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June 12th, 2012
04:49 PM ET

Pew survey: Doubt of God growing quickly among millennials

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – The percentage of Americans 30 and younger who harbor some doubts about God’s existence appears to be growing quickly, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. While most young Americans, 68%, told Pew they never doubt God’s existence, that’s a 15-point drop in just five years.

In 2007, 83% of American millennials said they never doubted God’s existence.

More young people are expressing doubts about God now than at any time since Pew started asking the question a decade ago. Thirty-one percent disagreed with the statement “I never doubt the existence of God,” double the number who disagreed with it in 2007.

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When asked about doubts of God, no other generation showed a change of more than 2% in the past five years.

The survey found that the percentage of millennials who identify with a religion is remaining constant, while most other generations have seen religious identification increase in the past 10 years.

The findings about millennials and religion were part of a 168-page report that Pew released June 4 but were largely overlooked.

“Notably, people younger than 30 are substantially less likely than older people to say prayer is an important part of their lives,” the report said.

“Research on generational patterns shows that this is not merely a lifecycle effect,” it continued. “The Millennial generation is far less religious than were other preceding generations when they were the same age years ago.”

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The findings are part of Pew’s 2012 American Values Survey, which touches on issues including political partisanship, gay marriage and abortion.

Despite the findings on millennials, the survey shows that the United States continues to be a highly religious nation, with most Americans identifying with a particular faith.

Seventy-six percent of all respondents said prayer is an important part of their lives and agreed that “we all will be called before god at the Judgment Day to answer for our sins.” About 80% said they have never doubted the existence of God.

The report points to a growing divide between the youngest and oldest Americans on belief, religion and social issues.

According to Jesse Galef, communications director for the Secular Student Alliance, the growth in “doubting” youths has led to a surge in secular student groups.

“For a lot of millennial atheists, they are expecting to find a group, they are coming to campus, and if they don’t find one, they are starting one,” Galef said. “This is completely different than what other generations grew up with.”

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The Secular Student Alliance has affiliates on 357 American campuses, Galef said, up from 81 such affiliates in 2007.

Galef says the Internet has created a place for young people to discuss religious doubts.

“It enables anybody to have open discussions without fearing if their parents would find out or what their communities would say,” he said. "The more safe places we create for young people to discuss their doubts, the more they can inspire questions in others."

- Dan Merica

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  1. child of god

    I believe in god & I also believe he created every living & none living things on earth & in heaven repent now so that you will see the kingdom of god all mighty. Thank you this is my own opinion as a child of god

    June 15, 2012 at 3:46 am |
    • Mike

      That's great! Which God do you believe in, and why? Any particular reason to believe in one god over another?

      June 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • JWT

      Only two ways to go Mike all god are equal or there is some formula depending on the number and how fervent the followers are. Off course we have no idea what the off planet vote is.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  2. b4bigbang

    O B A M A ! ! ! ! !
    FOUR
    MORE
    YEARS !!!!!!!

    June 15, 2012 at 12:58 am |
  3. S.

    I long for the day that religious zealotry is in the DSM as a type of mental disorder. All of the symptoms of religious fundamentalism belong in there right next to schizophrenia and the like.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:57 am |
  4. carlooos

    Ive recently become fascinated in Steven Hawkings ideas about God....I want to know more about this.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:48 am |
  5. Leah

    Doubts don't disprove the existence of God.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
    • of course.

      neither does faith, blind or otherwise, prove it.

      June 15, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • sparky

      Very true, but his non-existence does prove that he doesn't exist

      June 15, 2012 at 2:25 am |
    • Mike

      You're right. But you also can't disprove the existence of unicorns, leprechauns, big foot, the Flying Spaghetti Monster... etc.

      Typically, absence of evidence is evidence of absence. The issue isn't necessarily believing in a higher power, more-so, it's the blind faith of accepting one holy book as the accurate description of that higher-power.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  6. meh...

