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Only one in five people in the UK believe that Jesus is God according to Christian survey

by Donna Birrell

20% of people in the UK questioned for a new survey believe that Jesus is God. 

More than 3,000 people were polled, including Christians and non-Christians. 

The research commissioned by Alpha, the Evangelical Alliance, Hope Together, Luis Palau Association and Kingsgate Community Church will be used to help leaders grow the church over the next five years. 

It also found that 45% of people surveyed believe in the resurrection.

Non-Christians questioned, also described the Church as friendly and welcoming, but said it can be narrow-minded and hypocritical at times. 

Church leaders say the findings give an insight into how Christians, the Church and Jesus are perceived by those outside our churches. 

One in three non-Christians, after a conversation with a Christian, said they wanted to know more about Jesus Christ - that's up from one in five in 2015. Rachael Heffer, Head of Mission at the Evangelical Alliance, told Premier : 

"There's still that importance of the Church living out that invitation, the warm welcome of people coming in and yet sometimes battling some of those pre-conceptions of what people might think of the church. 

"It presents good news both for the church across the UK and for us as individual Christian witnesses. It goes to reaffirm what our non-Christian friends think well of us and like us, that there is an ever-greater openness to hear our stories of faith." 

Dr Rachel Jordan-Wolf, Executive Director at HOPE Together said: "This research, that was first done in 2015, it enables us to look over 7 years and see trends that will help us strategically with church growth. 

"It has significant things to say about the church's investment in the younger generations, gives us real hope for the future of the Church and encouragement that now is the moment for evangelism and mission. 

"It reaffirms that, post-pandemic, there has never been a better time, or more need, for us as Christians to invest in making Jesus known."

The research was completed by Savanta ComRes in February 2022 using a representative sample of the population of the UK, weighted so that the data can be used confidently as a picture of the whole UK population. 

 

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