Pew Research Poll: Most Americans Believe In Biblical God, Heaven And Hell, And Purpose For Suffering

Poll: Most Americans Believe In Biblical God, Heaven And Hell, And Purpose For Suffering

Many Americans hold religious convictions including belief in God, belief in heaven and hell, and the belief that God is not to blame for human suffering.

Pamela Danziger

By Pamela DanzigerDECEMBER 8, 2021

If you only watched corporate media’s coverage of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Organization abortion case before the Supreme Court last week, you’d think very few people still believed in Christianity and its values, prominent among which is the belief that life is divinely created and precious. But a recent poll suggests the majority of Americans do express a belief in God.

In a survey of some 6,500 American adults, Pew Research Center found that many Americans still hold religious convictions including a deep and abiding belief in God, belief in heaven and hell, and the belief that God is not to blame for human suffering.

58 Percent Say They Believe in the God of the Bible

In the survey, a majority of Americans (58 percent) define their God as the one described in the Bible. Another one-third (32 percent) believe in a god or spiritual power, although not necessarily that of the Bible. All told, nine in 10 Americans believe in some higher power working in our world.

As for respondents’ religious affiliation, Pew found some 66 percent identified as Christian — 42 percent Protestant and 21 percent Catholic. Another 28 percent claimed no religious affiliation, including 10 percent who were atheist or agnostic and another 18 percent who said they believed “nothing in particular.”

To square these seemingly contradictory survey findings — 58 percent believe in God of the Bible and 66 percent claim Christian religious affiliation — we can assume some professing Christians may not hold to a strictly biblical interpretation of God. Also, many of those who claim they believe nothing in particular still believe in God or a higher power of one kind or another.

Most Americans Believe in Heaven and Hell

Trusting in God means he controls our eternal destiny. Nearly three-fourths of all adult Americans (73 percent) believe in heaven.

Slightly fewer (62 percent) believe in hell, but who can blame them? The prospects of being consigned there for eternity are grim. It’s a place of torment (51 percent believe in physical suffering and 53 percent in psychological anguish) and eternal separation from God (49 percent).

On the other hand, Americans believe heaven is a place where one is free from suffering (69 percent) and where we are given perfectly healthy bodies (60 percent). God is there (62 percent), as are one’s loved ones who’ve passed on (65 percent).

Americans Don’t Blame God for Suffering

The philosophical question of why a good God would allow earthly suffering initially drove Pew to the survey, in which pollsters found some 80 percent of Americans believe the suffering in the world comes from the actions of people, not God.

That’s because God gives us free will. A slightly smaller percentage (about seven in 10) agree with the statement: “Human beings are free to act in ways that go against the plans of God or a higher power.”

There is also a widespread belief that everything in our lives happens for a reason (68 percent) and that reason is part of God’s greater plan (56 percent). Few (14 percent) let the suffering in the world shake their belief in God. Further, some 44 percent believe that Satan is largely responsible for the suffering in the world.

Thanks Be to God

Sometimes bad things just happen — a belief 86 percent of Americans share. When Americans observe terrible things happening in the world, they overwhelmingly give thanks. Some 71 percent report they feel thankful for the good things in their lives when they hear of other tragedies.

When confronted with others’ suffering, they also feel sadness for those affected (62 percent) and 40 percent have a desire to help those in need. It’s not surprising, then, that the United States is the world’s most charitable nation.

Not only do Americans believe in God who has a plan for their lives, they also believe that God hears them and cares for them. Some 67 percent believe they can get a definite answer to prayer, while 46 percent believe they have had their prayers answered.

God is of the spirit and Americans believe there is a spirit in them. For example, some 72 percent believe it is possible to have a near-death experience where their spirit leaves their body.

Beliefs in God, Good, and Evil Are Unshakeable

Despite the fact that this survey shows a level of unorthodox belief — for example, one-third believe in reincarnation — just about all adult Americans (91 percent in total) believe some higher power is in control of the things we cannot control.

That is God. Science or natural causes cannot fully explain the world as we see it and the things that happen in our lives  — a truth with which 83 percent of Americans agree.

As William Shakespeare’s Hamlet said, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” No matter what religion they profess, Americans are aware that there is more to life — a reason for being — that goes beyond the natural world.

