These are just some of the questions TODAY is asking this week in the series "Do You Believe?" An in-depth look at faith and spirituality, this series will examine the many ways spirituality can be communicated and displayed, and feature real-life stories of survival and how faith played a role.
An exclusive TODAY survey on these questions reveals a snapshot of what faith in America looks like today, as more than 1,500 people weighed in with their thoughts on spirituality, God, the afterlife and the power of prayer:
Sixty-eight percent of respondents said they are certain God exists.
Of that group, 54 percent believe that God is a force or spirit that does not take a physical form, while 27 percent see him as a man, 12 percent believe God is a human in some form, 6 percent think God takes some other shape or form, and 2 percent believe God is a woman.
A majority of those surveyed believe the power of prayer is real, as 76 percent say it can heal. Roughly half (54 percent) said they pray regularly, while little over a quarter (27 percent) said they pray only in a time of need. Of those who believe in God, 94 percent believe God watches over them.
Respondents seemed to indicate a need to believe in things larger than themselves: 81 percent of those surveyed said they believe in miracles, 76 percent believe in angels, and 65 percent believe in karma.
Spirituality is a regular part of the majority of Americans' lives, as 60 percent of respondents said they practice meditation or read religious texts.
Seventy-six percent also believe that it is important to raise a spiritual child, and 70 percent of adults identify with a religion.
While 87 percent of respondents believe that you can be a different religion than those you love, in practice, 73 percent share the same religion as their spouse.
One question on many people's minds as they get older was also asked: Is there an afterlife? Of those surveyed, 55 percent said yes, and 76 percent believe there is a heaven. Of those who believe in heaven, 68 percent think they will go there when they die.
Wednesday, August 23 2017 11:49 PM EDT2017-08-24 03:49:44 GMT
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