In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking 5 million lives, along with recent natural disasters, including floods, hurricanes, and wildfires, Pew Research has conducted a survey, questioning U.S. adults about their beliefs and feelings after undergoing immeasurable losses.
80% blame themselves for their suffering, not God
According to the survey, up to 80% of U.S. adults believe that people are responsible for their own sufferings in the world, not God. Furthermore, half of those polled suppose that God decides not to end the suffering as part of a master plan.
Moreover, 44% of adult Americans blame Satan for the suffering in the world.
On the contrary, only 16% of people suspect God’s power in human beings’ sufferings. The percentage is similar to the ones who doubt God’s entire love and kindness.
At the last position, only 14% of U.S. adults assume the nonexistence of God after witnessing suffering in the world.
Nearly 3/4 believe in heaven
The survey’s results show that 73% of adult Americans express their trust in heaven, while a lower proportion (but still a significant number—62%) believe in hell.
People believing in heaven and hell were questioned about how these places are in their imagination.
According to those who believe in heaven, it is “definitely” or “probably” a place without suffering, where people gather with beloved ones who passed away previously, meet God, and possess disease-free bodies. People believing in hell describe it as a place where people undergo mental and physical torture, compensating for bad deeds they made when alive. They obviously can not have any connection with God.
Further to the heaven topic, respondents who have faith in heaven were questioned about who will be welcomed in heaven. 39% of U.S adults think that those who do not believe in God still have their chances, while 32% suppose that only God believers can get access.
71% feel lucky for “the good things” in life
When asked about respondents’ mental reactions to “human suffering” news, the survey also reveals that the majority of U.S. adults are grateful for “the good things” in “their own lives,” accounting for 71%.
Those expressing their empathy for “those who are suffering” come in second, making up 62% of the total. The third comes with 40%, illustrating the percentage of those who wish to offer help to those in need.
Only 12% of respondents are afraid of encountering a similar scenario. Just a few adult Americans express their satisfaction “if the person seems to have deserved it.”
A large percentage of U.S. adults believe in fate and reincarnation
One-third of all U.S. adults show their belief in reincarnation, in which people are reborn, beginning a new life after their deaths.
Nearly half of U.S. adults consider fate a truly-exist one, meaning a person’s whole life is predetermined and well-planned. Remarkably, almost two-thirds of Black Americans (65%) hold this faith.
Over eight-in-ten in U.S adults suppose that science or natural causes can not answer all phenomena.
In detail, majorities say they somehow can feel the dead person’s presence or receive God’s direct guidance or obtain a specific answer to a prayer request, and even have a near-death experience when a person’s soul actually leaves their body.