Baylor University in Waco, Texas just released results from a study on Americans and religion. What they found was that American’s religion is remarkably stable and quite surprising in its diverse beliefs, practices and realities.
They reported on some interesting facts about American’s and their views about religion and the afterlife. A lot of what they said was re-assurance of what you may have already suspected.
One surprise did come out of the study.
55 percent -Americans said they were protected from harm by a guardian angel. According to the researcher in charge;
“That was something that was a complete surprise because this is not a question, do you believe in guardian angels or do you believe in angels. This is a very specific question: Do you believe you have been protected from harm by a guardian angel? Do you believe you avoided an accident through the agency of a guardian angel?”
Exactly, what is a guardian angel?
Wikepedia seems to think that a guardian angel is an “angel who protects and guides a particular person.” Some people believe that in Christianity, guardian angels are tutelary spirits, that protect the body and present prayers to God, protecting whichever person God assigns them to.
New Advent.org, a Catholic website, says that “every individual soul has a guardian angel has never been defined by the Church, and is, consequently, not an article of faith; but it is the “mind of the Church”, as St. Jerome expressed it: “how great the dignity of the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it.” (Comm. in Matt., xviii, lib. II).”
Is there someone, something, or some kind of spirit (aka Angel) that watches over us and guides us? Or, do people have good luck and bad luck?
I have to admit, there have been times that I have been grateful that I “listened to my gut”. Going with my instincts have certainly kept me out of trouble, helped me avoid accidents, and even kept my socks dry. Maybe there is an angel living in my gut.
FYI- other findings from the study include;
- 67% said they were “absolutely sure” heaven exists and 17 %believed it “probably” does. Seventy-three percent of Americans believe in hell, it found.
- Women are more likely than men to believe in heaven (68 percent to 56 percent), blacks more than whites (86 percent to 60 percent), southerners more than easterners (76 percent to 50 percent).
- 77 percent of Republicans saying they believed in heaven, compared to 54 percent of Democrats.
- Those Americans who say they do not believe in God — four percent — as well as those who say they have no religion — 11 percent — were very close the figures in the 2005 survey.
- In all 45 percent of Americans say they have had at least two religious encounters in their lives, the survey found, and conservative Protestants were more likely than Catholics or Jews to report religious or mystical experiences.
I’m interested in knowing which Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate(s) believe in Angels. I know that there are some financial people who do right now……