What is your opinion? I don’t think Christianity is a religion, however, religion is defined as a belief in a higher power. My teacher noticed me reading ‘God’s Not Dead’ and asked if I was religious. I said yes, perhaps this wasn’t the correct response? The idea of religion in 200 years is a topic for my class; Christianity is being classified as a religion, possibly ‘the’ religion. What about the conflict that Christianity has incited? Do you think that religion is heading towards ‘extinction’? There seems to be some ambivalence in my classroom, at least.
|June 13, 2016 at 21:39|
I’m curious what your definition of religion is and why you don’t classify Christianity as a religion. The definitions of religion that I’ve seen (belief in and worship of a higher power(s), a system of faith and worship, etc.) would include Christianity.
As for the future, I don’t think religion in general, or Christianity specifically, is going anywhere. People have been worshiping deities for thousands of years and the majority of the world still does. Christianity, for sure, cannot go away because God will preserve his church on earth until the end. Plus, God has clearly proven he can keep a church, looking at everything the church has weathered over the last 2000 years and, in the Old Testament, how God preserved his chosen people (the church, so to speak, of the Old Testament). There is no reason to think God won’t continue to preserve his church.
|June 14, 2016 at 08:42|
I think it’s possible that fundamentalist Christian religion will change within the next 200 years, probably much sooner. As far as if Christianity will be extinct?
Christianity is simply about Jesus, and in order to extinct Christianity, you’d have to extinct….God. Not really possible, obviously. 😛
Even if, for whatever reason, we all suddenly quit passing down religion to our kids and all Bibles got destroyed, Jesus would just meet people wherever they were, like he did with Paul. He’d speak through hearts and minds. C’mon, he’s God.
|June 14, 2016 at 12:46|
I agree with a lot of what you guys are saying, but looking at the decline of lasting faith and the rise in complacent, lukewarm, ‘feel good’ Christianity, I think that it is pretty clear there is a problem. “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-5(
|June 18, 2016 at 10:07|
There are definitely problems–and they’re important to address–but I wouldn’t worry about Christianity completely going away. There have been very dark times before that have then given way to times of greater spiritual understanding. This is visible in the Old Testament, as well. Many times most people forgot about God for a generation or more, only for God to use something to bring his word back to their attention. One example of this is when, in King Josiah’s reign, God’s word was rediscovered after being completely forgotten when a copy was found by while doing work on the temple. (I’m not saying this to discourage concern about real problems facing the church, but to encourage us that things aren’t a lost cause when God is involved.)
|June 18, 2016 at 21:04|
That was eloquently worded and a great point! Thanks for that reminder -I am writing an essay on this and want to ensure I bring it back to God’s power in all things.
“The reason the world is not seeing Jesus is that Christian people are not filled with Jesus. They are satisfied with attending meetings weekly, reading the Bible occasionally, and praying sometimes. It is an awful thing for me to see people who profess to be Christians lifeless, powerless, and in a place where their lives are so parallel to unbelievers’ lives that it is difficult to tell which place they are in, whether in the flesh or in the Spirit.” (Smith Wigglesworth)
I agree with you that Christianity will not become extinct. God will preserve his Church, but we have to be open to be used by Him to overcome this issue. In my opinion, this quote embodies where I think we are today. The term ‘Christian’ has become extremely idle and we need learn to foster lasting faith.
|June 20, 2016 at 22:05|
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