10.10.15

change Joan Winifred Proverbs

Losing touch with reality…happens when/IF You lean “totally” on your own understanding/point of view (of things/happenings).

“One isolating himself will seek his own selfish longing; against all practical wisdom he will break forth.” Proverb 18:1

Pondering deeply/meditating on mounting “evidence” helps put things/life/reality in proper perspective.

For example, take some of these statistics from the 2012 Global Index of Religion and Atheism, published by Gallup International. (Polls involved 57 countries, representing over 73 percent of the world’s population): excerpts: Awake! Is Religion Dying Out?

 United States: Since 2005, the number of people claiming to be religious fell by 13 percent. About 1 in 5 respondents had no religious affiliation. For adults under the age of 30, the ratio was 1 in 3. Thousands of churches close their doors each year.

France: Only 37 percent of the people polled claimed to be religious. The rest were either atheists or simply not religious. In some parts of this once Catholic stronghold, Catholicism is in a state of “near-collapse,” said the magazine The Economist.

Ireland: The Irish seem to be losing their faith en masse. Nearly 45 percent of respondents said they are not religious, and another 10 percent claimed to be atheists. Percentagewise, Ireland was among the top ten atheist populations. News reports are talking about “the end of Catholic Ireland.”

Japan: Just 16 percent of Japanese polled claimed to be religious; 62 percent were either not religious or atheists.

South Africa: Between 2005 and 2012, the number of South African respondents who said they were religious fell by 19 percent.

Australia: Polls indicate that nearly 50 percent of the population say they are not religious. Another 10 percent claim to be “convinced atheists.” In 2010, a clergyman lamented that “the last 40 years or so” has seen a “wholesale abandonment of the Christian faith.”

Check it out: excerpts from The Exodus From Organized Religion Foretold! (November 2015)

Not many decades ago, the present plight of organized religion would have been hard to imagine. God, however, foresaw this development and announced it in advance in the Bible. Using symbolic language, God likened all religion that is unfaithful to him to a flamboyant prostitute named “Babylon the Great.”–Revelation 17:1, 5.

That symbol is fitting because false religion, while claiming fidelity to God, has consorted with the rulers of the world to gain power and wealth. “The kings of the earth…committed sexual immorality with her,” says Revelation 18:9. The term “Babylon” is appropriate too, because many false religious teachings and practices, such as the immortality of the soul, triune gods, and occultism, have roots in ancient Babylon, a city steeped in false religion and superstition. –Isaiah 47:1.

Mighty Babylon fell when its protective waters–a moat fed by the Euphrates River–were ‘dried up,” opening the way for an army of Medes and Persians to conquer the city. (Jeremiah 50:1, 2, 38) In fact, Babylon was taken in one night!–Daniel 5:7, 28, 30.

Babylon the Great too “sits on many waters.” These, the Bible tells us, mean “Peoples and crowds”–the millions who support false religion. (Revelation 17:1, 15) The Bible foretold that these symbolic waters would dry up–a development that portends the imminent and swift destruction of modern-day Babylon. (Revelation 16:12; 18:8) But at whose hands? Those of her political consorts, whose love for her will turn to hatred. They will also plunder her, or devour her figurative flesh.–Revelation 17:16, 17.

Because of what lies in store for Babylon the Great, God lovingly warns: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4) Notice the word “if,” mentioned twice. Yes, God’s warning is aimed at people who are disturbed by hurtful teachings and who want God’s favor…”

Personally, i find it greatly disturbing all the horrific crimes against compassion/humanity/love committed in the name of religion…and reported by various media outlets.

 

(published 10/10/15 @5:18 p.m.)