Sunday, July 23, 2006

Have Science And Modernism Marginalized Religion?

This article entitled, "God Is Winning" reminded me of something I have been wanting to post on for a while. It talks about the fact that despite the advances of science and modernism, theism continues to grow. There are even more theists now than there were 100 years ago (per capita) according to the article and several others I've read. The article also claims that as soon as the year of our Lord 2025, 70% will likely belong to one of the three top religions (in order of their numbers: Christianity, Islam & Hinduism) It's already around 64%.

Some people think of religion as a crutch for the impoverished and uneducated of society. How true is that statement though?

Even though poverty is still a serious problem in many countries a lot people are now better off in economic terms. But as the world's population has become wealthier and more educated they have not turned their backs on God. A case in point is the rapid economic development in China, accompanied by a strong growth in religious belief.

Atheists would love us to believe that after the 'enlightenment', men began to realize that religion was nothing more than superstition and that science is what would lead us into truth. But this is based on the lie that atheism is something new or somehow related to science. Neither of these two claims have any validity. The article above (along with pure common sense) disproves the latter, and as for the former:

The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."(1)

Or listen to the first 5 verses of the second chapter of Wisdom where we have a nearly exact description of the logical conclusion to all atheistic cosmologies (though atheists are usually hesitant to admit this) and this was written over 2,000 years ago:

For they have said, reasoning with themselves, but not right: The time of our life is short and tedious, and in the end of a man there is no remedy, and no man hath been known to have returned from hell: For we are born of nothing, and after this we shall be as if we had not been: for the breath in our nostrils is smoke: and speech a spark to move our heart, Which being put out, our body shall be ashes, and our spirit shall be poured abroad as soft air, and our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist, which is driven away by the beams of the sun, and overpowered with the heat thereof: And our name in time shall be forgotten, and no man shall have any remembrance of our works. For our time is as the passing of a shadow, and there is no going back of our end: for it is fast sealed, and no man returneth.

In deed, without God your life shall be as if it had not been!

Read this post in Japanese.

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