by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – A new survey led by evangelical researcher George Barna shows that only 40% of US parents consider the Bible to be “God’s accurate word for humanity,” the Christian Post (CP) reports.
“Shockingly few parents intentionally speak to their children about beliefs and behavior based upon a biblical worldview,” Barna said in a statement about the survey results.
Conducted in January by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, the study surveyed 600 US parents with children younger than 13 in order to analyze “the worldview dilemma of American parents,” CP said. The results were published on Tuesday for the Center’s American Worldview Inventory 2022.
The survey showed that 67% of the participant parents identified as Christians, but only 2% subscribed to a biblical worldview as defined by researchers and “emerges from accepting the Bible as a relevant and authoritative guide for life,” CP reports.
Attesting that parents are “both a primary influence and a gatekeeper to other influences” on their children, Barna said in his statement: “A parent’s primary responsibility is to prepare a child for the life God intends for that child. A crucial element in nurturing is helping the child develop a biblical worldview — the filter that causes a person to make their choices in harmony with biblical teachings and principles.”
Barna added: “Every parent teaches what they know and models what they believe. They can only give what they have, and what they have to give reflects their driving beliefs about life and spirituality.”
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