“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children…”
Only four in 10 Americans believe God created the Earth and anatomically modern humans less than 10,000 years ago. That’s the bad news, according to the latest Gallup poll. Even worse is the finding that half of Americans now believe that humans evolved over millions of years, though most of these people say that God guided the process.
“Religious, less educated, and older respondents were likelier to espouse a young Earth creationist view – that life was created some 6,000 to 10,000 years ago,” according to the Gallup Values and Beliefs Survey. Though the percentage of people who believe in creationism has changed little over the decades, the percentage of people who believe humans evolved without God has more than doubled.
And college only makes things worse. While 57 percent of students who received just a high-school education are creationists, only 25 percent of those with a college degree believe in creation. Evolution’s stranglehold on the minds of young people should be a grave concern for all Christians.
But there’s good news to report. To the credit of some churches, more than two-thirds of those who attend weekly religious services believe in a young Earth, compared with just 23 percent of those who never go to church. We would venture to say that this is due in part to churches that give their youth a solid foundation in the Bible and the truth of biblical creation. Is your church one of them?
Father, I pray that You will help parents and churches prepare their children to stand firm in the faith and stand strong against the false teaching they will receive in school. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“4 in 10 Americans Believe God Created Earth 10,000 Years Ago”, Tia Ghose, LiveScience, 6/6/14.