How Many In The US Think Jesus Will Return By 2050

Submitted by: eugenius 7 years ago in Misc
http://www.asylum.com/2010/06/23/pew-research-forty-one-percent-of-americans-believe-jesus-willl-return-by-205/

10 percent? 25 percent? 50 percent? Place your bets, I-A-B.
There are 130 comments:
Male 230
TOO damn many ignoranuses that how many.
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Female 83
(scoffs) Don`t think he has a choice the way things are going now.
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Male 833
every page i go to CrakrJak is posting up a storm arguing with everyone else.
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Male 833
Pshh i met Jesus cutting the hedges next door yesterday.
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Male 2,159
I believe that in the year 2048, we will be at war with the machines, win by a slim margin and witness the whole world collapsing inwards at the North Pole. A sign will pop out saying "Loading Level 2. Please Wait..."

Then we get a whole different set of problems and a fresh Earth to deal with. Our score would be medium, because we conquered the robots and kept just enough people alive, but the Earth we were supposed to protect took some quite heavy damage. Unfortunately there`s a huge cut scene and then we go straight into Lv. 2, so we can`t turn down the difficulty setting :(

I wonder what Level 2 will be like...?
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Male 2,796
LOL I just read this article that says 41 percent of all Americans are stupid.
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Male 384
he might make it by 2050... but then, the tranformer wars of 2025 might make it pointless..... or reality? well, you asked if a fictional character was coming back?

can we have the return of Thor instead? i like him as a "born on dec 25" heliocentric diety anyway....
or maybe horus, ya, i liked the horus story better than the jesus one!
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Female 249
"haha i wonder what a conversation would be like between jesus and a computer? and if the computer was intelligent enough to be self-aware, would jesus try to save it`s sould?"

If I remember right the bible says only humans have souls (so no other animals, plants etc do if we follow this) which would bean a Ai computer wouldn`t either I guess if you follow the Bible?

Ten bucks says we get a terminator vs Raptor Jesus showdown. I`d pay to see that.
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Male 240
Sure, go ask people not living in the suburbs, see what they think. Statistics are so much fun when they`re so very lame.
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Male 1,013
How can a ficticious being come back???

... oh wait... that`s right... sql.
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Male 20
Where do people get these crazy ass pole statistics? 84% of these things are complete bogus.
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Female 3,598
*soul
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Female 3,598
haha i wonder what a conversation would be like between jesus and a computer? and if the computer was intelligent enough to be self-aware, would jesus try to save it`s sould?
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Male 17,511
Raokin: You made a good point.

Stalin, Mao, Kim Il Sung, Che Guevara, Castro, Hugo Cahvez, Kim Jong Il, etc...
All brutal dictators, All communists, All very scary.
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Male 17,511
davymid: IF that`s your way of saying your afraid of Theocracies, I can understand that.

Saying your afraid of a leader that`s a Christian fundamentalist is just paranoid. Seriously, We don`t bite.
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Male 701
Haha, I love Pew polls...
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Female 452
"Bad things can happen when religious fundamentalism becomes widespread, especially when it gains a position of power."

When you look at atheistic totalitarian states, they tend to replace traditional religion with personality cults surrounding their leaders. Fundamentalism doesn`t require a belief in any god. Worshipping a living person is creepier than worshipping a non-existant god and worse in many ways.
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Female 452
I wonder what the results would be if they asked Americans whether they believed the world would end in 2012.
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Male 2,748
i wanna see jesus talk to a computer... and jesus and chuck norris duke it out
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Male 12,138
Crakr, I`m not paranoid of Christians. I`m paranoid of religious fundamentalists, whatever particular flavour they happen to be. Bad things can happen when religious fundamentalism becomes widespread, especially when it gains a position of power.
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Male 5,194
>>I simply believe because logically speaking, it is the absolute best choice in this situation.

Funny, the Muslims say the same thing about their religion. Say they freely chose it and it was the best choice blah blah blah. More than 99% of you "freely choose" the exact same religion you were born into. Obviously you are lying to yourselves.
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Male 368
inb4 faith/logic
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Male 368
Here let me help you...

