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. Howie

    Public statements aside, I doubt you can find 4 people on the planet who ACTUALLY BELIEVE that 'jesus' is coming back. Maybe I give humanity too much credit for intelligence, but this is ridiculous. I mean seriously, who believes this crap?

    July 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    you can't predict the future. gosh, people these days are so freaking stupid, thinking they're all better than everyone else because they are Christan and will go to heaven because they go to church every Sunday. Wouldn't god want earth to be full of happy and friendly people instead of crazy and stupid people who worship him? I'm not saying ANYTHING against Christianity, I think it's a beautiful thing, but people seem to be toltally unaware that their subconscious minds are trying to take themselves over. Logically, I believe it was really science that made humans, but yet again, it could be a religious factor. Seriously, who knows? There was no guy who happened to live during the creation of earth (I'm not taking about god or jesus) and then magically came back in 2010 to tell us how we were made and jesus coming back in 2050. Like I always say, us parents, teachers and adults alike are raising a next generation of utter IDIOTS.

    July 27, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  3. Cheryl

    Gee everyone left?

    July 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  4. cheryl

    The meaning of baptisim is immersion it has nothing to do with sprinkling.

    July 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  5. cheryl

    should say reading not readying LOL

    July 19, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  6. cheryl

    I am absolutely amazed that so many do not believe but they are readying and quoting Bible verses, hmmm I wonder why? very interesting, very interesting indeed.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  7. andrew

    Another wonderful example of the meaninglessness of opinion polls.

    July 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  8. cheryl

    I am absolutely amazed that Christs Church is the final word. Good work God!

    July 16, 2010 at 9:07 am |
    • cheryl

      I bet you are. God does the ultimate of good things He made you didn't he? If you are serious about finding a relationship with God you will search until you do. When you do you will be at The Church of Christ try it you might like it. God Bless

      July 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
    • Cheryl

      God made us he loves us He wants a relationship with us. Is that too hard to believe? I just don't understand when something is so easily laid out that people have to add or take away from it to prove themselves right. The only thing we have to do is believe and obey. That is not as hard as it seems. Look around you can you make a tree from nothing sure you can plant a seed but the seed has to come from somewhere. Apples don't grow on orange trees, Pineapples don't grow on coconut trees . I ;am just trying to plant the correct seed. Go into all the world and preach the ressurection of Christ. I am obeying my Lord and savior. Please think about this for your own sake. thank you. Gods knowledge is larger than man's think about the sze of the earth and you in perspective lets say you are the only person on earth. Doesn't that make you feel small that something bigger is out there? If it were only you alive at the time of Jesus he would have died on the cross just for you to give you mercy and grace All you have to do is obey him

      July 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
    • Howie

      Please go back to the asylum. They are probably very worried about you.

      July 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  9. Christs Church

    to catholic mom Yes, catholics do pray to saints Iknow for a fact because the first 16 years of my life they did that is why uyou have to pick a saints name when you are confirmed. My mother lives with me and her room is a shrine of icons (saints) that she still prays to. I am so glad I grew and now am a follower of Jesus and not a man who wanted to change things to worship his way. A man cannot forgive you of your sins especially when he is committing some of those atrocious crimes agains children. It is not normal for a man (aka priest) to be unmarried. Paul says that in the Bible not the catholic missle. Paul chose to stay unmarried so he could give his all to our Lord Jesus Christ without worrying about a family. Catholosism like any other religion is man made we can do it better than God said we could NOT the only way to worship our Lord and Savior is the church mentioned in Acts 2 that is the church Jesus died for He is the cornerstone. Faith in him and him alone is the only way there are so many conflicts with christianity because man thinks he knows more than God and he doesn't or we wouldn't need God. It will be far worse for those who teach their own doctrine than it will be for those who teach or believe nothing.

    July 15, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  10. Christs Church

    I will not spend time responding to irreverent statements 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. So be prepared today he may come tonight he may come 100 years from now but rest assured he is coming and he will judge every human being on earth. Where do you want to be after the judgement I have made my choice and yest it is hard to stay on the straight and narrow but it is possible . I believe in the word of the Bible I beleive He stilled storm Galilee I belive that he reighns up in heaven and I beliieve that he's the answer for me. Yes, I believe in the one they call Jesus . Yes the bible was writen by men who where there and most wer apostles, unless you've lived since then you are not an apostle. they are all dead. We however can be diciples, which means followers and teachers.of the word of God. I admit some of the greek and hebrew text had words that had multiple meanings and could possibly misinterrpreted but in essence it is still the word of God given to the apostles thru the holy spirit Jesus told them so. and the evidence still keeps on mountng in favor of this. Jesus was not the white man so many artist portray common sense tells you that we know he must have been dark because of where he lived. I don't care what Jesus looked like He saved me from a death by fire and gave me a promise of eternal life. Yes I believe I wish all of you would to. Please don't rely on your own opinions be smart enough to explore and find the answers to these questions you have because obviously you do have questions. aka CherylGod loves all his children and like a good father just wants obedience, Its really not that hard. no one likes to be told what to do but in some cases it is advisable. Have a good day and God bless you all

    July 15, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  11. L1821

    When it comes down to it...whats the harm in believing in God? Eternal life and happiness.... or eternal nothingness? Hmmmm decisions decisions. The only reason you're athiest is because you're too selfish to give up your worldly lifestyle..
    Too bad you're missin' out. No one can make you see that either....you'll learn.

