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CHEYENNE - Christians in western states share their faith more than those in any other region of the United States, a recent study shows.
The study, conducted by the California-based Christian research organization The Barna Group, found that 65 percent of born-again Christians in the West actively shared their faith with non-Christians in the past year.
This compares with 58 percent of born-again Christians in the Northeast and 59 percent of southern Christians.
The group defines born-again Christians as those who said they had made a personal commitment to Jesus that is important to their lives today. Also, born-again Christians believe they will go to heaven when they die because they have confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.
I like his last statement: " 'The West is an environment that calls you either to be serious (as a Christian) or to give up," he said."
I think I can agree although I never gave it much thought, being from a rural region in Idaho. I think it's true in a certain way. Maybe it's the remoteness, the harsh climates, long distances between towns, cities, and neighbors, the sense of "community" in the small towns, mountains, valleys' deserts, etc. The same could be true of other regions in the U.S. and even the world.