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A few months ago I noticed a blog article with a title something like, "Why I Have Given Up My Faith In God." After reading the article I was astonished, not by its contents, but by the number of replies he received from those who where of the same mind and opinion as he was – there were several hundred replies in a very short time. Evidently there are a very large number of people in our society and around the world who no longer believe the Biblical message.
There’s and old song that we used to sing when I was a kid, the last part of it goes like this:
Give of the best to your master; give of the strength of your youth. Clad in salvation’s full amour; join in the battle for truth.
We have had the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament Gospel message now for almost 2000 years, but the battle for truth has been raging since the rebellion of Satan. Most of us are well aware that the Gospel has been made known throughout most of the world, and that there are large numbers of Christians in several places. But what we do not want to consider or attempt to do anything about is that many, not a few, of these Christians no longer believe in true Biblical Christianity or have walked away from it all together.
The following is part of an article written by Sheila Richardson, and posted on Ken Ham’s website Answers In Genesis:
Why do young people walk away from the church after years of faithful attendance and involvement? The main reason may be that the curriculum used in most Sunday schools is simply telling Bible stories and not teaching how to defend the truths of Scripture. (Emphasis mine)
A leader in his youth group, Andrew faithfully attended Sunday school every week. He was awarded a scholarship at a well-known university, but by the end of his first year in college, Andrew had renounced his faith.
Sadly, Andrew’s heartbreaking story is not unique. It is repeated in thousands of Christian homes every year.
In August 2006, Answers in Genesis–USA commissioned Britt Beemer from America’s Research Group to find out why young people were leaving the church. Respondents indicated that Sunday school materials were shallow and "irrelevant." Of those polled, 86% had begun to question the Bible by their high school years.
Of those who said they did not believe all the accounts in the Bible are true, 82% cited doubts about the Bible’s authority or its trustworthiness. What caused these people to doubt the Bible?
Where Have We Gone Wrong?
Basically, we have failed to teach our children to think biblically. In order to survive as believers in our culture, we must all recognize that God rules and speaks about every area of life (e.g., science, philosophy, ethics, history, government, sociology, and education), and not merely about an isolated area designated "religion."
With fewer than 9% of evangelical Christian adults actually having a biblical worldview, the need for sound biblical teaching is critical. According to a Barna poll, 80–90% of students from church homes in the U.S. attend public schools (this figure is probably greater in other Western nations). After 30 hours in government schools and another 30 hours in front of the TV each week, young people receive only about one hour per week of "reprogramming" at church (most parents leave the "spiritual" training to the church). Which system of teaching is likely to influence these students in the long run—45 minutes of Sunday schools and youth groups, or 30 hours in public schools?
While the church teaches about Jesus and salvation, the education system has indoctrinated students to doubt the underlying credibility of the Bible. Worse yet, church leaders are often afraid to teach about origins or to confront the divisive issues of the culture, such as abortion, homosexual behavior, and evolution.
Most church curricula feature simplistic stories that fail to connect the dots of redemptive history. Few attempt to teach Bible study skills. Most units on creation or Genesis only present the fact that God created, without addressing the "facts" of evolution that bombard students every day of the week.
It has always been the desire and intent of Satan to take complete control of this world system and it appears that he will for a short period of time in the near future. He has numerous groups and individuals that he uses, whether they are aware of it or not. One of the main avenues that he has used to spread his lies is the public educational system.
In the mid 1930s a group of people began to introduce the beliefs and practices of secular humanism, in opposition to the beliefs and practices of the Bible, into the American educational system. Specially selected people, such as John Dewey the father of modern education, taught students, and these students became teachers and taught each new generation of students. As this new mode of thinking spread, our leadership and institutions gradually began to live out this new lifestyle which has resulted in the drastic condition that we presently find ourselves in.
None of this should have been a surprise to anyone, because Jesus warned us about it in Matthew chapter twenty-four. "Jesus answered them, Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error]. For many will come in (on the strength of) My name [appropriating the name which belongs to Me], saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place; all this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish]. Then they will hand you over to suffer affliction and tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. And then many will be offended and repelled and will begin to distrust and desert [Him Whom they ought to trust and obey] and will stumble and fall away and betray one another and pursue one another with hatred. And many false prophets will rise up and deceive and lead many into error. And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity, but he who endures to the end will be saved" (Matt. 24:4-13).
Jesus also gave us the reason that so many of His enquirers would be taken in by the deception of the enemy and fall away: "Listen then to the [meaning of the] parable of the sower: While anyone is hearing the Word of the kingdom and does not grasp and comprehend it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the roadside. As for what was sown on thin (rocky) soil, this is he who hears the Word and at once welcomes and accepts it with joy; yet it has no real root in him, but is temporary (inconstant, lasts but a little while); and when affliction or trouble or persecution comes on account of the Word, at once he is caused to stumble [he is repelled and begins to distrust and desert Him Whom he ought to trust and obey] and he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the Word, but the cares of the world and the pleasure and delight and glamour and deceitfulness of riches choke and suffocate the Word, and it yields no fruit. As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the Word and grasps and comprehends it; he indeed bears fruit and yields in one case a hundred times as much as was sown, in another sixty times as much, and in another thirty" (Matt. 13:18-23).
All who have heard the Gospel preached, fall into one of these four categories, and many of us have at one time or other found ourselves in each one of them. The key question that each one of us must ask himself is, what is the true condition of my heart; is it set upon knowing God and His truth or is it set upon doing my own thing? "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Luke 12:34). What we need to recognize is that what we treasure in our hearts motivates our behavior – we automatically do the things we like most. If in our hearts we truly believe in Christ, we will be motivated to be faithful to Him. Therefore, true conversion is a matter of the heart, and not just intellectual knowledge; "Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation" (Rom. 10:9-10).
Therefore, we can say, according to what Jesus said in Matt. 13:18-23, and the paragraph that came after, that many who show an interest in Jesus have hearts that are occupied and filled by someone or something else and thus not capable of receiving Christ Jesus. This is why Jesus said to the rich man, "go and sell all you have and give [the money] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come [and] accompany Me [walking the same road that I walk]. At that saying the man's countenance fell and was gloomy, and he went away grieved and sorrowing, for he was holding great possessions. And Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, with what difficulty will those who possess wealth and keep on holding it enter the kingdom of God!" (Mark 10:21b-23). It’s not that everyone who is materially rich must get rid of it, but that these riches must be removed from the affection of their heart to make room for Jesus’ occupancy and Lordship. When that happens, our hearts will have become a fertile field that grasps, comprehends and bears much fruit, and being faithful to Jesus will be much easier!
We have the promises of God that; "If any man desires to do His will (God's pleasure), he will know(have the needed illumination to recognize, and can tell for himself) whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking from Myself and of My own accord and on My own authority" (John 7:17), and "You will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free" (John 8:32).