Wednesday, November 01, 2006

AGNOSTICISM ON THE RISE

"18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing to be wise, they became fools," - Romans 1:18-22
Even though people don't know God, ignorance isn't an excuse. As Paul says, there's no excuse for not knowing God. But according to a recent poll, the number who are uncertain about His existence is on the rise. If you trust the poll, the number of uncertain individuals has grown significantly.
"The survey conducted by Harris Poll found that 42 percent of US adults are not "absolutely certain" there is a God compared to 34 percent who felt that way when asked the same question three years ago.1"
I wonder if the spin will be that this is the result of our society becoming more enlightened? I personally believe that nothing good is going to come from this. As the number of believers go down, morals decrease, and materialism and hedonism increase. And what is wrong with this picture?"
Among the various religious groups, 76 percent of Protestants, 64 percent of Catholics and 30 percent of Jews said they are "absolutely certain" there is a God while 93 percent of Christians who describe themselves as "Born Again" feel certain God exists."
Who are these religious people who don't know if there is a God? Very odd. Who are the 7% of "born again" who aren't certain? Imagine what the Bible class discussion is like with one of these people present. "Excuse me, but I don't think we can say that Jesus is the ONLY path to heaven. After all, we can't even be 100% certain that God exists." I would have to reply to that person, "Your point would be well taken, except I can't be certain even of that."

You expect that people are going to reject God, but what kind of person goes to worship and doesn't even believe in the object of worship: God? Very strange.

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1. Nearly half of Americans uncertain God exists: poll. Accessed from: http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/10/31/
061031235233.s0l4o4wy.html on Nov. 1, 2007

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:46 PM

    Most of those Christians that are not certain (100%) there is a God will likely not say a thing. For the Christian that is certain can also be be-littling, not chosing the correct response not taking the time to let the uncertain Christian voice their opinion
    Signed: A Christian that was uncertain and now is certain. Never said a word.

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  2. Thanks.
    I appreciate that point of view.
    You are exactly right about some. Of course that is the purpose of study as it says, "faith comes by hearing, hearing by the word of Christ." But there are others who do speak up and it makes for an interesting class.
    -Discipler

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  3. Anonymous8:12 AM

    Dear "anonymous" above,

    I don't think discipler was talking about people like you. He was talking about the large group of people who are religious and like to tell people what to believe even though they aren't even sure there is a God. That's why I got from it.

    Signed: A christian who appreciates who people who are not pushy when they are searching.

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  4. If you boil things down to simple honest terms, most agnostics and atheists have moral problems at heart. This "blockage" causes an aversion to the truth and they become belligerent (often, but not always) when someone presents to truth of Christ to them: "Don't be 'pushy' with me, I really don't want to change my behaviour, attitude and lifestyle".

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  5. Dear Pazdziernik,
    I'm sure you are right and it explains why it can be difficult to reach people. Many people aren't honest about why they reject the plea to follow God. They may pretend an intellectual position that they just aren't convinced. But how much of their rejection has to do with the lack of evidence and how much has to do with hidden agendas, aspirations, and desires is hard to pinpoint. But I think like you that more times than not it has to do with the hidden issues that aren't ready to be turned loose. - Discipler

    p.s. I clicked over to your site and got to see that your interests go beyond religion.

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