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June 26th, 2010
11:09 AM ET

Survey: 4 in 10 say Jesus is coming back by 2050

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press released a new survey this week that looks at the year 2050. Of note to followers of the Belief Blog is 41% of people surveyed believe Jesus is coming back by the year 2050.

"...the public is divided over whether Jesus Christ will return to earth by 2050. About four-in-ten (41%) expect Jesus Christ to return while slightly more (46%) say this will definitely or probably not happen. Opinions about the return of Jesus Christ are little changed from 1999 when 44% said it would definitely or probably happen."


You can see the results of the entire survey here and here's how the Pew conducted this survey.

Editors Note: This photo is from CNN's Patrick Oppmann: A statue of Jesus keeps watch over Point Aux Chenes, a small mainly Native American community in the Louisiana bayou.  You can find more of our oil spill coverage here.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. Matthew

    10 out of 10 people have been wrong for the last 2000 years. My statistic beats their statistic.

    Isn't the definition of insanity something close to doing (or believing) the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?

    June 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
    • Eric G

      A little harsh, don't you think? My kids used to believe in the tooth fairy. That does not make them insane. It means that they believed something because they were told it was true. They were children and did not have the full capacity of reason. They no longer believe in the tooth fairy because there is no evidence to support the story. They now write the tooth fairy and other myths and superstitions off as cute folklore. Religion will join this group soon.

      June 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  2. CatholicMom

    I will answer your question if you would, please, answer mine.

    June 27, 2010 at 11:12 am |
    • Eric G

      I am unclear on what your question is. Are you asking how science defines a sentient capacity? Are you questioning how science defines "love" or "hate"? Or, are you questioning how we have the capacity to love or hate?

      June 27, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  3. Tellurian

    Biblical Jesus is NOT going to return! Biblical Jesus lied when biblical scripture alleges he said he would return with his kingdom while some in his audience were still alive. He LIED. Expecting a biblical Jesus to return is like expecting a visit from Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy. It is all fantasy. That 41% of Americans actually expect him to return just shows how naive, gullible, stupid, and dim-witted are those people. Who is to blame for perpetuating such a fantasy? The religions who want to control people by putting fantasy fears into them.

    June 27, 2010 at 11:12 am |
    • Thorrsman

      While I hold no stock with Christian beliefs, following a different path, how do you KNOW what you post is truth? Really, when it comes right down to it, you are relying on FAITH fully as much as any Christian or other believer.

      June 27, 2010 at 11:49 am |
    • HeIsGod

      Jesus did not lie on His return. God, who is so rich in Mercy is being patient toward us and there are many other people all over the world that is still waiting for the Word of God to reach them. God is not a man that He shall not lie, neither is He the son of man that He shall return. He is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. Even thousands of years passed before the birth of Christ came and it was prophecied in the Old Testament in the book of Isaiah, and God, in His Faithfulness, sent Him. Our thoughts are His thoughts and our ways His ways. We are the ones that need to get to know Him in order to have confidence in His promises. Many of us of this generation may not be here when He returns, so we still need to get ready now, for tomorrow may never be.

      June 27, 2010 at 9:15 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Editing:

      "He the son of man that He shall REPENT (wrong word was added to my sentence)."

      June 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  4. CatholicMom

    It seems so strange that people are still willing to listen to heretical words; history is full of heretics, right up to today. No one knows when Jesus Christ is coming back [.]

    Why don’t we discuss something that isn’t a rehash….We all know that Truth cannot change. Let’s talk about our consciences.

    Do you have a conscience? Yes or no. If no, where did it go? What does science say about what ‘conscience’ is and is it possible to lose it?

    What is love and what does science say about love? Do atheists find love? Is it possible for a person to hate but still know love at the same time? How does that work? What does science say about love/hate within a person?

    June 27, 2010 at 10:13 am |
    • Reality

      Paul thought he knew when Jesus was returning. Still waiting for his "prophecy" of imminent return to be fullfilled. It is not time to give up childish notions about angels, resurrections, global flooding, magic fruit trees, immaculate conceptions, original sin, deities riding on clouds,and atonement theololgy?

