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Faith in America: "Nones" on the rise
One-in-five adults have no religious affiliation.
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- 10/10/2012 7:52 PM
Odd, according to this poll I would not be considered a Protestant even though I am a non-denominational Evangelical Christian. I don't proselytize because, frankly, I don't care whether or not someone else is going to Hell. My loved ones are all Christian, that is all I care about. I don't belong to a church but that is not a requirement for salvation. And for the record no one pushes their ideology more than Atheists these days. I find great comfort knowing that the price for my transgressions has been paid in full and that I have nothing to fear; death has no hold over me. I feel sorry for those who can hope (and pray) for nothing more than the grave.
- 10/10/2012 1:58 PM
I think faith in something greater than yourself is a good thing for most people. it's part of what gives them hope. i just think the biggest hypocrits are those who boast about going to church on sunday
- 10/10/2012 1:02 PM
While not personally religious myself I think the main idea of religion is a very good thing. I do not think a single entity whipped up the universe and us as well the idea's I see in every religion are good. The main one is treat people with respect, no matter what they believe. Sadly this seems to have fallen aside to the crazies who say it is my religion or the highway. As much as I think it is your right to suggest I believe in X god I think that I should have the same respect if I believe in Y god or no god at all. It is sad most faiths seem to have an adversarial approach to other faiths even if they are almost identical. I see it as you live as a good person, you treat other people well, then you die and go to a better place. All religions have this idea but the main idea of being a good person when you are alive is the same. While I might be non-religious and crazy I think the idea of religion is a very good thing. Of course there are exceptions. No matter what you believe the idea you need to force your beliefs on another person or people is bad. Especially if hurting or killing people is involved. No matter what the religion, killing others is a sin and has no excuse. It is horrible how people interpret religious texts to say otherwise.
- 10/10/2012 11:28 AM
Religon has become a millionaires goldmine. Tell the masses how much money they can expect and they will buy the books. Since they are churches,there is no oversight.
- 10/10/2012 11:08 AM
Unfortunately, religious people don't want to let others alone. Their scriptures demand from them to make as much proselitism as possible, and in extreme cases of the 3 Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianism, Islam) they firmly believe they should kill the "enemy" which is anyone that doesn't think like them. That's why so many adults are opening their eyes and leaving the grip of the greedy church monarchs. Just remember: the Jewish killed thousands to settle on Canaan; Christians have been killing millions during history, specially during the Cruzades and Inquisition; and Muslims, don't get me started, they think anyone without a beard is the devil (that's why they hate and abuse their women) and they should kill all of the "infidels". John Lennon was right....rock'n'roll is here to stay....religion will vanish eventually.
- 10/10/2012 11:03 AM
For those who believe that speaking in tongues is evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit...Well, one time a huge wind came blowing in from heaven, and filled my room where I was sitting. I saw what seemed to be tongues and came to rest in me. I began to speak in tongues as if the Spirit enabled me. Some people made fun of me, saying, I had drank too much beer and taken too many pain killers.
- 10/10/2012 9:45 AM
The Scriptures foretell that just before the End, the power of Satan will rise and his people will seem to be taking over. Christians know we are in the End Times, so this news is not news to us. We knew this would be the case. This poll simply puts the coming tribulations into sharper focus. Christians are very hopeful and when we see signs that the End is upon us, we pray for deliverance. Thus, when the likely anti-christ becomes the President and the government is filled with the Devil's people, we hope for better days, even though we already know that one day soon will come the final confrontation. God's word assures us that the forces of godliness will prevail, but we do not look forward to the tribulations which will come before victory. Christians are already working full time to oppose the Devil and his work. We can only go to one house at a time to witness the Lord. We will continue to do what we can. My advice is to seek Jesus. It's that or Hell. Don't go there; it's too hot.
- 10/10/2012 8:37 AM
you can be spiritual without attending a church or being a part of the money hungry organized religion. it's apparent that people are getting sick and tired of organized religion and tired of how big a part organized religion is playing these days in the great divide of the people in the country. everyone thinks they are the right ones. Believe what you want but leave everyone else alone.
- 10/9/2012 11:14 PM
The church I attend regularly expects lots of help, support, and money from parishoners. When it comes to asking for a free blessing from religious staff, they find an excuse or a way to graciously ignore you.
- 10/9/2012 10:43 PM
As a Secular American I submit that no organization has the corner on transcendent experience. Those experiences are personal and give people a sense of meaning, comfort and community. Thank goodness we live in a country that values a secular government because that is the very thing that provides the bedrock for faith of all kinds. I think the rise of non-religious sentiment is based on he intrusion of fundamentalist, religious movements to insert their beliefs in public forums such as government and public education. The slippery slope of advocating for the abolition of secular values / policies leads to theocracy. Keep your religion in the church and at home, and promote reason and science in our public education and policy.
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