    Just the idea that there are people out there that do not care for religion and in fact find the whole idea wrong is disturbing to so many people that they refuse to even acknowledge it and frame it as either another religion or as on the side of their particular enemy (particularly satan). The mere existence of those who do not subscribe to gods or demons is an insult to them because it threatens their entire belief system at the core to think that one day their god(s) may join the large pile of dead gods that no one worships anymore, laughing at how stupid people were to believe those things really happened.

    Fear of the unknown causes people to imagine a friend or some invisible force to hug us and tell us nothing is our fault. Some define that as gods or fate or luck and people will latch on to that definition so they may all comfort themselves in knowing others made their own friend to hug them when they're afraid. None of these though have the same idea of god even within groups that define it. It's obvious because those followers of say jesus believe in both loving your neighbor and "though shall not suffer a witch to live". there are as many interpretations of god as there are people who believe in them. This in turn means there are as many gods as there are people.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
  7. breakfastmonkey

    Centuries ago, sailors on long voyages used to leave a pair of pigs on every deserted island. Or they'd leave a pair of goats. Either way, on any future visit, the island would be a source of meat. These islands, they were pristine. These were home to breeds of birds with no natural predators. Breeds of birds that lived nowhere else on earth. The plants there, without enemies they evolved without thorns or poisons. Without predators and enemies, these islands, they were paradise.
    The sailors, the next time they visited these islands, the only things still there would be herds of goats or pigs.
    The sailors called this "seeding meat." Oyster says, "Does this remind you of anything? Maybe the ol' Adam and Eve story?"
    Looking out the car window, he says, "You ever wonder when God's coming back with a lot of barbecue sauce?” -Chuck P

    June 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
  8. PRISM 1234

    "A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to acknowledge Him and worship Him than a lunatic can put out the Sun by scribbling the word "Darkness" on the walls of his cell! "
    CSLewis – a man of great insight and a man of God.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
    • Krvin

      CS Lewis, a man who wrote books about fantasy similar to the most popular book of fantasy "the bible".

      June 15, 2012 at 8:07 am |
    • lpmitch

      C.S. Lewis – A self-proclaimed theologen whose greatest contribution to theology is a false trichotomy. I.e. ignorant tripe.

      A fundamentalist using the word "freedom" is like being a starved and beaten POW praising their captors for how good they are. – Me.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I've read a lot of C.S. Lewis. As I recall, he disclaims any theological authority in nearly every book he wrote. He was, however, a tenured professor at Oxford university if scholarly credentials impress.

      June 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  9. preacherman

    interviewer: "Some Christians might argue that you are trying to indoctrinate young people when they aren't old enough to handle questions like that."

    These are the same Christians that take their kids to sunday school and vacation bible school and read them bible stories, right?!? Could anything be more absurdly ironic?

    June 14, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  10. LJ

    This is why we need to bring prayer back to schools.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Students can pray in schools all they want if they don't disrupt the classrooms. The school authorities themselves are the one who can't lead or mandate prayer. How is this bad again?

      June 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
    • Kevin

      I support you on this. I want my kids to pray to the most holy Flying Spaghetti Monster and therefore I think we should force all children to pray to the FSM. Only by accepting the Flying Spaghetti Monster as your personal savior can you then be promised eternal life.

      June 15, 2012 at 8:12 am |
  11. David

    Everybody is intidel to their own opionion, but when your laying on your death bed and you don't believe in GOD, you better hope your right!

    June 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      *sigh*

      June 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • preacherman

      If your information is as good as your ability to write, i think we're all pretty safe.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
    • bptrex

      I hope i'm left.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • of course.

      For one, I agree, if when you die you don't believe in the great Odin you better hope you're right or else.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
    • neverquit

      Those who don't genuinely believe, but become "Believers" simply to hedge their bets in case there is indeed an afterlife may actually be ruining things for themselves. What if instead of the Gods of the major religions, it turns out the Greek god system (or any of thousands of other religions) were actually correct. These Gods would probably react with fury at the cowardice of someone without the convictions to express their true beliefs...and perhaps damn ones soul to something worse than our modern interpretation of "hell." Probably better to be true to oneself and one's true beliefs. If a "Creator" truly created the human brain, hard to argue with using that brain.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:12 am |
    • JWT

      I won;t be hoping I am right – I will know I am right.

