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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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soundoff (4,013 Responses)
  1. Bo

    Did she really say the words "child indoctrination" talking about non-belief and "religion is not a bad thing"? I would need to be held back from slapping her.

    June 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  2. Not really

    Apparently the studies that show the Human race is getting smarter is true..

    June 17, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Arvoasitis

      More knowledgeable perhaps, but wiser, where's the evidence?

      June 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  3. Seyedibar

    Of course doubts about gods are on the rise. We no longer require the belief in them any longer. We're explaining the world through evolutionary mechanisms, spatial physics, genome mapping. No reason to hold onto some antique folktales that was never true to begin with. Gods are nothing more than a social crutch, and mankind has long-since healed the weak legs he stumbled out of the darkness upon.

    June 17, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Arvoasitis

      But, what function does the bible serve. As a source of ancient history, it is probably as reliable a source as there is provided certain errors and embellishments have been removed. As a science text, it is somewhat lacking although the OT contains the observation that the Earth is an orb (even though the early Christians believed that the Earth was flat and had been created a few thousand years earlier in the shape of the Holy Tabernacle). As a moral guide the OT is a complete bust; even the book of Proverbs calls some of its ideas "an abomination to God."

      June 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Tyler Friedline

      i wish there was a like button

      June 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  4. toops

    7 For nation will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 But all these things are only the beginning of birth pangs. 9 Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10 At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray; 12 and because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to every nation, and then the end will come. Mathew 24

    June 17, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • SDM

      You realize that quoting from your book of fairy tales isn't particularly convincing, don't you?

      June 17, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • kme

      Your favorite verse, I suppose. Can't wait for the end? After all, that's when you get to say, "I told you so!" and watch all of those who don't think like you burn in a fire of eternal torment. What a great day that will be for you!

      What a miserable, petty, small idea.

      June 17, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • Not really

      here is the problem with all the people who are absolutely convinced we are in the end of time. The bible is old and nothing absolutely new has been discovered in it. Sure catholics omitted things they didnt like and added things they did. But the bible that we know has been around the block... READ VERY CAREFULLY... Religious people have been predicting the end of times since the bible has been around. What make you so much smarter than the people who every few hundred years or so predict the end of time.

      June 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  5. World Religion

    People fear what they do not understand. Everything stems from faith, how can one believe when they have no FAITH? People are so wrapped up in worldly things, which they refuse to search for answers. (Search and you will find G-d). There is a G-d. When he comes like a thief in the night, it will be too late. G-d isn't going to show himself to the non-believer just for proof!! The devil is the King of this world and he's doing a great job my blinding people on this earth.

    Last summer, an activist was passing out a bible and I notice a group of young people just laughing, when he handed them the bible, they tossed it in the trash. That is horrible.

    June 17, 2012 at 6:45 am |
    • JWT

      There is no need to have faith, although it is not wrong if people have faith. People have the individual need/choice to see god in their lives, both ways are fully acceptable.

      As to the bible – if one was foreced into my hands it is either recyclable material. Theey were wrong to toss it in the garbage – it goes in the recyclables.

      June 17, 2012 at 6:53 am |
    • Rez

      Faith is the backbone of man kind. W/out it the world would. It have gone as far as It did. It's the lack of faith and corruption of faith in past modern times that has created this level of confusion & denial. This corruption has only one source. You see it all around you, but you ignore to see the source. Evil is deception. What is true is false..& what is false is true. This world is just an illusion..a test. Everything will end at a sudden hault..but it is not the end as we understand. Even chaos has its place in the universe, but even chaos has its own purpose & so does every living and non living thing. Everything has a purpose & it's purpose we must not forget or deny!!

      June 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  6. Caroline

    If there wasn't a God, there'd be no right and wrong. No human just decides what's acceptable, unacceptable, good and bad, and then every single person born immediately knows it naturally.

    June 17, 2012 at 3:03 am |
    • sam stone

      Right and wrong are cultural concepts.

