I’ve admitted here before no one can predict the future with certainty. That said, there are some things we know about history.
One is many different gods have been worshipped, perhaps thousands. Each, except the current ones, has disappeared from human minds. If this continues , the current gods will disappear and be replaced by new ones.
Currently, we seem to be living in a time of the ascendancy of the Islam version of the “God of Abraham” and the descendancy of the other, Christian. One can’t say these trends will continue, but they are trends.
We see Christianity sliding off the radar in the lands where it started, those of the Middle East. Political and military events are chasing Christians out. The drop in Christian numbers is dramatic.
Europe, where the religion gained its Western toehold, is also slipping. Instead of being chased out it is simply disappearing and is not being replaced.
This brings us to North and South America. In the U. S. numbers have topped off and polling shows young people leaving organized versions. In South America, some countries that were Catholic have become majority pentecostal, a different kind of change.
The Christian fundmentalist reaction to changes it does not like is to admonish the faithful to do two things, pray and quote scripture. I can’t say for certain, but this seems like the same thing as giving up.
My favorite metaphor is that trying to stop change is like putting toothpicks in front of a bulldozer.
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