So, why do people leave Christianity? With it nearing upon back-to-school season, hopeful young people all across America are readying a return to their secularist education in the hopes of one day successfully climbing that corporate ladder, and becoming the consumer statistic they’ve always wanted to be. Right? And in light of the prospect of finally entering into our “equality” based, homogenized society where the role models are Dr. Seuss and Miley Cyrus, we have to wonder. Is there more to life than this? Even if we encourage our young people to go out and leave the world a better place – ultimately, what’s the point? Leave behind wealth, sure…but to whose benefit? And be a good person of course…but by what standard and why?
Christianity once provided Western Civilization with foundational truth towards family, government, law, scientific progress, art and more – but over the years leftist/progressives and even some on the right have sought to remake society into one where the only belief is the belief in yourself or some ambiguous greater good. And for the most part, it’s working. Because as many of the nation’s young people will affirm, since there’s nothing particularly important about Christianity, why get worked into a lather about it? Isn’t it okay if everyone has a different view of the truth?
As Californian Richard Wade of the Friendly Atheist website’s motto says, “Agreement is not important – only understanding is.”
This is why the “Church” of Unitarian Universalists holds such great appeal to the growing number of folks who abhor fundamentalist thinking. Here, where greater emphasis is placed on a dogma-free environment, rather than a possibly messy truth, people can feel like they’re asking questions without imposing answers, and explore ideas on social justice and community. And for Ross Harvey, an atheist of North Vancouver (British Columbia), the Unitarians were exactly the “social glue” he’d been looking for. Says Psychology Today, “Just three years earlier he had confided to his wife that he wished there were a ‘church you could go to where you sang and heard inspirational talks and you didn’t have to get into all that other nonsense'”. Nonsense which, ironically enough, has instilled millions of people throughout the history of the world with a very solid foundation for social justice and community service. It’s just not what people like Mr. Harvey want to hear.
But it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that under the watch-care of the Department of Education and Institutions of so-called “higher” learning, that the western individual has increasingly grown mistrustful of the more traditional teachings of Christian doctrine. Where we once had the Ten Commandments, we now have the doctrines of statism and a secularist facade of equality. Where once we kneeled to say our bedtime prayers, we now “pray” to the god of government to create a more perfect society. And where we once understood God as the Supreme Lawgiver and Savior of Humanity, we now consider the great spirit of options and open-minded investigation. Especially when it comes to teaching the next generation.
Wendy Thomas Russell, author of Relax It’s Just God, believes that a lot of adults struggle with being honest with their children, while striving to avoid religious “indoctrination” and scary beliefs or putting them into a position to be made fun of or hurt. She recommends that we teach our kids “the difference between fact and faith, between dogma and freethinking” – but then let them take it from there. However, while this may seem like an enlightened approach, parents certainly wouldn’t allow a child to climb into a cage full of tigers simply to affirm that child’s decision and drive to explore. So in light of this, why wouldn’t a parent guide their children into successful adulthood by providing them with the wisdom and truth they learned from their parents? Is it because society relegates anything perceived as “old” as full of musty ideals that can’t hold a candle to our deep knowledge of celebrity gossip and an unsurpassed knowledge of television trivia?
Ultimately however, is it really about truth? Or is it simply about doing what we want – and the consequences be damned? Never mind that the answer to “how could a loving God condemn people to Hell” lies in our own rebellious nature, or that horrors like the Holocaust happened not because of God – but because of each individuals’ own willingness to call evil good in order to fulfill their selfish desires. In the meantime, because it’s more fun to pursue sex and buy toys, the answer to these important questions and more will likely never be discovered as long as people willingly, or out of ignorance, stick Truth into their own little musty closet of Relativism. However, let’s face it. Truth exists whether we choose to believe in it or not. And sort of like Captain Picard on Star Trek, it doesn’t require our belief to make it so.
Article quotes from Psychology Today, June 2012, The Atheist at the Breakfast Table, By Bruce Grierson