These days, it’s hard to find thing Americans agree on. But a new study from Lifeway Research reveals that most Americans believe Christmas is the celebration of a real event (although there’s some discrepancies among Americans on why he was born and came to earth).
The study shows that 3 out of every 4 Americans believe Jesus was born in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago. “Most Americans consider Jesus’ birth a historical fact,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of Lifeway Research. “It can be easy to only evaluate Jesus like you would any other historical figure—thinking about when He lived and what He did. However, the Bible also describes Jesus in a way that one must evaluate who you believe He was. Most Americans believe His origin was from God the Father, but half as many believe He existed before His birth.”
Of those polled, 80 percent say Jesus is the son of God the Father, while 10% disagree and 10% aren’t sure. Less than 50 percent believe that Jesus existed prior to being born in Bethlehem.
So while most Americans seem to agree on the historical event of Christmas, the real meaning isn’t as clear to the nation.