October 26, 2017

Millennials Ditching Religion For Occult

Rebel Staff

Some millennials will follow whatever trend or political candidate their friends tell them to. This was proven once again this week when a new poll showed that millennials are ditching religion in droves and are instead taking an interest in witchcraft, astrology, and the occult.

When Coco Layne, a Brooklyn-based producer, meets someone new these days, the first question that comes up in conversation isn’t “Where do you live?” or “What do you do?” but “What’s your sign?”

“So many millennials read their horoscopes every day and believe them,” Layne, who is involved in a number of nonreligious spiritual practices, said. “It is a good reference point to identify and place people in the world.”

Interest in spirituality has been booming in recent years while interest in religion plummets, especially among millennials. The majority of Americans now believe it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals, a study from Pew Research Center released Wednesday found. The percentage of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who “never doubt existence of God” fell from 81% in 2007 to 67% in 2012

Meanwhile, more than half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science. compared to less than 8% of the Chinese public. The psychic services industry — which includes astrology, aura reading, mediumship, tarot-card reading and palmistry, among other metaphysical services — grew 2% between 2011 and 2016. It is now worth $2 billion annually, according to industry analysis firm IBIS World.

Melissa Jayne, owner of Brooklyn-based “metaphysical boutique” Catland, said she has seen a major uptick in interest in the occult in the past five years, especially among New Yorkers in their 20s. The store offers workshops like “Witchcraft 101,” “Astrology 101,” and a “Spirit Seance.” 

“Whether it be spell-casting, tarot, astrology, meditation and trance, or herbalism, these traditions offer tangible ways for people to enact change in their lives,” she said. “For a generation that grew up in a world of big industry, environmental destruction, large and oppressive governments, and toxic social structures, all of which seem too big to change, this can be incredibly attractive.”

Ah, millennials! It seems that the generation that grew up on Harry Potter would now rather believe in magic and witchcraft than live in the real world!

This shows what little serious thought young Americans put into their life choices these days. We saw this during Barack Obama's presidency, when millennials mindlessly voted for him in droves in 2008 and 2012 without bothering to research what he planned to do to our country. Millennials seem to find reality boring, and would rather live in a dream world than deal with real life.

Sadly, this trend also represents the major decay of morals and values in the U.S. Millennials are more interested in dark magic than learning the positive values of Christianity. This should come as no surprise given the state of American pop culture, which glorifies sex, drugs, and gang violence. Americans live in a country where Kim Kardashian is seen as a role model for young girls even though she became famous solely from a sex tape. Stories like that send the message to young millennials that their bodies are what will get them ahead in life rather than their minds and values. 

What do you think about this? Sound off in the comments section below!

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commented 2017-10-30 10:39:09 -0400
Try again: So, “Love your neighbour as yourself” is a bad thing, I take it?
commented 2017-10-30 10:38:15 -0400
DJEDEFRE KHEMET commented 6 hours ago

So, “Love your neighbour as yourself” is and thing, I take it?

You are right about the RC church being corrupt. But most of the church after the arrival of Constantine was really a political entity not a religious one. There were., of course, righteous remnants but they were overshadowed by the power of politics and tended to be burned at the stake for not adhering to the dictates of the powerful.

This speaks of the evil of politics masquerading as Christianity. The two are not the same.
commented 2017-10-30 04:10:04 -0400
Positive values of Christianity? The problem is the “say” and the “do” don’t match, with that “faith.” (At least the Moose-limbs are honest about their desire to slay the Infidel.) If you doubt that, “ask” the Great Library of Alexandria, or the Cathars, or the Albigensians, or the Maya, or the Aztecs, or the Hawaiians (read Mark Twain on this… or many other exterminated peoples), or the 6,500 Saxons Charlemagne murdered in one day because they refused to convert to Christianity…. the PROBLEM is that that fond of Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church, has been UTTERLY corrupt to its core for centuries… and its “illegitimate children” (the Protestants) aren’t much better. Just ask Jim Bakker, or a host of others. All they want is money and power, all the while mouthing Jesus’ sayings about how evil money and power are! I have read the Bible and know what Jesus/Yeshua said about the Pharisees – “Hypocrites!” And the self proclaimed heirs of his belief system are none the better than that; at least on the “managerial level.” Pirates, who live off the labor or others! At least “St. Paul” worked for a living; apparently as a “tent maker” (some argument about translation issues with this conclusion…)

Anyone with a knowledge of history knows that the Abrahamic religions (mostly excluding Judaism, oddly enough; except in its early stages) have exterminated, in all likelihood, more people than Hitler, Stalin and Mao combined! Yet they speak of Love and mercy?

