Influence of faith: Americans say religion is good but faith is losing its influence

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  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    June 11, 2013 7:47 a.m.

    Moble.."What accountability do you perceive is missing?" I can't answer for Hutterite but, here's what I think the answer is. Yes most religions profess an eventual accountability, but daily the good is attributed to God's blessings and the bad is God testing you. The more religious a person is the more they believe God is involved in every single action of their life. Obvious example, the nonsense that goes on when someone scores a touchdown in the NFL.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    June 10, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    If life were only black and white and we were able to say, "Good people tend to go to church, while bad people do not." We can't say that folks. It's not even remotely true. Perhaps we never could. Some of the finest people I know are either atheists or are spiritual but absolutely anti-religious. Some of the worst and most judgmental people I know, would never miss a service.

  • AntelopeValleyUte Palmdale, CA
    June 8, 2013 4:48 p.m.

    God gave everyone (past, present, and future) the freedom to make their own decisions in life whether religious, or not. Jesus gives everyone the opportunity to come to Him and have a relationship; something that is needed more NOW than ever! Everyone should be concerned where their soul will go after they die, and the best place to search for that is in the Bible (few references: Matthew 7:13-14; 10:16-22). No one church is perfect here on earth that worship Jesus Christ. Pray about a church where God should lead you too, but more importantly, build a relationship with Jesus Christ by confessing and repenting of your sins and accepting Him ONLY as your personal savior. People can't worry about others, but sincerely pray for them. Everyone must worry about themselves and how they will be judged in the end. Because there are only two places you can go, Heaven or Hell. When I die, I want to go to Heaven, because death and where your soul goes is for eternity. I imagine Hell to be 1,000,000 times worse than the worse pain you've ever experienced in your life. God bless!

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    June 6, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    Tolstoy: Would that also include men like Ghandi, Joseph Smith, or Joan of Arc? I would hardly call these men and Joan of Arc not honest or lacking integrity? I could mention many more, but you sound quite arrogant about what honesty and integrity really mean, including an uncanny ability to judge those who have it and those who don't.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    June 6, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    Hutterite, I am confused. Everything I have ever studied about any religion includes or even stresses that we will be accountable for our actions every time, and our thoughts most of the time, to the higher power that is the focus of any specific religion. What accountability do you perceive is missing?

    I have perceived that what many object to about religion is the parochial perspective that if "you" don't believe what "I" believe then you really "aren't on the right path". Over the ages this particular position has been used for political, financial, and sometimes humanitarian wars and conflicts. That has given religion a bad reputation.

    The reality is that together religions have helped to establish a base for moral action and thought of which there is substantial agreement. Society has then adopted practices and laws using that base of agreement as a foundation. When "religion" loses influence then the foundation is at risk, and that is a significant problem.

  • BCA Murrieta, CA
    June 5, 2013 10:26 p.m.

    My son coaches football and track at a Christian high school. I am glad he does. It is a good environment. I like him being around good people who like doing good things. What I don't like are the mind-blowing stories Christians believe are reality. Keep the good people wanting to do good. Get rid of the fables.

  • TA1 Alexandria, VA
    June 5, 2013 5:24 a.m.

    Simply - live the principles of your faith in your daily life and your faith/religion will have a positive impact on the world - been true for as long and we've been around in this universe - "walk the walk" don't just "talk the talk".

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 3, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    Those who attest to the difference faith makes in their personal lives don’t necessarily think religion has made the world they live in any better. They have doubts about faith being able to move mountains. But when faith makes a difference in how the individual copes with life, those are results they can see and appreciate. Maybe that’s as good as it gets. For the truly faithful, that’s often enough.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    June 2, 2013 2:08 p.m.

    There is a very simple reason religion is loosing its Influance on society, those that proclaim their faith the loudest also have the greatest difficulty with honesty and integrity.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 1, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    Faith, religion and morality may trend together but don't necessarily have a cause and effect relationship. A moral life is by no means exclusive to the religious, and indeed the opposite may be true. Religion is an enabler that empowers behaviours and people without adding any conditions of accountability.