POSTED: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 6:14pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 2:06pm
TYLER-Most young adults today don't pray, don't worship and don't read the Bible, according to a new survey just out by a Christian research firm. So when and why did this trend begin?
So why is the younger generation now turning away from everything dealing with God? Well according to one local minister, there isn't a solid answer.
"Its not just the spiritual religious part of it, its everything right now," College minister at Green Acres Baptist, Ellen Winegeart, said. "Its very different compared to what it used to be, so they're having to find a new way."
But for author and atheist activist Barrett Brown, the answer is technology.
"Young people have access to information they wouldn't have had growing up in earlier times," Brown said.
"They can go on the Internet right now and see certain things that are in the Bible that just can't be explained and don't appear to be the work of a benevolent God."
A survey conducted in part by Lifeway Christian Resources, of 1,200 people ages 18 to 29 showed almost 75 percent said they were really more spiritual than religious. But of the ones that actually said they were a Christian, many said they weren't that committed to their faith.
The question that remains is can we turn this around?
Mrs. Winegeart told us absolutely, its just going to take a whole new approach.
"I don't know if they'll ever be coming to a church building, but I think your going to see groups of people in this world that do believe and they know who he is and they know his power and it can be amazing," Winegeart said.
But Mr. Brown believes as long as the Internet exists, the numbers of nonbelievers will continue to grow.