Americans Are Losing Faith in God, Here’s Why

Having a religion or a particular belief that there’s a higher being guiding you in life is a form of comfort. So, why are more and more people losing their faith in God? The reasons for this phenomenon vary, and some are due to the trauma and grief they face in life. For others, it’s simply because they deem the church’s teachings a burden on their daily routine.

People Get Overwhelmed With Grief

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People mourn the loss of their loved ones and are often left with a deep hole caused by grief. When this happens, mourners usually turn to their religions for guidance and a means of coping; on the flip side, though, some also question their beliefs. The loss of one’s loved one can deconstruct the concept of God’s character in the mind of the mourner. People get so overwhelmed with loss and grief that they feel like God has betrayed them.

People Drown in Traumatic Events, Making Them Question if God Truly Is Benevolent

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According to an article published in Sage Journals, when someone goes through a traumatic experience, they struggle to understand the rationale behind the pain. Most of the time, people think these events have religious significance, thus making it more likely that they will change their religious beliefs based on what they discover. Those who can successfully correlate the painful experience they’ve experienced with the existence of a benevolent God will be less likely to have their beliefs challenged. On the other hand, when they’re left with more questions than answers, people think it’s an indication that God cannot protect them and He is not as benevolent as He seems.

People Feel Like God Has Abandoned Them

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Like grief and traumatic experiences, abandonment is another serious issue that leads to people losing their faith in God. For example, a person anonymously posted their life story online, sharing that they’ve gone through more than a decade of difficulties in life. They pray and pray and pray because they’re told to do so, but because nothing positive’s coming into their life, they feel like they’re starting to lose faith. However, though you may feel abandoned by God, it’s important to remember that living a Christian life means living on what God has promised and not what we feel subjectively.

People Are Fed up With Hypocrisy

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The Church of Christ in Calgary notes that hypocrisy is a sin. However, although that’s the case, hypocrisy has become rampant in the modern world—even in the church. The American Psychological Association did a study on religious dones—people who were formerly religious individuals but now aren’t. Their results noted that 21.9% of their participants said that religious trauma, for example, the rampant sexual abuse scandals in the church, was the reason that they left their religion.

People Get Impatient With God’s Timing

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We feel compelled to question God’s timing when we’ve been praying for something for a long time, and it just hasn’t happened. We become impatient and want things to happen instantly. When what we ask for still doesn’t come, we slowly detach ourselves from our beliefs and try to find other ways of getting what we want. However, as Joyce Meyer Ministries put it, what we need to do is be more trusting in God; we shouldn’t focus on “when” and instead just leave things alone, and trust in His timing.

People Think All Painful Things in the World Are Caused by a “Bad God”

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There are many tragedies in the world, but the perfect example to discuss here would be natural disasters or what some would call an “act of God,” such as tsunamis, floods, droughts, and more. When natural disasters strike, people automatically wonder why God would ever allow such a negative thing to occur. This makes people question the existence of God or, worse, if God is really good.

People Look for Wisdom in the Wrong Places

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The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention published an article on why so many young adults are starting to lose faith. One such reason is that young adults often look for wisdom in the wrong places—social media, their peers, and the internet. Instead of turning to God, His word, and the people He put into our lives to guide us, young adults would look to online influencers and the internet about the good, the bad, what they ought to do, and what they shouldn’t.

People Find It Hard to Defend Their Faith

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Many people cower in fear when it comes to defending their faith, and so they lose faith in what their church teaches. However, defending Christianity is one of the essential tasks of being a Christian. It is a religion that has always been and will always be under attack. Without knowing what you believe and why you believe in it, your faith will undoubtedly be challenged, increasing the likelihood that you will, at some point, lose your faith in God.

People’s Stressful Environments Get in the Way of Their Faith

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Unfavorable circumstances and environments affect not only your mental well-being but also your religious health. Stress robs you of the ability to focus on God, His love, and your duty and calling to worship Him. The worry and anxiety you feel when you’re in a stressful situation affect your faith, and often, you don’t realize it until you’ve been lured too far away from your beliefs because of your negative circumstances.