Those of us who come from the Judeo-Christian tradition can explain why belief in God is so prevalent. God has written the knowledge of him and of good and evil on our hearts, as the Bible’s Jeremiah 31:33 says: “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts.”

Be it the Judeo-Christian God or some other higher power, most Americans believe God is the only way to explain how the universe came to be and why each of us was placed on this earth at this point in time. It is an unshakeable belief that most Americans profess. God is indeed good.

Pamela Danziger is a market researcher specializing in the study of consumer behavior and motivation. Author of ten books, she shares insights as a senior contributor on Forbes.com. And as a Christian, she is co-founder of Faith Underground. She holds an M.L.S. from University of Maryland and B.A. in English Literature from Penn State.Photo ItalyGuides.it / YouTube

Published in The Federalist on Dec 8, 2021

Jim McCraken Leads Young Man to Christ

Jim McCracken Leads Young Man to Christ
Jim McCracken Leads Young Man to Christ

Hi Mark,


Sounds like your Thanksgiving service was excellent!


Before Thanksgiving I led a teenager to the Lord. I was speaking to a group about God being the great designer. I said “you are designed by God” and shared from Ephesians 2:10 that we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which the Lord has prepared in advance for us to do. I paused to see if anyone wanted to come to Christ and begin to walk in his design for them. So the young man responded and I shared the gospel with him after the meeting and prayed with him to repent, receive forgiveness, and begin his life with the Lord as his designer!


Blessings to All!


Jim

An Outpouring of Joy in Muscatine

An Outpouring of Joy in Muscatine

“We felt the joy of the Lord, and people came out more grateful than when they came in,” enthused Eriberto and Elena Gomez as they departed the Community in Unity Thanksgiving Celebration.

Success, Success, Success, best describes the event “One Community in Unity ’’ hosted by the Church of the Living Water of Muscatine on Wednesday. November 24, 2021 from 5pm to 8: 30pm.

This event was the dream of Pastor Mark Anderson to reunite the local churches for a Thanksgiving Eve community service. This dream was brought to life by Pastors Ethan Anderson (Church of the Living Water), Terry Warnstaff (Torre Fuente (Strong Tower) Church, English services, Ray Oehme of the Vineyard Church, and Lt. Greg Brock of the Salvation Army.

The event started with intercessory prayers from 5pm-6 pm lead by Tom Lee of Living Water, assisted by Rev. Kevin Powell of Trinity Episcopal Church and the amazing prayer warrior team of Adam and Noemi Santiago from Torre Fuente Church.

Pastor Ray Oehme from Vineyard Church led a community-based band which provided the praise and worship for the evening.

Rather than a sermon, several local pastors interspersed the outpouring of praise and gratitude with short snippets of Scripture and encouragement.

Pastor Brian Oliver of Wesley United Methodist reminded the churches that “God will supply your needs, the secret is contentment.”

LT. Elizabeth Brock of Salvation Army reminded all to let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Chino Jimenez of Calvary Baptist Church with help from Ethan Anderson got people laughing and reminded everyone that it is okay to be thankful for the little things.

The excitement of unity among the churches coupled with the outpouring of gratitude and praise to God caught up the people in an ecstacy of joy that prevailed over the gathering.

We captured some comments following the gathering:

Denise Williams, “God is good all the time.”

Morris Nunn, “It’s a blessing to get the community together.”

Richard Nazareth, “Loved it, an answer to prayer, denominational walls have fallen.”

And Eriberto & Elena Gomez, “An atmosphere of Christian unity, we felt the joy of the Lord,”

The evening ended with an array of pies and cakes for the pleasure of all the attendees. Lori Lotz summed up the attitude of the evening as she experienced the joy and unity of the churches, “We should do this every year!”

Myth #4: There is a War on Cancer

Myth #4: There is a War on Cancer
Myth #4: There is a War on Cancer

War on cancer? The above quote from Dr. Linus Pauling requires a pause. . . .and a cause to think. Let’s examine the history of this “war.”

In 1970, the American people made clear their desire for a cure for the second-leading cause of death in the United States. President Nixon responded during his January 1971 State of the Union address: 

“I will also ask for an appropriation of an extra $100 million to launch an intensive campaign to find a cure for cancer, and I will ask later for whatever additional funds can effectively be used. The time has come in America when the same kind of concentrated effort that split the atom and took man to the moon should be turned toward conquering this dread disease. Let us make a total national commitment to achieve this goal.”