      June 17, 2012 at 6:16 am |
    • JWT

      There is need for god to decide right and wrong – everyone can do it.

      June 17, 2012 at 6:54 am |
    • Arvoasitis

      There is an old story that when Socrates was on his way to the courthouse to find out what charges had been laid against him he met a former pupil who was on the way to the same courthouse out of a sense of duty to prosecute his own father who had killed a slave through neglect. They fell into a debate on the nature of right and wrong. The former pupil thought he had solved the problem by declaring, in essence, that an action is right if God approves of it. But, then Socrates asked a question: Is the action right because God approves of it or does God approve of the action because it is right?
      In fact, the notion that there would be no right or wrong if God did not exist is entirely wrong. There are universal standards of justice that appeal to everyone. They take into account personal freedom, the public good, and universal values. It is too often Christians who blindly follow rules without understanding the principles they are based on that make the great moral errors.

      June 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  7. Rez

    Proud of ourselves are we? "Mission Accomplished" by the majority? The meaning of life answered in a small box??? Why don't we take credit for creation of the atom while we are at it!!??? Or what about the the eloquently labelled particle "The God Particle" Aka "Higgs Boson" also be on the list for our list of things "We Created!!" We are truly Big-Headed creatures with Big Mouths who honestly think we have all the answers in ourselves. We are nothing but arrogant fools!! We always have been and always will be!! We never learn from our mistakes and we always let history repeat itself!!! We seek instant gratification & Immortality!! We seek to create ourselves...w/out questioning existence and the purpose of this multi-dimensional universe. We use only 4% of our brain power, and we think we are great thinkers!?? C'mon!

    We stare at ourselves and take credit for things we had no part in creating (in contrast to the atoms that were created by this universe through the Almighty and his equations). We should be ashamed for how we call ourselves human beings and develop this infinite level of denial and calls our selves the the masters to the answers of all questions and that "the internet" is our one and only source of the answers to this life. We need to wind down quite a bit and have a reality check back with our soul....

    "Where there is a beginning...there s an end...and a sudden end it will be...this life is just a dream....a test of faith...."

    June 17, 2012 at 2:28 am |
    • Rez

      We should all drink our way to infinite bliss...pshh...please....

      June 17, 2012 at 2:43 am |
    • SDM

      Wow. How many semi-hysterical inaccuracies and half-truths are you going to try to stick into your next paragraph?

      June 17, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Rez

      Please iighten me in the half-truhs and inaccuracies you are referring too. Science is trying to take credi for God, but it has run into a dead end. Science always tries to answer the purpose of life, but it has most recently ran into a dead end, particularly in quantum physics. Human beings have always been arrogant and blind to the simple truth. Life is not a coincidence. There is no such thing as coincidence in life. Everything has occurred for a reason. We may not understand them. But there is a meaning beyond our level of comprehension. You either believe it or ignore the truth & make excuses for being in denial.

      June 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Tyler Friedline

      Rez, you say stuff like it is beyond our level of comprehension when it is not. You do this to make everything you believe in ok, even though you know it is irrational to believe. Its always ok if it doesn't make sense or your being irrational because you cant understand it anyways only god can understand. haha The truth is you can. There is no god.

      June 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • sam stone

      When has science attempted to answer the question of life's purpose?

      June 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  8. Mary Bittner

    Steven Hawkins said a brain is like a computer. He compared the demise of a brain comparable to the demise of a computer. However, it is the other way around. I believe a computer is like a brain, but it is lacking in emotions and the ability to think, judge, imagine, dream, love. In other words the computer is lacking a soul, but human beings have a soul and will continue to exist after the body dies. Where are you Steven? Let's talk.

