Religion 'Reverts'

By: Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Angelica Alvarez Email

April 6, 2012 -

Tallahassee, FL - The Easter holiday usually brings in larger crowds to churches of many denominations. One study shows more than half of Americans don't always go through the same church doors they used to, choosing to convert to other religions.

A smaller group is being called the reverts. A study by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows 9% of Americans are going back to their religious roots.

Many religious leaders say this is no surprise.

Rabbi Schneur Oirechman, with the Chabad House-Lubavitch Jewish Center says, "I think it's part of the world getting ready for the coming of Messiah. Our generation is the last generation of exile and the first generation of the redemption and we're about to experience the coming of redemption any day."

Catholic churches are even adding adult programs to focus on returnees who worry they are not meeting the holy sacraments.
They say holidays such as Christmas and Easter definitely help bring old members back to the pews.

But in the end, religious leaders agree that many people find peace and guidance within religion.

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  • by Natty BumppoTally Location: Tally on Apr 8, 2012 at 06:34 PM
    Lets go all the way back. Worship the Sun.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2012 at 06:01 AM
    Beware of trolls...
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2012 at 05:39 AM
    Only has there been on major revision of the Bible and it was many centuries ago... the other revisions are only an attempt to put into our complicated English language from ancient dead languages like Latin, Hebrew and original Greek. The Bible in its own has not changed since it was compiled throughout history starting with the Hebrew portion called the Old Testiment, and the collection of New Testiment authors from beginning of Christian era.
  • by Many Location: Crawfordville on Apr 8, 2012 at 05:32 AM
    There are countless religions on planet earth, but there is only one Relationship. Religion can be about having an Ice Cream soda on the same day every week. A relationship is a common bond between two people. In this case each of us and The Holy Son of God, Jesus Christ. When he comes back to gather his flock, there will be many that will be unaware and deceived into believing all sorts of foolish things. Seek Him, otherwise this life may be all you have. Mankind has an inherently evil nature. One need only look around at the tatered moral fabric we expose our children too, under the rediculous notion of tolerance. Jesus came to release us from that nature.
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      by Cpt FL on Apr 8, 2012 at 07:26 AM in reply to Many
      But talking snakes, magical liquid conversions, Jesus' tendency to not sink in water, dividing vast waters without a dam....none of those are foolish things?
  • by gator girl on Apr 8, 2012 at 05:24 AM
    People die everyday in the world over in Indian, China and Middle East for their believe in Christianity because real Christianity teaches tolerance, love, hope and charity. The real Christ sat and had dinner with anyone that would listen in hopes they could have a better fulfiled life. One chooses their application of the walk of Christ based on many things but that is personal preference because we are human not right or wrong.
  • by whatever on Apr 8, 2012 at 04:58 AM
    More "we're in the last days" talk - and from a Jew this time - and the Jews have been waiting even longer than the Christians for their Messiah, well over 25 centuries. How long will people wait before they realize all religions are man-made fairy tales - another 200 years - another 2000 years? Religions do serve a purpose. They are good at teaching morality to children - up to a point. They provide a sense of purpose and safety and provide for charity. However, they also teach narrow-mindedness, rigidity and intolerance for the beliefs of other people. I don't think the fall in religious belief is to blame to the decline of America. I think the rise in narcissism and selfishness in individuals is more to blame.
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      by Wakulla Lady on Apr 8, 2012 at 05:43 AM in reply to whatever
      I think the rise in narcissism and selfishness in individuals is more to blame. And BOTH are anti Christian values. If the world lived true to the core of Christ's ideas or values we would all live it peace, love and harmony but that is not the way of enough of the human race.
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        by whatever on Apr 8, 2012 at 07:19 AM in reply to Wakulla Lady
        If today's church actually taught what Christ taught the world would be a better place - I wholeheartedly agree with you. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. If Jesus came back today he would be laughed out of town and called a dirty hippie or a Communist by most of his "followers". Today's church teaches God wants his people to be rich and successful - not about the camel and the eye of the needle. We are supposed to spread "christian values" around the world but we to want to use our military power to do it. Whatever happened to "the meek shall inherit the Earth" and "love thy neighbor as thyself"? Today's Church reflects modern American values which don't really jive with the actual words of Jesus.
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          by Today's church? on Apr 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM in reply to whatever
          So you say al churches preach this? Mighty bold of you. I have never gone to a church that preaches we should be rich. Yes rich in our beliefs and faith but not in money and possesions. Just love how people generalize and say all things are a certain way.
  • by I don't get it... on Apr 7, 2012 at 04:23 PM
