“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.” – Romans 1:25
It’s a shame that the name of Christ is associated with evil. Although this isn’t a surprise since Jesus talked about this with his disciples all throughout Scripture. Even the religious leaders looked at Jesus and his followers as a cult to overthrow the government and Judaism. And it seems that things never change. Unfortunately, the “whole is always judged by its parts.” What a few professing Christians do in the “name of Christianity,” can bring condemnation to the faithful. True Christians need to be “sober and vigilant” to defend against the wiles of true evil.
It’s ubiquitous in the United States and throughout the world… Christians and Christianity are being portrayed as the real evil. Here are some of the main areas where Christianity is being portrayed as evil.
Hatred in the Name of God
It cannot be denied that some religious extremists use religion as an excuse to justify their personal hatred and biases. But to judge all Christians by the acts of a few is an ignorant stance.
These are unstable individuals and Christianity is not the cause, but rather a poor, scapegoat excuse for deferring personal responsibility. Those who use Christianity to judge clearly have missed the repeated and obvious teachings in the Bible of tolerance for all people and beliefs.
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” – Colossians 3:12
Sexual Abuse Scandals
The sexual abuse scandals at churches around the world are bringing shame to the Christian religion. Again, the acts of a few are overshadowing all of the great work, humanitarianism, and selflessness that devoted Christians do in the world.
Bad Examples of Christianity
One thing that is hurting the church is that it’s best samples of Christianity are not on display to the world at large. Instead, Christianity is often misrepresented by televangelists who often have their own agenda apart from the gospel, and many are far from the best examples of Christianity.
We live in a world where the most dramatic and attention-seeking people tend to rise to the top in every arena and industry of life. It is no different in religion. The public knows all the televangelists but knows nothing of all the true Bible scholars and pious religious leaders who are the best examples of Christianity.
Christianity and the LGBTQ Issue
In America, the religious stance against LGBTQ behavior and beliefs is being condemned as heartless and out of touch.
Christians are seen as evil for wanting to have their religious beliefs respected when it comes to who they hire or what kind of work they will perform, such as not wanting to officiate or do work that condones same-sex weddings.
Christianity and White Supremacy
Many try to link Christianity to white supremacy, but this is misguided, as the facts tell the opposite story.
According to data from leading religious research group, the Pew Research Center, among the races, 78% of atheists are white, compared to only 10% of Latinos, 7% of Asians, 3% of Blacks and 2% of other/mixed races.
In terms of Christianity, nearly 8-in-10 black Americans (79%) identify as Christian compared to only 70% of whites. Further, 77% of Latinos also identify as Christian.
Only 32% of white Democrats believe in God as described in the Bible, compared to 61% of non-white God-believing Democrats.
The Demographics of Atheists and Agnostics Today
A pure atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in God or any type of higher power. An agnostic is someone who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God, but rather takes the position that such things cannot be proven or known.
According to the most recent Pew Research Center, as of 2018, about one-third of US adults believe in a higher power, but just not the God in the Bible. Additionally, 19% do not believe in God, with only 9% believing in some other type of higher power. Pure atheists represent about 10% of US adults.
Among Democrats, 14% do not believe in any deity compared to 5% of Republicans. Non-white Democrats, (mostly black or Hispanic). As previously mentioned, 78% of atheists are Caucasian. Among the sexes, 68% of atheists are men and 32% are women.
Only 13% of immigrants coming to America are atheists. However, of those who have been here for three or more generations, 74% have become atheists. This clearly shows a trend that implies being in America leads to atheism.
Some have tried to say that higher education leads to atheism, but the statistics show otherwise. Only 16% of those holding postgraduate degrees are atheists. The highest group of atheists is those who have had some college at 31%.
Both those who have a college education or a high school education or less are 26% atheist.
Atheism is the Future
“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
Among age groups, 40% of young people, those between the ages of 18-29, don’t believe in God. Among 30-49-year-olds, 37% don’t believe in God. Among older people, only 14% of those aged 50-64 and only 9% of age 65 and over do not believe in God.
It is an inconvenient truth, but it is the truth found in the Bible that in the latter times there will be a falling away from religious beliefs. We are watching that happen before our very eyes.
We are seeing the truth of Scripture from 1 Timothy 4:1 as there is a significant rise in beliefs such as the New Age movement and humanism which try to present a peace and love type of doctrine that is void of God or Jesus. The New Age movement, in particular, replaces the Trinity with a number of other deities that are culled from pagan beliefs.
The popularity of the New Age movement among younger people is proof that human beings have a spiritual craving. But unfortunately, the church today is failing the younger generation and they are looking outside of encouraging Bible verses to fill their spiritual void.