      June 27, 2010 at 11:08 am |
    • verify

      CatholicMom: You keep harping on, "Truth cannot change" - No, it cannot, but what we *perceive* as Truth is not always correct. I'll be real simple here: For how long did the majority of people think that the Earth was the center of the universe? They considered that to be "Truth". Facts have changed that perception.

      People have believed the "Truth" of this god or that god over the centuries and have had countless other mistaken "Truths".

      June 27, 2010 at 11:36 am |
    • verify

      CatholicMom: Yes, I have a conscience; and it never nagged me more severely than when I for many years pretended to follow religious beliefs, which no longer believed, for the sake of the elders of the family. My conscience only berates me now for participating in that sham, but is otherwise clear in that matter.

      June 27, 2010 at 11:58 am |
    • Luke

      CatholicMom – Yes, atheists do find love. In fact, I get married to the love of my life in 2 weeks.

      June 28, 2010 at 9:04 am |
    • NewWicca

      Verify: i totally agree with you! For so long I was afraid to admit to my Catholic family that I didn't believe. Up until the moment I could 'confess' that I no longer believed, I felt I was living a truely useless life.

      CatholicMom: Science, more specifically, psychology, calls the conscience a collection of social mores than govern a society. The 'conscience' you proclaim to have is quite different than that of an aboriginal in a remote jungle (unless the Christians have made a mission trip there!) would have. Your conscience is a product of your upbringing...much as their conscience is a product of their upbringing. Christians are so ethnocentric and self-absorbed!

      June 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  5. Jacob

    I don't know if the Messiah is coming or returning in 2010, 2050, 4678 or never for that matter. I am fine with the fact that many are comforted to believe that He will come/return, and as with many good things, it is hard to be patient! But I am VERY concerned that if so many people believe that He will come/return "by 2050" (how they know this boggles me) that we don't have to worry about taking care of the social and environmental problems facing the generations that will come after 2050 in case they are wrong, like massive government debt, access to clean water, global warming or the loss of biodiversity. Since we do not KNOW, we better be ready in case He DOES come, but also be ready in case He DOES NOT

    June 27, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  6. Raidan

    I believe courtesy is an invaluable human characteristic yet exercising rights that have been established by years of struggle in democracy, such as the right to free speech, is necessary and important. The only reason America isn't a Christian theocracy is because of the secular values of our constitution and the constant struggle to promote democratic, not religious, ideals.

    Christian fundamentalists differ from Islamic extremists only in that Christians are restrained by the many man-made laws that have been established to protect secular values. My ability to say, "All gods are fictions, Jesus was into bestiality, or Muhammad smelled like manure” without fear of a legal charge of blasphemy followed by punishment or murder is an incredibly important right of freedom of speech. Let Christians try to impose some of the laws and punishments that are taught in the bible and see the transformation of America into a backward and chauvinistic sewer.

    June 27, 2010 at 5:03 am |
  7. Raidan

    Christians are death worshipers. They yearn for a tragic end as a self-fulfilling prophecy yet focus their energy into getting power in secular, worldly, society. Those of good conscience should recognize all the ways adherents to religions grasp for worldly control and demand discipline from strangers to their dogmas. We should challenge all the ways fundamentalists try to pull society down by degrading education, and discriminating against minorities.

    June 27, 2010 at 4:46 am |
    • HeIsGod

      Actually, Raidan, the true dead people are those unbelievers of Christ who are walking among us as dried bones.

      According to the Word of God in Ezekiel 37:1-3 says – The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones (people), and caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley, and, lo, they were dry (weak or dead). And He said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, Thou knowest.

      The Valley represent a place where no joy is to be found and spiritually dry. Unbelievers are spiritually dead as these dry bones. God has given us a River of Life (Jesus Christ) where we can truly be satisfied. Those who press their way in and are filled with the HOLY SPIRIT have rivers of living water flowing from them, by being born again. There is an answer to that dry, religious ceremony and tradition. It is God's answer for you and everyone else. Many would try to drain every bit of your emotion until they have you in a spiritual straight-jacket, bound. God loves you and all of us more than what we can think or imagine. He is our very answer to life, but it will only take one's faith to believe. All you have to do is give Him your very heart, that's all, the rest, God will take care of in order for you to get to know Him more.