Religious: How can you prove it`s real?
Atheists: How can you prove it`s fake?
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Male 3,296
", we still want to stick around until 2050 so we can see Jesus talk to a computer!"

That made me laugh
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Male 798
Pizzaroll: You say you follow Christ because you`re essentially following morals that you already possess. Do those morals include murdering, plundering, and pillaging? I understand that Christ was supposed to be the "lamb of God", but that doesn`t erase the fact that you follow a God that has, in actual scripture, "commanded" his followers on numerous occasions to invade cities, or perhaps if you prefer, abuse of women in that society.

Also, what is your case for the glaring inaccuracies and contradictions? I find that many Christians, since my family is full of them, seem to pick and choose what they believe from their own holy book.
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Male 232
... I simply believe because logically speaking, it is the absolute best choice in this situation. I have no proof, and yet a sh*t ton of reasons telling me that I should still believe, and accept. Now, at the max, my lifespan will be very unlikely to reach past 110 years. I`m figuring, that after about age 50, based on my families genetics, I`ll probably have minor health problems that will only continue to grow over time, making my last 20-30 years hell on earth. According to the Bible, all of that will be behind me when I am revived for Christs 1000 year reign on Earth. So... I can live, in a perfect body, with a perfect mind, for 1000 years? thats at least 10 times my current life expectancy, and in a perfect mind and body. All I have to do is live by the morals and values that I already had anyways, and believe that Jesus existed, and died for our sins. That`s a hell of alot of motivation for something so small.
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Male 232
Well, I`m a Christian, and way contrary to the apparent popular belief around here, I actually don`t blame anything on this planet on God. In fact, according to the Bible, neither God nor Lucifer will have any effect at all on this planet until armageddon. I also don`t believe it`s right to attack someone over their beliefs, whether it`s someone believing in another religion, or someone not believing in any religion. Truth be told, I don`t give a flying f*ck what happens to any of you. You could all die tomorrow and it wouldn`t effect me in the least. With that said, I`m not trying to turn you, because I don`t give a damn about your "eternal soul". I simply feel that it would be dishonorable to not explain myself. So why do I believe when I clearly don`t give a damn? Logic. That`s really all there is to it. On the one hand, I have a hard time believing religion for no reason at all, but on the other hand, I`m not so stupid that I refuse to believe in something that there is n
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Male 798
Davy: I understand why you said the human species is in danger, but maybe it was a bit much.

HOWEVER, when confronted with the utter ridiculousness of the rapture, nobody is denying their belief in it. Not even a "Oh yeah that does sound pretty drating retarded now that I think about it." How can anybody with a semi-rational mind look at that situation with any kind of legitimacy.



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Male 424
surveyed 1546 people? that`s not alot to represent all of America, plus it would be biased if they were all from Texas.
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Male 17,511
davymid: I don`t know exactly how the rapture will happen, No one does. Nor does anyone know when this will happen, As I stated very early on in this thread. It may not happen in our lifetimes or even our children`s lifetimes.

What is weird is your paranoia of Christians, As if you believe we are all planning to make it happen. I can assure you no human being will direct the timing, It`s in God`s hands and we will not know when.

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Male 40,236
elkingo . . . I don`t know about women losing things, but I`ve met quite a few Men who had their balls taken away by a Woman.
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Male 40,236
I don`t bother with the end of the world as there isn`t much I can do to prevent it {however it comes about}.

I`m just tired of Christrians {and now muslims} trying to legislate their faith and value system on me.

Churches should not be Political Entities. When they do, they go astray.

Jesus never said "Hey Peter, let`s get a law passed through the Roman Senate to put our God in the schools"

`nuff said
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Male 5,620
davy, how many women have you ran into that a Christian has removed her clit?
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Male 5,620

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Male 12,138
Haha Elkingo, no. I`m quietly confident that a christian is not going to sneak into my house some night and cut off my clitoris.
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Female 4,039
vv LOL!
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Male 4,593
If he does show up, I am SO gonna kick him in the balls as hard as I can.
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Male 5,620
"davymid: Also, you`ll appreciate that societies that force clitorectomies are human beings, yes, but the reason these heinous crimes against basic human rights continue to this day (it`s 2010, for f*ck sake) is purely because the people persecuting these crimes are doing so for fundamentally religious reasons. Subset of the former. In that case mainly Islamic, granted. But religious fervour is religious fervour, whatever particular brand of religion you happen to choose (or more likely, happen to have been born into). "


Wow..just wow. You better get them before they get you huh? I mean really.. do you even know what this sounds like? I mean, you may find several people to agree with you.

