"The Christian Church is becoming less theologically literate.
What used to be basic, universally-known truths about Christianity are now unknown mysteries to a large and growing share of Americans--especially young adults. For instance, Barna Group studies in 2010 showed that while most people regard Easter as a religious holiday, only a minority of adults associate Easter with the resurrection of Jesus Christ."
ME: First of all I'd like to say that I personally feel that a vast majority of this nation is very well aware of the teachings of mainline Christianity, many simply reject it. These so called 'universally known truths' have been 'universally forced interpretations' and with the availability of information we have through technology, we are able to discover what is pagan myth mixed in and what is not. Therefore, people ARE interested in learning on their own and this kind of study is not normally 'allowed' in their churches...and they're turning to blogging and Facebook to get connected with people for their studies. As far as Easter goes, today's modern world of religious students have discovered that Easter is NOT about the resurrection, so it's no wonder they are not associating it together anymore. Easter has become a cutesy little kid festival about coloring eggs and eating chocolate, while Wiccans know very well what Easter is about and they celebrate it as it was originally intended by people from their ancient traditions. For a person in Christ, they celebrate the resurrection everyday as they yield to Christ in them and walk in the Spirit each and every day in the freedom He gave us.
The first point of their study goes on to say:
"Other examples include the finding that few adults believe that their faith is meant to be the focal point of their life or to be integrated into every aspect of their existence."
ME: I believe the thing that is evident by this statement is that adults are finding that their 'faith' and their religious forefather's interpretations (denomination) is not a focal point in their life. I think they are discovering that denominational interpretations have very little affect on their daily living and they are in a quandary to discover what actually living by faith really looks like.
Then their study says:
"Further, a growing majority believe the Holy Spirit is a symbol of God's presence or power, but not a living entity."
ME: I think what people are discovering here is that the term 'trinity' isn't actually in scripture and they have found out who invented this term and why. I believe that most Christians recognize God's Spirit working in their lives, but now deny God has a 3rd entity, but rather Holy Spirit IS God in their hearts. For ex: We know that Proverbs describes wisdom as a 'she' and is from God but we don't say Wisdom is a 4th entity to God in female form. I don't think they refute that this Spirit IS God, but they disagree that God is a 3rd entity.
"As the two younger generations (Busters and Mosaics) ascend to numerical and positional supremacy in churches across the nation, the data suggest that biblical literacy is likely to decline significantly. The theological free-for-all that is encroaching in Protestant churches nationwide suggests the coming decade will be a time of unparalleled theological diversity and inconsistency."
ME: It should concern us to see that numbers and positional supremacy is on the rise, and the people are less theologically educated in those churches. I think we could dedicate an entire forum on that fact alone. Christianity has become churchianity. I think that churches for many years thought they were reproducing disciples, but what they have done is just built up towers of Babel all over again and God is smiting them down with confusion to stop them from what they're doing. You might say "God is not the author of confusion" and while I generally believe that, He DID do this at the Tower of Babel.
So the people found one another and began to learn their individual languages and live among one another. There's a new movement, of sorts, in Christianity and they are rediscovering the Spirit of Christ in applicable ways that the Institutional Church doesn't recognize. Nor can the IC teach it..because it is not for them to teach. It is the Spirit that is our Teacher. If they want to know about this revival that's going on, they'll have to talk to The Teacher about it.
Part 2 tomorrow