President Richard Nixon

On December 23, 1971, President Nixon followed through on his promise as he signed the National Cancer Act into law, declaring, “I hope in the years ahead we will look back on this action today as the most significant action taken during my Administration.”

So far, so good . . .

At least 2 bilion dollars are spent annualy to fund the “war on cancer.”

But Dr. Linus Pauling Says

Linus Pauling, PhD and two time Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, one of the founders of quantum chemistry and molecular biology and also a peace activist, criticized most cancer research being done. “Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud, and that the major cancer research organizations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them.” 

The U.S. General Accounting Office Exposes the National Cancer Institute

The age adjusted total cancer mortality rate climbed steadily for decades until the early 1990s, when the rate started to fall slowly, due largely to reduced smoking. To encourage continued support for cancer research, now exceeding two billion dollars annually in the U.S. alone; researchers and administrators have misled the public.

In 1987, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) found that the statistics from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) “artificially inflate the amount of ‘true’ progress”, concluding that even simple five-year survival statistics were manipulated. The NCI termed five-year survival a “cure” even if the patient died of the cancer after the five-year period.

Also, by ignoring well known statistical biases, the NCI falsely suggested advances had been made in certain cancer therapies. 

The U.S. General Accounting Office is non-partison and generally regarded as reliable.

So Is There a War on Cancer?

Dr. Pauling and the GAO dispute the “war” or at least the effectiveness of it. As someone who has lived inside the cancer world, I have come to regard the war on cancer as common cancer myth #4.

My next post is myth #5: Cancer is caused by a demon. If you are a Spirit-filled believer in the bible, this post could be a life-changer.

Dangerous Cancer Myth #3: Modern Medicine Effectively Treats Cancer

Modern medicine effectively treats cancer–True or False?

This may shock a lot of people, but let the truth be known.

One of the best large-scale studies on the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatments was published in 2004. Keep in mind that chemo remains the main weapon in the cancer war. It is used in 75 percent or more of cancer treatments.

This study was not conducted by some bitter scientist, but by two highly respected oncologists from Australia. They simply looked at the results of every randomized, controlled clinical trial performed in the U.S. between 1990 and 2004 which reported a statistically significant increase in five-year survival due to chemotherapy.

That is, they looked at the number of cancer patients who survived more than five years (the conventional medical definition of success) following diagnosis and treatment. Here are the results:

Bladder 00.0%

Kidney 00.0%

Melanoma 00.0%

Multiple myeloma 00.0%

Pancreas 00.0%

Prostate 00.0%

Soft tissue sarcoma 00.0%

Unknown primary site 00.0%

Uterus 00.0%

Stomach 00.7%

Colon 01.0%

Breast 01.4%

Head and neck 01.7%

Lung 02.0%

Rectum 03.4%

Brain 03.7%

Esophagus 04.9%

Ovary 08.9%

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 10.5%

Cervix 12.0%

Testis 37.7%

Hodgkin’s disease 40.3%

Overall survival rate for American adults 2.1%

What is the Modern “Track Record” of Chemo, Radiation, and Surgery?

Now with modern advancements in medicine, one would thnk that the “Big 3′ have improved the prognosis for cancer, right? Aren’t’ we curing a greater percentage of people with cancer now as compared to 1950?

The answer is a resounding “NO!” As a matter of fact, the track record of the “Big 3” is so pathetic that the Cancer Industry considers it a “success” if the survival rate of patients who take the “Big 3” actually matches the survival rate of patients who do nothing at all!

Each of those treatments is invasive, has devastating side effects, and treats only symptoms, not the cause of the cancer.

Cancer–Step Outside the Box, Page 109

The above quote comes from Ty Bollinger who wrote the forward for my Answer for Cancer: 9 Keys. Actually, Ty’s book is better and more thorough than my book. If you or someone you know is struggling with a cancer diagnosis, get Cancer-free, Step Outside the Box.

What Oncologists Know But Never Tell

The McGill Cancer Center in Montreal, Quebec, one of the largest and most prestigious cancer treatment centers in the world, did a study of oncologists [cancer treatment doctors] to determine how they would respond to a diagnosis of cancer.

On the confidential questionnaire, 58 of out of 64 oncologists (91%) said that ALL chemotherapy programs were unacceptable to them and their family members. The overriding reasons they gave for this decision were that the drugs are ineffective and have an unacceptable degree of toxicity.