You need to think about your emotions involved here, and ask yourself, is this a rational conclusion? I believe you are emotionally driven man, and you should really sit back and ask yourself if that is what is best.
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Male 5,620
Good grief Davy.. you sound like a paranoid conspiracy theorist. The Christians are out to get you? really?

I can make a referral to a atheist therapist if you wish, I know quite a few in my line of work in the field of psychology.
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Female 3,726
MY JESUS:


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Male 6,693
Why 2050? Why not 2060?
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Female 4,039
In other religious news, yesterday, some village in India held a wedding for two frogs in order please a Hindu god so it would would bring needed rain to their area.
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Male 45
@Oystah Better yet.. Jesus is Coming.. Tell that chick to open her mouth.
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Male 4,745
It amazes me how many folks continue to believe in religion, even though there is zero proof or evidence of any kind. You only believe it, because you grew up being told to believe it. That`s it. How can you base your life on that?!?

More so, how can you account for all of the glaring error and inaccuracies in the Bible?

And...don`t turn it around and say how can I believe science with it`s inaccuracies. Everything we know about science could be wrong, that doesn`t make religion correct.
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Male 12,138
Crackr, lemme make sure I`ve got this right. You believe that that all born-again Christians will one day simultaneously vanish into thin air, leaving piles of clothes on the ground and their cars to go driverless off the road. After this Twilight Zone-like opener, all hell will break loose for seven years, a titanic battle between God and his angels on one hand and an evil Beast on the other will rage on the ancient battleground of Armageddon in modern-day Israel, and Jesus will return riding in the clouds and reign in Jerusalem for a thousand years. Anyone who hasn’t already accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior beforehand will then be cast into a lake of fire to deep-fry forever.

Yet I`m an irrational, possibly mentally ill tin-foil-hat wearing moonbat?
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Male 12,138
[quote]I`m not the only one here, Davy, That believes the rapture will occur. Trying to make me sound like some kind of loner nutjob only goes to prove how phobic you are of Christians and frankly it speaks volumes to how irrational your beliefs about us are. I asked you for some rational proof of your beliefs, Because what you typed was total tin foil hat moonbattery[/quote]
*sigh*
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Male 798
@DogSoldier: They will simply keep pushing the date back endlessly. :p
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Female 4,039
Jesus is coming - look busy.
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Male 87
"To you I`m an atheist, but to God...I`m the loyal opposition" ;)

I wonder when Jesus is supposed to come back when he doesn`t come in 2050. Same deal with the guys thinking doomsday in 1999/2000 i guess. "Gah, entering the new millenium didn`t do anything...let`s go with 2012 then!"

Better luck in year 3000, Jesus.
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Male 2,229
Man, that 41 percent is really going to be butt hurt when nothing happens in regards to that fictional character.
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Male 4,793
Did you know that, based on a Harvard study, 74% of all people will believe any statistic with a percentage in it?
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Female 131
wow... and this is one of the leading world powers.
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Male 1,360
Jesus is back and he`s watching the world cup
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Male 29
I know this thread is dying here but just one more thing from me. maybe 54% of americans do believe the bible to be a literal document but quite frankly actions speak louder that words. Nobody is beating my door down to save me from a LITERAL eternity of torture and misery beyond comprehension nor are these people acting in such a manner as to prevent a similair fate for themselves a lot may talk the talk but very few actually walk the walk. Love thy neighbor, turn the other cheek, let he who is without sin cast the first stone, most people only truly put their faith into practice when it is convenient or to prove a point, maybe just to play devils advocate. I don`t know much about christianity but didn`t David Burkowitz repent at the last minute? its just lip service. Religion has set mankind back a lot but its also given man a conscience when there is little earthly consequence for his actions. Imagine a world with no religion at all, all the ugliness is our fault as people.
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Male 148
This is HILLARIOUS. I`ll say no more lest I be tar and feathered.
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Male 17,511
Davymid: [quote]I`m not the one claiming that the Rapture will occur..[/quote]

