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Christianity dead in 100 years?

June 27, 2008

Wow! It has been a while since I’ve posted anything!  Life gets crazy and time just flies away! 

I came across an article the other day and thought it’d be a good way to get back in the blogging mentality.  You can read the story here or just read below.

Christianity ‘could die out within a century’

More than half of Britons think Christianity is likely to have disappeared from the country within a century, according to a survey.

Research by the Orthodox Jewish organisation Aish found that just over a third of people thought religions like Christianity and Judaism would still be practiced in Britain in 100 years’ time.

Although four in 10 people said they would choose to be a member of the Christian religion, almost the same number said they would rather practice no religion at all.

Buddhism however, proved more attractive than both Islam and Judaism, and was chosen by nine per cent of those questioned.

Aish UK’s executive director Rabbi Naftali Schiff said the results of the YouGov poll of 2,000 people were alarming.

“It clearly demonstrates that religion, including Judaism, is becoming unattractive to the British public.

“At Aish we know that Judaism provides real meaning and enrichment to one’s life. Whilst we have attracted many disinterested Jews back to Jewish identity it is clear there is much work to be done.”

Research published earlier this year suggested that church attendance is declining so fast that the number of regular churchgoers will be fewer than those attending mosques within a generation.

According to Religious Trends, an analysis of religious practice in Britain, the huge drop off in attendance means that the Church of England, Catholicism and other denominations will become financially unviable.

In contrast, the number of actively religious Muslims is predicted to increase from about one million today to 1.96 million in 2035.

Articles like this always have to be read with a little skepticism.  After 2000+ years, is Christianity really in danger of extinction?  Here’s an answer you might not expect from me….yeah, I think so.

Christianity dead in a 100 years?  Could it be true? 

This hodgepodge-pick-and-choose-which-scripture-you-like-God-bless-me-with-money-and-health-and-make-sure-no-evil-touches-me-good-ol-boys-club-genie-in-a-bottle caricature of what Christianity has become (mostly in America and the West) will hopefully be dead much sooner than that.  But the true Christianity of the New Testament, the Gospel of Peace and Salvation through a God-Become-Human, no, that will never go away.

This would be the usual spot where I’d bring out all the apologetic guns and review all the historical, archaeological, and manuscriptural (is that even a word) evidence that is overwhelming in favor of Christianity.  I’m not gonna do that today.  I looked at the evidence for and against Christianity and the evidence speaks for itself; thus I’ve become a Christian.

I honestly think people are tired of fakeness regardless of which religion it is.  There are some fantastic people and organizations working hard to bring authenticity back to western Churchianity.

The Campaign to End Consumer Christianityis an organization trying to bring back social justice and global issues to the forefront of American churches.  Check out their Myspace page for more info.

Dan Kimball of Vintage Faith fame has written an excellent book entitled, “They Like Jesus But Not The Church“.  Kimball  gives an “overview of the six most common objections emerging generations have with church and Christianity along with the biblical answers to these objections and examples of how churches are facing this challenge”.  Again, the main point is being an authentic person of faith.

I just recently ran across this website about a movie called “Lord, Save Us From Your Followers“.  It looks really good!  It is in the same vein as Kimball’s book mentioned above.  I hope to order the DVD soon.

I know there are many, many good folks across America and the world who love Jesus and are serving Him passionately and authentically.  That kind of Christianity will never go away.

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