Teens Have Ambiguous Views on Sex, Spirituality

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Teenagers in the United States have conflicting attitudes when it comes to sex and spirituality, according to a recent study by the Florida-based Christian ministry OneHope.

The group found that 82 percent of American teens believe God intends for marriage to last a lifetime, but 76 percent approve of divorce even when children are involved.

Fifty percent of survey respondents also considered an unmarried man and woman a family, and 59 percent said the Bible has little or no influence on their thoughts and actions.

Additionally, 61 percent of American teens want to be virgins at marriage, yet 34 percent have little problem with sex before marriage.

"There is a lot of research about young people, but when do we hear directly from them?" OneHope Vice President of Global Ministries Chad Causey said.

Causey spoke more with CBN News about the study's findings.  Click play to watch.

"That's why OneHope conducts research around the world, asking youth themselves what impacts them most," he continued. "We use this research to better understand their needs, meet them at their points of pain, and bring them hope through media experiences conveying God's love."

OneHope has reached more than 700 million young people in 125 countries through a variety of venues.

The ministry's survey was part of a larger study of teens in 46 countries, meant to measure teens' moral beliefs and attitudes toward family values.  The full study is expected to be realeased by September.

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