Thank you, surfurs, for choosing to visit this site and read the blog. We are going to look at how we might predict the future of belief in God. Shall we read the tea leaves?
Seventy percent of religious adherents in the United States believe multiple religions can lead a person to salvation, while 68 percent say there is more than one way to interpret the teachings of their religion. So says the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
The Pew Forum is fairly respected for their survey results. If you go to their Web site you will be able to choose a religion and explore the survey results. Take Catholicism for example. The survey shows that 33% of Catholics go to mass once a week, but 58% of Catholics pray daily. Where are all these Catholics praying? Do they swing past the Church building every day and only go in for mass once a week? Not likely. What is more likely is that people realize that they don’t need a building, or a service, or even a Priest to speak to God. And my guess is that God does not need any of those things to speak to you.
Does God answer your prayers? 31% say they seldom or never get an answer from God. This means we have a large number of Catholics praying every day but geting nothing in return. Perhaps they expect too much? Perhaps they are not looking at the Sacrament of the Present Moment? It takes practice to get good at anything, so while Catholics have the whole praying thing locked in, they perhaps have not been provided with the tools to hear God’s message.
In the future of belief in God, praying will be big. Where people of the future will pray is uncertain, but we know, for most Catholics, it is not at a Church service or lead by some Priest. We also know that in the future people will struggle with receiving God’s message. New avenues for hearing God’s voice will have to be developed. This is where Jean-Pierre de Caussade makes a perfect fit. You are reading this, and now are part of my social network. As you and I are shaping the future of belief in God let me introduce you to the teachings of Jean-Pierre de Caussade. Would you like to hear more? Return here to this blog for more discussion.