People Feel Excluded by the Christian Community

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Research published on Sage Publications shows that socially ostracized people typically turn to religion to cope with the experience. However, when it’s the religious community itself that makes one feel excluded, then it’s their faith that gets impacted. People will feel lost and unwelcomed, and therefore, the likelihood of them losing their faith will increase.

People Get Overwhelmed by Questions and Debates on Their Faith

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Religion is one of the most debated topics in the history of the world. So, it’s no surprise that people get overwhelmed with questions regarding their faith. When they get bombarded with questions about religion and science, religion and humanity, and more, people who don’t have a strong enough belief turn into lukewarm believers, eventually losing their faith in God.

People Think the Church’s Teachings Are Untrue

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So many things in the world today weren’t even concepts or ideas when the Bible was first written. Because of this and the continuous debate between Christianity and science, some people have started thinking that the church’s teachings are untrue. Aside from this, Table Talk Magazine published an article that said, “False teaching is a real threat to the church. False teaching is not a threat only in certain circumstances, or only in churches with certain governmental structures, or only in certain places and cultures in the world.”

People Believe That Adhering to Their Religion’s Teachings and Rules Is a Burden

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As followers of God and Christ, we all know that we have been left with a set of rules we must abide by called the Ten Commandments. However, though there are just 10 main foundations of the rules the church has set, it branches out into many other different rules that encompass most aspects of life. Because of this, some followers of Christ think the so-called rules are too much. Some may even consider it a burden to adhere to a certain kind of lifestyle.

People Are Lukewarm Toward Their Faith

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Lukewarmness is one of the main challenges of the Catholic Church, as more and more people have become lukewarm in their faith. However, as the Catholic Exchange noted, we must all remember that lukewarmness is a sin against the love that God gives the world. Additionally, Dr. Jeremy Roberts, in one of his sermons, said that one of the biggest problems we face today is called “ho-hum Christianity,” or yawning in the face of God. When this happens, there is no fire or enthusiasm for God and what he teaches, and therefore, people no longer see the need to get closer to Him.

People Are Confused—Spiritually

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Confusion hinders man from achieving what they want in everyday life. When it comes to spiritual confusion, though, it’s not only hard for you to walk the path of Christ, but it also becomes difficult for you to accomplish your goals as a Christian. As Rick Joyner, writer of Overcoming Confusion, said, “As a Christian, you are not called to live in confusion but to walk in a light that not only makes your own path clear but also reveals the path of light to others who are walking in darkness.”

People Are No Longer Satisfied With Their Religion’s Teachings

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The world is ever-changing, and because of these changes, many believe that religion is outdated. According to Bassam Zawadi, several factors lead to people being so against religion as a concept. These reasons include a growing sense of autonomy, political polarization, and social factors, such as being born to a mixed-faith family or getting married to a non-religious spouse.

People Dislike That Religious Leaders Are Becoming More Political

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Jesus has never been directly involved in politics. Unfortunately, today, many religious leaders or personalities are involved in the government. For example, according to a 2020 Deseret News article, “A number of candidates running for congressional seats this year are also clergy.”

People’s Personal Values Don’t Align With Their Faith

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It’s good to become your own person and develop your own beliefs. However, in doing so, we must never forget that we should follow Christ’s path. If we live a life that goes against the ultimate good and the ultimate truth, then we lead ourselves farther and farther away from God.

People Outgrew Their Faith or Have Leaned Toward More Intellectual Reasoning

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There has been a long-standing debate between religion and science, and it probably won’t end as long as humans can still think for themselves. This, however, is not a bad thing. This will only become negative when someone chooses to believe in science and let go of everything God teaches.

People No Longer Believe in the Role Religion Plays in Their Spiritual Needs

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Faith and belief are intangible concepts. Because of this, people don’t feel compelled to pour all their dedication into something they can’t even touch. Ultimately, they believe it’s up to them—not religion—to achieve their spirituality and the state of being they’ve dreamed of.

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Author: Stanislav Lem


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