Today’s teens and younger, known as Generation Z, are now considered a true “post-Christian” generation, containing double the amount of atheists as the general US population, according to a new major study.
Generation Z are those born between 1999 in 2015.
The major study was published in a new report called the “Gen Z Report,” and was done by Barna in collaboration with Impact 360 Institute.
The amount of those who identify as atheist among generation Z is 13% compared to 6% among the average of all US adults.
The percentage of people who identify as either an atheist, agnostic or no religion in the United States among five generational groups, are as follows:
One question stands out as the strongest barrier to faith among Generation Z, which is: “I have a hard time believing that a good God would allow so much evil or suffering in the world.”
29% of Gen Z respondents saw this as problematic.
Indeed, this question is difficult for many people to grasp. It is a question that Christian leaders and clergy need to focus on be able to explain to all about human free will being the driving factor here – not God.
It is also mankind’s own sin and corruption, as well as lack of faith – these are the factors that separate us from God.
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,”
– John 10:14
Without a connection with God, he does not hear our voice. Without faith, God cannot be active in the unrighteous life of an unbeliever.
In the tech-talk of today’s youth, it means there is no signal or connection between the unbeliever and God. The unbeliever is not operating on God’s network.
“And have mercy on those who doubt;”
– Jude 1:22
Another huge barrier that respondents cited was “I believe science refutes too much of the Bible.” This was highest among millennials at 24%, and 22% for Gen X and baby boomers, and 20% for Gen Z.
People see science as factual (even if scientific facts seem to change all the time). If people want facts, then Bible prophecy is where they can get them.
There are numerous Bible prophecies that can be historically verified outside of the Bible. And especially those that don’t involve supernatural elements or miracles, are the best way of combining facts with powerful predictions that can give people faith.
his is especially true when one mentions the statistical probability factors, such as the one in a quadrillion concerning the prophet Isaiah’s foretelling of Cyrus the Great, the destruction of Babylon, the subduing of Egypt and the release of the Jewish exiles.
The above statistics and others we have seen recently, such as “50 percent of Americans now claim none as religion,” are showing that the approach and the message Bible teachings are conveying coming from many churches and organizations are using are clearly not working.
Better methods of spreading the gospel which more effectively speak to the younger generation need to be developed.
It is imperative that a better approach to preaching the gospel be taken before the Christian faith is lost completely – and we appear to be on that road.
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”
– Colossians 2:8
Christian leaders and clergy are failing to find the messages that resonate with today’s youth in the material they choose for their youth devotions.
This is occurring profoundly in Generation Z, but also closely with Millennials, Generation X and even some Baby Boomers.
Instead, humanism is taking over, just as Scripture predicts. One thing people are finding that resonates in the philosophy of humanism is love. However, the Bible is filled with messages of love.
Jesus called love “the second greatest commandment” (John 13:34-35). Perhaps “love” is the best place to start with bringing today’s youth into Christianity.