A friend confided in me that her daughter, a university student, announced that she no longer believes in God. Moreover, she recently moved in with her boyfriend!
Her parents were disappointed in both announcements, but stunned at their daughter’s declaration–that she no longer believes in God! She had been a strong Christian in high school and faithfully attended church and youth group!
Unfortunately, the above situation is a growing trend. A pastor to college students explained that whenever one of his students tells him he no longer believes in God, he’ll ask him about his love life. He said that if Christians become involved in sexual sin they will know it’s wrong and experience uncomfortable feelings of guilt. But if they believe there is no God to be accountable to, then it’s easier to continue in sin. Typically, they will begin to seek like-minded friends who share their atheistic views.
The psychological term used to describe those feelings of discomfort that result from holding two conflicting beliefs is Cognitive Dissonance. It’s simply an inconsistency between beliefs and behaviors. Something must change in order to eliminate or reduce the dissonance.
This growing tendency toward unbelief is common among secular university students today. I believe it’s another sign that our Lord Jesus is soon to return. Please pray for our young friend and for the multitudes of young people who have turned away from God–that they will return to Him before it’s too late.
- The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 1 Timothy 4:1
- SONG: GIVE ME A HEART – Lyrics by Liana Wendy Howarth; Music by Kathleen
This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity