Pew study: More Americans reject religion, but believers firm in faith

This seems about right when I think about people I came across in my lifetime. Most people claiming to be Christian or religious in some fashion have stayed true to their beliefs. Of course I had many friends who departed and even ridiculed Christ, but some of these people turned back to Lord and repented for their transgressions.

Americans as a whole are growing less religious, but those who still consider themselves to belong to a religion are, on average, just as committed to their faiths as they were in the past — in certain respects even more so.
Source: Washington Post

It is almost the opposite for me. Most people I went to school with are now Atheists and even Islam. It's nice to have an open mind about faith, but it's sad to see people I care about depart from their Christian faith.