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Survey: 48% of US Christians Believe Jesus Is Coming Back in Next 40 Years

A Pew Research Center survey reveals that almost half of Christians in the US believe Jesus will be back soon.
 
 
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This Sunday, many American families will celebrate Easter by painting and hunting for hard boiled eggs, which they don't really believe were hidden by the Easter bunny. Meanwhile, a good chunk of the population believes Jesus didn't just rise from the dead once, but will "definitely" come back again. According to a Pew Research Center survey, almost half (48%) of Christians in the U.S. say they believe that Christ will return to Earth in the next 40 years, and 27% of them were so sure, they said Jesus would "definitely" be back soon (A bit more skeptical 20% said "probably").  The slightly smaller goup of Christians (37%) that doesn't think Jesus is coming back soon is less sure, with only 10% saying they "definitely" won't see him, and 28% say it "probably" ain't happening. In between the two camps are 14 % of Christians who just "don't know" if JC is en route to the world by 2053, but I guess we'll find out then, won't we? 

Kristen Gwynne is an associate editor and drug policy reporter at AlterNet.  Follow her on Twitter: @KristenGwynne

 
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