Most people on the planet believe that we, as humans, are immortal. We believe that after we die, we will not cease to exist.
Christian Church membership in Europe began to decline after World War I. This War was devastating to Europe and the survivors were not happy and their churches were unhelpful. Believers began to stop believing. Up to this point. For centuries, Christians turned to religion during hard times, but for some reason the generation that lived through World War I did not. Secular government began to attempt to replace religion with government.
The Christian Churches thrived in the US until the 1960s. Their decline was accelerated by the Supreme Court interpretation of the separation of church and state in 1947, Vatican II in 1962, the pill in 1964 and the Sexual Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s.
Now we have churches endorsing the climate change hoax, Global Marxism, the Muslim invasion, economic suicide and Gays in the Clergy and we have parishioners continuing to leave. Liberal churches will chase off Conservative parishioners.
Churches offer services that include social interaction. Those with a high need for social contact are more apt to attend church. They have made friends at church and like to see them. Churches offer events and programs and these are also social gatherings.
Many families go to church to expose their kids to God. Many regular church-goers attend church to pray and praise and hope for a closer relationship to God. This can happen, but church-goers need to lower their expectations or increase their involvement.
US churches need to inform their world-view to become relevant. We need to hear how we can be free and moral in our free market economy within our traditional family structures. Otherwise, churches will be contaminated by the secular humanism that has engulfed the globe.
Pope Francis has totally lost it. He started out hanging out with the UN, came out in favor of the global warming hoax and ended up endorsing Global Marxism. Popes have a history of being corrupted by the “royalty”. It started with the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century.
I don’t have to go to church to pray or meditate or have a personal relationship with God. I did spend a lifetime being active in church and that might have led me to where I am in my relationship with God. But I can see the shortcomings of churches today.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader