I know we hear everyday from this religious zealot or that…that we are all gonna die because of our support of abortion or gay rights or not having “In God We Trust” tattooed on our butts….if these types it is always something that we are doing that we must repent for and ask for guidance….
For me, I am Deist, I believe in God but that he does not interfere or really care what is happening on this tiny little planet….he/she gave us a brain and by doing that he/she gave us the capacity to solve our own problems and leave him/her out of the loop altogether……
For years now I have felt that religion was playing a smaller roll in people’s lives than it has in the past…and there may be a reason of that…….as reported in the People’s World…..
the report‘s authors say that more than just decline is in store for religion in some countries. It may be on the verge of extinction in nine nations: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.It should be noted that this means the decline in the number of people who claim to adhere to any organized religious group. In surveys, fewer people than previously said that they were Catholics, Protestants, Islamic or any other religion. These numbers do not portray what these people, who no longer consider themselves followers of any particular faith, actually believe. Some are atheists, some are agnostics and some may have other ideas entirely.
Researchers studied the ongoing decline of religion around the world and nationally – the unaffiliated are the fastest growing religious minority in all 50 states of the U.S. – and tried to understand the dynamics responsible for the decline’s speed. Instead of trying to find an ideological reason, they looked at religious affiliations as social groupings in society, and tried to set a statistical framework that would allow predictions.
The results are unlikely to bring joy to the pope or any other spiritual leader: “The model indicates that in these societies the perceived utility of religious non-affiliation is greater than that of adhering to a religion, and therefore predicts continued growth of non-affiliation, tending toward the disappearance of religion.”
Well now…maybe people are starting to learn to take responsibility for their “sins”, if you will……and stop trying to find someone/anyone to take their burdens on as their own……maybe humans are growing up…..becoming an adult could only help the planet and its people…..