April 26, 2011

The Christian "minority?"

Quite a large number of people claim to be Christian. Christians are a minority.

Minority?
But don't Christians make up the majority?

Claims are one thing. But let's break down the numbers and see what they say.

Many reports claim that Atheists make up roughly 14-17% of the population. (See Friendly Atheist) This leaves 83-86% that are religious and, in America, it can be easy to believe that they are mostly Christians. This can make it easy to think of Christianity as a majority. One study claims that about 70% of the population claim to be Christian and that sounds like a majority to me. (See Pew Forum)

Yet, this includes so many people "claim" to be Christians... yet they do not live as if they believed it. There is a catch phrase that explains what I mean: "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian, anymore than standing in a garage makes you a mechanic." To me, these people are comparable to someone saying they are going to win the lottery, yet they do not buy a ticket. If you were to include this group of potential millionaires, then America's wealth has grown beyond belief. So, let's look closer at some numbers.

If you search around, you will find that about 40% or more people in America actively attend church. (See Atheism at About.com)  Many factors will change the numbers, but this is generally how they wind up. And, even though this is enough to logically call it a minority, it is still misleading. This number also includes groups who do not read the Bible, like Muslims.

We started out with 70% of American's claiming to be Christian. Now, we are at 40%,. But, it goes even deeper than that. As it turns out, only 14% regularly attend a Christian church. (See Wikipedia) That leaves 56% of America who claim to be Christian, yet they don't attend church. 56%. If it were the lottery, we would have a lot of people who claim to be millionaires.

April 16, 2011

Personhood laws in your area

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Support your local Personhood amendments and initiatives. Sign the petition to put Personhood laws on the ballot this upcoming election.
Find your local chapter on at PersonhoodUSA website or on Facebook.

April 12, 2011

What have I been up to?

Maybe you have noticed my absence in writing. I haven't forgotten about this blog, I have been super busy. First, I was given the task of learning a new software... Final Cut Pro. This alone was a huge task as I had no experience with the program.

Another thing that has slowed me down is my laptop. It has crashed and I need to pursue the warranty to get it fixed. My Compaq is dead. It won't even boot up. This has limited my time to write posts such as this.

Finally, life itself has strategically placed obstacles in my way. Many would point to the  Devil and blame him. I am not so quick to point. In my house, our cat gave birth to five kittens. One by one they have all died with the exception of the last one. While this alone won't slow me down, it has because my littlest of children have taken to these little helpless kittens.

Despite my recent disconnect, I will still praise God. He has given me the strength to make it through these trying times.

In the meantime, I am working up a "Fan Page" on Facebook. Check me out at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oscar-Gecko/126635770738491. Who knows where it will go. I hope to share interesting sites and news that are too short to blog about. See ya there. And see ya in a post here soon.