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A survey shows 7 in 10 free evangelical churchgoers believe “Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 in 3 citizens in the East of the country think Jesus never existed.
The poll asked questions to believers of different religions and to unbelievers.
About 40% of all German citizens believe “Jesus is the Son of God”, the study found.
Members of free evangelical churches responded most favourably to this questions (70% agree).
In the case of Roman Catholics, only 56% responded that they believe in this doctrine, and among Lutheran Protestants (Protestant state church), the figure was 54%. Not far away from those who do not subscribe to any faith (45% responded Jesus was God’s Son).
People who identify themselves as Jews (61%) and Muslims (67%) reject this claim.
ONLY 38% OF LUTHERANS BELIEVE JESUS IS “SAVIOUR”
The main surprise, nevertheless, comes when people are asked: “Is Jesus our saviour”? 60% of free evangelical churchgoers said “yes.”
But among both Lutheran Protestants and Roman Catholics there was the same outcome: only 38% of the respondents said they believe He is their “saviour”.
POLITICAL IDEAS AND FAITH
The study asked the participants about their political preferences. 43% of CDU/CSU (Christian Democrats) voters would identify as Christians, followed by 40% of FDP (Liberals) voters.
SPD (Social Democrats) (26%), AfD, (23%), The Left (21%) and the Green Party (17%) do not generally identify with Christians beliefs.
WAS JESUS A REAL PERSON?
The study finally shows differences between citizens in the Eastern or the Western part of Germany when it comes to the question of Jesus’ historical existence.
Almost half of German citizens in the West of the country believe Jesus was a historical person: 52%.
But in the East, only 36% believe Jesus is a real person. Actually, in this region, 34% said they believe Jesus never existed.