Religious Expression in New Zealand

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In New Zealand, religion is continually changing to keep up with the ever-changing society around it. Various cults and sects have come into existence as a result of this unstable society we live in here in New Zealand. It is hard to call such groups a religion as they match the characteristics of a typical religion such as the Catholic Church or Buddhism. However people still continue to follow these false religions as they believe that these groups may hold the answer to this continually changing world we live. In New Zealand we can clearly see the actions and consequences of having religion in our culture. New Zealanders, just like most of the developed world, are still affected by religion today even if they choose not to join one, as is often the case today. From the 2006 New Zealand census, we can see that the number of people who do not associate themselves with a religion is 34.7% up from the 29.6% seen in the 2001 census. This figure is only continuing to increase as people place less and less importance on religion in their lives. By rejecting religion society is only going to find itself in a moral decline as the strong values that are given to us by religions are bypassed and the disciplines given to us by religion will also be lost. Through the decline in religion, people are creating a void in their own lives that they will have no religion or higher purpose to fill. This is going to lessen personal understanding as people begin to live only for themselves in a life which they will believe promises nothing more for them than what they make for themselves. Without religion people lose that feeling of being unconditionally loved by someone and the only love in their life will end up being conditional and temperament... ... middle of paper ... ... with society but not often is it a negative result. Religion is important to society not just to the person. Religion in New Zealand is changing along with the rest of society but it is as important to people now as it was a hundred years ago when just 1 in 30 people did not associate themselves with a religion, but unfortunately society is failing to recognise its importance and religion is in decline. Religion is not only for the benefit of the person when it gives them a higher purpose in life, but also society where it helps out those less fortunate and continues to produce loving moral people. Regrettably, religion is being ignored today by a staggering 34.7% of people, and with this figure continually increasing; more and more people are losing the solid foundations that religion provides in a world where everything can change in the blink of an eye.
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