In a culture of changing spiritual beliefs, a surprising number of young American Jews – more than one in five – said they believe Jesus is the Son of God.
A Barna Group survey of Jewish millennials (born between 1984 and 1999) recently released found that 21 percent believe Jesus was “God in human form who lived among people in the first century” and 28 percent “see him as a rabbi or spiritual leader, but not God.” Forty-two percent said they celebrate Christmas.
A majority of those surveyed believe one can be a part of other faiths and still be Jewish, and one-third of Jewish millennials feel “God desires a personal relationship with us.”
The survey was commissioned by the evangelistic group Jews for Jesus, but the Barna Group, noted for a number of in-depth surveys on American religious belief, claims it is “solely responsible for data collection, analysis and writing of the report.”
According to the report titled: Jewish Millennials: The Beliefs and Behaviors Shaping Young Jews in America, the group is much more likely to consider themselves as “spiritual” and have more interest in faith and spirituality than other generations.
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