The Gallup polling organization has polled Americans repeatedly from 2001 to 2023 about their belief in the afterlife, God, angels, and the devil. The results show that beliefs during this short time have changed dramatically. There is a shift away from believing the mythologies that came primarily from religions.
In 2001, 90 percent believed in God, 83 percent in heaven, 79 percent in angels, 71 percent in hell, and 68 percent in the devil. By 2023, belief in God and heaven had dropped by 16 points, belief in hell had fallen by 12 points, and belief in the devil and angels had dropped by 10 points. The dramatic change in beliefs shows that people are rejecting the old mythologies. Even the beliefs in heaven are based on primitive views advanced by religions that do not reflect the realities we know today about the life after this life. The primitive notions of a heaven with vaporous beings or angels strumming harps are being rejected.
As beliefs in these superstitions fall away, humankind needs to know the truth of our nature as eternal beings having a physical experience. People need to know with certainty the reality that they will live after the body dies, and most will enter a life after this life full of exciting experiences.
Megan Brenan, “Belief in Five Spiritual Entities Edges Down to New Lows,” News.Gallup.com, https://news.gallup.com/poll/508886/belief-five-spiritual-entities-edges-down-new-lows.aspx