So Lance Armstrong doesn't believe in God. That's a really sad thing for religion. When someone who has had such a positive effect on so many people finds religion to be a negative influence...well, it's a problem. A truth of the times that the church doesn't acknowledge is that, in the eyes of many, it does not have a corner on goodness and morality. If anyone thinks that's a result of changes in society, they are dead wrong. It's the church's fault, as it continues to isolate more people with its message of judgement.
Christianity has strayed far from it's core of love and acceptance. The church is a fortress to keep out the homosexuals, abortionists, the promiscuous youth and those that believe they can make their own decisions. How recognizable is modern Christianity from from the Bible? Since when does the Bible pick and choose sin and condone persecution on that basis? I feel that we have strayed. Faith is personal and the church is making it paint by numbers.
I saw a t-shirt the other day. It said: If I have to find Jesus does that mean he's hiding? The church would have us believe they have him under lock and key. He's in the closet next to the drawer labeled morals. The truth is that belief in God has never been about being a good person. That's why you can't get into heaven with good deeds. So here we are back to faith, something you have to find in yourself, not hiding inside the walls of a church.