Millennials are “leading the charge” against the traditional Christian belief in “absolute moral truths”, according to new research. A recent report published both here and in America by the Barna Group covers the attitudes and beliefs of young adults in their 20s and 30s. It found that six out of 10 respondents in this age group believe there are “no moral absolutes that apply to everyone, all the time”. The report says: “The spirit of relativity has comfortably settled in among Millennials – although it should be noted that more than one-fifth of them (22 percent) have yet to figure out where they stand on moral truth. But among those who have taken a stand, rejecting rather than accepting moral absolutes is the dominant perspective by a 5:2 ratio (56 percent vs. 22 percent).”

The report comments: “To those who have ‘ears to hear and eyes to see’ it is incomprehensible that intelligent people would base moral choices on such fluid and unreliable influences as personal emotions, past experiences, and the advice of other people. “Yet those are the primary inputs on which Millennials rely when making their moral decisions. “63% of young adults identified those influences as driving their moral choices while only 19% said they depend on a different source of moral input.” But the research found that Millennials are generally positive about the person of Jesus Christ. “One of the most important insights from the study is that Millennials do not seem to have a problem with Jesus Christ.

Their problems are more with Christian churches, Christian individuals, and some biblical principles that directly conflict with popular culture perspectives,” the report says. It also found that the Bible “fares relatively well” with Millennials “although companion research suggests that they are ill-acquainted with its contents.” Summarising its section on the ‘Faith Factor’, the report declares: “In nations which have a history of religious freedom and spiritual engagement, the decline of spiritual commitment and engagement has been a pillar of the western worlds’ moral and cultural decline. That downward spiral has been fortified by the dramatic reshaping of the faith domain by Millennials.”

Source: Compiled by APN from Christian media

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