A Pew Research survey reveals that a large majority of Americans believe in the existence of hell, while only four in ten Catholics and Protestants believe the Christian faith is the only way.
A new survey from Pew Research has found that 73 percent of American adults believe in Heaven, while 62 percent believe in Hell. The numbers are similar to 2017, the last time he asked these kinds of questions.
“Among Christians, an overwhelming majority of all major subgroups express their belief in paradise,” but “while about nine in ten Protestants in evangelical and historically black traditions believe in hell, only 69 percent of Major Protestants and 74 percent of Catholics share this belief. recall the authors of the investigation.
Further, “belief is much less common among Americans without religious affiliation (37%), which includes those who describe their religion as ‘nothing in particular,’ half of whom believe in heaven, as well as agnostics (including 26%). % believe in paradise) and atheists (3%) ”, add the researchers.
Meanwhile, 26% of American adults say they don’t believe in Heaven or Hell, including 7% who believe in some other kind of hereafter and 17% who don’t believe in Heaven at all. beyond.
How will the afterlife be?
Those who say they believe in heaven and hell have been asked several questions about what they think of these places, and the survey shows that “many Americans believe in an afterlife where suffering ends entirely or continues in perpetuity “.
Most of those interviewed described Heaven as a “place where people are freed from suffering, reunite with loved ones who have passed away before, can meet God and have perfectly healthy bodies”, among other traits.
When it comes to hell, about half of Americans see it as “a place where people experience psychological and physical suffering, become aware of the suffering they have created in the world, and cannot relate to it. God”. A slightly smaller part said that people in hell can meet Satan.
Who can go to heaven?
Among American adults who believe in Heaven, 39% believe that people who do not believe in God can enter Heaven, compared to 32% who say that only believers can access it.
“Catholics are much more likely than Protestants to say that people who don’t believe in God can go to Heaven (68 percent vs. 34 percent). Evangelical Protestants are particularly restrictive in their opinion, with only 21% of them saying that people who do not believe in God can go to heaven, ”the survey said.
Of the religious ‘no’s’ who believe in Heaven, 27% responded that people who do not believe in God can go to Heaven, while 9% said they cannot.
According to Pew, “Protestants are more than twice as likely as Catholics to say that their faith is the only true faith leading to eternal life in heaven (38% vs. 16%), with half of evangelicals expressing this view “.
In addition, “more Catholics than Protestants say that many religions can lead to paradise and that non-Christians are included (61% versus 35%),” the survey concludes.
This story originally appeared on Evangelical Focus and is republished here with permission.