Increasing secularism, decreasing Christianity in UK

Secular christian trouble in UK

 

Increasing secularism, decreasing Christianity in UK

 

A recent census released during Easter 2013 showed an alarming trend for all Christians in the UK, with two-thirds saying they feel as if they are now part of a ‘persecuted minority’ in the UK with increasing secularism, decreasing Christianity. Archbishop (ex) Carey insists the Government of David Cameron must do more to demonstrate its commitment for the Christian faith. Critics say court rulings against Christians who want to wear crosses at work, and legal action preventing prayers before council meetings, have helped make people feel marginalised.

This report shows that Christians could be in a minority in England and Wales by 2018, revealing a fall of more than 4 million in the number of people who describe themselves as following the faith.

Because of these significant numbers, which the church must have known due to empty pews; they have gone on the attack blaming the government for anti-Christian policies and bias towards secularism. Lord Carey accuses ministers of ‘aiding and abetting’ discrimination against Christians. He says he believes there is an ‘aggressive secularist and relativist approach’ behind the Government plans to legalize gay marriage and says the Prime Minister has ‘done more than any other recent political leader’ to ‘feed’ Christian anxieties. The government responded to religious opposition to same-sex marriage by announcing proposed legislation stating that it will be illegal for the Church of England/Wales to marry same-sex couples, and that canon law, which bans same-sex weddings, will continue.

Secularists say its due to the conservative approach by church leaders, for example the Church of England’s synod’s decision last month to reject the ordination of female bishops.

The decline in Christianity arose due to a broader fall in the number of people believing in any religion (i.e.. are considered secular). At the same time there was an increase of 1.6m in the number of Muslims.

Christianity remains the largest religion in England and Wales, with 33.2m people, or 59% of the population, saying they follow the faith. But 14.1m people, around a quarter of the population and an increase of 6.4 million over the decade, said they had no faith at all. Brighton, with 42% , had the highest rate of non-believers.

In the past six years the number of Muslims has surged by 37 per cent to 2.6million, Hindus by 43 per cent and Buddhists by a massive 74 per cent.

People who call themselves Christians fell by more than 4 million during 2001-2010, the 2011 census showed. Fewer than six out of ten (59.3 per cent) described themselves as Christian.

A decade ago nearly three-quarters, 72 per cent, did so. Some 33.2million people said they were Christian in 2011.

What is happening on in the UK is similar to other nations, imported religions (coming in with new immigrants) are on the rise but local ones are diminishing. In the west this is especially prevalent due to followers becoming disillusioned with an outdated Church which does not bring them happiness and has not adapted to modern times. Religion can provide us moral guidance but without a personage who has real power (like a living Guru), it is void of essence (the sort of Love Jesus had during his life).

The solution to increasing secularism, decreasing Christianity is not forced laws but increased freedoms. Teach society about spiritualism, about how to connect with God within themselves, to find their meaning in life, their mission. Without purpose we all go about wandering like lost sheep. We need a Shepard, a living one, to round us up and take us in the right direction. Jesus was one, so was Krishna, Buddha, Mohammed and countless others. Its time we found our own master and method to become masters of our own lives instead of expecting government to control us by limiting freedom.


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