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Has Christianity Become Materialistic and Lost in Their Own Doing?

Why believe traditional religion?

Why should anyone believe that traditional religion is in anyway effective in today’s world? Statistics indicate there are the same number of divorces, drug users, abusers, etc. in the Christian church as there is without. What message is being preached from the pulpit today? What happened to morals, values and relationships? It is obvious that what is being preached from the pulpit is not being practiced in the pew.

Christianity is in decline

Today the Christian religion is in decline while Islamic and new age religions flourish. Author Samuel Huntington predicts that Islam will overtake Christianity early in the 21st century. By the year 2025, Islam will have 5% more adherents than will Christianity. It appears the Christian community has become comfortable in their position and refuses to address the issue. Meanwhile, the U.S. Center for World Mission estimated in 1997 that Christianity’s total number of adherents is growing at about 2.3% annually. This is approximately equal to the growth rate of the world’s population. Islam is growing faster: about 2.9% and is thus increasing its market share. At this rate, Islam would surpass Christianity as the world’s main religion by 2023 CE.

People are conditioned to fail

People have become conditioned to preachers flaying They are as children who have been repeatedly whipped. They know they are going to be beaten but they keep coming back because they are afraid of the consequence if they don’t. Churches have become social clubs that do nothing to proliferate the word of God.

Because God is intangible, invisible and elusive people accept a religious ideology rather than seeking God’s truths. They have stopped seeking and now allow their fate to be directed by someone else.

What of God’s creation?

What was God ‘s reasoning for mankind? The scriptures say that God created the heavens and mankind for His pleasure and that He is in the process of revealing Himself to Himself. Because man was formed from the ground and the essence of God placed inside, he has become as God. Man believes he is God and can create his own environment and that he controls his destiny. The truth is, he can but an even greater truth is, every thing is of and is God.

Can man survive?

Man manipulates while God creates. Religions preach man’s independence and man’s relationship with God. They preach that people are on some sort of equal footing with God and that we can indeed have a relationship. The have the mindset that they can elevate themselves to God’s level or bring God down to their level. This is a dangerous way of thinking and nothing can be further from the truth.

As long as man believes himself/herself to be an individual capable of relying on self for guidance then he/she will forever be separated from God. God and man are not two separate entities. Man/woman are God experiencing Himself through an intelligent life form.

By living a material reality?

People live in reality and their reality is the material world around them. They experience their environment through their senses. Their surroundings is a learning reactive environment where emotion creates stimulus. People go to school for twelve to sixteen years to learn how to interact and survive within this hostile environment. They are taught the world is a completive place and has no place for the weak. Consequently, many young people seek escape from a world of confusion and strife through drugs and meaningless relationships.

People have taken the world and turned it into a battleground filled with fear and uncertainty. Why? Because they believe they are capable of making decisions that effects the world and that they create the law.

Preachers are giving their congregations

Churches have done little to stop the tide of materialize propaganda that floods the world. People have fallen to the seductive song of the merchants. People follow the latest fad or craze brought about by cleaver advertising. People’s must’s and demand’s are created by their own self indulgences and false needs.

While the Church preaches a false salvation, the world drowns in their own self made whirlpool. No one preaches values and morals anymore because they are afraid of offending their congregations. After all, who would offend those who are paying them? Preachers pacify and classify in order to satisfy. They don’t preach reality they preach maybes. If you’re good maybe you will go to Heaven. And some even go so far as to preach safety, accept Jesus and you’re safe, no matter your lifestyle.

To the merchants

Who pays the bills? Who funds the big church buildings and their staffs? The money comes from the community, and who is the community but the merchants and partakers of the merchants? The preachers will always preach middle of the road and take care not to offend anyone, their paycheck’s depend on it. True, there are some who do not have paid preachers, but blind is still blind no matter how you look at it.

What is the answer? Perhaps we have gone to far and we can no longer see the truth or recognize it if it was placed in front of our faces. Perhaps the truth is, we are all doomed to live a life filled with anxiety and fear of tomorrow. We fear the failing environment, the tax man, and failure. We go to church and come out more confused and fearful. We fear other religions, people not like us and not being prepared for death.

No wonder there are so many people taking their lives, killings and mayhem. Respect for human life, property or country are no longer a part of people’s belief system. Don’t get me wrong, there are still some people who are very respectful and want to do the right thing, they’ve just lost what the right thing is. They have a perception of life which is survival in a completive world.

People really do care

Not all is lost, people genuinely want to be caring and loving toward their neighbors. It shows when there is a disaster, people come from all directions to help those who they don’t know, but afterward the retreat into their self made worlds.

There is an answer and the truth is, truth prevails.

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