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  • Most Americans believe heaven, hell exist

  • Against a backdrop of horrific crimes and devastating natural disasters, 56 percent of Americans surveyed believe in the devil, 53 percent believe in hell and 43 percent believe in hell as "a place of suffering and punishment where people go after they die," according to a recent poll of 1,218 Americans by the True Life in God Foundation.
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  • Week in Religion
    Against a backdrop of horrific crimes and devastating natural disasters, 56 percent of Americans surveyed believe in the devil, 53 percent believe in hell and 43 percent believe in hell as "a place of suffering and punishment where people go after they die," according to a recent poll of 1,218 Americans by the True Life in God Foundation.
    The survey also found that Americans don't hold God responsible for certain tragedies, with 86 percent believing natural disasters such as the Oklahoma tornado and Hurricane Sandy are a function of nature. Sixty-one percent believe recent terror and crime episodes, such as the London terrorist attack, the Cleveland kidnapping/imprisonments and the Sandy Hook massacre, are caused by "the evil in people's hearts" rather than "divine retribution."
    An equal amount of respondents (38 percent) believe that people who commit violent criminal acts go to hell as well as those who don't ask God's forgiveness for their sins before they die. Greater than 61 percent of respondents believe they're going to heaven, while only 1.5 percent believe they will go to hell.
    Other key findings:
    The 56 percent overall belief in the existence of the devil and 53 percent belief in hell were consistent across all the four survey age groups.
    With regard to what causes evil in the world, such as the Boston Marathon Massacre, Sandy Hook shootings and 9/11, older respondents (ages 45-60) feel people are evil while younger respondents (ages 18-29) feel people are sick.
    41 percent identify the devil as "Satan the fallen angel who rebelled against God and now tempts humans to do the same."
    Survey Says
    According to a survey of professional prison chaplains, America's state penitentiaries are a bustle of religious activity. Chaplains say that efforts by inmates to convert other inmates are common and that at least some religious switching occurs. Seventy-three percent of state prison chaplains say that efforts by inmates to proselytize or convert other inmates are either very common (31 percent ) or somewhat common (43 percent). About three-quarters of the chaplains say that a lot (26 percent) or some (51 percent) religious switching occurs among inmates in the prisons where they work. Many chaplains report growth from religious switching in the numbers of Muslims and Protestant Christians, in particular.
    — Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
    Good Book?
    "Jesus Calling," by Sarah Young
    From the best-selling author comes this devotional, which shares words of reassurance, encouragement and hope to lead readers on a journey of intimacy with Christ. After writing in her journal for years, Young, a missionary, decided to be more attentive to the voice of God and really began listening. This is a book about experiencing the presence of God and growing closer in relationship to the Lord. The book compiles a year's worth of Young's writings from her journal.
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    The Word
    Star of David: A six-pointed star that is a symbol of Judaism and of Israel. The Hebrew term for it is Magen David, which translates as "shield of David."
    — ReligionStylebook
    Religion Around the World
    According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Australia is:
    - 27.4 percent Protestant
    - 25.8 percent Catholic
    - 10.6 percent other Christian
    - 2.1 percent Hindu
    - 1.7 percent Muslim
    - 32.4 percent other unspecified
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