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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soundoff (483 Responses)
  1. the awakening

    And who created God???

    Yeah chew on that bible thumper.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
    • illlisten

      lol. He's Self-existent, and this is one of the most intelligent reasons to worship Him.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
    • Eric G

      What does "self-existent" mean?

      June 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
    • Julius

      It means he existed himself... or something like that. Or I like elephants.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
    • illlisten

      it means He's always existed and independent of anything, the unmoved mover. this sounds unbelievable, i know. but it's more unbelievable to me that non-living matter and energy exist on their own, and then explode and create life.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
    • illlisten

      lol- yeah elephants are pretty awesome

      June 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
    • Eric G

      @illlisten: So, because you don't have any understanding of physics or evolutionary theory, it must be magic?

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

      calling it magic is the same kind of contempt that you are criticizing believers for showing to you, and i've noticed they have- and they're being disobedient to their Scripture. i wouldn't call it magic if i saw you turn on your car with a key, but someone from an isolated villiage somewhere might. you and i would understand exactly how the key works, but the villiager couldnt know, and neither one of us would call him stupid for thinking it's magic, due to his lack of experience with cars. but you have to admit, neither one of us have the knowledge of how existence came into being, dawkins says to a certain extent no one can really know.

      i'm not calling it magic. i'm calling it easy to Someone who has always existed.

      now- explain to me how it's more likely that unliving eternal (or not eternal) matter and energy developed what we know today than a very strong (in relation to us) and smart eternal personal being did.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  2. Eric G

    Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  3. Eric G

    As an atheist, I condemn your religion, not you. Now, do you believers condemn me?

    June 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Who am I to condemn anyone? Ask God that question...

      June 28, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  4. david

    Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8

    June 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  5. swood

    K guys. You and I know that it is all Santa for grown-ups. But please let them be. It keeps them calm and believing that there is 'justice' somewhere down the line prevents most of them from being as crazy as they would otherwise be.

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

      You mean we would be like you?

      June 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  6. saywhat

    the same people who go to this churches are the people who whant there gun's protected.. really people god would be ok with that? all this people on tv people pray to pay money to..what do people think god meant when he said there shall not have any other god's beside me?.. saying the only way you go to haven is if you beliefe what they beliefe really? is that what god meant by that? people pick who goe's to haven? really? I tought god is .. but than again what do I know

    June 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  7. saywhat

    I beliefe in god... I don't beliefe in church or people who act like there the once going to be saved.. think about it ... people who go to this big expensive churches.. whlie down the street people starving.. who do you think god will save first?...the same people who go to this churches are the people who whant there gun's protected.. really people god would be ok with that? all this people on tv people pray to pay money to..what do people think god meant when he said there shall not have any other god's beside me?.. saying the only way you go to haven is if you beliefe what they beliefe really? is that what god meant by that? people pick who goe's to haven? really? I tought god is .. but than again what do I know

    June 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  8. david

    : Men would mock the warning signs of the end of the age saying, "for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." (2 Peter 3:4). The Bible even reveals their motivation, they love lust (verse 3). They fail to understand that a day to the Lord is as a thousand years to us. God is not subject to the time that He created. He can flick through time as we flick through the pages of a history book. The reason He seems to be silent, is because He is patiently waiting, not willing that any perish, but that all come to repentance.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  9. Todd

    You've got to love all the Christians bringing up scripture to make their case for god. That's like me proving the existence of Harry Potter by quoting Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Afraid it doesn't work that way folks.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
    • Eric G

      Yes.......it does work that way...............cuz the bible tells me so.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  10. david

    But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. 2 Timothy 3 :1-4

    June 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  11. Slovensko

    Because God obviously loves even numbers right? Nobody knows when, but rest assured that He IS coming back. God's patience with man and love for us is unfathomable but I am definitely grateful for it.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
    • CT Thinker

      The question asked in the survey was whether you believed Jesus would return BY 2050, not IN 2050.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  12. Eric G

    If he was comming back, he should do it now. My cousin can get him a great deal on a beach front condo.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      He already owns them all.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
    • Eric G

      Good investment. Especially because he doesn't have to pay beachfront property taxes.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  13. kaiser roll

    this thing may come here but then leave after finding out that the oil spill is bigger news. then maybe it will try again some other time when it is slow news day.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  14. loveandconscience

    Catholic Mom, I have no idea why people say they don't know love. It is a good question though. Maybe they had a really hard childhood with abusive parents and haven't come to terms with that yet. Maybe they are trying to protect themselves from the vulnerability that love often brings with it. That is not a religious issue, but a personal one. A person who cannot love themselves or others won't be able to truly love regardless of their beliefs

    June 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  15. Roberto

    If we don't get this oil leak figured out soon, we will be lucky to be around in 2050, no matter if any strange visitor shows up or not.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  16. The_Mick

    Why 2050? There were those around the year 1000 who thought the Bible said the world would end then, but what's 2050 got do do with anything?

    June 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  17. Randy


    June 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
    • Bubba


      June 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
    • Eric G

      Right....... We will burn in hell because your god is so insecure that he needs to threaten people to get them to love him. Is that why you worship him? Is it because you are scared of him? Wow, what a nice diety you have there. In the old testament it was "You better be good or else I am gonna tell Dad". The new testament is even better...."You better be good because Dad is on his way home". Please don't threaten me with your dad. He's your dad, you be scared of him.

      June 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  18. eric calderone

    I believe Jesus is returning but when I do not know. Knowing that He will return is all one needs to know and a sufficient basis to take necessary action to put one's life in order and be prepared.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  19. hayfield

    Re: Bubba. What kind of pony?

    June 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
    • Bubba

      A REALLY SPARKLY one, and then we'll be best friends forever.

      June 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  20. JPX

    About four-in-ten (41%) expect Jesus Christ to return..." I would have written it as, "About four-in-ten (41%) people are stupid." Isn't it amazing that in 2010 so many people still embrace magic and superstition? I wish I had been born in the future, when all of this nonsense will finally be behind us.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
    • Bubba

      JPX, this IS the future. Good luck.

      June 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
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