    July 12, 2010 at 9:04 pm |
    • Eric G

      Ah, more threats from the faithful. Why do you fear something that you worship?

      July 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
    • Howie

      The harm is that your belief is quite simply infantile, as well as being factually incorrect. Grow up, open your eyes, and start living the life you actually have, not the fantasy dreamed up by crazy desert nomads 2000 years ago.

      July 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  12. CatholicMom

    The Bible speaks of Gehenna, the unquenchable fire, many times. This is HELL!

    July 10, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  13. CatholicMom

    Yes, Jesus said He would return while some in that time were still alive and they would know his kingdom on earth….that was not a lie.
    Christ gave to his Apostles the work of proclaiming the Kingdom, and through the Holy Spirit forms His people into a priestly kingdom, the Catholic Church, in which the Kingdom of God is mysteriously present, for She is the seed and beginning of the Kingdom on Earth.
    In the Lord’s Prayer we pray for its final glorious appearance when Christ will hand over the Kingdom to His Father.

    July 9, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  14. John

    Put Jesus and Mohammed in the same room and what do you have... nothing!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  15. Joe

    I wonder what these 4 out of 10 dunces are going to do in 2051. Probably just push the date back again.

    July 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  16. David Johnson

    You know guys, I got caught up in this during the Y2K thingy. I watched and listened and was convinced Jesus was coming back sometime in the night, December 31, 1999. I remember going to bed early, after placing a plate of cookies and a glass of milk out for Jesus when he came. How sad I was when I got up the next morning and none of the cookies were gone. Its been 2000 years. Each generation, including the generation of Jesus, has put out milk and cookies. The cookies are always there the next morning. Jesus isn't coming back to save us. We better get busy saving ourselves. God Bless.

    July 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  17. Alan

    No he is dead, dead people don't come back to life, maybe after a few minutes but not 2000 years, I think this is a medical fact. My dad, mom and sister have not come back to life yet either, this would support my theory that dead people stay dead.

    I would also guess that if he did happen to show up Immagration would lock him up, so we would never know away.

    July 6, 2010 at 4:22 am |
    • peace2all

      Yep.....gonna have to agree with you on this one Alan....and the last line......lol.....you may get some fan mail on that one...

      July 6, 2010 at 4:27 am |
    • David Johnson


      Yes, Alan, there is a Jesus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Jesus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Alans. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

      Not believe in Jesus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Judgement Day to catch Jesus, but even if they did not see Jesus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Jesus, but that is no sign that there is no Jesus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

      You must believe Alan! Jesus is alive and often appears on grilled cheese sandwiches. And one day, all the residents from the 4 corners of the earth will look up and see Jesus floating in the air. Have faith little Alan, have faith.

      July 6, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  18. Noble9

    The question isn't whether Jesus is coming back, but whether he ever existed in the first place. There's no independent verification that a guy named Yeshua was the founder of christianity or that he was killed. There is no physical evidence. You'd think that meticulous record keepers like the Romans would've mentioned it. It's the biggest con job in history.

    July 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  19. Sergio

    Are you all 8th graders? There is no god and there has never been one. Only entrepreneurs that see the opportunity in people that dislike thinking. So no, there is no Jesus coming back.

    July 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      You will eventually come to your senses or have the surprise of your life-time! [or should I say death-time!]

      July 10, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  20. Smith in Oregon

    If 'Jesus' returned, he would likely vomit in the nearest dumpster upon learning of all the genocide and mass murder of women, children and men all by his supposed followers, including the Christian leader the Pope himself. Yes, a Pope ordered the kidnapping and murder of a fellow Pope in Alexandra which his soldiers did along with slaughtering 1 Million citizens in that city after sacking, burning and looting it. So much for apostolic succession! I rather doubt Jesus would even remotely be happy about the Vatican Bank hording Billions in stolen Nazi Gold from the Jewish and Romanian Gypsy family's that Gold belongs to for over 70 years!

    It is entirely likely those that would actively move to murder 'Jesus' again if he returned would be Christian church leaders to protect their nefarious activity's, CIA and shadow agency's that are heavily involved in evil activity's, military and the Pentagon complex whose evil empire would dissolve if the world had no wars to fight in.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
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