"The number of Americans who claim to have no religious affiliation is the highest it has ever been since data on the subject started being collected in the 1930s, new research has found." (Huffington Post)
There are many different opinions as to why this is occurring. The simplest being, that society is simply crumbling into a darker state. You can quote me on my reaction to this simplistic, self-inflating, narcissistic and low-level opinion, "bleck". Let's get to the root of the issue.
A large number of religions believe in one all powerful, all knowing, everywhere present God. This means that we can't go where God doesn't exist, even within ourselves. Within the religious context lies dogma and doctrine. The most simplified way I've learned to understand these are; dogma is the what gets written (frozen) from scripture and reflects the beliefs of the organization and doctrine is how we go about following these rules. If you disagree, please leave me some latitude to make a greater point.
The nature of dogma.
Dogma is formed by a particular group, refining their belief systems from scripture and/or messages from God. These are then embedded within the belief system. I will not question the validity of the dogma, but rather the nature of God. Because of the static nature of dogma, it requires the human practicing in this belief system to learn to live in a static state. This is not the natural flow of life.
If God exists everywhere, then what we call life would be analogous to being "in" God. Hence, the formula life = God. The nature of life is dynamic. The nature of dogma is static. People are drawn to big truths within religious organizations. These ideas and archetypes are the basis for connected "soul" living, however the dogmatic piece creates the rigidity. Here's an example:
The nature of humans has been to rationalize their behavior. An example of this ghastly human trait was in the days of slavery. The bible and Christianity were used to rationalize this behavior in its day. The majority of people today see the atrocity of slavery and simply sluff it off as a blip in the timeline of humanity. But, rather there is a huge lesson to be learned in this manner. I believe this is why people are starting to become disenchanted with organized religion. If this atrocity could happen with the same dogma that exists today, what could stop people from continuing rationalizing other atrocities? This is playing out very loudly on a continued push to condemn gay people. The tide is turning in the public opinion which then leaves people questioning dogma and normally lashing out at organized religion.
Don't throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water
The problem in the rejection of dogma, is the leaving behind of deep truths that might help people realize God. I'm not advocating the return or continued repulsion of organized religion. I'm hoping to point out the human element of needing to prove things either right or wrong. I don't believe dogma is wrong, but I do know its nature is static. I've gone deep enough into living from my soul to know that its nature is spontaneous and yearns for experience.
The Rise of the Atheist
Along with the rejection of religion is the rise of atheism. To me, this is simply the pendulum effect humans use to explain life. If God in religion doesn't work, then the belief in no God must be correct. The static nature of both fundamentalism and atheists doesn't fit with the nature of life which is in its essence wonderfully enthusiastically dynamic.
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