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The Melting Pot

A digital, cultural conversation

Studies show that more and more people aged 18-30 are finding spirituality take the form of online devices – such as Facebook and Twitter, among other religious websites and forums. A Lifeway Christian Resources study has shown that 72 percent of people aged 18 to 30 believe that they are more spiritual than religious, and attend actual services in their place of worship less and read scriptures less than those in previous generations.

The “Jesus Daily” page on Facebook, for example, has 8,590,959 likes, and is detailed with links and interactive pages to either bring people closer to God or teach them about religion. It acts as a celebration of religion and Jesus Christ.

The Jesus Daily Facebook Page

Christian FollowBack (@Christfollowback) is a Twitter way of “connecting believers,” and does so by a series of tweets that all paraphrase to “Praise God”s, inspiring people in that way.

The Noble Quran on Twitter does the same thing in the name of Islam – it tries to spread the nature of the religion while also forming a community of people, with tweets like “Retweet: I <3 Allah.”

The Noble Quran via Twitter

Millennials are finding religion online – Fox News

It’s true that technology has changed the practice of faith. It’s the same idea of a sermon or a message to a large group of people, but young people who have grown up with the idea of “liking” or “retweeting” the most important things on their minds will connect better to this form of spirituality.

By no means is this generation less religious than earlier generations (if we define “religious” as feeling connected to God). Young people just feel more in control of their religion if they’re able to create what works best for them through the Internet, instead of being confined to the religion of their place of worship.

It just seems natural that religion, just like everything else they do, should be online, to bring out the piece of religion that works the best for each individual person. After all, isn’t that what religion is – finding a faith that can give you hope and belief in your life and make you a better person?

There are, of course, the arguments that religion must be taught in its traditional method in order to get across the true meanings of God; if religion isn’t taught without structure, then it isn’t really the religion anymore; online religion is too open-for-interpretation, and not at all what God wanted.

That’s false. God, if you believe in Him, wants to teach you how to make yourself and the world a better place. If posting a Facebook status about religion or joining an online website for religious purposes is looked down upon, then perhaps religion isn’t ready to join forces with the 21st century. But the way it seems to be working, people are latching on to this idea of a DIY religion and showing no signs of stopping.


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