This morning I read the USA Today headline: Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds. Interesting. Surely there are poorly managed denominations, others that believe strange things, still others that have storied histories.
Then, I was browsing on Drudge and I found the following article: More Americans Losing Religion. Embedded there was this:
Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey.
Why would it be true that fewer people are religious? Is this you? Why?
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I’m 22. I was raised highly religious, but most emphatically am not anymore (though I would still consider myself spiritual). I’m not religious because religion was invented to control the masses. I refuse to be controlled and instead choose to utilize my own mind in making decisions. It’s amazing, really, how well that works out.
(Playfully) So, religion is about someone else making up your mind?
(You may have said so playfully, but I’ll answer seriously). Yes, of course it is. Religion is about someone else giving you a set of rules to live your life by without a reason beyond…..uhhh well my particular god says this has to be the way of it, so even though hundreds or years have gone by and cultures have changed, you have to keep living this way. A perfect example is sex before marriage. I can logically see how that would have made sense back in the days when pretty much everyone you knew knew everyone else, people married at a much much younger age, and there was little to no reliable forms of birth control or STD prevention. Nowadays, people get married a full decade to 15 years later than they used to, they often live in very populous areas, and there are very reliable birth control and STD prevention methods. It’s just not logical to expect human beings who develop a sex drive at the age of 14 (to give a modest estimate) to wait to engage in any sexual activity until they get married around 10 to 15 years later. Now, religion would tell me “it doesn’t matter that you don’t think it makes logical sense; you must do it anyway.” Whereas, the nonreligious can think it out and make the choice that’s right for him/her. Do I feel emotionally ready to have sex? Am I prepared to handle it maturely? Did I responsibly acquire all the STD preventions and birth control methods necessary? Do I feel comfortable with the probably consequences and circumstances that will occur? etc…… So, you see, asking people to be logical and to think for themselves is ever so much better than having the knee-jerk “no” reaction.
Sorry it took me a couple of days to respond….I appreciate your response. I want to know a little more…
So, you’re not against rules per se, just against a certain set of rules. In the last half of your reply you gave plenty of rules. I wonder where those came from? Let me suggest to you that you ARE in fact living by someone else’s rules – you didn’t come up with those on your own. What I find curious is that you claim that religious people don’t think (my paraphrase) in that they follow someone else’s rules, but you just proved in your paragraph that you follow someone else’s rules, too. Does that mean that you don’t think either?
Hey, I’m just trying to get your point.
…..I didn’t say anything about anybody else’s rules anywhere in my comment. I stated questions that one might logically ask oneself before making a decision. Nobody told me to ask myself these questions. I arrived at my beliefs about sex from searching my own mind and heart and frankly from experience. I decided that having sex without a condom isn’t worth it when the price is freaking out about maybe having caught an STD (which doesn’t happen in a long-term relationship). But I digress.
Yes, I do have “rules” for my life, but *I* am the one who came up with them. They weren’t imposed on me by some external force. They are the result of me searching my mind, heart, and experimenting.
Quite frankly I’m generally told I think too much 😉
Once again, a reply took forever…sorry about that. I’m glad that you responded. One of the principles in the Bible (my rulebook) is that we often only see something in other people when we are, in fact, just as committed to the same thing. You once said that you are “spiritual” but you also said that you make your own rules (my paraphrase again). How do you define “spiritual”? And, how do you know you’re right?