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Is Christianity dying in America?

Faith,♥ Maranatha! 2009/04/06 12:59:19
No, christianity is actually growing because........
Yes, God said there would be a falling away first in the last days
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On the front cover of Newsweek magazine this week it ask this question The article said that atheistism is growing. And more people are leaving the church.And turning to other sources.Do you believe this?
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  • BobJessen 2011/07/03 16:46:05
    Undecided
    BobJessen
    Lets Hope So! hope Quick!...At The Enemy!
  • Jo 2010/10/03 04:46:38
    Undecided
    Jo
    It's dying in the sense that people, even those who say they're Christian, do not adhere to orthodox Christianity or live it as witnesses to Christ and the life He has called us to. But this has always been the history of the Church (just like it was with ancient Israel) -- downward turns followed by revival and renewal.
  • cutter's falls 2010/10/03 03:18:32
  • Hawkeye 2009/12/04 22:19:10
    No, christianity is actually growing because........
    Hawkeye
    +2
    I have found that the Faith in Christianity is as STRONG as it ever has been but the Faith in the Churches of the denominations have steadilly been on the decline..

    In addition,, the outspoken opposition of the Anti Christian,, be it the good intentioned atheist or the flat out purveyor of hate has grown increasingly louder and more Strident in recent times..

    I do not pay that much attention when the Anti Christians claim that the faith is dying..
    OF COURSE that is what they'd LOVE for you to believe..

    THAT is a tactic they use for any and ALL issues.. To make one feel isolated,, alone and out of touch with the REST of mankind.. It happens in Politics as well.. It happens with just about every major issue that comes up..THESE are merely the TESTS of our Faith.. In the FAITH of the Christian,, ONE is NEVER alone..

    NOR am I particularly troubled when I hear them continue to dredge up horror stories,, a small percentage of which may even be TRUE horror stories,, about the things that a FEW Chritstians might be guilty of.. MOST of these things are things that THEY do themselves but because THEY are NOT Christians it seems that it THEN becomes perfectly acceptable behavior..For instance,,

    WE have the case of a prominent and very powerful Homosexual Politician who ONCE ran a ho...











    I have found that the Faith in Christianity is as STRONG as it ever has been but the Faith in the Churches of the denominations have steadilly been on the decline..

    In addition,, the outspoken opposition of the Anti Christian,, be it the good intentioned atheist or the flat out purveyor of hate has grown increasingly louder and more Strident in recent times..

    I do not pay that much attention when the Anti Christians claim that the faith is dying..
    OF COURSE that is what they'd LOVE for you to believe..

    THAT is a tactic they use for any and ALL issues.. To make one feel isolated,, alone and out of touch with the REST of mankind.. It happens in Politics as well.. It happens with just about every major issue that comes up..THESE are merely the TESTS of our Faith.. In the FAITH of the Christian,, ONE is NEVER alone..

    NOR am I particularly troubled when I hear them continue to dredge up horror stories,, a small percentage of which may even be TRUE horror stories,, about the things that a FEW Chritstians might be guilty of.. MOST of these things are things that THEY do themselves but because THEY are NOT Christians it seems that it THEN becomes perfectly acceptable behavior..For instance,,

    WE have the case of a prominent and very powerful Homosexual Politician who ONCE ran a house of Prostitution involving minors right ourt of his Washington Home and who has only RECENTLY been connected to DRUG dealing out of that SAME home and HE was pointing fingers at another politician who was FALSELY ACCUSED of homosexuality merely because he was caught tapping his foot in a Public restroom..

    THIS is to be expected from the other side..

    Naturally..Christians are going to make mistakes and yes,, SOMETIMES they will knowingly do things that are wrong..
    The FACT that Christians are no more perfect then anybody else does not make them any less Christian.. NOR is perfection to be expected of Christians..

    GOD does not expect this to be so and NO man,, or Church,, has greater authority then God's..

    Christians are the FOLLOWERS of Jesus.. Those who TRY to pattern their lives after the teachings of Jesus but alas,, as MERE imperfect mortals,, they are doomed to sometimes FAIL at this..

    The problem IS
    ALL too often Christians are being Condemned for not BEING Jesus and as time goes on,, SOMETIMES it's even other Christians that are the MOST guilty of this..
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  • Faith,♥... Hawkeye 2009/12/05 01:43:53 (edited)
    Faith,♥ Maranatha!
    Amen, well said! Example is the comment below!
  • Faith,♥... Hawkeye 2010/10/02 20:25:24
    Faith,♥ Maranatha!
    Thank you! I agree! Very well said.
  • Raindog 2009/11/24 11:23:59
    Undecided
    Raindog
    +1
    I'm not undecided. It's dying because it's Christianity's time. It has cancer and it is spreading. Meaningless numbers of members does belie the truth and that is that people are smelling the foul stench of the immorality and the corruption from within the church. It's a rather welcome sight. If only I could witness a church being burnt down in effigy one of my life dreams would be fulfilled.
  • Faith,♥... Raindog 2009/11/24 15:27:57
    Faith,♥ Maranatha!
    +1
    z had you rather have this?
  • Hawkeye Raindog 2010/10/02 17:19:01
    Hawkeye
    +1
    Hey Raindog.. WHY don't you fulfill your "life dreams" yourself or does your complete and utter LACK of Faith extend to the Courage of your convictions as well..

