Monday, March 09, 2009
Imagine There is no Religion
Seems as if maybe the tables are turning. According to the American Religious Identification Survey the percentage of those in this nation, who call themselves Christian, is/has been declining.
"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."
It flies in the face of a recent article that stated that we are a nation of mostly Christian people. Many Christians have liked to attack Mixters Atheist/Human Secularist articles. As well as the rest of us that do not support a God/bible driven/hell fire/damnation mind set or life style. It seems that people are either becoming more aware of the fact that they have gotten nothing out of their pursuit of organized religion, OR they are striking out in search of something more or much more diverse than organized religion.
Many of us are finding that the hypocrisy is abundant. Some like Unreasonable Faith spent most of their life in a traditional church/Christian lifestyle and had a huge awakening after MANY,MANY years. When I read his blog it was a story quite like my own.
When one begins to thoroughly question the stories in the bible, the fact that God will damn some to hell. Why would a Being of such magnitude just not forgive all and send everyone to Heaven? Why does there have to be so much violence associated with God and Christianity? There always is.......
So many heinous acts have been committed in the name of religion/God.
The people that I have met, and those that I continue to talk with, who are atheist or totally non-religious are good people. They are not mis-guided. Just folks that figured out that life can be good, fulfilling and meaningful without needing to have a reliance on God or a church.
I think John Lennon knew it when he said,"Imagine there's no religion....." People would be less critical, damning of others and less hard headed. Just to name a few. I think it would be a much nicer place.