentage point jump.


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Yes and 100% of Americans

Yes and 100% of Americans lost more liberty over the last year....

70% are in debt up to their ears....

So what are you trying to prove?

Divide and Conquer

These posts are meant to start trouble by dividing the Liberty Movement. They are afraid of us which is why they are sending in these trolls to post offensive threads like this one. Don't fall prey to their provocations. Turn the other cheek. We love all of our brothers and sisters... Christian and Atheist.

Jesus spoke these words

and twenty centuries later they are still being read and preached and believed by billions. While anything you or I might have to say about His resurrection, was likely doomed to obscurity within moments of pressing the save key.

“Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’

πολλα γαρ πταιομεν απαντες ει τις εν λογω ου πταιει ουτος τελειος ανηρ δυνατος χαλιναγωγησαι και ολον το σωμα


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πολλα γαρ πταιομεν απαντες ει τις εν λογω ου πταιει ουτος τελειος ανηρ δυνατος χαλιναγωγησαι και ολον το σωμα

Makes me wonder what it would take

for the Christianity haters and insult-throwers to pray to God...you know the saying, "There are no atheists in fox holes."

Perhaps, mbennett, go213, and the other rabid atheists on here just haven't found themselves face-to-face with their own mortality yet.

There is not enough proof for either the atheistic world-view or Christian world-view, if what you're looking for is worldly proof that makes sense to your human mind. There will never be enough. With that in mind, and if you believe something more happens when you die then you stop breathing, you may wish to explore what the Bible says it takes to get to heaven. Just saying. It may be worth a few hours of study to preserve your eternity.

If you think your body just turns to dust and blows away, then by all means, keep spouting the hate, as it will make little difference.

True this

"It may be worth a few hours of study to preserve your eternity."

πολλα γαρ πταιομεν απαντες ει τις εν λογω ου πταιει ουτος τελειος ανηρ δυνατος χαλιναγωγησαι και ολον το σωμα

Well I have

I have come within inches of death on many occasions. I was a matter of a few feet from a shooter in a nightclub who shot 24 people, killing four. I have been in a high-speed roll-over car crash. I have almost drown three times and I have come real close to dieing while rock climbing several times. I narrowly missed being decapitated in an industrial accident. So I have faced my own mortality and have faced it like a mature adult would, not as would a child.

I, unlike many posters here, understand the necessity of evidence, or empiricism. I, unlike many posters here, have evaluated my religious beliefs by the same standards I used to reject other religions and found Christianity to be just as lacking as all the others.

I used to be a Christian and prayed to the sky-guy but I got the same results as if I had done nothing.

Adults understand logic and reason. Children want to "believe."

I have had discussions with communists and Christians think EXACTLY like communists. Their basic core philosophy is: "Don't confuse me with facts, my mind is made up."

I'm an adult and am able to think. Having so many simpleton superstitious child-minded folks posting hurts the cause of liberty and I wish you all would either stop being so freaking lazy and make an effort to educate yourselves or else go to some other site where magic, voodoo, crop circles gnomes, pixies, fairies, unicorns and other mythical beings are discussed and leave those with superior educations and intelligence alone so we can get to the business of saving the republic, rather than suffer with your childish superstitions.

nice troll bro

"I, unlike many posters here, understand the necessity of evidence, or empiricism. I, unlike many posters here, have evaluated my religious beliefs by the same standards I used to reject other religions and found Christianity to be just as lacking as all the others."

I don't think you have even remotely looked at the evidence. I suspect like all troll atheists you are simply a science fetishist who thinks the only evidence that exists is scientific evidence, while at the same time not even realizing that the body of available scientific evidence leads toward the idea of a Creator God rather than against it.

Well next time, be more

Well next time, be more careful...the 4 who died were atheists you know....

No suprise there

I would have not expected any different answer from you, mbennett. Thanks for, at least, being consistent and predictable.

like,,,,, who cares?

like,,,,, who cares?

To me, the same can be said here

as something Jesus once told His disciples: "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." Matthew 11:15

Well, to each his own.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Don't you mean...

..."something someone heard someone say to someone else that they heard that a hundred years ago this guy named Jesus told his disciples....."?

No. But the statement stands on its own

whether spoken by Jesus or anyone else. And it applies to just about anything. (Another way it's said, in advertising: "Fly it up the flagpole and see who salutes.") Ever feel like you were banging your head against the wall last year talking to some Romney- or Obama-supporting friend or family member about the national debt, Fed, undeclared wars, our interventionist foreign policy, or erosion of our rights - only to have the person throw back some meaningless cliche as if he hadn't heard a word you'd said? Whereas, others listened and ultimately became fellow Ron Paul supporters? I, for one, had that experience. Well, it's pretty much the same thing where Jesus is concerned. If you don't have ears to hear what He said - or as you'd say it, what Jesus is purported to have said - about Himself, about how we should conduct ourselves, about the power we have if we could muster the faith, and other things in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, so be it. I said I accepted that others don't believe. What I don't understand is why you would mock the belief that I do have. Btw, there are others who've had some of the same issues you apparently do, including an editor at the Chicago Tribune. If you are interested, here's the book he wrote on the subject: http://www.amazon.com/Case-Christ-Journalists-Personal-Inves...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir


What a simple, beautiful statement. THANK YOU!!!

We're going through the Gospel of Mark in my Bible Study, and I was taken back with Mark 18.. as it is what I have always thought was exclusing to Relevations...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgrWOTaRmhE (song)

(((Granger))) I liked the song

I'm reminded of this one, too.