I`m not the only one here, Davy, That believes the rapture will occur. Trying to make me sound like some kind of loner nutjob only goes to prove how phobic you are of Christians and frankly it speaks volumes to how irrational your beliefs about us are. I asked you for some rational proof of your beliefs, Because what you typed was total tin foil hat moonbattery
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Male 12,138
[quote]You think rapture believing Christians are mentally ill ?[/quote]
I believe you were the one suggesting I seek psychological help for my obvious mental illness, 15 posts or so ago.

I`m not the one claiming that the Rapture will occur, wherein Christians (only Christians, mind you!) will be caught up in the air and meet the Lord. That`s all before the Tribulation, which will last for seven years and Armageddon will happen at the end of the Tribulation. Then the returned-from-the-dead Christ will reign on earth for a thousand years.

Dude. Have you listened to yourself? Seriously? And you were suggesting a while back that I might be mentally ill?

I respectfully suggest we both stop posting now and meet again on the next debate. We`re just making a spectacle of ourselves here.
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Male 9,305
So we`re all over the whole 2012 end of the world thing now? Because everyone was all getting worried and scared and were making their last plans...you know...end of the world there...taking it so seriously...there was a movie about it...?

No? All done with that toy then? Not playing with it anymore? Okay...
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Male 583
you are all gay, stop arguing and have a beer
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Male 17,511
davymid: GW Bush never said that Nuclear war was inevitable or that it would be `God`s Will` if it happened. I believe you are misinterpreting.

You also stated the world was `...in grave danger because the President... believed literally in... Armageddon`. Just because Christians believe in prophecy, Doesn`t mean they believe they have control over it. GW Bush overseen the destruction of thousands of nuclear weapons, American and Russian. He never escalated the risk of a nuclear war and he even fought against their proliferation.

Are you really this phobic about a Christians as presidents or prime ministers ? You think rapture believing Christians are mentally ill ?

You keep digging yourself into a hole with your phobias and irrational beliefs about Christians.

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Male 12,138
2) Disconcertingly, you speak of the belief in the Rapture as something that`s rational and normal. I`m concerned here about religious fundamentalists in positions of power... Are you seriously suggesting that I`ve got a warped view of extreme religiosity, and that the more balanced, level-headed Christians "believe in the rapture (That means Christians will be caught up in the air and meet the lord, Before the tribulation). The Tribulation will last for seven years and Armageddon will happen at the end of the tribulation. Then Christ will reign on earth for a thousand years."?

If so, my friend, then I`m afraid I`m not the one that needs to get a grip. The Rapture? Seriously? I live my life by rationality, logic and observable evidence...

Not your best post, Crakr. I`m afraid you may have made yourself look a bit unhinged with this one.
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Male 12,138
vv Crackrjak, I`ll answer that in two parts, if I may.

1) Tin-Foil Hat, I`ll agree. Not my words. George W Bush`s words. I`m not saying that he would have instigated global nuclear conflict, just saying that if it had started, he wasn`t the most qualified rational logical human being to do all in his power to stop it. It`s God`s will, after all. And again, he was the guy with the nuclear codes. THIS is the danger of electing fundamentalists to office, whatever their particular flavour of religious salivation [sic].
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Male 17,511
Davymid: [quote]But religious fervour is religious fervour, whatever particular brand of religion you happen to choose[/quote]

So you`re equating fundamentalist Christians (and other religions) with Radical Islam ?

When is the last time Christians stoned someone exactly ? A thousand years ? When is the last time Christians hacked off hands or beheaded people for minor crimes ? When is the last time Christians, If ever, `Honor Killed `their daughters for apostasy or being to secular ?