      June 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • sam stone

      David: And when you are on yours, you had better hope that your is the REAL one

      June 16, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  12. Jason

    That was terrible interview. The woman interviewing completely missed the hypocrisy and duplicitous nature of her questions (or meant them on purpose). Mentioning that 'some people' were complaining this group was indoctrinating students. My guess is the people complaining were those who were trying to indoctrinate students with their religion. By the interviewers word choice, phrasing, and failure to point that out, she either can't see it or has a bias in favor it. The rest of the interview is tainted with the slant.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    June 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
      Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just go to http://santorum.com to find out more.
      Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
      Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
      Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
      Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
      Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
      Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
      Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
      Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
      Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
      Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
      Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
      Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
      Prayer dulls your senses.
      Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
      Prayer makes you hoard cats.
      Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
      Prayer wastes time.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • David

      Just a quick reply to that person who wrote the poem on how prayer is bad. When you talk hate and discredit other's Religous belifs you are doing the work of the Enemyl. You are Satan's biggest CHEERLEADER!

      June 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Ummmmm David, there is no Satan. No gods, not even just one, either. You are welcome!

      June 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • Joe

      @David: He's not cheerleading for Satan because I highly doubt he believes Satan exists.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • JWT

      Satan is alive and well – Drafted by edmonton in 1993 he last played for boston in 2010.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Kevin

      I prayed to the Flying Spaghetti Monster before my doctors appointment and the doctor told me that my hip was just bruised and would be okay in a couple of weeks. If that's not proof that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is real then you must be insane.

      June 15, 2012 at 8:15 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      June 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  14. Be humble

    Aetheists are some of the most miserable people I've encountered. There's a reason why pride is one of the deadliest sins.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • Joe

      Really? Atheist here. I've spent over 1500 hours in the last 4 years working to raise money for the victims of the genocide in Darfur, helping young students with mental disabilities, and raising money for cancer research. I am going to Florida State University for free to study Physics, I'm a part of one of the most prestigious organization groups in the country, and I'm a member of the Honors college. I have a great family, better friends than anyone could ask for, and I could not be happier with life.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      @Joe
      Yeah, but you still have that void, that empty space in your heart which nothing else in this world can fill, because God has created it and put it there , so that He may dwell in it. You see, Joe, if you didn't have all those wonderful things which are blessings in your life, but if you had God in person of Christ Jesus in your heart, He would be sufficient to sustain you and be your all in all.
      But you'll never know how much you need the Lord until bottom from under you caves in. I guess for some people that's exactly what it takes..... to humble them , because their pride is in the way!

      June 14, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • Joe

      Nope. I do not buy into your beliefs. I was raised in a strict Catholic home, and the second I stopped praying and hoping for someone to do something for me was the second I began living my life to the fullest and actually finding happiness. You may need religion to be happy, and I completely respect that, so long as you keep it to yourself and do not try to convert others, infringe upon others rights, slow the teachings and progress of science, and involve it in politics.

      June 15, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • Tundra57

      Perhaps the reason why you see these miserable Atheists is because they are surrounded by religious people who shun them and have never had a chance to really be themselves.

      June 15, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • YeahRight

      "Yeah, but you still have that void, that empty space in your heart which nothing else in this world can fill, because God has created it and put it there , so that He may dwell in it. You see, Joe, if you didn't have all those wonderful things which are blessings in your life, but if you had God in person of Christ Jesus in your heart, He would be sufficient to sustain you and be your all in all.
      But you'll never know how much you need the Lord until bottom from under you caves in. I guess for some people that's exactly what it takes..... to humble them , because their pride is in the way!"

      Prism your posts reek of pride founded in ignorance and lies. Just because you didn't love yourself enough as a person and have to use a imaginary god to make yourself feel special doesn't mean others in this world do. Many of us live beautiful lives filled with love, joy and giving without any holes in our hearts and we have no need to believe in your brainwashing cult.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • sam stone

      Christians are humble?

