Well what a subject. It’s interesting that according to statistics, fewer people are going to church regularly, the Sunday services are not well attended, many children are not automatically christened, and weddings are less likely to take place in church too. Is this because people are less likely to be ‘god-fearing’ and more free thinking and therefore questioning the whole concept of religion? Are people just lazier and not bothering to make the effort to go and worship their God or have the awful stories of perverted priests and the insane terrorist attacks turned our society into atheists?
Given the dreadful events earlier this week in Brussels, the horrific deaths and other acts in cities around the world recently and in the past, it’s hard not to think of ‘religion’ as a dirty word.
I have tried to educate my own children about the stories and beliefs associated with Christians and other religions, mainly so that they can make informed choices as they grow up, but I know that they and many of their friends literally laugh at the idea of there being an actual ‘God’. This attitude seems to be fuelled of course, by the atrocities they see going on around them. These are frightening times so who can blame them for questioning the idea of following a faith and worshipping some kind of God, when religion seems to be so strongly associated with cruelty, death and destruction.
I have no particular problem with people who feel comforted by the bible, by going to church, praying etc, its the brain-washing and fanatical extremism that occurs in many religions I find so worrying, this has to be a great danger to us all. But if you do have faith in a higher being please pray for peace for the rest of us.