The Reason Why People LEAVE Christianity

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?

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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.

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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

 

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A Christian Geek on the Death and Life of Artists

planets22016 has been a year that we’ve lost a lot of famous folks from accidents, sickness and other circumstances due to being human on planet Earth. From David Bowie (singer, songwriter and actor), to Jerry Doyle (actor, talk-show host, and Michael Garibaldi on Babylon 5), Kenny Baker (R2-D2 in Star Wars, as well as roles in Goonies and Time Bandits), Anton Yelchin (27 year old actor who played Chekov in Star Trek), Prince (Pop megastar), Muhammad Ali (Heavyweight champion of the world) and Alan Rickman (Actor and Professor Snape in Harry Potter), it always makes me kind of sad and reflective on my own life when these extremely talented and creative people pass on. For many of them, they not only helped bring beloved characters to life, created inspiring works of music, or were talented athletes – but were part of our own individual life stories through a culture that impacts in a variety of ways.

Life is Short. Over the years, as someone who has really appreciated art, creativity and the unique personalities involved in music, movies, games, books, television shows, architecture and more, I’ve seen a lot of talent pass from this earth. I mean, it really doesn’t seem all that long ago that I was a teenager and was also hearing about the death of Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek), Jim Henson (creator of the Muppets) or Isaac Asimov (famous sci-fi author and philosopher). Of course in those days, it didn’t quite sink in like it does now. Sure, I’d day-dream about the future and wonder what might lay in store for me 20 years down the road. But death just wasn’t something that seemed to make as much as an impression as it does now. Perhaps it’s living long enough to see the pain in the world, and friends, family and other acquaintances who have passed on far before their time. Whatever the case, it makes me think how short life is, and that one day for each of us who are still living, our life as we know it here will come to a close…

axiomcity3What’s the Point? As they say, life is for the living. Those who have passed have had their time, and will possibly be remembered for a while. For some of those people that I’ve mentioned, I’m almost certain that living a life for our Creator and His Truth had no place in their lives. Which really makes their passing that much more of a tragedy. Sure, I’ve heard some famous people claim that the creative work they’ve done will hopefully be remembered in the years to come, and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. But even if they were remembered for a thousand, or ten thousand years, surely some future society would have their own abundance of works to occupy their time (thus caring little for work done in our time) – or the world would end eons from now and all that humanity has “achieved” would end with it. What would really be the point of anything that is done now, unless it were done for something much higher than ourselves and a pretty flimsy idea of human progress?

Pray for Artists and Creatives! That’s why when I look at people like Stan Lee (comic-book writer, and past president of Marvel Comics) or J. Michael Straczynski (creator of Babylon 5), Patrick Stewart (Picard on Star Trek The Next Generation) Bruce Campbell (actor from Burn Notice) and many others, I’m hopeful that I’ll one day see them putting their efforts towards things that are truly lasting. And if I don’t ever meet them here in this life, perhaps one day I’ll be able to meet them in Heaven. Sure, all these people have made mistakes and aren’t perfect. None of us are. But it’s never to late to turn to God and live a life for Him now – as well as in the awesome life to come. In the meantime, I’ll be sure to pray for these people. I’ll pray that somehow God will provide them opportunities to live a life for Him before life here on earth comes to a close. Because wouldn’t it be awesome to see these creative and talented people not as lost for all eternity – but as using their life and their gifts to create even more amazing and spectacular things?

As a side note, I get that a lot of people in the artistic community may have some serious concerns, confusion, or outright opposition to Christianity. Perhaps they met the wrong people, they were burned to it through some life experience it, or Christianity just was never lived, practiced or taught in such a way so as to shine forth in a darkened world. Either way, feel free to leave a comment if you have thoughts about Christianity, Christian reconstruction, actors and artists who have died in 2016, life of artists, being a Christian geek, or anything else on your mind. Also, check out some of the PDF resources AXIOM has tried to develop as a way to provide a simple introduction to living a life for God (Hope Flyer and What in the World Brochure). And lastly, be sure to check out my Artwork tab (where a lot of awesome christian cartoons, christian comics, illustrations and resources are available for sharing His Truth via social media and more), as well as the Artist Page (where you can find interviews with great Christian artists)! 