      June 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
  8. verify

    History is rife with Armageddon predictions. Here is merely the first few of a LONG LIST of them. The rest can be found at Armageddon (dot)org.... (sorry if this posts twice... first time didn't seem to work)

    AD 30 Jesus. According to Matthew 16:28, Jesus himself predicted his second coming and the end of the world within the lifetime of his contemporaries.

    AD 156 A man named Montanus declared himself to be the "Spirit of Truth," the personification of the Holy Spirit, mentioned in the Gospel of John, who was to reveal all truth. Montanus quickly gathered followers, including a pair of far-seeing "prophetesses", who claimed to have visions and ecstatic experiences supposedly from God. They began to spread what they called "The Third Testament, a series of revelatory messages which foretold of the soon-coming Kingdom of God and "The New Jerusalem," which was about to descend from heaven to land in Montanus' city of Pepuza, in Phrygia (modern-day Turkey), where it would be home for all "true" believers. The word was spread, and all were urged to come to Phrygia to await the Second Coming. The movement divided Christians into two camps, even after the New Jerusalem didn't appear. Whole communities were fragmented, and continuous discord resulted. Finally, in AD 431, the Council of Ephesus condemned Chiliasm, or belief in the Millennium, as a dangerous superstition, and Montanus was declared to be a heretic. Despite the failure of the prediction, the cult survived several centuries until it was ordered exterminated by Pope Leo I. –SSA pg 54

    AD 247, Christian prophets declare that the persecutions by the Romans are a sign of the impending return of Jesus.

    AD 300 Lactantius Firmianus (AD c260 – AD c340), called the "Christian Cicero", from his Divinae Institutiones: "The fall and ruin of the world will soon take place, but it seems that nothing of the kind is to be feared as the city of Rome stands intact." Rome would fall in AD 410. –TEOTW pg 27

    AD 365, Hilary of Poitiers predicted the world would end in 365.

    AD 380, The Donatists, a North African Christian sect, predicted the world would end in 380.

    AD 387 St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, identified the Goths with Ezekial's Gog. The Goths had just destroyed the Imperial army at Adrianople, prompting Ambrose to say, "...the end of the world is coming upon us." –TEOTW pg 27

    AD 300 St. Martin, Bishop of Tours: "Non est dubium, quin antichristus...There is no doubt that the Antichrist has already been born. Firmly established already in his early years, he will, after reaching maturity, achieve supreme power." –TEOTW pg 27

    AD 410 When Rome was sacked, some proclaimed, (as reported by St. Augustine of Hippo) "Behold, from Adam all the years have passed, and behold, the 6,000 years are completed." This alludes to the Great Week theory, held by many millennialists, that the God-alloted time of man on earth was 6,000 years, to be followed by a thousand years of peace under the earthly reign of Christ. –TIME pg 30

    AD 500 At the mid-fifth century, Vandal invasions recalled calculations that the world would end in the year 500, 6000 years after Creation, and spurred new calculations to show that the name of the Vandal king Genseric represented 666: the number of the Beast. –Apoc pg 34

    AD 500 Hippolytus of Rome, a third-century theologian supported the oft-accepted (for the day) view of the end of the world occuring sometime around the year AD 500. He used a mass of scriptural evidence, including the dimensions of the ark of the covenant. –TIME pg 31

    AD 500 Roman theologian Sextus Julius Africanus (ca. 160-240) predicted the second coming of Jesus in the year 500.

    AD 500 The theologian Irenaeus predicted the second coming of Jesus in the year 500.

    June 27, 2010 at 1:11 am |
    • Woody

      P T Barnum was right!!! There IS a sucker born every minute.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  9. Reality

    Once again as per the famous contemporary theologian, Edward Schillebeeckx:

    Christians (et al) must give up a perverse, unhealthy and inhuman doctrine of predestination without in so doing making God the great scapegoat of history."

    "Nothing is determined in advance: in
    nature there is chance and determinism; in the world of human activity there is possibility of free choices. Therefore the historical future is not known even to God, otherwise we and our history would be merely a puppet show in which God holds the strings. For God, too, history is an adventure, an open history for and of men and women."

    i.e. No one, not even God (if there is one) can prophesy since that would violate the God-given or Mother Nature's gifts of Free Will and Future.

