‘it shall never die, believest thou this?’

 

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I was looking around WordPress and ran across an article by Micah Mayo that was posted on 06.24.2008. The title of the article was…

 

Is Christianity Dying, and Is That A Bad Thing?

As a pastor of a small community church, I was intrigued by the title of the article so took a gander.

Now Micah’s post was the results of an article he ran across on Telegraph.co.uk that spoke abut the possibility of Christianity dying within a century in Britain.

Christianity ‘could die out within a century’- telegraph.co.uk

The article is based upon research conducted by the Orthodox Jewish Organization Aish which said Buddhism seems to be the religion of choice and that over Judaism and Islam. Christianity seems to be taking the biggest hit while Islam is enjoying a season of prosperity and “is expected  to increase from one million today to 1.96 million in 2035”.

The outlook for Judaism and Christianity is much bleaker; the article states that “church attendance (Christianity) is declining so fast that the number of regular churchgoers will be fewer than those attending mosques within a generation. It clearly demonstrates that religion, including Judaism, is becoming unattractive to the British public.”

Based on the research and the interpretations of the data, it appears that Christianity is drying up on the vine so to speak.  The telegraph article goes on to say that “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.”

At least from all visible appearance, it looks like Christianity is dyeing!

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Now Micah’s post took these thoughts and drew some very interesting question….

“Is Christianity dyeing, and is it a bad thing?”

First off Christianity can not die… it is Life and that in Christ. Micah hit on this point; “Our entire faith, hope and really our lives are centered around that Death is not the end of things, but a beginning.”

We can see this is evident in what Jesus told Martha, the sister of then dead (physically) Lazarus. cf:John 11 When Martha met Jesus before He entered into Bethany, Jesus told Martha that her brother would rise again. Martha thought that Jesus spoke of the last day, but clearly Jesus wanted Martha, Mary and all of us to see something that is paramount for those who come to faith in Christ.

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? John 11:25-26

An interesting footnote to the words of Christ, is that you never find the word death associated with the believer after the resurrection of Christ, for to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. So in reality, when a Christian is martyred or leaves this physical realm he / she is not dying, they are just stepping into eternity and that prepared by their faithful Lord and Savior.

So if the believer never dies, Christianity can not die. It is only religion that is dyeing and that maybe at an alarming rate. But to think that Christianity is dying is a misunderstanding for he that believes on Him, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoever liveth and believeth on Him, shall never die, believest thou this? Religion is not life, it is death, and how can something die that was never alive? For except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 

malachi

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