The statistic of people abandoning God, is truly tragic, and we must pray for them!
Unfortunately, here in America, more people are stating that they don’t identify to any particular religious group, according to a current poll.
In the study, an astounding 78 percent were brought up in church, but decided to abandon religion all together, as adults, per the Pew Research. These people are known as “nones”.
These individuals were asked their reasons behind their abandonment, and their responses were counted. There were many factors as to why they arrived to where they are today, despite their childhood upbringing.
“About half of current religious ‘nones’ who were raised in a religion (49 percent) indicate that a lack of belief led them to move away from religion,” Pew analysts indicated. “This includes many respondents who mention ‘science’ as the reason [why] they do not believe in religious teachings, including one who said ‘I’m a scientist now, and I don’t believe in miracles.’ Others reference ‘common sense,’ ‘logic’ or a ‘lack of evidence’ – or simply say they do not believe in God.”
“One in five express an opposition to organized religion in general,” the survey revealed. “This share includes some who do not like the hierarchical nature of religious groups, several people who think religion is too much like a business and others who mention clergy sexual abuse scandals as reasons for their stance.”
“A similar share (18 percent) say they are religiously unsure,” the researchers, continued. “This includes people who say they are religious in some way despite being unaffiliated (e.g., ‘I believe in God, but in my own way’), others who describe themselves as ‘seeking enlightenment’ or ‘open-minded,’ and several who say they are ‘spiritual’ if not religious.”
“One in 10 religious ‘nones’ who say they were raised with a religious affiliation are now classified as ‘inactive’ religiously,” the survey, finds. “These people may hold certain religious beliefs, but they are not currently taking part in religious practices. And most of them simply say they don’t go to church or engage in other religious rituals, while others say they are too busy for religion.”
There are many reasons as to why the group simply does not believe:
“Learning about evolution when I went away to college.”
“Too many Christians doing un-Christian things.”
“Religion is the opiate of the people.”
“Rational thought makes religion go out the window.”
“Lack of any sort of scientific or specific evidence of a creator.”
“I just realized somewhere along the line that I didn’t really believe it.”
“I’m doing a lot more learning, studying and [I’m] kind of making decisions myself, rather than listening to someone else.”
“I see organized religious groups as more divisive than uniting.”
“I think that more harm has been done in the name of religion than any other area.”
“I no longer believe in organized religion. I don’t attend services anymore. I just believe that religion is [a] very personal conversation with me and my creator.”
“Because I think religion is not a religion anymore. It’s a business … it’s all about money.”
“The clergy sex abuse scandal.”
“The church’s teachings on homosexuality.”
“I don’t have a particular religion because I am open-minded and I don’t think there is one particular religion that is right or wrong.”
“I feel that there is something out there, but I can’t nail down a religion.”
“Right now, I’m kind of leaning towards spirituality, but I’m not too sure. I know I can pray to my God anywhere. I do believe in a higher power, but I don’t need a church to do that.”
“I just basically stopped going to church when I went to college and never picked it back up. I was never super-religious.”
“I don’t practice any religion, and I don’t go to church or participate in any of the rituals of the church.”
“I don’t have the time to go to church.”
The most disturbing to me, of all their reasons, was the one where they indicated that they see “Christians” commit acts that are non-Christian. There are times, that as humans, we fail to live as Christ, but also, there are those that call themselves Christians, simply because they “believe”. The devils also believe and tremble; so it takes a commitment to be like Jesus. Believing doesn’t automatically make one a Christian.
Regardless of their reasons, we need to do our part as Christians. Setting an example everywhere we go, so that others WILL want to be more like Him!
Titus 2:7-8 (KJV)
7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
1 Peter 2:12 (KJV)
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.