The Void We Deny

Could we really live in a God-less environment, or is there a void secularism cannot fill?

Secularism and Atheism have been steadily attempting to rid the world of religion for years now. While they may claim it’s in the name of making the world a better place (as they say God and religion causes humanity’s pain), another far more dangerous spiritualism has been riding this mission behind their backs.

A recent NY Times article, Norway Has a Passion For Ghost Hunting, is yet another sign that we’re slowly morphing into a new spiritual era.

Ghosts, or at least belief in them, have been around for centuries but they have now found a particularly strong following in highly secular modern countries like Norway, places that are otherwise in the vanguard of what was once seen as Europe’s inexorable, science-led march away from superstition and religion.” Norway is one of the leading countries in the movement to abolish religion, or to be more specific, the Christian God. However, there is a hunger for the spiritual that most deny. This has led to a surge in the popularity of “ghosts.”

While churches here may be largely empty and belief in God, according to opinion polls, in steady decline, belief in, or at least fascination with, ghosts and spirits is surging.” The obsession with ghosts and the demonic isn’t an obsession exclusive to Norway either. Stories of possessions, hauntings, and the occult have been around for centuries. However, over the past decades, its popularity has greatly increased with vigor along with the decline of religion. Is this a good thing? One only has to know the character of Satan to see this is an unhealthy practice. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy….”

“God is out but spirits and ghosts are filling the vacuum,” said Roar Fotland, a Methodist preacher and assistant professor at the Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo. Instead of slowly eliminating religion, as Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, and other theorists predicted, modernity has only channeled religious feelings in unexpected ways, Mr. Fotland said…..

Arild Romarheim, a Lutheran priest and recently retired theology lecturer, described the conviction of well-educated atheists and agnostics that ghosts exist as “the paradox of modernity” — a revival of old beliefs to slake an innate human thirst for a spiritual life left unsatisfied by the decline of the church.

So will religion ever die out? If they believe so, it seems they will be waiting for a long time. When one claims “All religion will die out,” the blaring evidence seen before him cannot be denied; as the ghost hunters themselves claim, “We are bigger than the Norwegian church.” We rid ourselves of God and our hunger for the eternal and supernatural, only to desire it all the more.

This cycle is only proof that we desire something more than what the physical world offers, and as long as that yearning is there, religion will never die out. This certainly isn’t a defense towards religion itself, as man has used it too to justify his own demented ways. What I am suggesting however, is that we reflect and reveal the truth every soul thirsts for. The truth that we’re loved and relentlessly pursued by an affectionate God who is beyond our vision. A God who died to fill our void with a love so great, no one can contain it. As Plumb says in her song, “God Shaped Hole.” There’s a God shaped hole in all of us, and the restless soul is searching….. it is a void only He can fill. However, I guess we will never stop trying.