Why Millennials And Younger Generations Aren't Turning To Religion

Newer Generations Would Rather Rely On Science Than God Or Some Higher Power

I've never thought of giving religion a try because I just felt like it wasn't something I needed.

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Religion has existed for as long as history has existed, and probably even longer. It's deeply ingrained in some cultures and societies, and it still plays a major role in world conflicts today. But, from my point of view, it seems that religion has declined over the years.

Out of all the things I learned in high school, one of them was that America was founded because a group of people wanted to practice their religion, Protestantism, safely. And eventually, Protestantism evolved into Christianity, the dominant world religion today.

I know from movies and learning about history and such, that religion was an important part of American life, but now, not so much. People used to make going to church a large social event, but now, it's sort of, optional. I have a few friends who would consider themselves religious even though they stopped going to church or they stopped doing certain religious practices.

This doesn't necessarily mean that religion will go away, but I definitely think that since there's already a large difference from when the Mayflower first made landfall to today, that religion will continue to live on, but in a more subdued sense.

I think part of the reason why religion is dying out is that there's really no need for it anymore. Religion provides people with faith, hope and answers. It's comforting knowing that there's a life after the one that you're living and that someone or something or multiple someones and somethings are watching over us and affecting our day to day lives; That everything that happens isn't all random and there are reasons behind everything and that all the events play into some sort of plan. I'll admit, the idea of that sounds nice because it makes me feel like I have a purpose (which is always a nice thing to have), but again, I also feel that more and more people these days aren't looking to religion to find a purpose, but more so themselves.

There's also science and reasoning now. Science in a sense makes religion dated. Science has become the new "God" of today's society. People turn to science and technology to find answers and solve problems instead of turning to religion.

Personally, I'm not religious. I'm not really sure why. My dad was raised roman catholic by deeply religious parents and my mom was also raised Roman Catholic but her parents weren't as religious as my father's. When my sister and I grew up, my father never forced us to go to church, and he himself phased out of the religion at an early age. My sister was baptized, but I think that's the most religious thing she's ever done in her life. I went to church a few times with my friends, but I just remember falling asleep. I've also never thought of giving religion a try because I just felt like it wasn't something I needed.

In June, someone messaged me on Facebook (a person I had never talked to before) and started to ask me about religion. They asked about whether I believed in God, if I considered myself to be agnostic, what I thought the purpose of life is, how important family is to me, and how can I ensure that I would be with them "after this life." These were all good questions of course and I answered them as any teen would, "I don't know," "maybe," and "I don't really know." I was already solidified in my belief that I don't need religion in my life because I have other things that I can do the same jobs that religion can. Maybe that will change in the future, maybe it won't.

Whenever I travel, I love visiting different religious monuments or places. When my family visits Italy, we are bound to visit at least one church. We'll go in, dip our fingers in the holy water and cross ourselves. We might light a candle for someone in our family and we'll walk around and appreciate the overall beauty of the church, the frescoes, the statues, the architecture. I know that if I ever get the chance to visit Jerusalem and Mecca, I would. They're places filled with history and it's interesting observing people and their religious practices.

Without an extensive study, I feel like I can say that my generation isn't as religious as past generations. Why is that? I can't really answer, but I definitely feel like a few would have the same views as me. I don't have anything against religion and I don't have anything against the people who practice a religion, I just chose not to really practice it myself.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit

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1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay

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Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible

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Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit

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God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others

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We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop

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Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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