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Observations and inferneces from real life perceptions My entire lifeI have been a Catholic and have attended Church regularly with myfamily always believing in God and the stories and tales of the Bibleas pure fact that happened long ago and of Jesus being the savioretcJust this past month I attended a Presbyterian church service with myelderly grandmother in Johnstown Pennsylvania The church was small tobegin with and only about one-third of the seats were filled I wouldhave to say that at least 95 of the people were all over 65 with veryfew young couples at all My grandma made a comment on the lack ofyoung people who attend the masses now and she kept referring to thefact that recently less and less young couples and families everattended churchAt first I thought that this church would then seriously have to closeits doors when the current majority of the parishioners died but thenI realized another aspect of human behavior and psychologyThe characteristic that I see and hear so much about that many humanstend to possess and practice is the fact that they become closer togod the older they get Why is this It is because of one of thesame big reasons that we even have to have religion in the first placefear about death and what happens to us afterwards These people seemto be turning to the kind of thinking that inspired the dichotic ideaof PASCALS WAGER Even if these people were not very religious duringtheir younger years we can now see a trend of a large section of ourcountrys population starting to attend church more and more and becomemore religious as they grow older What inspires this shift--plainand simple the fear of uncertaintyQUESTIONING ONES BELIEFS MUST GO BEYOND JUST WONDERINGWhen I used to attend Church regularly their was a priest who was anextremely good speaker and extremelyintelligent Even though he was a Catholic priest serving as the pastorof an extremely large church he had thecourage and
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