It is true to say that modern people are excessively preoccupied with
their own personal meaning of life without sufficient attention to
It is therefore understandable, and probably the correct priority, for Christians to emphasize general duties, general principles, obedience and sacrifice to the needs of others - above personal development...
However, I expect that, like me for much of my
life, modern non-Christians are aware that even if everything about
Christianity were correct - all its general purposes and precepts - then
even all of that is not enough.
The fact that it is not enough, may lead them to
1. Christians believe that it is enough. And
That (therefore) Christianity actually wants its adherents to be
undifferentiated 'cookie cutter' clones (and sometimes Christians do
talk that way).
However, however - all people are different, things are set-up that way: personal development is part of the divine plan (and an extremely important part) - so cannot and should not be neglected, ignored or suppressed.
And indeed, real and specific personal development is only possible in a context of general purposes and precepts - so the modern notion of personal development in isolation from religion or any general system of objective beliefs and duties is sheer nonsense.