Are the Believers Disappearing? I ask because I came across a recent Pew Research Report, which said that Christianity is declining on the decline, in America’s Changing Religious Landscape , not only is Christianity on the decline but other religious beliefs or no religious beliefs at all are on the rise. There are many contributing factors to this, but the report does point that out because people do not have to fill out their faith on the U.S. Census report that it’s hard to give an accurate picture of the religious landscape. So with that said, I want to give a few of my own reasons as to why Christianity could be on the decline. First, I firmly believe there is a total lack of understanding the Bible. There is constant upon constant misunderstanding. One verse gets taken out of context of the Bible by either a Religious Christians or a non-believer. Second, “actions speaks louder than words”. With the age of social media and the fact that everyone can now be an independent reporter with their smartphones, you can be “caught on camera” in a moment you didn’t think anyone was watching you. Third, at times, Christians tend to demonize groups of people, but seemingly have a hard time, or no time at all, showing the same type of calling out when it comes to people within their own congregation and leadership. Simply put, the reflection of the church must be that of being baptized…”an outward display of an inward decision”. We should try to reflect the love of Jesus as often as possible, but at the same time not give up our values upon what we believe in. Without question, this is a tough line to walk in today’s world with so much information that can conflict with a person’s understanding of the Bible.
Another interesting thing is how can a person believe in God when a person of faith can speak so negatively to them. Why would someone trying to get closer to God submit to what you say? Because, at the end of the day, is it really God getting mad or is it the self-righteous Christian getting upset? It’s not what you say, but how you say it. Some people may never believe in God. Others may not believe because of past actions in a church. Whatever the case may be, those of us that do believe must continue to reinforce God’s love and mercy, but we must follow his commandments and yet we must be able to find a way to have dialogue regarding our faith.The Perception of Living in Christ
In the book of Philippians, Paul believed that was there was more to life than what was here on earth. While things on earth are here and tangible, heaven is not so simple to get to. Paul even pointed that dying is even better than living. The funny thing is that here on earth many believe that if you are “not living” that you will die. When we live for the living, we get involved in not only their highs but their lows as well. Life is after death, not before it. Too many non-believers feel that they must enjoy everything in this world in order to be satisfied. Paul describes his values and love for life after death in Philippians 1:20-21 which says…“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that no as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Paul felt that if you weren’t ready to die then you are not ready to live. This all falls into the perception (for me at least), because clearly if you don’t believe, then none of this you can really relate to. But what is interesting is how many “believers” say they don’t believe this due to their actions. If anything, we must learn to how to separate ourselves from a world that we are constantly a part of. Not enough knowledge of the word will cause you to fall into what the world is and you will lose the understanding of what the word actually means.
Do not avoid non-believers
Non-believers are here too just like everyone else. It’s not like you can place them in a jar and walk away. Though many non-believers feel that through the centuries, Christianity, has literally been forced upon the world. So whether they feel like growing up they were indoctrinated or they were never shown the awesome power of the word, the non-believers are here, but not forever. We can learn many things from those that do not believe that the word of God is real. They are living examples of what could happen if your faith falls short. But we have many Christians like that as well, the issue is that they are too busy failing their “test” which is why there is a made up “testimony” ( I know it’s not you, but let me talk to whom it’s suppose to reach). In the Book of Matthew 13:30, Jesus compares the non-believers and believers to weeds and wheat in the ground before the harvest. It reads…
” Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.”
We will live side-by-side, believers and non-believers, until it is time for the harvest. But at that time, it is the weeds and not the wheat that will be thrown away. This harvest is coming. It is not a matter of if, but when. Not only do you need to be in right standing, but you need to be sincere as well. Why? Because God can see it all anyways, so there is no point in hiding. it.
I get it, it’s 2015 and all religion has ever done is oppressed, demoralized, created wars, and become sexist and misogynistic, or has it? Man has a tendency to take things and to twist them, however “he” chooses. If you want my advice, learn the Bible for yourself. Stop listening to the world and spend years learning, listening, and understanding. Trust me, you will be glad you did…you’re welcome.