3 Facts That Totally Debunk Atheist and Secularist Arguments Against Faith and God By Billy Hallowell for Faith Wire
Study after study seems to show the power, importance, and impact of authentic faith and church attendance.
And yet there seems to be a deep and profound disconnect, especially as culture drifts further away from belief and deeper into a secularistic abyss.
Meanwhile, depression, overdoses, suicides, and general disconnectedness rage on.
The antidote appears to be before us, and yet, there’s an overt rejection of what holds us together: a belief in God and a connection to others through church communities. Culture is propping up secularist and atheistic worldviews, while several vital findings reveal a God-centered perspective can offer healing and purpose.
Here are three key findings that demonstrate this reality — facts that should call our nation back to faith, belief, and church community:
1. Practicing Christians Fare Better in Relationships
The Barna Group recently released a survey exposing a stunning relational disparity between practicing Christians and U.S. adults more generally.
While 61% of practicing Christians said they are flourishing in friendships and relationships, just 28% of U.S. adults said the same, according to The Christian Post.
Interestingly, another group is known as “churched adults.” These individuals see benefits from church attendance, though they might not necessarily identify themselves as Christians.
Fifty-two percent of this group said they are flourishing in their relationships.
“Consistently, practicing Christians fare better across the dimensions included in Barna’s research on flourishing,” the research firm noted.
Considering the role of a church to connect people to God and one another, these statistics shouldn’t be shocking.
“A church that not only welcomes and connects people but also operates out of an awareness (if not a proficiency) in the realities of what it takes to be content and satisfied in relationships today is key in supporting the whole-life flourishing of congregants,” Barna continued.