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Stats about How Disasters Affect Faith

On the heels of the devastating tornadoes that struck Oklahoma in May 2013, LifeWay Research completed a survey about suffering and faith in God. Here's how people responded when asked, "How do you feel about God when suffering occurs that seems unfair?"

  • 33 percent—"I trust God more"
  • 25 percent—"I am confused about God"
  • 16 percent—"I don't think about God in these circumstances"
  • 11 percent—"I wonder if God cares"
  • 8 percent—"I am angry or resentful at God"
  • 7 percent—"I doubt God exists"

Nearly 60 percent of survey respondents said that at the very least their interest in God increases when a natural disaster occurs.

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