Report: Americans View God in Different Ways

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Americans have four basic views of God, according to a new survey by professors at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

USA Today reported on how Americans view the Almighty.

  •  28 percent believe in an authoritative God, who divides the world into good and evil.
  • 22 percent believe in a benevolent God who loves and supports people as they care for others.
  •  21 percent accept the idea of a critical God, who delivers justice in the next world.
  •  5 percent believe in a distant God, who created the universe then left it alone.

"You can't really ask people directly about their moral and philosophical world view," said Paul Froese, sociologist at Baylor University. "But if you know their image of God, it could give you insight into why they get upset when you break the rules, or you stand up for a certain politician. Or how they will react when bad things happen or whether they see personal morality or foreign policy in stark right-or-wrong terms."

Pastor and author Randy Singer spoke with CBN News about the survey and what it reveals.  Click play for his comments.

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