Revealing Statistics: America in Decline
Subtitle: Present Costs of the War against God
This is the main page of an extensive collection of statistics testifying to the spiritual decline of America. See the Table of Contents below for the rest of this 18 sectioned series. The single page version is very large (2.20MB). A smaller recent PDF file of that version is HERE (best for viewing except on mobile screens). Home page: www.peacebyjesus.com
Preface: As this page helps to show, an undeclared “war” is being waged against God which has and is costing America (and the world) mightily in souls, lives and money. While these statistics mainly help to quantify the earthly expenses of such, those who war against the Almighty will also realize a cost that is far, far worse and eternal, as souls that reject the Lord Jesus Christ demonstrate they love darkness over light, sin over Him, and cannot be allowed into Heaven. Rather, "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God" (Ps. 9:17) While 81% of Americans in a recent poll said this nation is on the wrong track (New York Times/CBS News poll April 2008), few realize that what is most critical is our relationship and obedience to almighty GOD, which is the right track.
Statistics which help reveal the spiritual, moral, physical, and economic condition of America
The LORD does not need statistics, for “the eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Prv. 15:3), and all of our works are recorded by Him, from the first to the last. But followers of Christ are to love righteousness and hate evil, as He does (Heb. 1:9), (and which I come short in) and repent of our failures do to so, and love of God includes warning the wicked (Ezek. 33:8; Jn. 7:7; Eph. 5:11), and seeking to turn many to righteousness (Dan. 12:3). And as every soul and nation shall answer for their faith and deeds (2Chr. 26:11; Mt, 25:31-46; 2Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:11-15) — and as Hell is real — it is my prayer that this study may help awaken this nation to “seek the LORD while He may be found,” that as Christians we may be holy ourselves and may intercede for this nation as well as for others, that as many as possible may turn in their hearts from sin to the risen LORD Jesus, and find salvation through faith in Him who died for us and rose again. To God be the glory!
“If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2Chr. 7:14).
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Notes on this compilation
This compilation of statistics (stats), began around 1999 as an informal collection of statistics for my household, by an inexperienced researcher – me! So this is not a professional-type compilation, and my source attribution methodology was/is unorthodox, yet I think it provides more immediate access to the source. The statistics primarily cover from 1992 to 2012, though a few stats go back further, and I have listed the source (and or the link) from which i found the statistics (or their source) directly after the the first listing from such. For many consecutive statistical listings from the same source I place an up arrow (^) to the last aforementioned source, usually along with the source number which corresponds to the bibliography (^1) at the end of each section. For such there is also a master list after section 16. However, newer consecutive listings from the same source will just place an up arrow to the source.
All statistics, unless otherwise noted, are for the United States and should allow for at least a small degree of error (i think pollsters usually allow for up to 5% error margin). You might want to do your own research, such as through an online search engine like Google for more information. While the URLs of sources are usually provided, mostly are not live, or deep linked, due to their or my concerns. Links were valid when listed, though some may be "dead" at a later time. See special note here on Barna.org links.
As regards copying and use, it is my understanding that statistics themselves may not necessarily be copyrighted, but compilations can be, and (outside those from the Government) permission may need to be granted when using many quotes from one source (such as Barna Research, which i originally did). Otherwise the "Fair Use" clause would apply, in which, the best i understand it (feel free to correct me), some copyrighted material may be used for educational or commentary works, or critical reviews, and wherein only a small percentage of the entire work is quoted (and proper accreditation is provided). This work itself is not to be used for commercial enterprise, and any republishing of these statistics should be credited to their listed or their most original source, if found.
Disclaimer: I do appreciate being able to find as well as provide these statistics, but links to other sites DO NOT IMPLY that I recommend or agree with all of the content that a site may offer, or the conclusions of that source, and with some here I am sure I would not, especially as regards their advice on sexual morality, but I simply reference them as sources. All advice or moral positions are to be examined in the light of the Word of God, the Bible (1 Thessalonians 5:21), by faith in which we find true liberty, with it's necessary and beneficial limits. Praise the Lord!
This collection is commented on from a Christian perspective, helping to reveal the spiritual condition of America, and the cost of spurning the right ways of the Lord to follow our own lusts. Overall, it indicates how the “mighty are fallen,” and warns of where America is surely heading, with the intent that we “search and try our ways and turn again to the Lord” (Lam. 3:40). And again, it is my prayer than all souls will give their sins and their life to the LORD Jesus, the Son of the living God, who gave Himself for our sins and rose again. For more on that most important decision, click HERE
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