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RobJohnson
05-12-2015, 10:35 PM
http://www.newsmax.com/newswidget/christians-agnostics-millennials-pew/2015/05/12/id/644000/?Dkt_nbr=r1huzyzg&nmx_source=Conservative_Underground_Conservative_F eed&nmx_medium=widget&nmx_content=406&nmx_campaign=widgetphase2


Christianity is in sharp decline in America, according to new research from the Pew Research Center (http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/), making for a significantly less Christian country than that of just seven years ago.

Lanie
05-13-2015, 12:16 AM
I think some people sincerely can't bring themselves to believe in God or they sincerely believe in something else. I have to admit I got annoyed on FB just now at that article or a similar one. It asked why that was. There were a lot of responses about how horrible Christians could be and so forth. I came on there and I pointed out that atheists can be hypocrites too. I also said that not going to church because you see hypocrites is like refusing to go to the gym because there's a fat person there. It's just a cop out. That was my feeling peckish moment of the day.

RobJohnson
05-13-2015, 12:46 AM
I think some people sincerely can't bring themselves to believe in God or they sincerely believe in something else. I have to admit I got annoyed on FB just now at that article or a similar one. It asked why that was. There were a lot of responses about how horrible Christians could be and so forth. I came on there and I pointed out that atheists can be hypocrites too. I also said that not going to church because you see hypocrites is like refusing to go to the gym because there's a fat person there. It's just a cop out. That was my feeling peckish moment of the day.


So many claim to be spiritual, but not religious.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/us/examining-the-growth-of-the-spiritual-but-not-religious.html?_r=0


This book looks interesting......
People find it comfortable and convenient to create their own version of God--but can they really face the God who created them?


http://www.amazon.com/When-Spiritual-but-Religious-Enough/dp/1455523097

noonwitch
05-13-2015, 09:07 AM
So many claim to be spiritual, but not religious.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/us/examining-the-growth-of-the-spiritual-but-not-religious.html?_r=0


This book looks interesting......
http://www.amazon.com/When-Spiritual-but-Religious-Enough/dp/1455523097


There is kind of a balance in between religion and spirituality. Religion is meaningless without some type of personal and spiritual connection to God. Religion for religion's sake is what the Pharisees practiced.
People who claim to be spiritual but not religious think they have the personal connection to God, but they don't have the religious framework to know what God wants them to use their connection to Him to accomplish in life.

Lanie
05-13-2015, 09:55 AM
There is kind of a balance in between religion and spirituality. Religion is meaningless without some type of personal and spiritual connection to God. Religion for religion's sake is what the Pharisees practiced.
People who claim to be spiritual but not religious think they have the personal connection to God, but they don't have the religious framework to know what God wants them to use their connection to Him to accomplish in life.

I have to agree. The way my relationship with God has worked is that I came to him as I was. I believe he accepted me, but then said I needed to change some stuff. Or as somebody said "God loves you as you are, but he won't leave you that way." Part of that change often does come with church attendence or scriptural reading.

Lanie
05-13-2015, 10:03 AM
So many claim to be spiritual, but not religious.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/us/examining-the-growth-of-the-spiritual-but-not-religious.html?_r=0


This book looks interesting......
http://www.amazon.com/When-Spiritual-but-Religious-Enough/dp/1455523097

From the article:


For example, “they reject heaven and hell, but they do believe in an afterlife,” Dr. Mercadante said recently. “In some ways, they would fit O.K. in a progressive Christian context.” Because they dislike institutions, the spiritual but not religious also recoil from the deities such institutions are built around. “They may like Jesus, he might be their guru, he might be one of their many bodhisattvas, but Jesus as God is not on their radar screen,” Dr. Mercadante said.

I can understand wanting to reject Hell, but Heaven? But there is an afterlife? That sounds a little bit like Buddhism minus the whole "We need to suffer" idea.