According to a survey conducted by Barna, there is a potential for a great spiritual awakening among Americans, as they appear to be more open to spiritual things since the pandemic.
The survey found that 74% of Americans stated that they were interested in ‘growing spiritually’ and 44% added that they are more open to God than they were before the COVID pandemic, Christian Headlines reports.
The survey also found that 77% believed there was a ‘higher power’ or God and only 9% did not believe this.
Barna CEO David Kinnaman said that while attendance at churches has declined since the pandemic, the survey revealed this growing interest in spiritual things provided a “tremendous opportunity for faith leaders.”
“Across every generation, in fact, we see an unprecedented desire to grow spiritually, a belief in a spiritual/supernatural dimension and a belief in God or a higher power” Kinnaman added.
He noted that this interest is even showing up among teens where 76% said that “Jesus speaks to me in a way that is relevant to my life.”
However, there is also a downside to this increased spiritual interest. A survey conducted by Springtide Research Institute in 2022 reported that there was also a growing interest in the occult among young people, Fairthwire reports.
For those between the ages of 13 to 25, 44% said they have engaged “with herbs/crystals as a spiritual practice,” and 21% added that they did it weekly.
Crystals are traditionally used in the New Age movement to ward off evil spirits, bring healing and balance a person’s chakras or energy centers.
In 2021, a Springtide survey also found that 51% of people in the same age group (13-25) had consulted a fortune-teller or used tarot cards.
This increased interest in the occult was picked up by McDonald’s, in May 2022 the fast food chain offered customers a chance to pick up a tarot card if they use the company’s app to purchase a medium order of fries.
There are repeated warnings throughout the Bible about involvement in these types of practices:
“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering,[a] anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer 11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, 12 for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-12 ESV)
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