    June 26, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      But it never fails to see fools pick up a book from a fool that gives incorrect information! No one can prophecy? Okay, lets see....hmmmmm:

      In 2008, for example, Pastor Patterson predicted a major stock market crash and rising fuel prices. For 2010, Robertson said, God gave him a more general warning of judgment for America’s acceptance of abortion, gay marriage and secularism.

      – In the City of God there will be a great thunder, Two brothers (Twin Towers) torn apart by Chaos, while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb, the third big war will begin when the big City is burning. – NOSTRADAMUS (1654)

      – In 1906, Mrs White saw 9-11-2001 happen in a vision.

      June 27, 2010 at 12:09 am |
    • HeIsGod

      If you search the internet, you will find many prophecy that already taken place, like 9/11. God is the One who gives the prophecy through men.
      Can the United States of America be found in the Bible's prophecies? Yes, America, the greatest country the world has ever known, is described in key endtime Bible prophecy. This website will help you search your own Bible to discover the amazing truth regarding America and its future role in world events.

      "Her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. . . . In the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, . . . saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come." Revelation 18:5-10.

      June 27, 2010 at 12:12 am |
    • Reality

      And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, . . . saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come." Revelation 18:5-10.

      Hmmm, Revelation and what some very educated persons have concluded about said book:

      Nineteenth-century agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll branded Revelation "the insanest of all books".[75] Thomas Jefferson omitted it along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he considered it as "merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams." [76] George Bernard Shaw described it as "a peculiar record of the visions of a drug addict".[77]

      June 27, 2010 at 7:33 am |
    • HeIsGod

      @ Reality – LOL, but these people you mention are fools that ignored the word of God and the prophets that saw visions from God on these things that posted have come to past and many more shall come to pass. So your argument is very weak!

      Regarding the scripture you gave me:

      And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, . . . saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come." Revelation 18:5-10.

      This is America that Revelations is talking about

      You flaunted yourselves above the world; you flaunted yourselves above your neighbor and your neighbors: brother against brother, kingdom against kingdom, people against people, Christian against Christian in your ungodly attempt to self-glorify yourselves. Both in the church and throughout America your leaders religiously, politically and economically are vain, corrupt and amoral. You are fast losing the salt, the purity that has held you together; that has made you great, if not the greatest of all nations.

      June 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
    • Reality

      Hmmm, Thomas Jefferson, George Bernard Shaw and Robert G. Ingersoll were fools?? What planet does HelsGod live on? Educational background of HelsGod other than a good bible brainwash?

      June 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
    • Chris R

      The only people who take the Book of Revelations literally are people who don't know biblical history. John of Patmos was *not* writing about things to come but was writing in an allegorical style to contemporary Christians who were suffering from persecution under Nero (or Domitian) and local governors in ancient Rome. He was basically giving his co-adherents a pep talk. He *wasn't* writing about something that would happen in a few thousand years.

      June 28, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  10. Reality

    This is the 21st century. Time to give up childish notions!!! There are and never were any angels or satans. Abraham , Moses and Noah did not exist. Jesus existed but only as a simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations as did Mohammed and Joe Smith. Thorough analyses of the life of Jesus have basically concluded that only about 30% of the NT is authentic and most of that 30% was borrowed or plagiarized from those who came before!!!

    June 26, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, He changes not. Can you prove that any angels or satans. Abraham , Moses and Noah did not exist? You even admit that Jesus existed. So, you know that He is real. If Jesus was just a preacher, how is it that the Old Testament point out to Him? Mohammad was just a false prophet and Joe Smith, whoever that is, is just Joe Smith.

      There are many Old Testament prophecies about Jesus Christ. Some interpreters place the number of Messianic prophecies in the hundreds. The following are those that are considered the clearest and most important.

      Regarding Jesus’ birth—Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 9:6: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Micah 5:2: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

      I pray that God will remove the childish blind scale from your eyes as well as those who don't believe.

