Where Was Jesus Born?

In christianity, Jesus, news insight on December 8, 2007 at 8:11 am

The Telegraph is reporting some statistics gathered from polls in the UK. Here are the questions asked and their responses:

1. According to the story in the Christian Bible, where was Jesus born?

  • 73 per cent correctly said Bethlehem. Of the 27 per cent who were wrong, 10 per cent said Nazareth and 9 per cent said Jerusalem.

2. Who told Mary that she would give birth to a son?

  • 73 per cent correctly said an angel. Of the 27 per cent who were wrong, six per cent said the wise men, five per cent said the shepherds and four per cent said Joseph.

3. Who was Jesus’ cousin?

  • 48 per cent correctly said John the Baptist. Of the 52 per cent who were wrong, 12 per cent said Peter, six per cent said Luke and six per cent said James. 26 per cent said they did not know.

4. Where did Joseph, Mary and Jesus go to escape from King Herod when Jesus was a young child?

  • 22 per cent correctly said Egypt. Of the 78 per cent who were wrong, 52 per cent said Nazareth, five per cent said Babylon and one per cent said Rome.

The most interesting part about these statistics is that they get worse as you narrow down the ages and only look at Britons aged 18 to 24. Statistics gathered from polls are always tricky to deal with given the randomness involved in polling. But I think these stats do point out a well-know fact in Europe; Christianity is on the decline.

As Christian adults, here is our challenge:

contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints
Jude 3
You shall teach them [God’s Words] diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
Deuteronomy 6:7

How are you pouring into the lives of the young people around you so that they will know God’s Word?


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