Cancer-free, Your Guide to Gentle, Non-toxic Healing, page 74

Doctor, Would you take Chemotherapy?

A similar and more recent study conducted by the Los Angeles Times found that 75% of oncologists stated that chemotherapy and radiation were unacceptable as treatments for themselves or their families.

Cancer-free, Your Guide to Gentle, Non-toxic Healing, page 74

Does Modern Medicine Effectively Treat Cancer?

Why is the survival rate for cancer so low?

Why does cancer almost always come back after treatment?

Why do most oncologists refuse chemotherapy for themselves and their families?

Why did President Ronald Reagan go to Germany for his cancer treatment? What treatments are other nations using to fight cancer?

What natural treatments are proven effective against cancer?

We need to do some serious thinking about cancer and modern medicine.

Continued Next Week–Myth #4: There is a War on Cancer

Dangerous Myth #2: Cancer is a Lump or a Bump

Dangerous Myth #2: Cancer is a Lump or a Bump

This dangerous yet far-too-common myth is a huge fallacy leading to the premature death of cancer patients. It contributes to misspent millions of dollars. Thousands of loved ones suffer and subsequently die because of this generally accepted myth.

In my own case, I accepted six rounds of chemotherapy. The chemo treatment was effective to reduce the lumps in my lungs. The oncologist and the head nurse actually used sthe word “cure” to describe my condition. They were encouraging and I was relieved. I sent out a newsletter on this site announing to my friends and the entire world that I was now cancer-free!

I was ecstatic. I felt much better and made plans sto return to normal life.

But . . .

Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch

I was doing my best to return to normal life. After thirty days I went back to the clinic for my checkup. I will never forget the shock.

In just thirty days following chemo treatments, the doctor discovered a tumor the size of a tennis ball in my left lung! Cancer had returned with a vengeance!

My world was shaken. I didn’t know what to do. One oncologist wanted to cut my rib cage and remove a lobe of my lung. My regular oncologist gave me a ten percent chance of survival.

For my part, I determined that, if I were to survive, I would have to find something better than conventional medicine.

What Was the Problem?

The problem was the doctors, using chemotherapy, had removed the original tumors and had successfully shrunk the lumps, but they did not stop the cancer. Cancer is not a tumor. The tumor is merely the symptom of the cancer.

But don’t take my word for it. Listen to doctors who are actually curing cancer.

The trouble with chemotherapy, and conventional treatments, is they have no effect on cancer stem cells. They only kill the daughter cells–the cells that are produced by them. So the tumor will shrink, and they’ll claim success, but you haven’t killed the stem cell. So it all just comes right back. And what they found is when it comes back, it comes back infinitely more aggressive than it did before.

Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D., neurosurgeon

. . .when you do surgery or chemo or radiation . . . your’re not getting rid of the cancer.

Dr. Bita Badakhshan, M.D. Center for New Medicine

What is Cancer?

Cancer is not a lump or bump. The tumor is merely a symptom of the cancer, not the cancer itself. In fact, the tumor may even be beneficial because it’s an outward sign that the disease, the actual cancer is active in the body.

Unfortunately, many in the medical profession have adopted this dangerous myth, “cancer is a tumor.” The myth becomes dangerous when it is perpetrated on the unsuspecting patient and populace.

While other explanations for cancer exist, my favorite is “Cancer is an accumulation of toxins that overwhelm the immune system to such an extent that the immune system can no longer overcome the toxins.

Further Thoughts about Dangerous Myth #2: Cancer is not a Lump or Bump

Let’s not blame the medical profession. Doctors are doing their best. Physicians are generally sincere caregivers who are only practicing what they were taught in medical school. Give them a break: Nobody knows everything.

Also, be aware. Cancer is a lifestyle disease. As such, it generally takes a lifestyle change to get rid of cancer. It’s easier to pop a pill or even get a minor surgery than to deal with the cause of the cancer. Let’s try to go to the root cause of the disease for a lasting remedy.

To Be Continued Next Week–Dangerous Myth #3: Modern Medicine Effectively Treats Cancer

7 Dangerous and Common Myths about Cancer

Dangerous Myth #1: There is No Cure for Cancer

This dangerous myth drives the newly-diagnosed cancer patient to despair. It cuts down the faith of Bible-believing Christians. It encourages intelligent people to let doctors cut out their organs and body parts (rarely necessary). It leads naïve people (like me when I was initially diagnosed with cancer) to suffer through chemotherapy.