God’s Law and the Future!

mark rushdoony, amazing future, future city, futuristic world, God's law, negative law, Statist law, liberty, progress, innovation, meme“God’s law is generally negative law. It forbids certain things beyond which is a huge realm of liberty. Statist law is positive; it tries to regulate all behavior. If we try to make God’s law a positive law, then it becomes inadequate, we are stuck like the Amish, unable to change. God’s law allows liberty and progress by only disallowing what God says is immoral. I believe the fullness of the Kingdom on earth will be an amazing futuristic world of cheap energy, technical and scientific breakthroughs, and medical knowledge that makes everything today seem like quackery. Negative law allows for liberty, progress, and innovation.” ~ Mark Rushdoony

Hope for the Future! Sometimes it seems that Christians can be a bit pessimistic when it comes to the future. I’m not sure why that is, as I think it seems pretty obvious that if we listened more to what God tries to teach us (both through the Bible and a daily relationship with Him) – not only will our life beyond death be amazing – but the future of our world will be a lot better too (also see: Christian Star Trek)! After all, much of what we enjoy in the West already has been due to the past efforts of Christians seeking to help others through art and creativity, medicine, education/discipleship and technology. This is why I found the above quote to be really thought provoking. Sure, there’s a lot there (Christian Reconstructionism), but I hope it inspires and encourages you in the same way that it did me!  What do you think?

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Christian Star Trek?

christian, creativity, christianity, star trek, hope for the future, artwork, creativesWhat if Gene Roddenberry (the creator of Star Trek) or Isaac Asimov (scientist and sci-fi author) had been Christians? It might be easy to think, as I once did, that if these two brilliant and extremely creative men had been followers of God, then they surely wouldn’t have developed the amazing works they are known for. However, I think this couldn’t be more wrong!

As followers of Christ, we sometimes not only buy into the world’s cartoonish portrayal of Christians as uninspired Bible-reading robots trudging to church each sunday, but we also sometimes come under the false assumption that whatever the world offers up in the arts is the golden standard for creativity. This isn’t to say that there are some fantastic works that I’ve come across in my life. There are a lot of secular books, music, movies and games that I find extremely creative and even artistically inspiring – but don’t necessarily have a christian worldview. What I mean by this is that although we might be able to have political or philosophical discussions about these secular creative works, they’re all based around a very fleeting and even limited view of how humans view their “world”. It’s all ultimately passing away. Whether 100 years from now, or 20,000, a lot of the time we spend on artwork, politics, science, philosophy and business ultimately will either be seen as a mere curiosity down the road or will fade from memory all together.

An Awesome Future! This is why I’m suggesting the need for Christians to become ever more involved in creative pursuits like writing amazing science fiction novels, creating fantastic game worlds, illustrating graphic novels and developing thrilling and inspiring movies. If we truly believe in a hopeful and exciting future where people are saved from destruction and the individual finds purpose and love in life, then why wouldn’t we be motivated to share this message with a broken world? For example, could you imagine a Star Trek type of show that wasn’t just good TV, but actually inspired people to look to the eternal, and offered people the only way to live with purpose and peace?

Now I’m certainly not suggesting that everything Christians create be full of Bible verses and Bible commentary. But sometimes maybe it should. We know our audiences, and are certainly capable in utilizing good wisdom and judgement to know how to best deliver God’s truth! If unsure, pray about it, check your Bible, and talk it over with other Christians. Also, consider checking out fellow Christians who have a positive view of Christian Reconstructionism (and not the cartoonish view that leftists or secularists attempt to assign to this view of Biblical Christianity).

Great Christian Sci-fi and Fantasy: As for some of my favorite christian authors who have written what I consider to be some especially noteworthy science-fiction or fantasy works, check out The Chronicles of Narnia or the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and the excellent Lamb Amongst the Stars trilogy by Chris Walley. I’ve also really enjoyed Robot Wars by Sigmund Brouwer (for younger readers), Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul, Arena by Karen Hancock, The Personifid Project by R.E. Bartlett, Winterflight by Joseph Bayly, Lilith and Phantasies by George MacDonald, The Search for Fierra by Stephen R. Lawhead, and Nate Wilson’s 100 Cupboards series.

What do you think? How does your worldview or the things that interest you impact the way you look at the world? How does this impact your view of the future? What are some effective ways you think christian artists and writers could better engage their audiences? What are some of your favorite books, movies or games that you believe have a powerful christian message? Let us know! Also, be sure to check out our Artwork tab for awesome christian illustrations and more!