Religious skepticism among a large portion of the youth of today

Topics: Religion, Faith, God Pages: 7 (1933 words) Published: June 1, 2014
Aditya Zanwar
Candidate no. 001424 - 0138

World Religions SL
Religious skepticism among a large
portion of the youth of today

Candidate no. 001424 – 0138
Supervisor: Dr. Sarvesh Naidu
Word Count: 1798

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Aditya Zanwar
Candidate no. 001424 - 0138

The youth of today is skeptical about religion because the lives of the “believers" they see everyday are not satisfactory to them. They have a stereotype about religion, they think being religious means that there are definite set of rules that one must follow if he doesn’t want to be condemned, or burnt in hell for eternity, which is what people have led them to believe. The very same people also say that God loves everyone. But if God loves them, why would he try to control them? Why would he torture people if they act against his wishes? Why would he even have a wish, or desire to control us, if he gave us the power of free will in the first place? These questions are fundamental questions asked by many, as they are of importance for a huge number of people. This is also the reason why I have chosen to explore this topic. I believe that anything is possible, so anyone can teach you anything. One can learn from a common man a truth of life. This is the reason why another source I have consulted is the Internet, as there are no absolute rigid facts in this matter that I have chosen to examine — skepticism about religion. As Robin Sharma said, “The one who wants to learn will find a teacher.”

I chose to study World Religions because I had questions, and I wanted answers to those questions, and I wasn't getting them. From my life experiences and my reading and learning experiences, I have come to form certain opinions, in fact my perspective evolves with every passing moment. I shall try to answer the question stated in the very beginning.

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Aditya Zanwar
Candidate no. 001424 - 0138

The “conventional” God is what the youth today does not believe in. That is what has led them to Atheism1, Agnosticism2 et cetera.
The youth no longer wants to do what they are told to do without question. They want to stand up and question beliefs. They want to think for their own. Religion is not a methodical approach to life which one must follow in order to reach his or her desired goal. Religion is more than that. Religion is a way of life. Religion has to relate to a person on an individual level, because religion is all about belief.

Every person has different beliefs. This is why different religions formed in the first place. Belief creates perception. And perception creates experience. Hence religion is directly based on belief. Hence someone else’s belief cannot be adopted by a person as their own belief. This is the very reason the youth has questioned the act of following others’ beliefs and following a rigid set of rules.

It has also been seen that many people who realise that there’s something missing, a link that just isn’t there. These very people, who at a period in their lives were completely involved in “worldly matters”, go in search of that link. These could be youth, or even people in As an example, youths have become a part of religious organisations in search of that missing link. Many such organisations exist all over the world. What led these youths to make the drastic change in their life was the very fact that they were not ready to accept someone else’s beliefs. They questioned what they were “supposed” and “not supposed” to do, and they questioned the shoulds and shouldn’ts, theirs rights and wrongs. This gave them satisfaction. As George Carlin said, “Don't just teach your children to read…teach them to question what they read, teach them to question everything.”


disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God or gods. belief that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of...

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