One-half of Americans believe they are going to Heaven, while only one-half of one-percent believe they are bound for Hell. This may come as quite a surprise to the One Who declared, "wide is the road and wide is the gate that leads to destruction, and many there be that go that way; but narrow is the path and narrow the gate that leads to life, and few there be that enter therein."
What a stinging indictment of America's pulpits and pews. The Church is supposed to be "the pillar and ground of the truth," yet, if these polling numbers are true, the vast majority in this Christian Nation surely do not understand the rudiments of sin, salvation and damnation.
It would be comforting, in a way, to believe that this condition is the result of Christians clearly declaring Biblical truths, and Americans rejecting the message en masse; but experience, along with George Barna's surveys and analysis of Christians' attitudes and beliefs, suggests the cause of this widespread ignorance is the flaccid message of a Church uncertain of the authority of Scripture, and of even the existence of absolute truth.
Of course, there are many Christians shining the light of God's truth in the darkness, but unfortunately many more bow to the "I'm OK, You're OK" conventions of secular society. The truth however, is that I'm not OK, and neither are you -- apart from saving faith in the only sufficient substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and His bodily resurrection from the dead.
That's all considered very impolite, intolerant, and hopelessly out-of-date now, but the One Who never changes has assured us that while the message of The Cross is weakness and foolishness to those who are perishing, it is both the wisdom of God, and the power of God unto salvation to those who believe and are being saved.
Do American Christians believe that enough to speak the truth to their neighbors, and from their pulpits? Or do we prefer the Public Relations "victory" of letting our fellows march sanguinly to a Hell they don't believe in, confident of admittance to a heaven that they will not enter, but at least unoffended by the truth.
This poll should be a wake-up call to the Church in America that we must shout from the housetops the truth about man's sin, and God's salvation through Jesus Christ. Too many Americans are dying each day, and wondering why nobody told them the truth about Hell before they got there.