      June 26, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
    • Lorenzo

      I feel sorry for those who insist the Bible is fiction. Just because it's an old book doesn't make it wrong. Ever heard of "eyewitnesses?" And what do you suppose the Apostles were thinking, knowing they would suffer and be killed for saying what they knew to be true,? Oh well, many are called, but few are chosen. Nobody is telling anyone what to do or think. We have been given a mind to figure it out for ourselves. I'm just happy to have the Bible to show me the way. Lorenzo

      June 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
    • Reality

      Lorenzo,

      The authors of the NT, Paul, Mark, Matthew, Luke and John were not eye-witnesses to the life of Jesus. I refer you to Father Raymond's 878 page review, An Introduction to the New Testament, to get the minute details for reference and educational purposes.

      June 29, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  11. Mike Bennett

    I enjoy surveys, and this one from Pew is quite fascinating. I blogged about it earlier in the week, including the stats on how many expect another world war and how many expect a terrorist nuclear attack on the United States. These figures are much higher than the number expecting Christ's return. I personally think that without a belief in God, this all looks pretty hopeless. But I am thankful for the hope Jesus Christ promised of His return, whether it happens in the next 40 years or not. But as I look around this troubled world, I sure hope it is sooner!

    June 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
    • Sgstuck

      Mike,
      From a non-believers point of view I see it completely the opposite. It is not hopeless at all to believe that humans are in control and have the power to control our outcome by thinking rationally and behaving humanely. What is hopeless is to see such a large percentage of our country essentially hoping that the world will end and they will be sent to a magical paradise that is really no different than the 72 virgin story used to send planes into buildings.

      The type of Christianity this promotes is the lazy "I don't want to take responsibility for my fate so I'll invent an imaginary friend to do it" type, and it is just as dangerous to humanity as radical Islam.

      June 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
    • crowonwnow

      Why did Jesus have to leave the first time? He could come again and just scoot again same as before. But then I suppose new entrepreneurs would arise preaching a "final coming." Comical stuff, really.

      June 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm |
  12. Jessy32

    Weather he is coming or not some of us like knowing that when the time comes to part this earth, we are going to a better place! For those of you who are atheist, look around you, look with in your body! Who but god can create a mechanism more functional and wonderful than god himself.

    June 26, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      AMEN!!!

      June 26, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
    • NewWicca

      "Who but god can create a mechanism more functional and wonderful than god himself." So, are you saying that Humans are better than god?

      June 28, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  13. illlisten

    i believe in Jesus and The Bible, and i aplogize for caps lock guy. i hope you'll have more respectful conversations with believers in Jesus in the future. (even if you all have zero interest in it lol)

    June 26, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  14. Andy

    A few years back, some says Jesus will coming on 2012. That's 2 years ahead, and now they say it will be to happen on 2050.

    Liars will always tell lies by telling something that they never sees by themself.

    June 26, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
    • steve88

      yep, interesting part is that a good number of them have even tricked themselves into their deceptions. When the world ends, human civilization will be long gone by then.

      June 26, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Andy, if you knew our Lord, you would have common sense to stop listening to all these lies that brings distractions and discouragement. This is the very thing that mankind has done for centuries and people need to stop putting their trust on them. God is the only Truth and He loves you very much! God will never fail you, for He is faithful until the end.

      June 26, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
    • Lt. Dan

      Catholic Mom, I hope you know (but you probably don't) that what you said in reply to my statement does not make a shred of sense. If anything you are proving my point. Some vodoo, mumbo jumbo response is all I ever get from people like you when trying to defend their religion. Hey I don't care if you believe in majic pumkins, and purple polka-dotted monkey birds, but you have to do better than that last statement when trying to prove a point. . . or make a statement . . or whatever on earth you were trying to say with that non sense. And I will save you from making your next post because I can already anticipate it. You are going to say something like, "you don't understand my post because you are not smart enought to know God." or something like that. Please go away. And by the way, they have access to the internet at trailor parks now?

      June 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  15. Lou

    wow 40%...america has to be the dumbest country in the world, what is the education system in this country teaching people these days, does anyone go to college. does no one think for themselves or does everyone follow 2000 yr old scripture and does not question. Twain said it best.."all thinking men are atheists". i do not understand how anyone can read a book from the bronze age and think everything in it is fact. People who wrote any of the 4 gospels know absolutley nothing compared to what we know today. id rather pray and believe everthing in a science textbook at least theres some evidence and observation to back up its claims.