      June 16, 2012 at 8:19 am |
  15. Ardavan

    Atheism is the most absurd and self-contradicting ideology I have ever encountered. In principle they preach you not to care and yet they do it so passionately and loudly. Nevertheless I would convert if they could give an even half-satisfactory account the single solid fact of the life: death

    June 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      I'm not sure where you are getting your information about atheists, but I have yet to meet one who promotes "not caring." I'm curious to hear what your source is for that statement.

      Obviously, everyone wants to know something satisfying about death. Enter religion. It's all about convincing people they know what happens at death. Yes, that's very satisfying. Like it's satisfying to believe you're not dying and that you don't have cancer, even if the data says otherwise.

      It's not the job of atheists and realists to provide satisfying "feel-good" answers. Again, that's religion's job. Atheism merely points out that there is just as much evidence of an after life as there is that you are just the dream of a 10 year old boy who is in turn the dream of a 14 year old girl. Atheism is about demanding reality over emotion.

      June 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What is it you want atheists to tell you about death? To claim they know what happens when you die, as the theists do?

      June 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • MH

      I cannot emphasize how incorrect you are. Atheists care greatly. Do you know why? Because we believe that this is all we have. There is no afterlife. We don't take life for granted.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • AllForOne

      Science gives us more than a 1/2 solid account of what happens when you die. Eventually you and every other carbon based living thing (trees, grass, etc...) will, with the right conditions, become oil. So I guess we are all just driving around on the souls of everything that lived before us. (or do you believe that only humans have a soul.... white, christian humans that is)
      Drill baby Drill!!

      June 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  16. Elias

    baby boomers will be taking a lot of crazy with them as a they fade from this earth.

    June 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  17. Anon

    "Faith: Pretending to know things you don't know"
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp4WUFXvCFQ&w=640&h=360]

    June 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  18. Anon

    The spread of info will eventually kill faith.
    The sooner the better. Christianity will eventually join the ranks as other ancient religions in a museum.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  19. p gibson

    the notion of "God" has always been, and always be, a creation of the mind of humans.

    to deny that is to deny that humans can imagine anything – we can.

    it's just the ORGANIZED religion that I have problems with – you know – Christians (empire builders) and Jewish (money lenders/ bankers) that use "God" as a tool to coerce others.

    Each of us can imagine a God of some sort. It's what PEOPLE DO after that that colors the entire religious experience as a very dark, very narrow-minded, controlling force applied on any given society.

    It's also easier to not so much imagine for yourself the God of your choice as it is to simply "join-up" with other meatheads unwilling or incapable of delving into their TRUE spiritual side.

    So like lemmings they hurl themselves into something .....that keeps them feeling "worthwhile" – a communal lie for the lazies.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  20. kindness

    This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from som other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

    June 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • JWT

      Jesus is not my lord and satan makes a better king anyway.

      Just out of curiosity – do you get paid to post this stuff ?

      June 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • kindness

      No JWT. Just personal testamony.
      blessings
      Kindness

      June 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • .

      Click the report abuse link to get rid of this troll. Hopefully soon they'll block their IP address from posting.

      June 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • derp

      Why don't you do something useful with all that spare time you must have.

      You could blow me.

