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The End of Religion?

Updated on August 14, 2011
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I am a Christian pastor who wishes to bring glory to God in all that I do, and to help people through my writing to know Him better.

Is Christian Faith Really Dying Out?

There are those who would say that the end of religious belief is near. These are people who think that religion has caused all of the problems of the world, and they think that life would be better off without it. From what I have seen, what they mean by religion, targets the Christian religion specifically. I can and have argued that the Judeo-Christian worldview has caused a great deal of good in this world, and that they don't know what they are asking for, when wishing for religious belief to be taken out of the world. For instance, since 1964, the crime rate in the United States has more than tripled. This coincides with the June 17th, 1963 Supreme Court decision not to allow prayer and Bible reading in the public schools. But that is not the topic of this article. Rather, I am writing this to let those who wish the death of the Christian faith, and everyone else who reads this article, know that Christianity is alive and well on planet earth, and is here to stay.

I. The Decline in Europe and the United States

The sad truth is that in Europe and the United States, religious belief is on the decline. A recent survey indicates that in Europe, Italy is the only country where there is a majority who believe in a supreme being. And the young are less religious than the older people. In the United States, a Pew Research finding discovered that 1 in 5 people 18-25 say they have no religious affiliation. Of that generation that go to church as children, nearly two thirds leave the church as adults.

Europe and the U.S. are clearly in trouble and we Christians who love our country should be warned that if something isn't done, God will judge our culture. We clearly need revival. But if God should wipe out our culture, and that of Europe, tomorrow, Christianity will go on. As a matter of fact, it is!

II. Christianity's Move South

The picture isn't as bleak as some would have us think. Professor Phillip Jenkins of Penn State University, says that outside the West, Christianity is having explosive growth. In the Continent of Africa, for instance, in 1900 there were approximately 10 million Christians. By 2000 there were 250 million. By the year 2025, if things continue like this, it is predicted that there will be roughly 633 million. According to those same estimates, the number of Christians in 2025 in Latin America is expected to be 640 million, and in Asia, 460 million.

Professor Jenkins also says that the percentage of Christians in the world by 2050 will be the same as it was in 1900. And that is saying something, since the population of the world continues to grow with each passing year. At the moment, there are around 2.1 billion people who call themselves Christian. It is still the world's largest religion. By the middle of this century there are expected to be 3 billion. This is one and a half times the number of Muslims.

Continuing to project into the near future, by 2050, only one-fifth of the world's Christians will be white and non-Hispanic. Jenkins estimates that by this time, the typical Christian will be a woman living in a Nigerian village, or a Brazilian shanty town. He calls those living in Africa, Latin America and parts of Asia, "Southern Christians." The interesting thing is, as the church moves farther South, it will also become more conservative. In other words, both theologically and morally, the church will become more biblically orthodox than the church in the West is currently.

Conclusion:

There is a lesson for us all here. God has chosen to use the West in a great way over the past few centuries. But He doesn't need us. The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ continues to spread throughout the world at astounding rates, despite its decline here. And it will continue to move ahead, either with or without us. Christ continues to change lives and cultures, just as He did when He first died on the cross and rose again. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Him as such.

For those predicting the doom of religion, they have little ground to stand on. Someone has said that man is incurably religious. That is because he was designed for relationship with the living God, and nothing will ever change that. Christianity is growing. My only hope is that everyone who reads this will become part of that growth by accepting the claims of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and become part of His ever- expanding family. For to find Christ is to find life. Please choose life today!

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      Jeff Shirley 

      6 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks for your comments.

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      jewl777 

      6 years ago

      I keep hearing the the End will be here soon, that within possibly a few yrs. its over. I have been under a lot of pressure from other well meaning believers, but there is something missing from so much deep knowledge, Love. I know that in the book of daniel it speaks of how more truth will be revealed in the end days, that is I think happining right now, but I am hopefully Godwilling one of his chosen children(he chose us, we did not choose him,that is scriptual) I am thankfull for these posts, it helps me remember to get off my butt and spread the true gospel of Christ. I pray we have oil in our lamps, that the talent he gives me I wont hide. Glory to God the Father, the one true love of my life. Lord help us, please have mercy

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      Jeff Shirley 

      6 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks to everyone who has commented on this hub. I value your input. Just to let you know, I may have inadvertently deleted some of the comments. That had nothing to do with not wanting your input, but somehow they ended up getting out of order and it got to the point that they didn't make sense any more. God bless.

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      William Kovacic 

      6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      The numbers may wane, but thank God Christianity cannot be done away with. Others have tried and during these times it seems to prosper. America needs a good shot of persecution, and I think it's coming.

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      Anna Taylor 

      6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Hello there Godtalk,

      Good Hub post! I'm a Follower of Christ and have been a Christian since I was a little girl. I Thank God more often during the weeks now, as I don't know where my life would be if I did not have him as the Head of my Life. With all the temptations, trials, traumas, tragedy's, turbulences and battles? I've been having alot for the past few years, as I know satan has a drive to tear my family (me, my two children and husband) apart. There is no way that I was or ever will give the power over to him, all the glory will forever come from my mouth and my hands in a testimony as to what God has done and what he will do. Especially in the midst of what appears to be defeat, is not, when God has his child in the palm of his hand they are protected.

      Rtespectfully w/Blessings,

      Sapphireid

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      Annie 

      6 years ago from NewYork

      Time will tell, Satan want us to believe so

      however, let not put fear in our hearts

      because we seen what God can do.

      so once again "time will tell

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      Annie 

      6 years ago from NewYork

      Time will tell an interesting hub, however, satan want us to believe that he and his followers are winning,

      thumbs down to that idea, once again time will tell.

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