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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Religious apathy in America

According to The Washington Post, of people in America,

— 44 percent told the 2011 Baylor University Religion Survey they spend no time seeking “eternal wisdom,” and 19 percent said “it’s useless to search for meaning."
— 46 percent told a 2011 survey by Nashville, Tenn.-based LifeWay Research that they never wonder whether they will go to heaven.
— 28 percent told LifeWay “it’s not a major priority in my life to find my deeper purpose.” And 18 percent scoffed at the idea that God has a purpose or plan for everyone.
— 6.3 percent of Americans turned up on Pew Forum’s 2007 Religious Landscape Survey as totally secular — unconnected to God or a higher power or any religious identity and willing to say religion is not important in their lives. (Cathy Lynn Grossman, "For many, ‘Losing My Religion’ isn’t a song: It’s life", The Washington Post's "On Faith" blog).

This is alarming, but not so surprising.  Secularism is indeed growing in American society today.  Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught, "As prophesied, we live in a time when the darkness of secularism is deepening around us. Belief in God is widely questioned and even attacked in the name of political, social, and even religious causes. Atheism, or the doctrine that there is no God, is fast spreading across the world" (Elder Robert D. Hales, "Seeking to Know God, Our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ", October 2009 General Conference).  The Prophet Nephi also prophesied, 

And behold, others [the Devil] flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.  Yea, they are grasped with death, and hell; and death, and hell, and the devil, and all that have been seized therewith must stand before the throne of God, and be judged according to their works, from whence they must go into the place prepared for them, even a lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment" (2 Nephi 28:22-23).

The Mormon Eagle seeks to refute the misguided and erring generations of Americans who say it is OK to deny God, or cease looking for Him because they cannot find Him or prove His existence.  God does exist, and all will eventually see Him, notwithstanding the wicked and ignorant try to explain him away.  He does have a deeper purpose for all mankind, which purpose is "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39).

I myself know God exists, and that all can find Him if they diligently seek Him, for, as Paul saith, "He be not far from every one of us" (Acts 17:27).  For those searching for God, His full truth and whole doctrines can be found only within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in no other church, as both the Bible and Book of Mormon testify.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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