    June 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Twain forgot to add, all thinking men are Atheist fools!!! WAKE UP!!! This 2000 year old scripture that you say we follow was written by men that saw, talked, walked, traveled and had spiritual visions of God! Don't be fooled by Atheist that are damn to h3ll!!! Open up your blind eyes, or it will be too late!!

      June 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
    • Thorrsman

      You forget that Twain–Samuel Clemems–was a bitter curmudgeon who made if living by publicly doubting that good existed at all.

      June 26, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Lou, even a scientist knows that truth never changes. What was true 2000 years ago is still true today. Nothing can change Truth; not man, not a testube, not-a- thing! It is great that we have this Truth and it is absolutely the Truth!! Thank God!

      June 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
    • Lt. Dan

      Religion is a creation of man. It was created to help promote civilization. It is unfortunate, but true that you cannot have a debate with religious fannatics. They always find some verse in the bible and recite it then say " SEEE I told you". Humans that are similar to us have been around for 70,000 years. Before even language or the written word. They go to hell by default tho, because they did not have stories to qoute and believe in (they werent written yet lol) Dinosaurs were around approx 240 million years ago. Why do we not read about dinosaurs in the bible. Genisis; God created Dinosaurs and said OOPS, this is not good. lets try uhhmmm, Man, yeah thats it. You can find most stories in the bible in writings from era's long long before the bible. The bible is a montage if you will of stories that were ment to guide people to live a honest good life. It is mind boggling to me that people still blindly believe this stuff will all of the proof to the contrary. Millions of people die from famine, and disease. I guess their prayers, and the prayers of others fell of deaf ears. But you cant fault the christians. After all the bible stories are soo believable. Talking snakes, giant arcs, fruit infractions. The fruit infraction was a biggy. God had to send his only son to earth to die, kind of, to counter act that accident fruit eating. LoL. The priest don't even beieve this stuff. They just have figured out that all they have to do is where a funny hat, or a robe and people will blindly give up their last dollar and deliver their children into their waiting pedophile arms.

      June 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
    • RadicalRationalist

      @CatholicMom

      Anything defined as absolute truth is guaranteed to be a incorrect. There is no moment in our lives that we are not learning, no instant that we are not correcting previous inaccuracies, no formulations that cannot be made to be more accurate. Religion succeeds to envelope the mind, but fails to describe reality; to wit religion is a corruption of truth and cannot be any thing more than a corruption of truth for the simple fact that it insists upon absolutes, which idiots like yourself need for whatever reason.

      June 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
    • gary

      Lou you are so right .Religion has been the curse of mankind used by the cunning to manipulate the weak.Think for yourselves people;this is the only life you get.

      June 28, 2010 at 11:17 am |
    • THE Godfather

      Put all the faith you want to into that 2000 year old book. The fact of the matter is that this common doctrine was "approved" by a group of men in 393 AD. This small group of me grouped books together to create this one. They also decided which ones didn't fit their own beliefs and left them out. Something else to consider – you aren't even reading the written words as they were intended. Too much has been lost in translation for us common folk to understand.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
    • BobRoss

      Radical Rationalist: "Anything defined as absolute truth is guaranteed to be a incorrect"

      That statement itself is an absolute truth... so, according to you it is guaranteed to be incorrect. Or are you saying that this the one exception to the rule? Also, if there is one exception why can't there be more?

      July 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  16. TheRationale

    The fact that more than 1% believes this is frightening, let alone 40%. This should be pretty scary to the other 60%.

    June 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Well, for those that are afraid, they better get right with Christ NOW and repent, because even if Christ would come or not in 2050, many are dying by the second as we are speaking and are going to h3ll! For us, who have accepted our Lord and Savior, this would be the best day of our lives, even now, my family in Christ who are dying, have hope for eternity...GLORY TO GOD!!!

      June 26, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
    • Sgstuck

      Is H3ll the same imaginary place as Hell?

      June 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
    • Bill

      TheRationale, I agree. It's horrifying how such a large percentage believes this supernatural nonsense.