Have you guys gone soft in the head? Wonder if you didn’t get bought out or something… used to be much more up front… but I’m speculating.

Nietsche was right! Christianity is a SICKNESS! How could you have come to praise its virtues? Marcus Aurelius possessed Virtue, and he was a Pagan! As was Confucius,and untold others. I SALUTE the “snowflakes” for trying different venues, and I’m almost 62… even if they are spoiled little so-and-so’s. Thus, it’s not an age or generational thing…

Your business must now be in the possession of those whom Mr. David Irving calls the “Traditional enemies of freedom” (or words to that effect.) For your site to go to bat for the Christian Sickness… well; that says it all.

Signed, a neo-Buddhist Zoroastrian Daoist Pagan Steppenwolf.
commented 2017-10-29 03:07:33 -0400
The real danger to Western Society is that we have raised three generations of spoiled brats who believe that, come what may, there will always be supermarket shelves full of their favourite cereal come what may… And that’s the real “crime”, because if their grandparents were still alive they could tell them “that’s not necessarily so”…
commented 2017-10-28 15:00:01 -0400
Leviticus, I believe,(correct me if I am wrong, Colleen) that she is saying first we exist and then we assign meaning to our existence. Or, to put it as Rene Descartes said, “I think therefore I am”. We as individual all assign purpose to our existence. We choose our purpose and find out own meaning.

I think this is why the West is deteriorating and slowly committing suicide. We as humans are not sufficient to give life meaning. As Francis Schaefer pointed out, when we try to assign meaning and purpose to our lives we end up seeking personal peace and affluence. Hence why the West is where it’s at.

Personally, assigning my own purpose can never be sufficient. I could never be an existentialist.We have purpose and life has meaning because we are made in God’s image for His purposes. As the Westminster Catechism answers to the question, "What is the chief end of Man?- “The chief end of Man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever”.

And as Psalm 16:11 says:

You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

That sounds good to me.
commented 2017-10-28 10:44:24 -0400
Wtfdtm… “existence precedes essence” am I supposed to extrapolate some profound meaning from that.. so without spinning your words with the "essence on clarity " maybe you could more candid..
commented 2017-10-28 02:43:31 -0400
Pastor Stephenson – So – “Divorce the underlying spirituality from the human rituals surrounding it…”… OK Pastor Stephenson, so YOU definite it?… Or is that a bit grandiose and presumptive?…
commented 2017-10-28 02:37:20 -0400
Ms. Stephenson, quote:- “The Church is fundamentally a human construct.”… Of course it is, just as any two, or million, human beings sharing the same belief are… What you are trying create as “malleable” are the fundamental beliefs of the two, or dozen, or the million… You are positing that a “rubber cord” and “flavour of the month” postulation is what should prevail to accommodate the current norm? That’s like trying to accommodate the witch hangings in Salem, or conversely, Sodom … Strong beliefs are anathema to too many people in the current generation because they just may impose “guilt” for what they do.. And “guilt” has not been the flavour of the month, or the year, or indeed several decades. now…
commented 2017-10-27 22:16:46 -0400
Paul and Al, thank you. :D I’ve read the whole Bible, the Gita, many other religious texts, and a shocking mass of Philosophy, from Pre-Socratics to Existentialists and beyond. I have personally come to the conclusion that existence precedes essence and that we ascribe our own meaning, so make it good as possible no matter what unavoidable circumstances.

Basically this: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/existentialism/

And this: http://www.logotherapyinstitute.org/About_Logotherapy.html
commented 2017-10-27 16:32:18 -0400
Al Peterson: Good suggestion. Josh McDowell was the author. The books show what happens when a skeptic actually sets out on a serious path to see if he can refute the resurrection. He is one of many who have discovered that he had been led down the wrong path by those in our culture who, with a very limited and weak understanding of true Christianity, present silly arguments against Christ.

