Friday, May 8, 2015

Sad Statistics

I read an article from Pew Research the other day that saddened my soul.

It was entitled The Future of World Religions, and it does not present very encouraging predictions.

Christianity, according to the article, may no longer be the world's most dominant religion sometime around 2050.  In fact, cumulatively through 2050, Pew predicts that 40 million people will switch into Christianity while a whopping 106 million will switch out (by FAR the most out of any religion).  And those switching out are mostly expected to switch to an "unaffiliated" status.

Can you imagine that? Christ asked us to continue to spread His word, and the world is going in the opposite direction.  

In the U.S. alone, Christianity will shrink from 78% in 20101 to 66% by 2050.   Europe will see a similar decline.  Conversely, Christians in sub-Saharan Africa will rise from 24% to 38%, and stay about the same in Latin America.  

Are all these stats and predictions 100% percent accurate?  Of course not.  But the mere chance that they might be is eye-opening.

The good thing is that we can help influence this course through example and prayer.  

Please join me in praying for the strengthening - and growth - of our Faith around the world.

God Bless you.

1 comment:

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Yes Michael, I join you in prayer as requested.

But let us look at the facts and stats you quote. Here in the UK people might tell you they are "Christians" (whatever that is); but in reality regular church attendance I understand is down to about 5% of the population. No doubt similar stats hold true in other countries.

Actually believing, and living, the Words of Christ is one thing; and calling oneself "Christian" is another.

God bless you.