One of The Sun newspapers headlines yesterday was, “EASTER WHITEWASH Cadbury’s and Nestle slammed by shoppers for removing word Easter from their chocolate eggs!”
[Just for now, let’s leave aside the fact that, Easter, eggs, bunnies etc. are all to do with pagan fertility beliefs and nothing to do with The death or resurrection of Jesus Christ.]
Where is the shock in this? Pagan or atheist run businesses have little or no loyalty to the Christian foundations of the holidays that they seek to make money from. Do we not see this throughout history from, the moneychangers in the temple, up to modern-day Greedmass, that the shops celebrate from around October to December every year.
BBC Resurrection Story Survey.
ComRes, (Communicate Research Ltd), surveyed 2,010 British adults by telephone, between 2 and 12 February 2017. The research was commissioned by BBC local radio for Palm Sunday.
The survey suggested:
Of all people surveyed:
- 50% did not believe in the resurrection at all.
- 46% believe in some form of life after death
- 46% do not believe in life after death
- 17% of all people believe the Bible version or the resurrection of Jesus, word-for-word.
Of those who are non-religious:
- 20% believe in some form of life after death.
- 9% believe in the Resurrection of Jesus.
- 1% of whom say they believe the resurrection of Jesus literally.
Of the Christians:
- 31% believe word-for-word the Bible version of the resurrection of Jesus.
- 57% among “active” Christians (those who go to a religious service at least once a month), believe word-for-word the Bible version of the resurrection of Jesus.
- 25% do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus
- 31% said they did not believe in life after death.
The non-believers… what more could you have expected.
But the church has a big problem. We have so poorly misrepresented what a Christian is that only one-third of the people who think they are Christians believe the Bible. That is, believe that it is the inerrant word of God, otherwise, they would believe the resurrection account word-for-word.
Two-thirds of the population that think they are Christians do not believe in life after death. So what are they hoping for?
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. (1 Corinthians 15:19)
They would be better living by “… Let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.” (Isaiah 22:13), if they truly believe that there is not life hereafter.
How did Britain get this way?
I can not answer this with any degree of certainty, but there is probably a combination of factors.
It appears that a GREAT section of the church in England, if not the majority of the church, have lost direction. (And that is about as polite as I can put it.)
Much of the church is taken up with; being relevant, not being judgmental, seeking the best in everyone, etc. We are no longer, or rather some of the church is no longer salt and light, no longer prepared to proclaim the whole Bible truth, the nice and the hard to hear, but rather they are blind guides.
“Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” (Matthew 15:14)
If you add to this the liberal media’s portrayal of Christianity and the removal of any form of real Christian teaching from school… leave to brew for around 50 years and you have a nation that has no understanding of what a true Christians is or what the Bible actually teaches.