As an example, I enjoy watching and listening to some presentations by Pat Condell (somewhat crude at times) and Stephan Molyneux. They are both bright and articulate, have a large following, and are avowed atheists. But recently I have been extremely disappointed by presentations they have made in an attempt to debunk Christianity and debate evolution/creation, respectively. For such intelligent men, they came across as uninformed and ignorant of what Christianity really is. Actually it was laughable, Condell’s ignorance and Molyneux’s frustration with the person with whom he was dialoguing, who trumped Molyneux at every turn in a calm, controlled manner. I find this ignorance to be the norm when I have dealt with atheists myself.

So we do need to learn about Christianity using responsible research methods, understanding history and theology, while reading the Bible with a respect for context and flow.
commented 2017-10-27 13:20:23 -0400
Paul abd Colleen, I would also suggest the book, “Evidence That Demands a Verdict”. I believe it is in two volumes. Not at all preachy but just examines the claims of the Christian faith. I like to have a faith that can send up to scrutiny. “Not like some”, he said.

commented 2017-10-27 12:39:16 -0400
Its like it is 1968 all over again. It will pass – hopefully – when reality sets in.
commented 2017-10-27 11:20:31 -0400
Colleen: For an agnostic you put forth some very wise views that buttress the Christian faith. Good for you:) Have you read the whole New Testament? I would encourage you to do that. I was in a position very similar to yours back in 1984. I was given a Bible and encouraged to read about Jesus, which I did in the four Gospels. That I did, and I was drawn to Him in such a way that I became convinced that he was for real. I was then and there converted to Christianity. Then I proceeded to read the rest of the New Testament and all it did was flesh out the teachings of and about Jesus from the Gospels.

That is the challenge to everyone. Watching and/or listening to this or that preacher, reading some book about Christianity or religion, or watching how the media portrays religion is one thing, but ultimately to find out about the Christian faith and who Jesus is a person MUST read the Bible. Put down this nonsense about the Bible being “man’s” writing – this has been thoroughly dealt with for centuries by scholars far more skilled in this type of analysis than any of us will ever be.

Just read the Bible. It will all fall into place. I hope that you are seeing this, Andrew:)
commented 2017-10-27 11:01:46 -0400
I’m an Agnostic who thinks Jesus Christs’s teachings are a great system of ethics by which to live one’s life. I see the appeal and necessity for a certain structure in life that keeps a person at peace and doing unto others. Being kind, not hurting people or stealing their things, being accountable and honest, all decent principles to live by. Plus, Christianity is sensible. It’s adapted over the years to suit modern times.

Spell casting, Tarot, Occult, Astrology; all are just cold reading bias confirming nonsense. However, the main difference between this sort of thing and following the Christian religion is in the teachings. These “alternative spirituality” practices are all about ego masturbation. None of these are concerned with how to make the world a better place. They’re concerned with allowing the practitioner to completely indulge in utter self-absorption. They pay to have someone talk about them for a dollar a minute. The cards, rune stones, I-Ching coins, etc. are props in a play about the observer starring the observer.

…“a world of big industry, environmental destruction, large and oppressive governments, and toxic social structures, all of which seem too big to change…” Wow, this is from men born in Western society. You can’t change things by crying like a baby over your Astrology chart, and it really helps to have even an elemental understanding of what it is you need to change.

And whenever someone asks me what my sign is, I just tell them Stop.
commented 2017-10-27 10:23:13 -0400
What I do think is that the Church has a lot of historical baggage with certain aspects of its morality being grossly out of touch with modern values.

You mean that modern values are out of touch with scriptural reality. It certainly is entertaining to see someone attempting to psychologize “Christianity”.

God never dictated how worship should be done in the New Testament era. It was originally a continuation of synagogue worship until they were punted out of the synagogues. There is lots of latitude. I believe that allows for it to meet the needs of people in different times. If not it would be assigned to the ash heap of history. Yet it still marches on.

It kind of supports the Hymn from 1917:

The Bible stands like a rock undaunted
’Mid the raging storms of time;
Its pages burn with the truth eternal,
And they glow with a light sublime.

The Bible stands though the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands.

The Bible stands like a mountain tow’ring
Far above the works of men;
Its truth by none ever was refuted,
And destroy it they never can.

The Bible stands and it will forever,
When the world has passed away;
By inspiration it has been given,
All its precepts I will obey.

The Bible stands every test we give it,
For its Author is divine;
By grace alone I expect to live it,
And to prove and to make it mine.
commented 2017-10-27 09:53:58 -0400
The Church is fundamentally a human construct. Regardless of whether you believe the underlying message is divine or not ….. the Church is human, and something that has evolved over time. As such there’s no fundamental reason to decide that it needed to stop evolving with society. Even the Bible itself is fundamentally a human document, with various translations and politically motivated interpretations seeping into it over thousands of years.