      June 28, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  17. HeIsGod

    The “Days of Noah”

    One such evidence of this end of the age was that “. . . as the Days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the son of man be.” (Matt. 24:37) To many Christians the concept of Christ’s coming (parousia-presence) merely means the imminence of his actual return. However, likening the presence of Christ to the days of Noah will show a far more dynamic significance. The Luke 17:26 account states: “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” As it is obvious that Noah was present “in the days of Noah,” so it should be equally obvious that the Son of man would be present in “the days of the Son of man.”

    The prophecy continues by elaborating the events of Noah’s day which would find their parallels in the days of the Son of man. Matthew 24:38, 39 reads: “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” It was the lack of awareness, then, and not the wickedness of Noah’s day that formed the illustration of conditions at the time of the return of Christ. Additionally, it was not the flood, but the presence and work of Noah before the flood which prefigured the return of Christ at his Second Advent. This, then, is the import of the days of Noah. As life continues its hectic pace with its eating, drinking, and marrying, it is a temptation for the Christian to be swept along in this current of events and become drowsy. “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” 1 Thess. 5:6

    June 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
    • Reality

      Add angels to the list of mythical creatures thereby invalidating Matt 24:32-36. 1.5 million Conservative Jews and their rabbis along with contemporay archeologists, geologists and historians have put Noah on the myth pile thereby vitiating Matt 24-37-39a. Please ladies and gentlemen this is the 21st century. Time to give us childish notions!!!

      June 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
    • RAWoD

      Would you please stop wasting bits. You can believe in anything you want but most of us don't buy the crap you're sprewing. I believe it is time for everyone to stop killing in the name of purely fictional characters.

      June 28, 2010 at 11:13 am |
    • safety girl

      Huh???

      June 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  18. illlisten

    no good comes of this. Jesus made it perfectly clear that no one knows when He will come back, not even the angels or even Himself- only The Father. (Matthew 24:36) so when CNN does this research, even if they found someone dressed like an angel to take the survey, i imagine they're just fishing for goofy Christians to show their ignorance of Scripture.

    if only the same amount of attention to Scripture would be paid by Protestants as in the days of the Reformation.

    June 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      I had that in mind, LOL! It is so true, no one knows the day or the time when our Savior shall return, not even the Angels from heaven. We must be ready NOW, for tomorrow may be to late.

      June 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      If Protestants had paid attention to the scriptures there won't have been a Reformation.

      June 26, 2010 at 11:18 pm |
    • RadicalRationalist

      @CatholicMom

      Had Judaism, Islam and Christianity failed to gain popularity, there would have been no inquisitions...

      Nor any crusades...

      Nor any witch hunts...

      Nor jihad..

      And we would have avoided the holocaust, and possibly WWII altogether.

      Chew on that for a moment.

      June 27, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
    • illlisten

      nice. that's interesting catholic mom, protestants say the reformation happened when martin luther paid attention to Scripture, you, a catholic i'm presuming, say the reformation started when ... he didn't pay attention to Scripture?

      June 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
    • Chris R

      I guess the idea the Jesus doesn't know when He'll come back works as long as you don't believe in the Trinity.

      June 28, 2010 at 11:19 am |
    • illlisten

      i believe in the trinity Chris, but i also believe Jesus when He said He didn't know

      June 28, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  19. Luke

    This survey always makes me chuckle a bit. Every generation has been asked this question and it is routinely about 40% that believe jesus is returning in their lifetime. Then they die not knowing the difference and the subsequent generation follows suit. It's rather amazing actually.

    June 26, 2010 at 11:53 am |
    • Chet Dettlinger

      The whole religion thing including Jesus, Muhamad, and the rest of the worshipped saviors is amazing.

      June 28, 2010 at 11:57 am |
    • rrock

      People have to believe this because of the emptiness in their lives.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
    • illlisten

      correct rock, admittedly, and because the universe is pretty amazing and it seems an interesting question as to how it can possibly exist.

      why something rather than nothing?

      June 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  20. Thorrsman

    Don't know if he'll be back then or not. Don't much care, either way. But if he DOES come back soon, he is gonna be real annoyed at his followers..

    June 26, 2010 at 11:19 am |
    • jonathan

      I disagree..When He returns , it's his enemies that should be concerned..

      June 26, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      @ Thorrsman – Those that don't care better think about it twice, they don't want to be found unprepared.