    June 17, 2012 at 2:05 am |
    • Chuckles

      You lost me, was this supposed to be a joke, asking Stephen to talk that is? Not to mention your questions about computers. Are you saying that since computers don't have "souls" or emotions that exist outside of the body? Really? So what happens when we do create AI? You do realize that we have yet to create a computer that has the same computer power as the human brain, but that will happen in a couple of years. If computers were given the ability to process information like a human brain would you believe it has a soul?

      June 17, 2012 at 2:16 am |
  9. Stephanie Spencer

    I have seen and heard all of this hooplah about scientific proof that God does not exist, and I am angered. Although I am a certified science teacher, I am a born again Christian. How dare you non-believers make false statements as to the existence of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It behooves me as to how you can look around and honestly not believe that there is a higher being than you that created you or even the stuff around you...God ways are not our ways and God thoughts are not our thoughts, so how is it that you can honestly say that scientific reasoning (man made) can trump God? At this point, all that I can say is that we are living in the last days and God said that in the last days many would doubt or even deny God's existence, so this is expected. I don't care what the rest of the world does, I choose Jesus Christ because he died for me. He rose from the grave for me. That is true love and I truly love God. All that I can do is praise God, thank God, and pray for those lost souls that you speak of (that doubt the existence of God).

    June 17, 2012 at 1:43 am |
    • Chuckles

      I weep for your so called students

      June 17, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • Stephanie Spencer

      God's ways are not our ways, and God's thoughts are not our thoughts...Sorry for the typos

      June 17, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • Chuckles

      Honest question, Would you accept any answer from a student that was either "God did it" or "My thinking is different from your thinking"?

      What sort of science are you certified in and how exactly can you teach a subject that you state you basically fundamentally disagree with by saying that man created scientific method but it doesn't apply to god or gods works?

      June 17, 2012 at 1:55 am |
    • World Religion

      @chuckles I weep for you

      June 17, 2012 at 6:48 am |
    • JWT

      God does not exists . If he did there would be many gods.

      June 17, 2012 at 6:58 am |
    • Robert

      Let me just recommend a cold beer!!!!

      June 17, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • Tyler Friedline

      "It behooves me as to how you can look around and honestly not believe that there is a higher being than you that created you or even the stuff around you...God" Well miss sterphanie, it behooves me that you can believe in a higher power, but what behooves me even more is that you think god actually gives a damn about you. And if you didn't think you were going to live forever, would you give a darn about him? If there is a god what makes you think we are so special that you get to live forever in a special place with all your friends haha. And all the other intelligent life in the universe (and possible other universes) aren't special and don't get to live forever. It grinds my gears that your a scientist, who probably believes in creationism. You probably never gave evolution a shot because it brings doubt to your beliefs. Christians throw out any information that brings doubt and don't even consider it. You back up your beliefs with statements like "you cant understand it until you die because only god knows" or " only god can tell". Believing in god, is like saying your irrational. its true-ignorance is bliss. I know this because i was raised christian. I had a terrible time accepting what I was learning in college as a nuclear medicine major. But with my scientific mind, there is no place for god. I had a really hard time accepting that god wasn't real in science classes, as i learned about evolution and that the earth is far older than the bible is. And in my history classes i learned that god didn't write the bible- it was written by different people about 100 years after Jesus. And man chose the books that went in the bible. Some were put in while others were taken out. How that equates to the word of god i don't know. Ignorance is not bliss for me. While i did struggle with these facts and the fact that i don't get to live forever, i have now accepted the fact that i only am blessed with this one life. And the fact that we are hearing by mere chance, and not by creation is an even more fascinating tale for me. I don't think kids should be indoctrinated to believe in god from a young age. They are young and of course they will believe you. It will only set them up for future disappointment in the future. "Tooth Fairy- no evidence, Santa Clause, no evidence, and god- no evidence"

      June 17, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • SDM

      It's quite clear that you are not a science teacher. There is no "scientific proof there is no god." There is a complete and total lack of proof that there is one. Nothing more than anecdotes and spin. Until someone presents actual, testable evidence...with results replicable by anyone regardless of religion or lack of it...there is no reason to believe in your magical sky fairy.