      June 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Ologies

      tl;dr

      June 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @kindness, You do realize you say, this is your personal "experience" and personal "testimony" yet you say nothing "personal" at all. You are just preaching doctrine. A personal experience is something that you "personally experienced." I for one am curious to hear what made you lose your mind so completely. Please share.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      GFN
      I don't think it to be a great idea for Kindness to copy and paste same post over and over... But this aside, what makes you an authority on someone else's experience?
      You people keep parroting the same old stuff, saying that we Christians are dumb sheep, mindlessly following and repeating what someone taught us... But you just WISH it were so, becaue you can't t stand the fact that we, who really know what we're talking about, when we speak about spiritual matters, we are bringing out things that you can never refute, because you see the evidence of them in your own selves! So, in your pride and bitterness you to lash out, and in belittling us, you desire to make our words of no effect.
      Because, friend, deep down inside, you know there is more to our words then just black dots on white background... There is the power of God , the power of the Spirit of God who testifies of Truth, convicting of sin, righteousness and Judgment!
      And you KNOW that, but in your rebellion and love of "Self" rather then God and His ways, you deny it and throw insults at us who point it out to you! That's the REAL reason and the heart of the matter.... because when one is faced with the Word of God, and the testimony of His Spirit, it exposes what's in his heart!
      You can deny it, but the truth of what is written here can never be nullified, no not by any insults you and your like minded throw at it, , nor by all the hosts of Hell itself.
      Jesus said once to a rebel ": it is hard to kic'k against pri'ck's! Well, here is the same case.. You can't fight God! You can argue, and have your fist to heavens, but He is still the Lord, and your breath is in His hands. After all we're just small little human ants! That's a very good way to look at it... It kinda keeps a man humble! And that's what we, humans need the most: to be humble!

      June 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @PRISM 1234, I never claimed to be an authority on someone else's experience. To quote @kindness, "This is my experience... MY personal testimony."

      For your benefit I include the definition of Experience from an authority on the English language
      experience |ikˈspi(ə)rēəns|
      noun
      practical contact with and observation of facts or events: he had already learned his lesson by painful experience | he spoke from experience.
      • the knowledge or skill acquired by such means over a period of time, esp. that gained in a particular profession by someone at work: older men whose experience could be called upon | candidates with the necessary experience.
      • an event or occurrence that leaves an impression on someone: for the younger players it has been a learning experience .
      verb [ with obj. ]
      encounter or undergo (an event or occurrence): the company is experiencing difficulties.
      • feel (an emotion): an opportunity to experience the excitement of New York.

      Where is the experience in that post?

      I do think christians are sheep as did Jesus. Do you disagree with this? I make no generalizations on intelligence, because I have spoken to intelligent christians. (Incidentally, sheep are pretty dumb animals, like say compared to pigs or wolves. So I find it interesting that it is used to name the followers of the great shepherd.)

      Do I think christians are crazy? Yes. Thinking you know something that you don't know is insanity. Believing in things for which there is no evidence, and in fact evidence to the contrary is insanity. Does that make me angry? No. I feel nothing but sympathy for the sheep.

      Do I love myself, yes. But I love you as I love myself. I know that in the end, we are one and we are both subject to the same deceptions and illusions of existence. If I felt no love for you, I wouldn't care to help you past your fantasies to open your eyes to the light of reality.

      It is true that I can't fight Santa Clause, god, leprechauns or fairies... I'll give you that much. But if you think that humility is thinking that the all powerful being in the universe cares about you and what you do, I recommend you check the dictionary for that word too.

      June 15, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • S.

      "Faith over reason" is one of the most ridiculous statements I've ever heard. Evidence is everything, your delusions mean nothing.

      June 15, 2012 at 12:56 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      I do think christians are sheep as did Jesus. Do you disagree with that?"
      LOL! Yeah, Christians are God's sheep. But don't boast yourself of not being one.... If you're not God's sheep , you're someone else's!
      And when you say 'If I felt no love for you, I wouldn't care to help you past your fantasies to open your eyes to the light of reality.", you really show just whose sheep you are and whom you're following!
      I am forever thankful that Jesus Christ is my Shepherd. But do you realize who is yours?

      June 15, 2012 at 7:14 am |
    • GodFreeNow

      @PRISM 1234, If it makes you feel better to think it, then I am a sheep to the shepherd of reason and evidence. The difference between my shepherd and yours though is that mine encourages individuality, free thought, expressions of doubt, and is firmly rooted in the observable, testable universe; while yours demands submission, surrender, faith in the face of doubt and a whole lot of hoping you're right.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      "The difference between my shepherd and yours though is that mine encourages individuality, free thought, expressions of doubt, and is firmly rooted in the observable, testable universe; while yours demands submission, surrender, faith in the face of doubt and a whole lot of hoping you're right"

      Man, your really have swallowed satan's lie – hook, line and sinker!.

      June 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
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