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ClashnBoom
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6/12/2015 6:52:34 AM
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There are lots of sites saying that religious people aren't growing. Is this true?

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6/12/2015 10:08:06 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 6/12/2015 6:52:34 AM, ClashnBoom wrote:
There are lots of sites saying that religious people aren't growing. Is this true?

http://www.washingtonpost.com...
http://www.google.com...
http://www.google.com...

Yes religion is on the decline in the West. We will reap what we sow.
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6/12/2015 10:35:39 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 6/12/2015 6:52:34 AM, ClashnBoom wrote:
There are lots of sites saying that religious people aren't growing. Is this true?

http://www.washingtonpost.com...
http://www.google.com...
http://www.google.com...

Currently, religions are doing an excellent job of showing how inadequate, ineffective, contrary and outdated they are in the modern world, especially now with internet access for so many, allowing us all almost instant observation of the religious folk who do more damage to their religions than anyone else who might criticize them.
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6/12/2015 11:08:05 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 6/12/2015 6:52:34 AM, ClashnBoom wrote:
There are lots of sites saying that religious people aren't growing. Is this true?

http://www.washingtonpost.com...
http://www.google.com...
http://www.google.com...

Not sure how it is possible to grow once you essentially reach market saturation...
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6/12/2015 11:46:10 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 6/12/2015 6:52:34 AM, ClashnBoom wrote:
There are lots of sites saying that religious people aren't growing. Is this true?

http://www.washingtonpost.com...
http://www.google.com...
http://www.google.com...

Yes Christianity is definitely on the decline. But it is not be a surprise, this fact was stated a couple thousand years ago.

I can't agree with some other posters here for why it is happening though.

I mean, come on, let's look at some of the oldest Church's teachings that are all but forgotten these days.

Abstinence- Sex and Masturbation-Pro

Divorce-Con

Birth Control -Con

Abortion- Con

For real though, who no adays wants to be patient and have self control. Who here wants to lower themselves to stay in a marriage where they are not happy.......what about me lol? And who in their right mind would volunteer to actually deal with a result of their action?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Who has the right to want to teach our children foolish things like patience, self control, sacrifice and responsibility. That is the last thing this generation needs........then we won't have the government to take care of and do everything for us.

Not sure who that idiot is but we sure don't need him around for nothing.
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6/12/2015 12:12:50 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 6/12/2015 6:52:34 AM, ClashnBoom wrote:
There are lots of sites saying that religious people aren't growing. Is this true?

http://www.washingtonpost.com...
http://www.google.com...
http://www.google.com...

Christianity is not growing in the United States and it probably never will grow again. Reasons for this vary. First of all, the culture in the United States has adapted a moral code which is at odds with that of Christians in the United States.
For instance, a Christian would see a person practicing homosexual acts as a person living in sin. Our ultra-Liberal culture would denounce the person holding such a view as a "homophobe". While individual Christians do make mistakes, it really isn't the church's fault that Liberals are normally outraged towards the church. It's just a dissonance in values.
Second, our culture is one where Christianity is bashed by the media every day, to a degree that would be considered Islamophobic if directed towards Muslims. They give various excuses as to why they do this, but in truth they just hate the church.
Third, in a more materially prosperous culture, people are more hedonistic and "distracted", so they don't think about religion and whenever they do its moral code which advocates things like abstinence, self-restraint, dying to oneself, and the likes turns them off.
Fourth, in the past a large number of people identified as Christian simply because society expected everybody to be Christian. They were never Christian to begin with, but with a much less Christian culture they feel free now to identify as non-Christian.
Fifth, the church itself is filled with phony Christians (which hurts its image and weakens its internal effectiveness), and even true Christians have been influenced by their secular surroundings, affecting their lifestyle and way of thinking, and decreasing their effectiveness.

Jesus never said that the majority of people would be Christian (in fact, the way He often described Christians was as a minority group). He also said that in the last days many Christians would turn away from Christianity. So numbers don't make the church a success or a failure. The church is the church regardless of whether it has 2 billion members or 100 members.
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