      June 17, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  10. Caleb

    Today's atheism is a joke. I have people argue and debate me and they always lose because they have no understanding of what God or religion is. They think science contradicts religion, that people believe in God because they are too stupid to understand science, that people only believe becuase they're indoctrinated, and most recently becuase of an idiotic idea that religion is bigotry. Modern atheism is a social lifestyle... like a fad. When you actually ask an atheist why they don't believe they never (at least I've never been given) any reason that makes sense. They blindly follow what they don't know and don't care to dig deep into the people they blindly follow. Yet, they will condemn religious people for doing exactly what they are doing. Modern atheism is a fad that people think is cool, or they think it's the only way they can live the life they want. It all stems from a lack of understanding ON BOTH SIDES. Don't for a second think I'm only talking bad about atheists. The reason there is an uprising of doubt is because of the simple stupidity of people. The media will take one stupid Christian and somehow it makes the entire religion impossible to believe. If people would learn to understand religion and practice & teach their religion from a stance of knowledge then atheism/doubt won't be a problem and won't be a fad.

    June 17, 2012 at 1:27 am |
    • Lameness Spotter

      Caleb: "I have people argue and debate me and they always lose..."

      According to what standards? Ah, you just judge yourself to be the winner every time, huh? Well, isn't that SPECIAL.

      June 17, 2012 at 1:31 am |
    • Chuckles

      You should find other atheists then huh?

      Ask me for instance why I consider myself an atheist and I'll tell you. It has nothing to do with wanting to condemn religion or religious people or think they are blind sheep. I personally studied my own religion (judaism) as well as christianity, and islam. I traveled to China and studied chinese customary religion, buddhism, in India I studied Hinduism and other types of buddhism. After my study in these places and more so in separate classes I realized there are plenty of similarities, but the underlining message was religion was about control. I had no interest in keeping kosher, I had no interest in praying 5 times a day, or going to confession, or meditating to achieve nirvana, and so on.

      If I for instance so incontrovertible evidence of a "right" religion I might be more convinced but look around, adherents of any specific religion aren't more blessed, wealthier, happier, healthier or in any way deviate from the rest of the pack. I'd say the only religion that may break this mold is judaism, then again it's ingrained within the religion that study and education is incredibly important so that's why you might find a disproportionate amount of jews with nobel peace prizes, but I don't think for a moment it was god awarded it to them.

      June 17, 2012 at 1:38 am |
    • Chuckles

      @Lameness

      I was thinking the same thing. I bet Caleb asked the age old question, "how did life begin" and when answered with "well there are theories but we don't know for sure" he took that as a win because being able to have all the answers all the time without any proof or evidence is better than admitting ignorance.

      June 17, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • Tyler Friedline

      Caleb, your the one blindly following something that's not there. I'm rational following reason. Reason that tells me there is no god. People want to live forever. God was created by man to cope with the mental anguish of having to die. Only in America do people want to live forever because of our cushy lives. MY question to all Christians is, would you care about god if you didn't think you were going to live forever? I think not. And if you didn't have to die or were not afraid of dying you would not need god either.

      June 17, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  11. bob

    The more we learn about the universe less and less needs to be, or can be, explained by god.

    June 17, 2012 at 12:34 am |
  12. Jason Lewis

    I don't have a problem with asking these kinds of questions. But if they want to have a real debate about the existence of God CNN should have gotten some people on the show that could do a better job of scientific rebuttal on the "where is the proof" question. Those guests did a terrible job of making the case. Anyone that wants to read/see a scientific answere to this question should read "The Case for a Creator" by Lee Strobel. This man was an investigative journalist and also an atheist. When his wife came home one day and told him she had become a Christian he was outraged. He then set out to dig into the scientific facts and debunk "God" once and for all. In the course of his investigation he became converted. He then wrote the book. There is also a DVD based on the book, both of them called "The Case for a Creator." The book does go into more detail than the DVD, but the DVD does the best job I have ever seen in conveying the scientific proof concisely in a 1 hour presentation. I have invited a few athiest to watch it with me and give me there rebuttle to the evidence presented. So far no takers. If there is a follow up to this segment I would urge CNN to get Lee Strobel on the show along with anyone he thinks could contribute.

