Millions of Americans are living happily without religion

  • Published on
    22-Jan-2016

  • View
    19

  • Download
    0

Embed Size (px)

DESCRIPTION

Millions of Americans are living happily without religion. Billboard in Indianapolis s ponsored by secular humanists. Millions of Americans are living happily without religion. 20% (63 million people) of Americans are not identified with any religion (up 5% in 5 years) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

Transcript

  • Millions of Americans are living happily without religion

    Billboard in Indianapolis

    sponsored by secular humanists

  • Millions of Americans are living happily without religion

    20% (63 million people) of Americans are not identified with any religion (up 5% in 5 years)

    6% (18 million) are atheists/agnostics

    14% (44 million) are nothing in particular; 88% of these (39 million) arent looking for religion

  • Millions of Americans are living happily without religion

    Americans are becoming more secular by the generation(note percentage of people not affiliated with religion)

    1913-27 5%1928-45 9%1946-64 15%1965-80 21%1981-89 30%1990-94 34%

  • Millions of Americans are living happily without religion?

    We are the product of billions of years that came before us.What gave a start to that product? Where did life come from & why?

    We know that we are a tiny, but unique part of the everevolving story of life in the cosmos.We are insignificant. And just why is our world called the cosmos?

    Were made of the same ingredients as butterflies and bluewhales, giant sequoias, and spiral galaxies.What makes us any higher and more special than the rest of creation?

  • Millions of Americans are living happily without religion?

    We accept that our lives will end, but we take great joy inthe fact that life keeps going.Life will not always keep going. Where then is the joy? So, why didlife start only eventually to stop?

    We are responsible for living our lives with honesty, dignity,compassion, and truth.Who said so? Who selected these values? What is truth?

    We are committed to making this world a better place.All of you? Who said to? Why, the world will end? What is better?

  • Millions of Americans are living happily without religion?

    We celebrate the advances and the discoveries that eachday improve lives, stir imaginations, and stretch theboundaries of the possible.What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannotbe counted. Every man is stupid. Nothing will be impossible with God.Eccl 1:15; Jer 10:12-14a; Lk 1:34-37

  • Millions of Americans are living happily without religion?Q&AWhere do you find meaning in a purposeless universe? Howdo you deal with questions like Why am I here?We make our own meaning and are free to create our purpose for ourown existence. We decide for ourselves what we want to do with thelimited time we have on the planet. Were not here for some cosmicor universal purpose. Were simply here. But thats a good thingbecause it means we get to decide what to do with our lives. We getto figure out what we want our purpose to be. That process itself isfull of meaning. Cp. Eccl 2:11; 9:11-12, 15; 12:13-14; Rom 8:28-30

  • Millions of Americans are living happily without religion?Q&AHow do you determine right and wrong with no God or churchto tell you the difference? How do you know how to be a goodperson? Do people really need a divine command to know its wrongto hurt people? No. Basic moral rules are common to all cultures...We recognize our responsibility for making the world a better placeWe have science and reason to help guide us. We study differentbehaviors and we use facts and data to help determine which beha-viors are truly harmful and which are benign. Where does mans senseof morality come from? His conscience? cp. Rom 2:14-15; 1:28-32;Jon 3:10; Jer 10:23; Prov 14:12; Judg 17:6; Isa 22:13, 5:20; Jer 6:15-16

  • Millions of Americans are living happily without religion?

    Alive and awake for this brief period of time;savoring every moment.How can you be happy when you are hopeless?Cp. Rom 12:12; 1 Thess 4:13-18; 2 Cor 6:10a

  • "Happiness Is The Lord by Ira Stanphill Happiness is to know the Savior, Living a life within His favor Having a change in my behavior, Happiness is the Lord Happiness is a new creation, Jesus and me in close relation Having a part in His salvation, Happiness is the Lord Real joy is mine, no matter if teardrops start I've found the secret It's Jesus in my heart Happiness is to be forgiven, Living a life that's worth the livin' Taking a trip that leads to heaven, Happiness is the Lord

    *On any number of occasions the Lord has given a song to a songwriter when he or she least expected it. Such was the case of Ira Stanphill one afternoon in 1974 after he left the church office where he was pastor in Fort Worth, Texas.

    The car radio was on, and as he rode along he listened to some commercial programs. Some were sponsored by establishments that advertised their happy hour and their alcoholic beverages. He also heard cigarettes being advertised in terms of how they bring happiness.

    The word happiness was used several times in the ads. Ira related to me that he thought at the time that happiness does not come with these things, but with knowing Christ. He continued, As this thought really took over my mind I began to sing. I sang a new song, composing words and melody as I drove along. I sang it almost as it is published today.

    *

Recommended

View more >