Study: Christian Divorce Rate Identical to National Average
By Audrey Barrick|Christian Post Reporter
After months of revived debate over divorce and its increasing acceptance among Americans, a new study affirmed born again Christians are just as likely as the average American couple to divorce.
The Barna Group found in its latest study that born again Christians who are not evangelical were indistinguishable from the national average on the matter of divorce with 33 percent having married and divorced at least once. Among all born again Christians, which includes evangelicals, the divorce figure is 32 percent, which is statistically identical to the 33 percent figure among non-born again adults, the research group noted.
“There no longer seems to be much of a stigma attached to divorce; it is now seen as an unavoidable rite of passage,” George Barna, who directed the study, stated in the study, which was released Monday.
Results of the study come less than a year after a high-profile Christian couple – Randy and Paula White – announced their decision to split, reigniting debates over divorce trends in the Christian community and whether Scripture allows divorce.
While a higher proportion of born again Christians marry (84 percent) compared to the national average (78 percent), recent trends indicate that Americans are growing more comfortable with divorce.
“Interviews with young adults suggest that they want their initial marriage to last, but are not particularly optimistic about that possibility,” Barna noted. “There is also evidence that many young people are moving toward embracing the idea of serial marriage, in which a person gets married two or three times, seeking a different partner for each phase of their adult life.”
Still, the divorce rate among evangelical Christians – who are defined as meeting the born again criteria plus other conditions – was lower (26 percent) than the national average. Meanwhile, those associated with a non-Christian faith were more likely to divorce (38 percent), the study showed.
Other population segments least likely to have been divorced include Catholics (28 percent), Asians (20 percent), adults who graduated from college and whose annual household income is $75,000 or more (22 percent), and adults who deem themselves to be conservative on social and political matters (28 percent).
Divorce was at a higher rate among Baby Boomers (38 percent), African Americans (36 percent), adults who did not attend college and with lower household income (39 percent), and people who consider themselves to be liberal on social and political matters (37 percent).
Thirty percent of atheists and agnostics had been married and subsequently divorced, but The Barna Group pointed out that they have lower rates of marriage (65 percent) and a higher likelihood of cohabitation.
The study is based on interviews with a random sample of 5,017 adults, age 18 and older, from January 2007 through January 2008.
A lot of times relationships end because of one thing – A lack of understanding on the Biblical term “love”. Folks, If you don’t know Jesus, get to know Him know. Believe on Him, Trust in Him, Believe that He died and rose again on the third day, and He will help you walk this life the right way-His way.
Real Love According to the Bible:
1 Corinthians 13 (KJV- “charity” means “love”)
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Romans 10:9-10 (NLT): Salvation
And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: 9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.