Let’s bury this deception in its proper grave right now. It’s a lie from the Father of lies, the devil.

Dangerous Myth Debunked: There is a Cure for Cancer–in fact, Over 300

Over 300 proven cancer cures exist (Cancer–Step outside the Box, p 31). I will comment on just two that I know well. I took them every day as part of my cure. Now I take them every day as prevention.

The Budwig Diet

This diet is far and away the most successful anti-cancer diet in the world. What she [Dr. Johanna Budwig] has demonstrated to my initial disbelief but lately, to my complete satisfaction in my practice is: Cancer is easily curable. The treatment is dietary/lifestyle, the response is immediate; the cancer cell is weak and vulnerable; the precise biochemical breakdown point was identified by her in 1951 and is specifically correctable, in vitro (test tube) as well as in vivo (real)

Dan C. Roehm, M.D., FACP, oncologist and former cardiologist

Here’s an added quote from another noted doctor.

A top European cancer research scientist, Dr Johanna Budwig, has discovered a totally natural formula that not only protects against the development of cancer but people all over the world who have been diagnosed with incurable cancer and sent home to die have actually been cured and now lead normal healthy lives.

Robert Willner, M.D., Ph.D.

Essiac Tea

The personal physician for President John F Kennedy made the following statement:

Essiac is a cure for cancer, period. All studies done at laboratories in the United States and Canada support this conclusion.

Charles A. Brusch, quoted from the Essiac Handbook by James Percival

Each of these cancer cures are described in my Answer for Cancer book. Both are made of natural ingredients and precipitate gentle, non-toxic healing. In addition, they are inexpensive.

If you haven’t already, lay aside the dangerous myth that cancer is not curable. The truth is cancer is curable. You can be healed. Cancer is not a death sentence. I know. I was healed from stage 4 inoperable cancer in 2014. Praise God!

To Be Continued Next Week–Dangerous Myth #2 Cancer is a Lump or a Bump

The Crushing Stone Cut Out without Hands

What’s the meaning of the crushing stone cut out without hands? Dan 2:34

We best find out. Here’s the key to nation-building. Here’s the key to understanding and interpreting both history and current events.

The “cut out stone” cuts down kings and the most powerful nations on earth.

What (or Who) is the Crushing Stone Cut Out without Hands?

The “Stone” is Jesus. He is also the living stone (1 Pet 2:4), the cornerstone (1 Pet 26), the precious stone (1 Pet 2:6), the choice stone (1 Pet 2:6), the rejected stone (1 Pet 2:7), the stumbling stone (1 Pet 2:8), the capstone [of the church] (Zech 4:7), the rock of offense (1 Pet 2:8, Rom 9:33), and the stumbling block of the Jews (1 Cor 1:23).

just as it is written:
“BEHOLD, I AM LAYING IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE,
AND THE ONE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE PUT TO SHAME.”

For Daniel and for all the ages, Jesus is the Crushing Stone and the Leveler of the nations and their rulers.

No nation lasts forever on earth, except one: Israel.

The crushing stone cut out without hands is the supernatural Son of God. His origin is eternal, “cut out without hands,” that is, without human agency. He is immortal, invisible, the only wise God.

Remember Him.

He crushes the most powerful nations on earth. In Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, He removed the super powers of the centuries–Babylon, the Medo-Persian Empire, Greece, Rome and it’s successor countries.

He’s the Super-crusher who is “cut out by God” to enable all to see that God’s Kingdom is superior to all the other God-ordained nations of the earth.

Christianity tops nationalism; love of Christ tops love of country; the hegemony of Christ endures beyond the hegemony of the USA, Mexico, China, and every other nation.

All nations, all kingdoms will fade and fail, but the kingdom of God will endure forever.

Are Nations Evil? Is Nationalism Anti-God?

No, not according to the God of the Bible.

and He [God] made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.

Acts 17:26 NASB20

This Scripture shows clearly God made every nation: that He sovereignly chose the years of their birth and demise: that He appointed the boundaries [borders] of each nation..

Furthermore, Revelation 7 indicates each nation and each language is so important to God that each one is represented in eternity.

