Japultra saidReligion, for all it's intents and purposes, has always been the basis of more negative than positive. War, death, hatred, bigotry, segregation, etc.
As to the decline of the belief in god, all I can say is: Thank god!
I don't believe what you said is a fair
assessment. It's just that we don't hear about all the good
. People love
talking about the bad, but rarely spread news about the good. It is unbalanced
. So young persons making decisions on faith often don't have a fair "bigger picture", rather only what is reported in the general mass media, which is more often the case, reporting bad news and pop culture which skews true religion.
There are LOTS that religion has done for people that are very positive, the very least, giving people hope, purpose, and meaning in life and a moral impetus and accountability for selflessly loving one another person. Another is giving them a community to which to belong and through which to find identity, support, and the exercise of love beyond self.
The foolish myth that people need to really get over (and to stop perpetuating through ignorance) is that you have to check your brain at the door before walking into a church. You don't. And that you don't need to commit intellectual suicide to be a religious/spiritual person. (Yes, there are some who do, but that's their personal issue, not descriptive of or prescriptive for all persons of faith.)