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New study reveals a third of teenagers believe in resurrection of Jesus Christ

by Alex Collett

According to a new study by Barna a third of all teenagers believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

The findings are part of 'The Open Generation,' an unprecedented international research study to understand the identity, values, and views of teenagers around the world which includes responses from nearly 25,000 teens ages 13-17 across 26 countries. 

The stats show 47 percent of teenagers believe Jesus was crucified and 44 percent of teenagers recognise that the Bible is holy, and another 41 percent are inspired by God.

David Kinnaman, CEO of Barna Group said: "Our research shows that teens generally have positive opinions of the Bible, and they're curious about it. 

"Despite these high views, engagement with the Bible remains low, and we see many teens express uncertainty about how scripture can influence their lives and the world around them. 

"Globally, our research shows that teens are motivated to make an impact with their lives, are looking for community and fulfilling relationships, and seeking purpose and direction for their lives. 

"This research presents areas of opportunity for church leaders to help teens connect their questions to the Bible and the answers it provides." 

According to the research teens do not see Christian believers nearly as positively as they see Jesus himself: 

Teens believe that Jesus is more "loving," "wise," and "peaceful" than the Christians who follow him and Christians are seen as more "judgmental" or "hypocritical" than Jesus. 

From the data, Barna revealed three-fifths of teens around the world (59 percent) say there is a Christian Bible in their home. 

Amongst the teens who own a Bible, 88 percent say it is in a language and version they can understand. 

However Bible reading is not the norm for today's teens: one in five teens uses a Bible at least weekly; forty-one percent of all teens never use a Bible.

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