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all the tribes, peoples, and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;

Revelation 7:9

Kingdoms, countries, borders, languages are all essential pieces of God’s sovereign plan for salvation of the inhabitants of the world.

Yet, in the end, God’s kingdom–the kingdom of The Crushing Stone Cut Out without Hands–overrides and surpasses all.

Photo by Chris Coe on Unsplash. Thanks, Chris.

Are You a Believer or a Disciple?

Are you a believer or a disciple? Jesus showed the difference between a believer and a disciple in the book of John.

John recorded three times Jesus focused on discipleship:

Definition of a disciple

Distinctive mark of a disciple

Proof of a disciple

Definition of a Disciple

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, If you continue in My word, then you are truly My disciples (John 8:31).

Jesus was talking with believing Jews. He wanted to lead them on to greater grace. The key for believers to become disciples is to continue in His word. His word, of course is primarily the Bible. It can also be His spoken word, or the word of the Holy Spirit. Either way, disciples are those who abide in, continue in, stay in, spend time, remain in, live in His word. In a practical sense, this means having a daily time in the Bible and doing what He says.

I often say to people, “It doesn’t matter how much you read; just that you read something every day.”

Are you a believer or a disciple? Jesus is filled with grace and truth. His speech to the believing Jews was meant to lead them to become true disciples.

Many believers struggle and fail to establish a daily time in God’s word. Here’s a promise: His grace (His power) will give you the ability to cross the threshold. He will help all who struggle to have a regular devotional time because this is His will.

God definitely desires to have a daily appointment with you in His word.

Choose a definite time and place to meet with God. He loves this.

Choose a definite place, for example, a favorite chair. Then choose a definite time, for example just before bed, or just after breakfast. It’s best to hook this time to something you do regularly every day. Then agree to meet with God at that appointed time.

Within the past 10 days I have prayed with six adults who chose a definite time and a definite place and agreed to let God meet them there. In following up with 5 out of the 6, each had met regularly with God at the scheduled time and place. God’s grace is powerful to turn believers into disciples.

Distinct Mark of a Disciple

By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another (John 13:35).

Love is the hallmark of a true disciple. His word empowers us to do what love requires–forgive, protect, serve and help other believers. Notice this command of Jesus is to love “one another,” not necessarily outsiders at this point.

Proof of a Disciple

My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples (John 15:8).

The Bible speaks of various kinds of fruit. Literal fruit (apples and bananas), figurative fruit (souls for the kingdom,etc.) and fruit of the womb (children).

Much fruit provides evidence that we are disciples of Jesus. In the context, much fruit is based on prayer. He said, If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you John 15:7. He trusts this amazing promise–not to everyone–but to those who continue in His word!

Why is Discipleship Important?

Believers go to heaven; disciples get rewards in heaven. Believers get to heaven; disciples get treasure in heaven. Let’s not take this lightly. Jesus referenced reward (treasure) in heaven nine specific times in His famous Sermon on the Mount. Moses was motivated by reward (Hebrews 11:26).

Grace is Here to Help

At one point in my life, I wanted to meet with God at 5 am. It was “no can do” morning after morning. Finally, I started asking God for help. Still couldn’t wake up to keep the 5 am goal. But I sensed grace was building. It was like a glass was slowly filling. I kept praying for God’s grace. A few more days of waiting and praying ensued. I could feel the time was coming. I became excited.

As I kept calling out for grace to meet the 5 am hour, one day I sensed the glass was full. From that day onwards, worked! It seemed easy to wake up and get up. It was grace poured out,

I am reminded, Apart from Me, you can do nothing (John 15:5).

Are you a believer? Or a disciple?

9 Bible Reasons to Have More Kids

Why have more kids? You might be surprised. Here are 9 Bible reasons to have more kids.

1 What is the Great Commission?

Many would say, Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations . . .Matt 28:19

Yes; however, that is the Second Great Commission.

The First Great Commission is found in Genesis 1:28: Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it.

This first, great command from God to all mankind takes precedence over all others. It has never been rescinded, removed or changed. It is the original great commission to all humans and still tops God’s priority list.

2 Why does God want married couples to have more babies?

Babies fulfill God’s nature. Is that a surprise? Immediately after making humans into His image male and female, Gen 1:27, He happily commands, Be fruitful and multiply Gen 1:28. In other words, Make more babies–a lot more babies! God, the great Father appears emotional about this. He doesn’t tack on procreation as an afterthought. No, It’s right there at the forefront. He is clearly passionate about this. Multiply, and fill the earth. He’s not just saying add; rather, multiply! and don’t stop until all the earth is filled!