And you're welcome. :)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I don't ...

...understand what is so unfathomable about resurrection being real if you accept that God is fundamental reality. Of course, if you don't believe God is real, you will also not believe in resurrection, and you will mock it.

I think thats the point

if you believe in God then there is no reason for the resurrection, at least not in the sense of it being something special..heck even Jesus through the power of God was raising people from the dead during his years on earth as did many others who preceded him

Only paganism finds benefits in such stories.

How is it...

...not special for the corruptible to be exchanged for the incorruptible, for the old nature to complete its metamorphosis into the new? It is not less special if a multitude of such transformations occur -- only more so.

IF you believe in God

resurrection is a given. If you believe in evil and good and god's forgiveness and/or judgement..resurrection is a given.

No reason to demonstrate with pagan symbolism, unless one wanted to hijack the simple message and make it a universal pagan message to the pagans living at that time.


Pagan symbolism is a two-fold thing, though:

1) I don't worship pagan symbolism or the pagan deities behind them


2) I see pagan symbolism as a shadow of the Truth that has been corrupted, and that therefore, by speaking to it and showing how the redeemed version of the concept within the shadow is fulfilled and transformed within the Truth, it can help in moving beyond the shadows.

For example, the pagan 'corn king' or 'king of the harvest' concept of someone supernaturally connected with fertility or abundance or prosperity -- imagine if there was a pagan in that crowd of the five thousand, seeing Someone multiplying two loaves and five fish to feed everyone with baskets of leftovers remaining -- would they not think to themselves, here is the True 'corn king', the True master and multiplier of the harvest, here in the flesh. Imagine a pagan at the wedding feast and that he sees Someone transform water into wine -- would he not think to himself, here is the True master who causes the wine to flow as is said of Bacchus -- here is the myth become Truth.

So I don't say this to mean that in worshipping God, you then prop up Bacchus, etc. as symbols that you worship; but rather that these shadowy, corrupted versions cause people in their subconscience to feel a resonance with particular concepts when they see the True version of them, in all its redeemed glory come to pass.

Every pagan symbol or concept is a representation of an idea, which when sent back through the inverse of the function that corrupted it, when sent through the consuming fire, will emerge into what it should have been all along.

Only children

Only the ignorant, children and adults with the minds of children believe in a historical Jesus Christ once they have been challenged to provide ANY proof for their superstitious beliefs.

Please either provide the evidence or remain silent for you are undermining the liberty moment more than your infant mind can possibly comprehend. Please leave the important decisions to the educated members of society.

And You...

..are just a figment of my imagination.

Have a Nice Day

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Seems the only God

that you believe in is yourself.

Not surprising that another man and woman found themselves in that same situation...wanting to be like God. Pretty much ruined it for the rest of us, right up to, well, the resurrection.

For those who think the resurrection is unnecessary, it probably wouldn't hurt to pick up a Bible and read it through. Open your mind to the truth, though, otherwise, it's just words. If you truly seek, you will find. If you're hoping to mock God and His words, then I wouldn't count on any revelations.

I have

I have read it and it lacks any credibility also since it is full of contradictions, incongruities and physical impossibilities. It was written by ignorant shepherds and folks just above the level of troglodytes.

If I posted on the DP how wonderful communism is and expressed my admiration of it without providing any evidence that it was in any way good and when others posted the myriad of bad things about it and if I simply replied with: "Hey, it is what I choose to believe and I don't have to prove anything to you." would you pay any attention to what I said? Not if you had an IQ above 70. The same holds true with Christianity and all other superstitions. Go ahead and believe all that garbage but don't criticize those of us who grew-up and educated ourselves.

Now all of you Einsteins, start voting me down. That should help your sick minds get their freaks on. Ha Ha.

I hope the Easter Bunny brought all of you superstitious children some yummy treats yesterday. lol

Most atheists have not read

Most atheists have not read the book. They all claim to have but they have not.

Here's an appropriate verse to describe why some "get" it

and others do not. Believe me, it has little to do with intelligence.

Mark 4:13-18
13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

Name in history where so many men died MARTYRS

for this hoax, let alone any other religion, that were persecuted & died as a result over 300 years? Are you kidding me?

Where else in history can you show me where this happened before---300 years of martyrdom is the FACT, where over 20,000 Christians are thought to have died just during Diocletian's reign alone.....all this happened until Constantine quit persecuting Christians! Who is willing to die for something they don't believe in their heart?

Remember, the apostles were in disbelief UNTIL they actually saw JESUS ARISEN from the dead. He appeared to hundreds of people.

Btw, have you ever heard of FATIMA? Youtube Fatima, read about Fatima, then, come back & talk to us.

Lastly, have you ever heard of PADRE PIO? He is a saint now, but he is the MAIN REASON I converted and became a Catholic 4 years ago. Padre Pio had multiple spiritual gifts, all documented & witnessed by thousands of people, including the Catholic Church. He was our modern day priest for the 20th century. He was my favorite! READ about him, then, come back & talk to us! Ok?

The Bible is just empty words

to those who do not have the will to understand it and are not called by God.

I'm sure it makes no difference to you, but that makes me very sad for you.

You just have to BELIEVE!!!

You just have to BELIEVE!!! You obviously don't understand, its about FAITH!!! You gotta have faith that its all true.

BTW, did you hear about the other guys? They're offering 72 virgins in heaven if you sign up with them. WHATTA FRICKIN DEAL IS THAT HUH???

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