Thursday, March 24, 2011

Apparently, Religion is Close to Extinction!

I find it difficult to believe that otherwise intelligent people fall into the eternal trap of thinking that human practice since time began is going to collapse in a few short years? Yet those who can’t learn the lessons of history, because their determined divorce from God blinds their vision, once again repeat that tired old idea.

An American Physical Society study noted a steady rise in the percentage of residents who claim no religious affiliation, and explained how social factors could help push religion toward the dustbin of history. But they it give a hundred years; time to die before their predictions can be challenged! Read their story at

The world renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking, pictured, claims, awking, pictured, joins the chorus: “God no longer has any place in theories on the creation of the Universe due to a series of developments in physics,” hardening his previous position that “the Big Bang was merely the consequence of the law of gravity.” Read the account at

These predictions also remind me of those who predict the end of the world or Christ’s return on specific dates. I recall Paul’s declaration that “the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:25), or that “the One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs” at those who seek to throw off God’s “chains” Psalm 2:1–4).

In fact, Reginald Bibby’s careful analysis of statistics on religious belief in his book Restless Churches disputes the persistent old line of religion’s decline. It seems that academia, the legal system and media who promote the idea, believe most people share their secular philosophy and carelessly fit the numbers to their beliefs.

The claim of religious decline not only contradicts history, it also repeats the same discredited claims by eminent ones in the past. Bibby lists Comte, Durkheim, Marx and Freud. He also quotes Harvey Cox who deserted his secular followers with: “Today it is secularity, not spirituality, that may be headed for extinction.”

In a recent cross-country trip to Montreal, Ann and I noticed new large churches, often several, in most cities we visited. In hardened Montreal, an old church building is being revitalized by a flourishing church plant. Even this simple exercise makes it hard to believe in religion’s decline.

The protestations of those like the American Physical Society and Hawking seem like a mouse trying to rationalize away the elephant behind him, instead of taking action to preserve his life!

Monday, March 21, 2011

It’s a Mad, Mad World

The atrocious treatment of unarmed demonstrators during the last week in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, as well as Libya underscores “man’s inhumanity to man” in strong relief. The cries of the numbers of people bereaved or maimed for life in Arab uprisings makes it difficult to sleep at night.

Yet we are aware of similar atrocities in Sudan, Congo, and Rwanda in recent memory. In addition, the last century saw 155 million killed by two world wars and national oppression. A cursory knowledge reveals this carnage has been a defining characteristic of humanity in recorded history.

The enormous firepower and precision of current war machines, currently illustrated in Libya, is a reminder of the growing ability of well-armed despotic rulers to subjugate their people and destroy opponents. History has taught us we have every reason to expect similar violence to continue.

This is in contrast to the irrational belief that humankind is somehow improving with time. What improvement has occurred is predominantly in countries with a Christian heritage, generally in the west. Yet there, the eroding of Christian values threatens to return those countries to chaos.

Even in Canada, with the ebbing of Christian belief, there is a creeping loss of human rights and growing restrictions on belief and expression, engineered by “Human Rights” tribunals. The only real light for the world is the One who called Himself the Light of the World.

If there is any hope for humankind, the exploding increase of Christ’s message across the world, in places like South America, Africa, China, even Mongolia, will help alleviate human cruelty. But final peace and justice on earth will be imposed and administered by the Righteous One.

Just one compelling reason to crave the soon return of Jesus Christ. "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” will herald the end to earth’s bloodshed (Revelation 22:12).