Evangelical Christians are under intense pressure to offer a Jesus better than any other Jesus, and a way of life full of power and miracles ... but it's just not the way it is: it's illusion rather than reality:
From recent research:
Teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely to use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do, according to a study released today.
The new analysis of data from a large federal survey found that more than half of youths became sexually active before marriage regardless of whether they had taken a "virginity pledge," but that the percentage who took precautions against pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases was 10 points lower for pledgers than for non-pledgers.
"Taking a pledge doesn't seem to make any difference at all in any sexual behavior," said Janet E. Rosenbaum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, whose report appears in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics. "But it does seem to make a difference in condom use and other forms of birth control that is quite striking."
Once again, the vaunted "evangelical" better-than-you promise is revealed for what it is - nonsense.
I am a Christian, but the "selling of Christianity" like cars - "bigger and better" has gotten the evangelical wing of the church into deep trouble - they've promised more than they can deliver and they've done great harm to a whole generation of children - sure, they didn't beat them with switches (maybe they did); they just backed them into a corner from which they escape as all humans do - just by being human.
There is good news ... there is grace for human beings being human ... there is grace for us all ... just as we are.