Besides being one of my favorite songs, this was one of the best things I did for my spiritual growth. I’m not the only one.
According to the Pew Research Center’s study, America’s Changing Religious Landscape, the percentage of Americans who claim to be religiously unaffiliated has grown from 16.1% to 22.8% between 2007 and 2014. Though the study doesn’t provide the reasons behind the decision to pursue beliefs absent of organized religion, a follow-up study by the same research firm revealed that almost half of the people who moved away from religion did so due to a lack of belief in God (because science or common sense can explain everything). Twenty percent are opposed to organized religion because of the hierarchical nature of religious groups, the commercialization of religion, or sex abuse scandals. A similar sized group say they believe in God but on their own terms in their own way. The remaining sample of people simply aren’t active anymore for a variety of reasons ranging from lack of time to disinterest.
Unlike the majority of people who shifted their belief system to science, my personal choice to lose religion was solely based on legalism. I cannot accept the concept of earned salvation. It is a free gift, and the only thing we have to do is accept it. Once we do, our hearts begin to change. We can finally accept love. And once we freely receive love, we can freely give it. From that point on, we are not perfect, and we are not expected to be perfect. But we do transform into the image of God slowly but surely once we accept freedom over rules.
Is this concept of spirituality without religion new to you? Are you trying to earn your salvation? Maybe it’s time to lose your religion.
©Room2GrowGarden.com, May 17, 2018