God’s nature is expressed as male and female. God’s nature is shown by His command to make more human babies. God’s nature is revealed in our human sexual drive.

Why have more babies? Because when we do, we are fulfilling God’s nature. We are satisfying the God Himself who created us. His twin aims? Populate earth and populate heaven.

Why have more babies? Because when we do, we are fulfilling God’s purpose for us. This is the reason He created us.

3 Why More Babies? Because to him who has shall more be given

Not just more babies, but more everything!

Want more blessings? Of course you do.

Kari and I learned this principle long ago. When someone offered to give us clothes for the family we said, “OK, thank you!” But if we said, “No, we don’t need any more clothes,” they probably never offered us anything in the future.

This is a Godly principle of Kingdom living: For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away (Matt 25:28).

Let me make this principle clear. We are not talking only about more children, but about more of every blessing of God.

Under God’s provision, we are either gaining or losing each day. Either growing or shrinking. God is a Giver–a superabundant Giver. When He finds someone willing to receive in one area, He willingly gives in all other areas.

It has been hard for me to learn to receive. One of the secrets of faith: Learn to freely receive. The result? We will never lack something to give.

I could not write this except for my wife, Kari. She wanted 12 children. Due to my past, I thought 3 was enough for us. We had a strong disagreement. I could see trouble brewing. Kari challenged me to read the Scriptures. I did, and was convicted.

4 Children are a gift of the Lord Psalm 127:3

If the Governor of your state wanted to give you a gift, would you turn him down?

Let’s Pause for a Moment

Some people want more children but are not married, unable to conceive or bring children to birth. Some of us are past the childbearing stage. We can’t go back. What we can do, however, is encourage young couples to submit child-bearing decisions to God. Who is Lord in this matter?

My pastor was our pre-marital counselor. If he had shown us these Bible reasons to have more kids, it would have been a huge help to our life and marriage.

This message–reasons for married couples to receive more babies–should not be controversial. It’s Bible living 101.

5 The fruit of the womb is a reward Psalm 127:3

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth; Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate
Psalm 127:3-5.

A singular cause of male insecurity is not doing what the Bible says. A remedy for a married man who does not feel successful is to have more children. Children are part of our manly weaponry. Think about it. . .

6 Having many kids glorifies God John 15:8

My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit John 15:8

In Scripture there are several kinds of “fruit.” Fruit of the Spirit, fruit for our labor, natural fruit (think apples), and fruit of the womb (as in Psalm 127).

This is shocking. I’m still trying to process this. We all want to glorify God. And one way to do it is simply to have more kids!

7 Having many children is a proof of discipleship John 15:8

. . . that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples John 15:8.

Strong language!

For some couples this may offer hope: The Greek term used here can be translated become instead of prove. In other words, a young couple who are striving to become disciples of Christ can do so by having more babies, thus fulfilling the original great commission.

8 Why have more kids? So you can be happier!

But don’t take my word for it. Jesus claims These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full John 15:11.

Jesus’ promise is sandwiched between two sentences about following His commands. Many men and women could have happier lives by simply slowing down and having more kids. Are you fully satisfied with life? Are you feeling like there’s more to life?

9 God never intended to spread the Gospel by the Second Great Commission alone

God always intended to cover the earth with the original Great Commission as well as with evangelism. Both are part and parcel of God’s plan of redemption.

Whenever a church or people group practices Genesis 1:28, God multiplies their influence.

The Roman Catholics before the widespread acceptance of birth control

Present day Hispanics

Muslims world wide

China

What will happen when evangelicals, charismatics, and Pentecostals begin to practice the First Great Commission and teach our children to do the same? All of the above groups say, “We believe the Bible.”

There are additional Bible reasons to have more kids. Do any come to your mind? Or do you have Bible reasons to disagree? If you wish, use the comment box below.

Bible reasons to have more kids

Let’s think big–

What a renewal! What a movement! What a cultural phenomenon! America will change. Europe will be transformed. No nation will ever be the same as Christian married couples accept Bible reasons to receive more babies..

The planet will be transformed!

Photo credit from CafeMom.com, the story off Britni Church, “A mother of 11 who is ready for more.”