You`re overreaching in your claim that `fundamentalism` is [quote]...the reason these heinous crimes against basic human rights continue to this day[/quote]

Real `fundamentalist` Christians are like the Amish and Mennonites, Pacifists, And no one could accuse them of human rights abuses.
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Male 798
"1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
The Tribulation will last for seven years and Armageddon will happen at the end of the tribulation. Then Christ will reign on earth for a thousand years."

Sounds pretty rational to me...
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Male 17,511
davymid: [quote]... the human species were in grave danger because the President... was a man who believed literally in the reality of the prophecies of Armageddon. He believed that Armageddon (a) was inevitable and that it would be a nuclear war, and (b) that it was god`s will that that should happen.[/quote]

That`s more tin foil hat moonbattiness then you accused of the 9/11 truthers of being. You Really believed GW Bush would`ve used nukes to cause `Armageddon` ?


You`ve got a really bent and warped view of Christianity there man. First off, Evangelical Christians believe in the rapture (That means Christians will be caught up in the air and meet the lord, Before the tribulation).
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
The Tribulation will last for seven years and Armageddon will happen at the end of the tribulation. Then Christ will reign on earth for a thousand years.

GW Bush believes in the rapture, So do most Christians. Get a grip.
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Male 207
@slayer50515,

I agree...you could ask one city a question like that and have 60%-70% say that they think he`ll be back before 2050. Similarly you could ask a different city the same question and get only a 10%-20% response in favor.

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Male 732
It`s incredible how many adults still believe in fairy tales.
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Male 215
I so want Jesus to talk to a computer. I don`t care if there`s a nuclear WWIII beforehand.
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Male 987
OMG THEY SURVEYED LESS THAN 2K PEOPLE BECAUSE EVERYONE KNOWS THATS AN ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE RITE??!?!1?!?/

Two points for trying, minus ten for saying those results mean something. That could MAYBE be considered a pilot study for that COUNTY in that state, not the entire drating nation.
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Male 12,138
Also, you`ll appreciate that societies that force clitorectomies are human beings, yes, but the reason these heinous crimes against basic human rights continue to this day (it`s 2010, for f*ck sake) is purely because the people persecuting these crimes are doing so for fundamentally religious reasons. Subset of the former. In that case mainly Islamic, granted. But religious fervour is religious fervour, whatever particular brand of religion you happen to choose (or more likely, happen to have been born into).
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Male 12,138
[quote]can`t we just agree that "christian" is a blanket term just like "american" or "human being" before you get your panties in a bunch. You think I`m real proud to be a human being when certain segments of that group believe in forced clitorectomies...[/quote]
You`ll find that this is 41% of Americans believe Jesus will return to earth before 2050. Of more relevance, I posted a link to a reputable, reliable source poll that 54% of Americans believe that the Bible is LITERALLY true. This is emphatically not just an small extremist fringe of religious wackjobs we`re talking about here.
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Male 1,674
and 1546 is enough people to make that claim.

Furthermore, for any survey like this, where the answer is a yes or no type thing, the most people you would need to survey to make the claim that you are 95% certain that the answer is +/- 2.5% is 1537, and that`s regardless of the size of the population. The only reason you would need more that that is if you want your confidence to be greater than 95% or you interval to be smaller.

This assumes an indipendent random sample or people, which for a country as large as the us, can be difficult to setup.
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Male 1,674
For those of you who are wondering if the sample size was too small, it`s not. When they report 41% believe in ...., they`re not actually saying exactly 41% believe in ..., they`re reporting on a range. So it`s 41% +/- some degree of error. Say the error is 2.5%, then what they`re really saying is that the percentage of americans who believe that ... is between 38.5 and 43.5%. Even that isn`t 100% garenteed. You can`t be 100% confident that the actual percentage of americans who believe that ... is between 38.5 and 43.5, but you *can* say that you are 95% confident this is the case. And in fact, that`s what they are telling us with that statistic.

