As people get older, they’re more likely to believe in God. That’s the conclusion of an international report by the University of Chicago. However, the researchers also found that the number of people certain of God’s existence has declined.
According to a story in ChristianPost.com, the study found that when people enter old age and begin their final years, they become more convinced there is a God. Amazing how that happens!
Globally, over 43 percent of those 68 and older said they have faith in a higher power. By contrast, only 23 percent of people 27 and younger said they were sure of God’s existence.
As you might expect, Europe reported lower levels of belief than other regions around the world. Strongly Catholic countries like the Philippines had an 83 percent faith rate, while that number was only 8 percent in the eastern part of Germany.
The country with the lowest number of believers? Japan, where only 4 percent said they know God exists.
The U.S. remained a largely faithful nation, with 60 percent of us reporting complete faith in God.
Of course that means that 40% of Americans either have their doubts or don’t believe at all. So those of us who are believers have our work cut out for us.
As 1st Peter 3:15 reminds us—“always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. And don’t forget the part of that verse—“But do this with gentleness and respect.”
I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.