Over the past decade, fueled by the thought bubbles and soapboxes of social media, atheists have had shocking success in turning the younger generation away from the eternal truths of the Bible. But when you have nothing to believe that’s worth believing in, it’s human nature to start believing in things that aren’t worth believing in.
And so we get stories like this, showing that as traditional religious beliefs have declined among Millennials, belief in the occult – or as one promoter puts it, “non-religious spiritual practices,” such as witchcraft and astrology – is on the rise. A recent analysis found that “psychic services” (i.e., the surgical removal of money from the gullible) is now a $2 billion worldwide industry. Some defenders of multi-culturalism are blasting rich white women such as Gwyneth Paltrow, whose Goop website has been accused of selling overpriced, New Age health quackery, for stealing those nostrums from other cultures (hardly the type of thing those cultures should be proud of inventing.)
Even more stunning, a 2014 survey by the National Science Foundation found that a majority of Millennials believe that astrology is either “very scientific” or “sort of scientific.” For the record: “Astrology” is to “astronomy” as “rat poison” is to “rat pellets.” The terms sound similar, they both can be swallowed, but swallowing the former is not a very smart idea.
As G.K. Chesterton wrote in 1923, “It’s the first effect of not believing in God that you lose your common sense.” Or as Aaron Tippin put it, “You’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.” Just make sure it’s something that’s stood the test of time and is worth standing for, and not something whose only verifiable attribute is its effectiveness at separating you from God and your money.