A LifeWay Research study on "Doctrinal Positions," released April 5, shows 81 percent of churchgoers agree, in regard to salvation, that "When you die, you will go to heaven because you have confessed your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior." Yet 26 percent of church-goers concurrently believe that "If a person is sincerely seeking God, he/she can obtain eternal life through religions other than Christianity," while 57 percent disagree.
Other responses regarding beliefs about life after death include:
-- "When you die, you will go to heaven because you have tried your best to be a good person and live a good life" (selected by 7 percent of churchgoers).
-- "You have no way of knowing what will happen when you die" (5 percent of churchgoers).
-- "When you die, you will go to heaven because God loves everyone and we will all be in heaven with Him" (4 percent).
-- "When you die, you will go to heaven because you have read the Bible, been involved in church, and tried to live as God wants you to live" (2 percent).
-- "There is no life after death" (1 percent).