    June 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • SDM

      Lee Strobel presents a severely dishonest case in his book. He does not interview anyone who does not already agree with his obvious presuppositions, and pretends to be "astonished" when they come to the same psudo-conclusions he already knows they believe. To find the truth about something you don't just go to people who agree with you and sit around validating each other. You also go to the critics as well. He doesn't even bother. I don't believe for a moment that he "converted" as a result of his so-called investigation any more than I believe Kirk Cameron when he claims that he was once a "devout atheist".

      June 17, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  13. Fay Bangerter

    How can anyone question the authenticity of the Bible when it is recorded that Yeshua said in Matthew 24:10 "At that time many will turn away from the faith....." and in Luke 18:8 Yeshua says "However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" These words were written approximately 2,000 years ago and now we are living in the generation when this is coming to pass. The Bible is a prophetic book and has much to say about the end of days.

    June 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Gee, how can ANYONE doubt the predictions of Jeanne Dixon? She said this, she said that, and all came to pass as she predicted!

      Duh!

      June 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • Flash

      Fay Bangerter: ""At that time many will turn away from the faith..."

      Oh yeah, well, the Muslims started turning away from it 1400 years ago, the Jews never believed it, nor did billions of Chinese and other Asians. That prediction is bunk.

      June 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • Raoul

      All religion on Earth are fabrication of the Vatican, their aim is slavery in bondage to God, not the " Gods" those who have read Genesis revisited, chronicle of the Earth By Z. Sitchins , would remember that modern Human were DNA manipulated by the Anunnaki as slaves, the Anunnaki lied to their creation told them that they were GODS, 2 brothers Enki & Enlil no religion on earth has ever mentioned these names, the religion dwell in lies not the truth therefore man who follows religion will always be slaves to God and his religions

      June 17, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • SDM

      Wow. A new (at the time) religion predicts that there will be people who won't believe it. What a shocker. And it claims that it will be hated too...just like nearly every religion when they get started. Every single time.

      Oh, and Raoul...stay off my side of the argument.

      June 17, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  14. toops

    Jesus asked in Luke 18 8 will there be ANY faith when I return? This is only another sign that He is on His way back. You can pretend- "Oh I didn't know no one told me." but He knows your heart already- you didn't want to know. He also said "the heart is desperately wicked and who can know it" The first time He came in love to creat a way of escape for man from the coming judgement. The second time He returns it is in JUDGEMENT. People get ready the time is short, get on your knees and find Jesus before it is too late.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • JWT

      Yawn – and so what?

      June 17, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • SDM

      Do you have anything to say besides the kind of stuff we can hear from the crazies standing on the streetcorners? You go ahead and get down on your knees. The rest of us have work to do trying to make the world we actually live in a better place. People like you have already given up trying.

      June 17, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  15. Kevin

    I have to say, it's interesting that Don Lemon is reporting this, and his next segment involves "reality" tv not so real. The other guests he has on his show say "reality" tv isn't reality. Who both seem to have a lot of faith. My point is, I have to say how is the thought of god any different? He's there because people need to believe in him. Evolution involves some people to beleive there is something more out there. The true question I think the relegion segement should ask is. Why are you christian or Muslim? Most of the time the answer is because my parents were or it's based on the region you grew up in. That should tell you enough that relegion is all made up if you haven't done enough soul searching to not be able to change the relegion you grew up in.

    Thanks Don for the reporting! It's nice to know that more atheist can come out of the closet and have their voice heard.

