OPINION

The CCP Virus (coronavirus) striking a hard blow to the United States with over 1.5 million affected and 93,000 death has prompted the majority of Americans with belief in God to reflect on their way of living, reported a recent poll.

The poll was conducted on over 1,000 U.S. believers by the University of Chicago Divinity School and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll took place from April 30 to May 4 with the margin error of ±4.2 percentage points for the full sample.

The poll targeted different ethnicities and religious backgrounds and examined how the crisis is viewed from a spiritual perspective. 

Sixty-three percent of the respondents found a hint of self-change from God in the fatal disaster, among which Evangelical Protestants were the largest proportion claiming to have a strong feeling at 43%, compared to other groups including Catholics and mainline Protestants, both at 28%. 

It is noteworthy how the pandemic brought about change in spiritual awareness for some who claim to be unaffiliated with a religious organization, like Lance Dejesus of Dallastown, Pennsylvania, who said, “It could be a sign, like ‘hey, get your act together.’ …  It just seems like everything was going in an OK direction and all of a sudden you get this coronavirus [CCP Virus] thing that happens, pops out of nowhere.”

The majority of respondents (55%) also held high confidence in the protection of God from the disease. Sixty-seven percent of white Evangelical Christians expressed that opinion while only slightly over 50% of other American believers felt the same way.

Marcia Howl, 73, a Methodist and granddaughter of a minister was one of those who said that she feels God’s protection but was not certain that it would save her from the virus, saying, “I believe he has protected me in the past, that he has a plan for us,” said Howl, of Portalas, New Mexico. “I don’t know what’s in his plan, but I believe his presence is here looking after me. Whether I can survive it or not, that’s a different story.”

The poll did not see a considerable alteration in the overall belief in God as a result of the crisis. Seventy-three percent indicated that their level of belief stayed the same, while only 26% noted that their faith had grown stronger.

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