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Christian 50+ Less Negative About Gay Relationships

by our Editors in Lifestyle & Fashion , 18 juni 2015

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A survey by the Nederlands Dagblad (ND) among readers revealed that Christians over the age of fifty have become milder when it comes to same-sex relationships. The results of the survey were compared with results from a similar 1990 survey.

The ND survey shows that approximately 25% of the Christian 50+ has a different opinion on same-sex relationships. In 1990, a staggering 86.5 percent was convinced that the Bible prohibited same-sex relationships. In 2015, a majority still thinks that, but less than 60 percent. The group that thinks that the Bible leaves room for homosexual relations in love and fidelity grew from 9 to 28 percent. The group that is of the opinion that the Bible leaves it to one’s own judgement increased from 4.5 to 13 percent.

The answers of the respondents show that many changed their minds about same-sex couples with the coming out of a family member. One of the respondents writes: ‘As I have a gay son now, my thoughts are more balanced.’

The opinion on unmarried co-habitation has gone through a similar shift. It is striking that 30 percent of the 50+ that see room for unmarried co-habitation does not see this room for same-sex couples. Conversely, 14 percent of those who think that there is room for this is of the opinion that the Bible does not leave room for a free interpretation when it comes to unmarried co-habitation.

The survey Kerk en Geloof was held among 2,000 readers of the ND that were 50 or over 50. More than half of them returned the questionnaire. Besides questions on same-sex relationships and co-habitation, the survey also dealt with church attendance, prayer, baptism, female church officials, and the expectations of the respondents about church involvement of future generations.



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