They are 95% confident that the percentage of americans who believe that jesus will return by 2050 is between 38.5 and 43.5

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Male 29
can`t we just agree that "christian" is a blanket term just like "american" or "human being" before you get your panties in a bunch. You think I`m real proud to be a human being when certain segments of that group believe in forced clitorectomies, the medical benefits of raping a virgin or the profitability of war. My grandparents were christians and they were great people, Jack van Impe is a christian and I think he`s a creep Fred Phelps is a total douche nozzle.
If you get bogged down with labels and terminology your gonna miss the point. In all groups there will be moderates and extremists, good folk and bad folk. Some Christians believe armageddon is gods will, which means some people think armageddon is gods will, thats makes us all look bad no matter what you believe in.
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Female 10
I never trust a survey unless I`ve been personally asked that question.
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Female 1,677
I don`t think Davymid is the one who needs help...
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Male 12,138
[quote]davymid: Are you trying to suggest that Christians want to blow up the world to cause Jesus to return ? I hope you`re joking, Because if you think that you need help.[/quote]
Crackr, not saying that at all. What I`m saying is that, for eight years the United States and the human species were in grave danger because the President of the United States was a man who believed literally in the reality of the prophecies of Armageddon. He believed that Armageddon (a) was inevitable and that it would be a nuclear war, and (b) that it was god`s will that that should happen. And consequently we were always in danger, that whenever a situation might arise, we could not count on our Evangelist-in-Chief to do everything possible to preserve peace in the world. If, I mean, after all, who is he to contradict the will of god, if he thinks that god really wants nuclear holocaust to fulfill the prophecy?
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Male 17,511
davymid: Are you trying to suggest that Christians want to blow up the world to cause Jesus to return ?

I hope you`re joking, Because if you think that you need help.
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Male 495
41% of the surveyed Americans.
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Male 10,855
My thoughts:


Cuz this is just typical.
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Male 66
Lolboy, I took a rudimentary high school class on statistics, and 1500 is actually a pretty big sample size. Of course, out of 300+ million people, it could be biased like crazy in one way or another.
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Male 12,138
[quote]This is why it is difficult to have rational debate with certain demographics in America. Its hard to debate scientific reality with people who believe the ghost man in the sky is due back any day to whisk the righteous off to paradise.[/quote]
Where it becomes REALLY scary is when those people have the nuclear codes...
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Male 1,598
In the Bible, they believed that Jesus was coming back just a few years after he died.

I guess people are just convinced that it`ll happen in their lifetimes, for some reason?
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Male 798
I know people are saying that 1500 is an acceptable number from a statistical point of view, but I`m still confused.

Ok, if they surveyed 4,000 the result might be the same. But of a country consisting of, what are we at, like 400,000,000, do the results still transfer?
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Male 312
...Nobody asked me, I`m in the US.
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Male 4,014
This is why it is difficult to have rational debate with certain demographics in America. Its hard to debate scientific reality with people who believe the ghost man in the sky is due back any day to whisk the righteous off to paradise.

Ooooooookkkkkkkk.

P.S. - To those who say the sample size is not enough, I don`t have the room to explain, but that was a large sample size, and statistically accurate within a high degree of probability within the sampling error.

So, within the demographics they surveyed, it is likely another random poll of the same demographic would result in the same results.
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Male 160
shadow946
no mine is Australia
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Male 519
the computer thing sounds 100% more likely to happen
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Male 246
damn you rainbowfarts and your faster typing speed.
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Male 246
@razlem -
Statistics 101. They control for all this by conducting a random sample. And Pew is a credited group that employs proper statistical methods. So you can say with about 99% certainty that these results hold true for the population as a whole.
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Female 798
razlem, unless a crappy group did this study, 1500 is a very acceptable number to represent the US population (hoping it was a random sample, more would be extremely expensive and doesn`t really yield much of a difference when compared to a 1500 person sample) and I`m pretty sure they sampled from across the country so geography doesn`t matter
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Male 25,416
heres to hoping!
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Male 21
Is Canada just every American`s back up plan?
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Male 486
Jesus was a Mayan computer program that cured cancer.
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Male 1,218
I think it`s more likely Cthulhu will show up before the zombie Jew.
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Male 533
1st- 1500 people does not represent 310 million
2nd- it depends where you conduct the poll. The south will have a higher percentage than the north.
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Male 5,194
That`s it - I`m moving to Canada.
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Female 665
face palm.
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Male 300
Yeah, apocalypse!
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Male 798
Uh, they surveyed 1,549. Not really an accurate test for "of all Americans", imo.
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Male 7,378
Gotta survive 2012 first.
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Female 1,515
@angelmassb, cobrakiller etc. Could still happen in 2012! The poll asked if he would appear BEFORE 2050, incase he forgot the date and ends up a few years late.
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Female 1,515
They`re just going to ignore how stupid they look and predict year 2100, when 2050 comes and goes and Jesus still hasn`t reappeared.
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Female 3,574
k? how the heck do they "predict" that? lol
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Male 1,149
The other 59% don`t buy it because they know they think the world will end in 2012
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Male 756
you thought your lag was bad, its going to take jesus 2050 years to respawn!
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Male 515
Hmm, i think some people are ill informed, he`s living and preaching in south america already.

