Why Do Milennials Not Believe in God?

Millennials, Why Are We The Generation Who Stopped Believing In God?

Over 25% of Millennials don't believe in God, but that's not something to brag about.

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Millennials have a reputation for "ending" many things that previous generations have adored. Some things are simple such as landlines. Some things are good such as cigarette smoking. But recently, a social trend has sparked with research to prove it, Millennials more than any other generation does not believe in God.

I will be honest, I did not have what I would call a relationship with God prior to college. I grew up in the church but never understood what that meant. I knew about the Bible and I knew prayer was good, sin was bad but I didn't fully understand what it meant to believe in God. My friends in high school were either super religious or atheist, I was the only in-between. While we were all respectful and civil with each other's opinions on the topic of religion, I stood soundly in the middle and didn't know which way to lean.

I was comfortable with my middle ground and satisfied with knowing who God was, believing he existed and calling it a day. I didn't need to dig deeper. In fact, attending a Christian university made me a bit nervous. I imagined a classroom filled with people using God as an excuse or an answer for all of the problems of our world. I classified myself as someone who thought with their brain and considered my heart, so the idea of a conversation leading down the path of pure belief over facts made me roll my eyes. That wasn't my experience at all.

Throughout my time at my Christian university, I have experienced people who are truly an image of God and it changed how I view my relationship with Him. People who did not fit this stereotype we all have a bad taste in our mouth about, people who truly lived their life through God. I didn't know it was possible for that to become me until I let the Lord into my life.

As I have become settled in my current relationship with God, it's a healthier one than the one I was once comfortable with. It is not easy to love the Lord. It takes time, it takes patience and it takes trust. These three things are the three things all millennial, including myself, seem to lack the most.

We never have enough time. We are working two jobs to pay off our college loans. We do our homework while we're in class so we can enjoy our evenings. We are constantly seeking for time to eat, breathe or truly be present in our own lives without something calling at us in the back of our head.

We lack patience. We grew up with information at our fingertips. We have a question, we don't even have to type it. We call out "Alexa" or "Hey Siri" and the answer is given to us before we can blink.

We forgot how to trust. We've watched friends betray us. We experienced our families separating. We work hard for something we want more than anything else, but more than enough, it doesn't work out. We want control of our own lives, why would we believe that anybody else would have our best interests?

So, we lose our faith. Because it's something else to do. It's something else for us to think about. We want to choose which path we walk on without arrows or a map to tell us where to go. We lose our faith because it's hard to love and it's easy to surrender.

But when we lose our faith, do we lose a piece of ourselves too?

I have made the choice to love as the Lord has taught me to. I will love all people, no matter who you are, no matter what your past is and no matter what you believe. I will never tell someone they are wrong for not understanding faith because, at one time, I didn't either.

As a member of the generation who continues to lose their faith, I am saddened to imagine a world without religion.

So, Lord, I pray for my generation. I pray you to help us find peace in our hearts, the time during our day, the patience in our soul and trust in our relationships. Most importantly, I pray nobody ever lives in a world where faith is obsolete and forgotten.

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God's Letter To The Struggling College Christian

Don't give up on me because I haven't given up on you
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Dear Struggling College Christian,

Life can be tough, especially in college; you're at that age where you're not exactly an adult but also no longer a child.

You're somewhere in between, possessing just enough freedom to do what you want while still being held responsible for the decisions you make about your future. You're always stressed out. You're going to get hurt, you're going to feel like dropping out or changing your mind, and you're even going to want to turn your back on me, your God, but I want to tell you this: your suffering is not in vain.

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I want you to know that everything you are going through is a lesson. It's all building you into a better person, a better you. The things you've asked of me, the things you've told me you wanted – those are things you have to be prepared for and you still need a bit of tweaking.

The future, though bright, isn't all sunshine and roses.

The path has twists and turns, cracks are in it, fallen logs in your way, and most of the time you're not going to be able to see straight ahead of you. The weather is going to be unpredictable. The hailstorm is going to knock you off your feet and the twisters are going to send you spinning into confusion, exhaustion, and doubt.

But with the strength that I am trying to build up in you, you'll find that you know exactly where to find shelter when the storms break down your door.

You'll find that the lessons you learn from trying times are exactly what you need to fulfill my plans for you. You've read Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:28 hundreds of times, but there is a verse in the Bible that you may have never paid attention to.

Ephesians 2:10. It reads: “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."

The most important part of this verse is one simple word: beforehand. So while you're crying and stressing about what job you're going to land after you graduate, if you're going to marry that person you've been with for years, or if you even want to be majoring in what you're currently majoring in, I already have a plan laid out specifically for you. You are my child, my creation and you have a purpose.

However, while knowing these things is great, it is all pointless if you don't do. So here's what I want you to do: do not give up. Have faith in me. You believe in me, so why not believe in me in your darkest moments? That's the reason you became a Christian, right?

Because I'm the one person you know that won't forsake you. You know that I love you, and you know that I'm here for you, so prove it. I know it can be hard when you're pulled in a lot of different directions by your social life, your academic life and your extracurricular activities not to mention your family life and your own personal sanity, but take a few minutes out of your day, every day, to talk to me.

Tell me your fears and your desires. Remember that you can ask me for and about anything. I'm always going to give you an answer, whether it's a yes, no, or not right now. After that, I want you to stop worrying and fight on through the darkness. You are stronger than you think.

My Child, enjoy yourself while you are young: don't stress over the things that you can't see. Don't give in to the depression, the anxiety, or the stress; things that are not of me. Don't let yourself forget about me or believe that I'm not there when I am and know that my plan is set in place for you.

All you have to do is walk in it. Trust that this is all for your good. But most importantly, remember that I love you unconditionally–at your worst and your best. Life can be tough, but you are tougher simply because you are mine.

I've got you,

God

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7 Bible Verses For The Insanely Stressed Out College Student

Bible verses to bring peace of mind as finals rapidly approach.

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As finals quickly approach and the academic year begins to wind down, it's easy to find yourself becoming bogged down with stress. Despite your religious background, these verses can provide solace and peace to those most in need of it during this stressful time of year.

1. Matthew 6:34

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

2. Psalm 34:19

"The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from all."

3. John 16:33

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

4. Psalm 42:5a

"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God."

5. Philippians 4:13

"I can do all things through him who gives me strength."

6. John 14:27

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

7. Philippians 4:6-7

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And in the peace of God, which transcends all understand, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

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