According to a poll I heard on "The View" this morning. Only 9% of adults and 1% of teenagers believe everything that is written in the bible is true and did happen. It seems it is extremely unpopular to believe all scripture these days. It seems most Christians believe in some of the bible and the other parts they either don't believe or don't think it applies in today's society. I use to believe that way, but after studying the bible diligently for the last couple years my views have changed. If events didn't happen, would God lie about it? Would prophets skew Gods word and what we are reading isn't true at all? I believe God has given us a bible that is 100% accurate bible and I believe everything we are told or instructed to do as the truth coming from God. It seems American's are "loosing [their] religion," as the famous rock band R.E.M. would say. With each new generation America seems to be watering down their religious beliefs and in order that God can still fit in their life they have to modify or erase in their minds what the bible teaches. There are too many things God tells us to do that simply are too hard to accept in today's society that we have to pretend he never said them or a prophet lied to us. Just as long as religion is a "luke warm" one most Christians will find it easy to follow. Unfortunately if we are too be true Christians like the bible teaches then it is by no means an easy if not an almost impossible task to live up to. It seems many Christians don't understand we have to give up and sacrifice pleasures of life to truly follow his way. Real sacrifice isn't about eating fish on Friday's during lent. Maybe it is if you hate fish, but if you are a fish lover like myself it really is a joke. Real sacrifice is about giving up pleasures you may enjoy in this life in order to be better Christians and follow God. Many people would prefer to be greedy, especially in hard times, to hoard all their money to pay for stuff they need rather then donate it all away. We truly may be hurting financially, but that is the whole point of sacrificing a part of what we own for God. We can dismiss charity or claim we don't need to be giving people or do great things for people or love each other, but then that would be just lying to ourselves and having dead faith. Unfortunately many Christians are perfectly happy with a cafeteria style religion; idolatry! I see it at many churches I visit. Christians pick and choose what they want to believe in the bible. I see Snooty people who only will shake hands with a select crowd and say "peace be with you" or "welcome". Luckily at my Baptist church everyone shakes hands with everyone and no one points their nose in the air. It seems it is too embarrassing for some people to associate with other Christians who are not of the same economic class as themselves. I see preachers say only fantastic things about his congregation. Their sermons are always warm and fuzzy completely avoiding controversial topics. If he said any discouraging words people might leave his church and go somewhere else, no he can't have that happen. It seems pastors that admonish Christians who disobey God is not at all popular these days. Christians want to go to churches where everyone is a good person regardless if they beat their wives, or abuse their children, or rewrite Gods words in their minds so they better can blend in at church.