    June 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
  16. Haime52

    Do you not know from where these doubts arise? God help the child who espoues creation in a public school classroom while being boombarded with atheism by his/her teacher. Heaven forbid any free discussion be allowed on this subject in even the most scholarly of places, our universities. The very places where free discusion was DEMANDED by those espousing evolution, now stifle any and all discourse or questions about it's validity. We SAY we believe in freedom of speech, yet we do not allow people who may differ or even investigate the premise of evolution to have a free voice in the halls of academia. They are censured, fired, threated,and refused pier review of their work. So much for the open midedness asked of believers, when there is no reciprocity.

    June 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • jungleboo

      Try spell-check before posting.

      June 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      How would you know anything about 'universities' when it's painfully obvious from your post that you've never set foot in one?

      June 16, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • SDM

      Try actually thinking for yourself instead of repeating long-debunks hysteria from Ben Stein.

      June 17, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  17. Jack

    thestarofkaduri.com

    For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son,

    that whoever believes in him shall not ... *perish ... but have eternal life.

    The Bible ... John 3: 16

    June 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • SDM

      Right...and ignore the rest of the Bible and the barbarities that occur in it that are called "good".

      June 17, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  18. The Corrector

    People are bitten by their many dodgy freedoms.
    Have you been bitten by your many dodgy freedoms?
    Sleep on these 3 words tonite/tonight & see how they change your life;
    MANY DODGY FREEDOMS.
    Very pleasant dreams folks.

    June 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  19. joseph

    Ask yourself, 'where does doubt come from'? Does it not come from unfamiliarity. If a stranger came to you and said 'if you follow me, I have something special waiting for you at our destination' you would have serious doubts and your better judgement would cause you not to believe or follow him. However, if someone you knew and trusted came to you with the same proposition, you might wonder why the proposition was made, but you would be more likely to believe and follow him. This same principle applies to our relationship with Christ. How can you believe in someone you do not know, and how can you know someone if you do not spend time with them. Most people go through a period of doubt and unbelief when they have lost their first love. When you neglect quiet time with the Lord and instead give other facets of your life greater priority, is it any surprise that what was once a close friendship deteriorates into distant acquaintances. If you want to reconnect to your first love, make it a priority to spend quality time with Him.

    June 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • jungleboo

      Your quiet time "with the Lord" is actually just quiet time with your imagination. Quiet time with one's imagination is a very good thing indeed, as long as this quiet time is not used for Worry or Fear. The saying, "Worry is a misuse of imagination." is an excellent adage.

      Organized belief in "God" and sweet fables about his short little visit to Earth, this approach introduces people to the wonders of imagination, but should not be taken seriously. I say this because, while the stories of god on earth are comforting, they are accompanied by a damning philosophy of anyone who does not share your precise idea. To use your imagination for comfort while at the same time damning others is a destructive mindset. You can see very clearly how destructive this is by the number of people you alienate.

      Artists and musicians and writers know their imagination very well, and actually appreciate the imaginative work of others, or at least do not wish evil upon those who practice another art form. Christians number a small percentage of the Earth's population. The entirety of Earth's population is quite busy living delightfully imaginative lives, loved by their families, and are certainly pursuing love wherever they can find it.

      The Christian would do well to realize that he is simply involved in a highly imaginative practice, of which he unfortunately is not the author. Someone else created the stories, wrote them out, and required their followers (FOLLOWERS) to adhere to them on pain of spiritual death. That's a paltry use of one's creative imagination, but at least it's a start.

      Loosen your grip on the obvious. Live in The Creative Spirit. It has no name. It says no words. It is the silence at the center of our core being. It makes no demands except to live in Appreciation. Appreciation is The Portal to Divinity. No other explanation is necessary, nor is any other explanation supportable.

      June 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
  20. The Corrector

    I've heard so many confessions about bad parenting.
    Let's bring the Devil down with this one.

    June 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • SDM

      "Oh, the devil went down to Georgia..."

      June 17, 2012 at 11:32 am |
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