    Every book of every religion says their religion is the ONLY way. Who is to say any particular religion is the is "right" one. Why would God punish a child that is born into a home that knows no religion or is Catholic, Jewish, or something other than Christian. What about remote tribes of Africa? Will they go to Hell? Wasn't Jesus a Jew?
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      by gator girl on Apr 8, 2012 at 05:34 AM in reply to I don't get it...
      Yes Jesus was a Jew but those that followed his teachings were pushed out and followers killed and imprisoned due to the politics of the day both religious leaders as well as government. There are very few remote tribes in Africa these days however islands of New Guinea possibly and no they would not be judged for not having that opportunity. God is loving and pure in His justice so how could they, the innocent child or someone that is mentally unable to be.. no they wouldn't. Great question
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      by Ummm..... on Apr 8, 2012 at 01:59 PM in reply to I don't get it...
      Catholic is Christian.
  • by Somebody on Apr 7, 2012 at 04:20 PM
    JESUS is my Savior not my religion.
  • by Jeff Location: Tallahassee on Apr 7, 2012 at 06:09 AM
    Many choose a religion that is more suitable to their lifestyle. That's a cop-out. As said before, Jesus Christ is the ONLY way. It's in The Holy Bible. Read it. Believe it. His Word never changes. The world changes. Be strong in Faith and overcome the world.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2012 at 03:56 PM in reply to Jeff
      You choose this direction because of your place of birth. I promise if you were born in Indian or China you would not believe this. I am able to see through all bogus hocus pocus.
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        by Not Actually on Apr 8, 2012 at 06:04 AM in reply to
        There are plenty of Christian followers in India and China, as well as Middle East however unlike here they suffer and die for their choice, much like the original Christians.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2012 at 09:50 PM in reply to Jeff
      Look into how many times the bible has been revised.
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      by Cpt FL on Apr 8, 2012 at 05:29 AM in reply to Jeff
      "His word never changes." Yeah right, are you kidding me? People discover mistakes in the translations all the time. ALL religions are cop-outs, including yours.
  • by JROD Location: thomasville on Apr 7, 2012 at 05:59 AM
    How can you not wake up and look outside and not love or beleive in Christ. I am thankful for every breath I take and Thank Jesus for Dying on the Cross.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2012 at 03:55 PM in reply to JROD
      I look outside and think of the real processes that cause everything that we see. I seek logical answers and explanations. Religion assigns illogical reasoning.
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      by Cpt FL on Apr 8, 2012 at 05:31 AM in reply to JROD
      How about you try waking up in the middle of the Sahara? Or how about Antarctica? Downtown Fallujah, Iraq. Yeah, just because you're comfortable here vs. another less desirable location doesn't prove God's existence.
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        by There is a thing called faith on Apr 8, 2012 at 01:15 PM in reply to Cpt FL
        How do you know and inch is as long as it is? How do you know a water molecule is made of hydrogen and oxygen? How do you know there were 9 now 8 planets? Have you seen or been on them? We have faith in what we are taught by "experts". The same can be said about religion and God. Can not see him or touch him but "experts" have seen his miracles. We have trust and faith in our beliefs no matter the subject.
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          by Cpt FL on Apr 8, 2012 at 01:48 PM in reply to There is a thing called faith
          Every single one of your questions is VERY easily answered. Don't think you just stumbled across philosophical anomalies. Wow. 1) The "inch" standard was set by a monarch hundreds of years ago. 2) I'm a biochemistry major, chemical make-up of ANYTHING is very easy. So trivial...3) We have this novel invention called TELESCOPES, yes I have seen the planets. Unlike your miracles, these are all real, natural things that are very explainable. Please educate yourself.
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        by Thanks for proving my point on Apr 9, 2012 at 04:54 AM in reply to Cpt FL
        Inch standard was set by a person? An "expert". Exactly my point. Have you seen the planet make a complete orbit around the sun? Or do you go on faith what "experts" tell you? You are so closed minded to anything outside of science. There are many things that science can not explain. I am plenty educated thank you very much. At least my eyes are open to various possibilities.
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          by Cpt FL on Apr 9, 2012 at 10:48 AM in reply to Thanks for proving my point
          You really are dense. Do you honestly believe your little thoughtful conundrums are heavyweight influences in favor of faith-based ideologies? I will take my awe in understanding of the natural world over your awe in deliberate ignorance any day.
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        by Awww gee on Apr 9, 2012 at 01:28 PM in reply to Cpt FL
        Insults are coming now. Didn't know you cared so much. God bless your little pea pickin heart.
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          by Cpt FL on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM in reply to Awww gee
          No, no insult. Calling out one's ignorance on a particular topic is not an insult if it's true. Now, if I said he/she was "stupid", that's a different story.
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