    MY life Dream is to see some IDIOT get arrested,, tried,, convicted and imprisoned for burning down a Church..
  • tredzwater Hawkeye 2011/07/04 07:39:04
    tredzwater
    +1
    MY life dream is to meet a fundy with a brain. I'd say such a being is probably extinct but the truth is that s/he probably never evolved.
  • James 2009/09/27 20:42:53
    Yes, God said there would be a falling away first in the last days
    James
    +3
    Yes!

    2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 (New King James Version)

    The Great Apostasy

    1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

    Acts 28:27 (New King James Version)

    27 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
    Their ears are hard of hearing,
    And their eyes they have closed,
    Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
    Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
    So that I should heal them.”

    2 Timothy 4:3 (New King James Version)

    3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;


    This will not only happen in America but all over the world. But as the bible says do not be decieve ...



















    Yes!

    2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 (New King James Version)

    The Great Apostasy

    1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

    Acts 28:27 (New King James Version)

    27 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
    Their ears are hard of hearing,
    And their eyes they have closed,
    Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
    Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
    So that I should heal them.”

    2 Timothy 4:3 (New King James Version)

    3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;


    This will not only happen in America but all over the world. But as the bible says do not be decieve in other worlds just because it will happen doesn't mean you have to be part of it. Don't let the devil steal your joy and rip you off. Be of good chear for Jesus has overcome the world.

    John 16:33 (New King James Version)

    33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

    1 John 5:4 (New King James Version)

    4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our[a] faith.

    Matthew 24:6 (New King James Version)

    6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

    Mark 13:7 (New King James Version)

    7 But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet.

    Luke 21:9 (New King James Version)

    9 But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”
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  • Faith,♥... James 2009/09/27 22:19:17
    Faith,♥ Maranatha!
    +2
    Amen so true brother!!! Bless you!!
  • James Faith,♥... 2009/09/27 22:23:34
    James
    +2
    Blessings!
  • tredzwater James 2011/07/06 12:56:00
    tredzwater
    CCJ!
  • tredzwater Faith,♥... 2011/07/02 00:30:53
    tredzwater
    Scared to debate me, Faith? Thought so...snicker.
  • tredzwater Faith,♥... 2011/07/02 03:29:05
    tredzwater
    You people do like to...ahem...stimulate each other. Too bad the stimulation appears to be lower down than your brains.
  • Faith,♥... James 2009/11/24 15:28:52
    Faith,♥ Maranatha!
    +2
    Amen James!!!
  • Guess~GOD GOT IT~ 2009/09/27 18:25:35 (edited)
    Undecided
    Guess~GOD GOT IT~
    +3
    though noone joins me, still I will follow...Every man shall hold account for himself....
  • Faith,♥... Guess~G... 2009/09/27 18:49:37
    Faith,♥ Maranatha!
    +2
    Amen!!!
  • tredzwater Guess~G... 2011/07/07 17:34:46
    tredzwater
    The word "none" has one letter 'o'. The phrase "no one" has a space between the two words. The word for the middle of the daylight period, "noon", has no letter 'e' on the end. The word "though" should have an upper-case letter 't'. An ellipsis (...) is used, formally, to indicate missing content in written documents; informally to indicate a pause in reading. It is never used to show a quotation. For that you use little marks ("...") called "quotation marks". You are wrong on all counts.

    I can't remember the last time I saw so many errors in so few words. The Internet offers many sites where the uneducated can improve themselves at no monetary cost. Google is your friend.

    Use it.

    Tredz
  • Guess~G... tredzwater 2011/08/05 02:38:38
  • goodgirl777 2009/09/27 01:50:16
    Yes, God said there would be a falling away first in the last days
    goodgirl777
    +3
    religion=mind control
  • Faith,♥... goodgir... 2009/09/27 15:46:39
    Faith,♥ Maranatha!
    +2
    sinner=devil control
    christianity=freedom in Christ
  • goodgir... Faith,♥... 2009/10/19 15:13:55
    goodgirl777
    +5
    devil, you mean lucifer--- is latin, lucifer means light bringer.......
    a question...Why do non denominational churches have 7 bibles?
    kings james, niv, new american bible...la, la la, they have 7 they use, in these christian churches and they have 300 differences amongst them, 200 removal of
    scripture and 100 changes, from the powers that be...can you ask these
    human men to stop doing that......no you can't until then they keep dragging
    you along for your money and soul....
    real spirituality=meditiation,astral projection to heavenly planes,,
    the church will do everthing to stop you from true spirituality,,,,they stopped gnostic jesus from entering your life....mind control....free your mind... control
    your life....your world.....politics=mind control,religion = mind control,,,
    ...ITs the fear factor==== fear creates hga in the brain a stress hormone, and we know stress makes you sick, ....
    they want you sick and weak and a soliders in there crusading(battle of cross)
    chrisitianity...and you are falling for it... i hope you see the light the true light inside
    you that has real,, i mean real power to transform, love and light.......
  • Faith,♥... goodgir... 2009/10/19 15:35:18
    Faith,♥ Maranatha!
    +2
    And I pray that you see the light of Jesus Christ. He and He alone is the real Truth!
  • James Faith,♥... 2009/11/24 18:16:32
  • goodgir... goodgir... 2009/11/30 15:47:15
    goodgirl777
    +1
    the fear and lies the church spread in the name of control, and guess what its working for some of you. The church teaches jesus went around and converted people but history says the church and there knights converted people by force, convert to christendom or die(and slaughtered many in the name of the cross-crusades). And convert all the pagan stuff to christianity doesn't sound like any miracle sounds like evil men out to control the world and guess what they accomplished, the world is more evil then good. Do you love your neighbor? maybe. If he's muslim, or jew, or africa or gay, you need to love them, no exceptions. Even jesus talked about the evil of the churches in revelations, the 7 churchs, one is fake, one has satan amoung them, he talked mad crap about the churches. In jesus day a temple was the body, not a building, stop idolizing a building and book. That changes everytime they publish it. That bible has truths and distortions, history tells a different story then the lies the church has been spreading. The church are billionares and there are still poor people, who are they helping. Actions speak louder than words. I grew up in christianity and saw throw it. Meditaition is the answer inner higher self. seek and find...Choose love not fear...See and feel true spirituality...no fear only love and positivity... Why choose blind faith when you can have actual living seeing faith.....
  • Faith,♥... goodgir... 2009/11/30 19:33:23
    Faith,♥ Maranatha!
    +1
    And sir what do you have actual living seeing faith in? Yourself?
    You sure do not sound like you are full of love and positivity! You sound like you are full of hate because you've been hurt sometime in your past.
    Love casts away fear. There is no fear in Love, God is perfect,and perfect love cast away fear.
    Looks to me like you need to stay away from your inner self!. You need to learn that sir.
  • Faith,♥... goodgir... 2009/11/30 19:25:01
    Faith,♥ Maranatha!
    +1
    I do see the true light and that light is Jesus Christ! He is the true Light.
    You sir see only the angel of light. And you know who that is. and as far as fear We have NO fear! God's word says "For God has not given us a spirit of fear but power and love and a sound mind" 2 Tim 1:7.
  • words t... goodgir... 2010/10/02 18:17:17
    words to live by
    +1
    I'm quoting from the original King James Version Bible. Revelations 22:18-19

    18: For I testify unto every man that hearth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

    19: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall tkae away his part out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

    Sounds pretty clear to me. Do not take away or add to the words of the holy Bible.
  • snowmen goodgir... 2011/04/15 15:18:59 (edited)
    snowmen
    +2
    God created satan as an angel of light. Now on to your next point. There are 8 versions of the Oddyssey these versions by the way contain more differences among them than there are among the Bibles used by non denominational churches. As to the mind control thing God gave us our minds, and I believe he intends for us to use them. Think about Isaac Newton, Nicholas Copernicus, Albert Einstein, and Rene Descartes these men were all Christians. Christians are not mental weaklings.
  • Zensufi goodgir... 2012/03/23 09:07:46
    Zensufi
    +2
    Agree, at least for most of them.
  • Egg † "In God We Trust" † 2009/05/01 21:26:34
    Undecided
    Egg   † "In God We Trust" †
    If it is then I'm very sad. But if its growing I'm very happy.
  • James Egg †... 2009/09/27 20:44:30
    James
    Read The Above.
  • mo 2009/04/12 15:59:23
    No, christianity is actually growing because........
    mo
    Without purpose your soul is dead.
  • xscd mo 2009/04/14 20:57:45
    xscd
    +3
    A person has purpose whether or not he or she is a Christian.
  • Faith,♥... xscd 2009/04/15 02:06:47
    Faith,♥ Maranatha!
    +1
    xscd for one I agree with you.
  • xscd Faith,♥... 2009/04/15 02:51:11
    xscd
    +1
    Great-- I love it when I don't have to hate a person _all_ the time. ;-)
  • Faith,♥... xscd 2009/04/16 02:29:22
    Faith,♥ Maranatha!
    +1
    xscd so you hate? I never hated you--)
  • xscd Faith,♥... 2009/04/16 02:33:30
    xscd
    I was making a joke-- If it was lost on you, so be it.
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