“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.” – Hebrews 3:12
Many grow up in the Christian faith only to walk away from it as they become young adults. Whether it’s a lack of proper discipleship, a hardened heart, or apathy toward religion in general, the decrease in Christianity cannot be hidden. Although the above scripture verse references Christianity, people are losing hope in religion altogether. It just doesn’t satisfy them anymore and they are drawn away by other more attractive yet foolish ideologies.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons. – 1 Timothy 4:1
The United States isn’t the only country experiencing a drastic falling away from religious beliefs. In the latest UK survey, 52% say they belong to no religion, and now only 38% claim Christianity, while 31% of the population believes Islam poses a threat to the British way of life.
The British population is becoming more secular. In 1983, when the tracking of religious beliefs by the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey began, roughly two-thirds of the population considered themselves religious.
But now, those proclaiming no faith grew from 43% then to reaching a majority at 52% of the population in the latest numbers. Among those professing religious belief in the UK: 19% identify as Catholic, 12% as Anglican, 9% as a non-Christian religion, and 6% as Muslim. Among those, only 1% of young people between the ages of 18-24 identify as the Church of England.
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.” – Matthew 24:9-11
Not only is the British population moving away from any religious beliefs at all, but it is also experiencing a growing negative view of Islam. In a recent study, 31% of the UK’s population believes that Islam poses a threat to the British way of life.
In a study undertaken by the anti-racist group Hope Not Hate, they found that 18% of people possess an extremely negative view of Muslims. In the pool, the views towards Muslims also differs widely by age.
Muslims were viewed extremely negatively by 22% of all people over age 50, as compared to only 8% of young people between the ages of 18-24.