Faith is trump. The churches talk about faith every day, but fail to define this faith in more detail, let alone connect it to the Gospel. Therefore, installing a replacement religion is fairly easy.
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It’s hard to be an atheist
In view of the massive departures from the former Protestant churches and also from the Catholic parent organization, the impression would appear that the proportion of atheists is continuing to increase. If atheism is measured solely by whether one is a follower of an established religious belief, such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism or Hinduism, this may well be true. However, an atheist is only someone who does not believe in any greater power or in any power that is above all else.
The belief in a “cosmic energy of light filling the universe” is New Age philosophy, but not atheism. Studying horoscopes, swinging the pendulum, laying tarot cards, walking with dowsing rods, reading coffee grounds, looking at crystal balls, throwing chicken bones, painting mandala and even pouring lead into water are all a belief in something, but not atheism. Politicians also regularly make it clear that they do not belong to atheism when they explain that they believe in the correctness of their decision.
It is extremely difficult to really be an atheist, because a “belief” is already evident in the lucky penny you carry, the horseshoes on the radiator grille and even the way you avoid a black cat.
Even political systems labeled atheism can be classified as a religion. These include socialism and communism. Capitalism also belongs to the category of faith. Because anyone who thinks that anyone can become a millionaire, even though not everyone can actually become one, has also succumbed to a belief. Let alone the belief in a fiat money debt system that could last forever.
Faith is also important for the economy
Even the World Economic Forum (WEF) has discovered the immense importance of faith and “pondered” as early as 2011 whether a church is even necessary for faith (Source):
“People’s interest in questions of meaning and ethical orientation remains unbroken. At the same time, ties to institutions such as the church are decreasing. Young people in particular are turning to religious groups that lie outside traditional structures.
How can religious institutions meet the longing for meaning and ethical orientation? What social and socio-political responsibility do religious institutions have? How do they put faith into action? What communal expression does faith need?“
Holding on to a faith
The pioneer of the spread of a faith is the Roman Catholic Church. The “top dog” of all religions, which has been controversial for more than 1,600 years. First in the catchment area of the collapsed Roman Empire, then thanks to tributary rulers and their military power, expanded to other parts of the world and now with a global presence. The Church of Rome protected “its faith” to such an extent that it immediately rooted out any deviations. The dark time of burning pyres and persecuted peoples. A simple expulsion of the “dissenters” was out of the question, because the “heresy” against the Catholic catechism had to disappear from the face of this planet.
People had to believe what the Roman Church dictated. It was only with the Reformation that the great fraud against the truths of the Gospel came to light among ordinary people. After only a short period of flickering light, darkness slowly set in again. Today the spiritual condition of the once Protestant churches and that of the people has become pitch black again.
But the Roman Catholic Church steadfastly upholds one faith and the returned daughters from once Protestant churches happily sing their song. But what belief is it actually? People believe what they believe, but is it faith according to the gospel?
Jesus Christ Himself hinted at the “misunderstanding about faith” in His parable about the “unjust judge” in Luke 18. In particular, it concerns verse 8 and a small but extremely important detail. Jesus Christ did not ask whether there would be any faith when He returned, but He asked whether He would still find the faith.
Not just any faith – The faith
It is clear in the basic Greek text. Jesus Christ asked about “ten pistin” (“την πιστιν”), i.e. the faith. Not all Bible translations do a good job of this verse.
Luke 18:8: (German Schlachter 2000)
“I tell you: He will quickly bring justice to them! But when the Son of Man comes, will he also find the faith on earth?“
Luke 18:8: (German Luther 1912)
“I say to you, He will deliver them in a short time. But when the Son of Man comes, do you think that he will also find faith on earth?“
Luke 18:8: (German Einheitsübersetzung 2016)
“I tell you, He will immediately give them justice. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find the faith on earth?“
Luke 18:8: (German Gute Nachrichten Bibel)
“I tell you: He will give them justice very quickly. But when the Son of Man comes, will there still be people on earth who are faithfully waiting for him?«“
Luke 18:8: (German Hoffnung für alle)
“I tell you, he will help them quickly. The question is: Will the Son of Man, when he comes, still find people with such faith on earth?«“
Luke 18:8: (King James Version)
“I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?“
Most Bibles are somewhat inaccurate
Only the Bible “Schlachter 2000” and the “Einheitsübersetzung 2016” have translated the faith as it can be found in Greek. The Bible “Gute Nachrichten” creates something unique out of it. Others simply leave out the article and took the belief alone. Even the “King James Version” has “forgotten” this emphasis. The new Bible translations should be viewed with extreme caution anyway. Everything that has been thrown onto the market in the last 15 years is best left alone (Info).
Jesus Christ will certainly find faith in every person when He returns. But only very few people will have faith. It is not just any faith, but faith in the gospel. The faith of Jesus Christ and not just in Jesus Christ, but the faith that Jesus Christ also had.
Faith is enough
The large churches and many other faith communities are now spreading the word that (one) faith is enough. So is King Charles III. no longer defender of the faith, but defender of faith (Info). A belief in something that does not correspond to the truth of God’s Word. Such a unified global religion is already being established. The belief in the “preservation of creation.”
Everything a religion needs
The whole nature and climate package contains a predicted apocalypse, a cause, a solution, a catechism, priests, prophets and keepers of the catechism. These can be found in Climate Catastrophe, Carbon Dioxide, Zero-Co2, Laudato si’, Scientists and Media, Greta Thunberg and Luise Neubauer and Fact Checker. Greta Thunberg now has an honorary doctorate in theology and Luise Neubauer received the 2023 Preaching Prize. All that was missing was the founder of the religion, but he can be found in the papacy, the author of the “Environmental Catechism Laudato si’”. Mix it with Christian aspects and you get the “believing Christians”, the “unbelieving atheists” and also the followers of other religions on board. They all ultimately have a belief (in something).
That’s why Jesus Christ will find a lot of faith when He returns, but hardly the faith at all.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Bible verses from King James Version