      “. . . the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night . . . But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” 1 Thess. 5:2-4

      June 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
    • Justina

      Jesus himself said no one but God the Father knows when He is coming back... we have to stop predicting these things, as our minds are limited, Christ already told us not to bother, we are making other people paranoid over it, and we, as a group of people professing to proclaim truth, look like there is no reliability in Christianity. please, for the sake of people's souls, let's listen to Christ, continue our lives and when God's plan is complete and He is satisfied, Christ will come again

      June 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
    • steve88

      IF there is a god... she may be ticked that people treat each other the way they do, when all religions are man made anyways (with the possibe unknowable singular exception).
      The whole message is love. Good job ..
      =P
      <3
      =P

      June 26, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
    • Thorrsman

      jonathan and
      HeIsGod, it is those who claim to follow Jesus who have the most to fear if he returns, as there are an undamned few who actually do so, the rest are pious fraud who would be wise to fear judgement.

      June 26, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Thorrsman, the people who need to fear the return of Jesus Christ are the people who have heard the Truth and reject Him.
      No one knows when He will return, only the Father knows.

      June 26, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      @ CatholicMom – AMEN!!!! What is there to fear? If God be for us, who can be against us? I feel confident that when I die, I know that Father will be waiting for me, even if he allows me to see 2050 and Christ returns that year, I would still be ready. But as the Word of God says, no man, angel nor Jesus Christ knows the day or the time of His return....GET READY, GET READY, GET READY....TODAY, NOT IN 2050 – FOR TOMORROW IS NOT PROMISED!

      June 26, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
    • Lawernce

      Well, lets set all human notions aside. A benevolent God who despises evil will see to the end of all evil. God would not be held to any limitation and would eternally seek the eradication of all pain or evil if you will. Oh, bye the way, that last part about "if you will" is absolutely needed for one to grasp the concept at all, otherwise just forget about it or you'll become dangerous to the cause.

      June 27, 2010 at 12:28 am |
    • faithplusnothing

      If they have put their faith in His death, burial and resurrection for their salvation, He will greet them as His child. You seem to have a misunderstanding of what being a believer really is. We are sinners, unworthy of Heaven. Only by His grace are we going to be with Him. Sounds like you are the one He's going to be annoyed with but annoyed is a mild compared to what is in store for those that reject His FREE gift.

      June 28, 2010 at 10:18 am |
    • Chris R

      Will Jesus be annoyed at his followers? I would say he'd be disappointed rather than annoyed. He preached a religion of tolerance, acceptance, love, and peace. He asked us to put aside our worldly cares and our participation in the material things of this world (politics, power, money). He asked us to live with and for each other to make sure we, through God's bounty, can provide for the necessities of life. Comparing his message to the actions of those who preach intolerance, hatred, greed, and love of material things is a sad exercise in de-evolution. Annoyed, no. Sad and disappointed? Yes.

      Of course, the thing is that Jesus isn't coming back because Jesus never actually left us. He exists within all of us if we are only willing to listen and act. Expecting some monumental day of judgment is just silly and, if you actually read what Jesus said (and not John of Patmos), you'd understand that he's not talking about some millenialist religion but a way of living our everyday lives. Jesus wanted us to be better towards one another *now* because it's the right thing, not for some promise of a heavenly reward.

      June 28, 2010 at 11:17 am |
    • Solve4x

      Jesus is coming! Look busy.

      June 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
    • rrock

      He is back already. I saw him on a piece of toast.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
    • Jordan

      He's not coming back. Didn't you see he got struck by lighting? Impossible to come back after that.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
    • carolyn

      Totally agree with you on that! To paraphrase Ghandi- I think I like your Jesus Christ, but I don't think I like your Christians... that's an approximation of what he said... but he can see right through the hypocrisy of many Christians who use their religion to get what they want... and twist the Bible to fit their beliefs... they really give Christianity a bad name...

      June 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
    • victor

      Yes, Jesus has already come back numerous times. Through the janitor, the homeless person, your father who you only knew for a few years; yes; anyone and everyone who has turned a heart towards empathy and/or compassion and/or helped people in numerous ways the news or media has not reported. He was present in an outer form once and now makes many appearances in the kingdom of god (which is within you), inbetween the love and compassion that the wind stirs up in your heart.

      June 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
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