Our need to have faith in something is hardwired

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Extract from RedPillJew 
From the article, Hardwired for Faith

Over the past several years, as I progressed from being an atheist since my late teens to regaining my early faith in my mid 40’s – regaining and then some, and to nobody’s greater surprise than my own – I came to realize what I believe is a Truth: people are hardwired to believe in something larger than themselves.  It seems I’m not alone – and in what I consider yet another example of something “in the air” I am seeing this same concept in multiple places.  For example; The Legacy of the West (bolding added):

Humans are wired to desire a higher purpose and meaning to their lives. Maybe it’s just instinct, just genetics making us seek out something that doesn’t exist because, somehow, this is advantageous from an evolutionary perspective. 

Maybe God-seekers are more likely to, in the grand scheme of things, survive and pass on their genes. From the amount of fucking the golden calf worshipers do, though, I doubt this. At best, you are looking at an r/K selection bias. Or maybe this is all real. Maybe God does exist. And when you attempt to replace the divine with some human creation, it leads to a soul-sucking barrenness, something that you have to medicate away with drugs, booze, and hedonism. And you keep throwing things into that great hole in your life, and nothing ever fills it. Nothing makes the emptiness go away but God.

A DEARTH OF FAITH

“We live in an empty culture. We have fled from God, from meaning, from purpose, and the suicide epidemic is a direct result. People are wallowing in despair, believing that there is no transcendent truth or beauty to be found in life.” 

– Matt Walsh

Recent surveys have confirmed a long-identified trend.  America is seeing a decline in organized Christian belief:

The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center. Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups.

While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages. More: Christianity faces sharp decline as Americans are becoming even less affiliated with religion

Also in the West in general – e.g., in Germany; Christianity is dying in Germany while Islam rises:

In a study commissioned by the Bishops’ Conference, researchers at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg are even more pessimistic than Ratzinger: the total of Christian denominations – adding up the Catholic and Protestant ones – will fall from the current 45 million to 34 million in 2035 and will halve to 22 million within 40 years.

The number of Protestants in the next generation will fall from the current 21.5 million to 10.5 million, while that of Catholics from 23 million to 12.3 million. This is due to demographic decline and dropouts.

In the north and east of the country, Christians will be only a small minority with 3.8 and 1.5 million, respectively. The main Protestant churches already saw their percentage halved from 59 to 29 per cent. And today, as Erik Flügge explains in a new book, “90 percent of church members do not participate in community life”. Indeed, in virtually every western country, religion is faltering; another example, Canada.

I see this in my own Synagogue, so it’s not just Christians; Shabbat services are sparsely attended in comparison with the overflowing attendance at Yom Kippur… and compare poorly to my memories of crowded Shabbat services when I was growing up.  Also, in every day life; for example, a former fellow Tribe-member coworker keeps kosher… at home.  “For the children”.  Outside of the home, he flat-out ignores the kashrut (I make what I call a spirited attempt at least, but he didn’t even do that).

I certainly will not claim to be perfect.  But my faith, and my teaching it to my children, is not for show.  And I was so proud of my oldest who, when watching a cartoon video of the David and Goliath story, was very perceptive. They asked, “Why was everyone afraid of Goliath?”I replied.  “He was a giant, and clearly so much bigger and stronger than everyone.  Why do you think David wasn’t afraid?”

The answer came without even a moment of hesitation, “Because David knew God was bigger than Goliath”.

(HT Gorges) Smart kid.  A little too smart (and smartassy) sometimes, but that’s preferable to the other way around.


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