Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is a doctrine that is common among adolescents in the US. The doctrine is associated with multiple beliefs regarding religion. The first belief is that God is in existence, and He is the one who created the world which He watches over. The second belief is that God desires people to be happy. In addition, God expects individuals to be fair to each other. Thirdly, the core objective of life is to be happy. Fourthly, God does not guarantee to be involved in people’s lives except when He is solving a pressing issue. Lastly, the doctrine supports the idea that good people go to heaven after they die.
The Moralistic Therapeutic Deism beliefs are not an accurate reflection of the present society. Although the doctrine holds that God created the heavens and the earth, a section of Americans opposes the view. Most of the opposing ones acknowledge that the earth came about as a result of science. The doctrine’s expectation that each person should be happy has not been met because a large proportion of Americans are unhappy. Sporadic shootings of innocent citizens and terrorism fears are some of the concerns Americans are facing. According to the Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, God is only involved in people’s lives when they have problems. However, this is not the case since God is Omnipresent, meaning that He intervenes in people’s lives always.
The religious doctrine that good people go to heaven when they die does not influence Americans. Given that people are increasingly embracing secular lifestyles, they might not be expecting to go to heaven. Moreover, the general lifestyle of American society seems distant from the doctrine’s principles. Consequently, the religious doctrine does not accurately reflect the current American way of life.