You’d be hard pressed to demonstrate, in any way, that say a Fire and Brimstone church circa mid-20th century was actually God’s intended worship style. Divorce the underlying spirituality from the human rituals surrounding it…
commented 2017-10-27 02:34:50 -0400
That’s the “nut” of it isn’t it?… If the Church has to “change” to accommodate the whims of today’s millennials then how often?… Every few years, every few months, every few days, or with each new craziness on twitter feed… The United Church of Canada started going downhill playing that game in the 70s with little folk song performances in the main aisle… The deep divisions forming in the Catholic church, having elected a South American genre “revolutionary” Pope, are having the same ramifications…
commented 2017-10-27 02:05:00 -0400
Andrew Stephenson i agree except for the Church having to change, the Vatican is doing that and they are harming Catholicism a lot. Some ideals are timeless. The 7 deadly sins are still very deadly.
commented 2017-10-27 02:03:00 -0400
There has always been this, and it is far better than them seeking answers in communism.
commented 2017-10-27 00:40:08 -0400
“I am the Lord thy God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt,out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.”
commented 2017-10-26 23:50:25 -0400
“The line between true good and evil has never been clearer, and becoming more clear every day.”

Nicely done.!!!
commented 2017-10-26 23:46:23 -0400
Problem is with people and how they understand things… God hates religion and says so right in the Bible… Religion is made up of the traditions of man and that’s not how God wants to be honoured respected or worshipped… The church is the bride of Christ.. not a house to practice man’s traditions towards God.

And anything spiritual is exactly that.. about the spirit and the God of the living and how we address him.!!
Over the course of time the understanding of these words have been altered by man and through man to fit man’s narrative because man ultimately thinks he can displace God and do a better job..
Play with the occult at your own peril..
There is nothing holy or spiritual about it.
commented 2017-10-26 20:23:18 -0400
commented 2017-10-26 20:20:31 -0400
Sometimes, Satan makes life easier so you never depend on God. Sin is like an open door to a jail cell and then one day the door slams shut. Delving into occult is a sure thing. Sure as Hell. Astrology, yoga palm readings and psychics are examples of lack of faith in Him. Very insulting.
Rule #1
“You shall have no idols before me”
commented 2017-10-26 19:36:12 -0400
So, Ms. Stephenson, the church has to “bend” to accommodate those “modern ideals”?… And what “spirituality” is to be found in witchcraft or reading tarot cards?
commented 2017-10-26 19:23:30 -0400
I’d argue that the move to what you call the “occult” is essentially to serve the need for spirituality.

The entire column seems predictated on the assumption that Christianity = good and occult = bad, but that’s not backed up by anything. Ultimately, I don’t think one is spiritually superior to the other in any objective way – it’s not possible to rank what are intensely personal beliefs.

What I do think is that the Church has a lot of historical baggage with certain aspects of its morality being grossly out of touch with modern values. It once may have projected a positive and inclusive image, but that’s no longer the case. Even though modern ideals can be compatible with Christianity, the Church is by and large not addressing that.
commented 2017-10-26 18:58:36 -0400
I believe that the move away from Christianity is caused by a fear of Islam and just plain idleness. As more Terrorist attacks occur, the weak of heart look for a place to hide. Standing by God dose not work for the younger generations, they would rather stand with some freakish invented, money making Cult. Something that dose not cause Muslims to threaten them.

Justin Trudeau is part of this fear mongering, with His importation of inbred savages. We need another War, with Bombs and multiple deaths and weeping Widows. Perhaps then men would become Man again and Wimp would be gone.

I am not suggesting that We are all Wimps, it just seems that We have no spirit anymore. Our Marxist educational system works hard and it is winning.
commented 2017-10-26 18:50:01 -0400
Andy Neimers, great post!
commented 2017-10-26 18:30:41 -0400
… The Left is a neo-barbarian agenda. It is in opposition to the Christian moral and social foundations of our civilisation.
… And, it comes so attractively and seductively packages, behind the dishonest label of “progressive”. Attractive faces, bodies, drugs, sweet melodies and dishonest labels mask the true darkness.
… The line between true good and evil has never been clearer, and becoming more clear every day.