for future trolls this was from Religulous
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Male 383
Slowly loosing faith in humanity .-.
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Female 211
So 41% of the American population believes in zombies?
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Male 7,839
they also believed it would happen in 2000 and now in 2012.
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Male 2,034
Also, 87% of statistics are made up on the spot. It`s a fact.
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Male 486
I thought the Bible said Jesus wouldn`t return until the end of the world.
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Female 2,674
Lelio, with polls, you pretty much have to take a small sample (unless you`re the govt and can send polls to everyone and hound them until everyone fills them out). If the sample is random and an accurate representation of the country on a smaller scale (i.e. different races, different states, different income) then it doesn`t matter that they didn`t poll every single person and it`s still fine for them to say _% of Americans.
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Female 452
I totally agree Lelio. Polls can be very misleading.
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Male 877
would jesus return? no, there`s no such thing as ghosts...
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Female 914
ditto that thought mmill928. but when you think about it, it`s the only way to keep people in the sucky place they are already in instead of actually doing anything about it, "you`re poor now, but in heaven you`ll live like a king!"
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Male 1,195
Lelio`s right, I didn`t even get asked to participate. I guess I`m not American.
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Male 639
Pah don`t listen to them, they also think they have a chance at winning the world cup ;)
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Male 51
I`ve never liked the whole "___% of Americans think _____."
Really, it should be "___% of the couple thousand Americans we polled think _____."

In this case, 1,456 out of... What, 310 million U.S. citizens?
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Female 275
It`s terrifying to think that people who are in positions of power think that all the world`s problems will end when Jesus comes back, that he`s coming back soon, so we don`t need to worry about poverty, hunger, conservation or pollution because Jesus will just fix it anyway.
Scary.
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Female 737
Ahaha, The return of Jesus, ahaha... oh cr*p, they`re serious?
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Male 12,138
What`s more disturbing is that 54% of Americans believe that the Bible is literally true. LITERALLY true, every word... Wow.
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Male 15,510
So... forget 2012, its 2050 now?
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Male 4,546
Islam says Jesus` return will be on a Friday. So 1/7 chance of being right. FYI.

To be fair that interpretation is disputed, but still a fun fact that most Muslims seem to believe.
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Male 92
"Who needs Jesus? Thanks to BP the water in the gulf is so thick we can all walk on water.



Kilroy 11:23 Jesus was here!"

Actually oil is thinner than water. So yeah, you fail.
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Male 92
1/2 of those 2 were joking I hope :/ I am sure 1/5 people are batpoo crazy but not 2/5... or has the south been making babies when no one is watching!?!?
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Male 40,236
Who needs Jesus? Thanks to BP the water in the gulf is so thick we can all walk on water.



Kilroy 11:23 Jesus was here!
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Male 440
8O FFS America WTF?
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Male 17,511
Not surprising, People have been predicting his return before the fall of Rome, Then the year 1000, and every 100 years since.

Matthew 24:36 & Matthew 24:43-44, No one will know when.
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Male 1,620
Link: How Many In The US Think Jesus Will Return By 2050 [Rate Link] - 10 percent? 25 percent? 50 percent? Place your bets, I-A-B.
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