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Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Congress Disproportionally Catholic and Mormon

Its true. The U.S. Congress is disproportionally more Catholic and more Mormon than the U.S. population it represents. Catholics make up about 30% of Congress, yet constitute about 24-26% of the U.S. population. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints make up about 1.7% of the U.S. population, but comprise about 2.6% of Congress. Of course, its also true that Congress is disproportionally more Methodist, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Jewish.

The American Congress underrepresents Baptists, Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus. (If someone is overrepresented, then someone else will be underrepresented. Its a math thing.)

How do we know this? The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

The good folks at Pew recently compared Congress to the Pew Survey on Religious Life and made some interesting finds:

"Only five members of the new Congress (about 1%) did not specify a religious affiliation. By contrast, the Landscape Survey found that individuals who are not affiliated with a particular faith make up about one-sixth (16.1%) of the adult population. "

"Protestants account for more than half (54.7%) of the 111th Congress, about the same proportion as their share of the U.S. adult population (51.3%)."

"The number of Catholics in Congress is two-and-a-half times the size of the next largest religious group, Baptists, who make up about 12% of the members."

"Muslims, who account for approximately 0.6% of the U.S. adult population, make up 0.4% of Congress."

"The 110th Congress also saw the arrival of the first Buddhists, Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii)."

"Both houses of Congress have similar shares of various religious groups."

"Differences become much more pronounced at the party level. While 70.8% of congressional Republicans are Protestant, fewer than half of Democrats (43.6%) belong to Protestant denominational families."

Read the entire Pew article, Faith on the Hill: The Religious Affiliations of Members of Congress.

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Source: Faith on the Hill: The Religious Affiliations of Members of Congress

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