FAITH IN CRISIS

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FAITH IN CRISIS

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international-datelineby Edgar Allan J. Tac-an

Many of our Christian brethren in some parts of the world are suffering and being persecuted.

We saw horrible days where Muslim militants killed 147 Christian students in a Kenya University. Our religious freedom in standing for what we believe does cost us much today.

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, every major faith in the next 40 years will increase in size predicting the biggest to be Islam and Christianity.

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Islam is the world’s fastest-growing faith which leaped from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.76 billion by 2050. More than 6 out of 10 people on Earth will be Christian or Muslim by 2050. And perhaps the first time in history, Islam and Christianity would claim roughly equal numbers.

The modern state of faith is in crisis right now and our younger generation is most vulnerable. If their belief cannot stand, some walked away from religion and tread their own spiritual path. Others became skeptics who believe in nothing but the cold comfort of the material world.

What do we gain if we believe what is really true? Some Christians in their religious prejudice cost them their life and businesses. Another gender group is treading in their freedom to practice their own kind of religion.

What remains is the truth that our risen Lord will someday come again and we are all accountable before Him.

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Arecent research by risk analysis group Verisk Maplecroft of London, densely populated Southeast Asian island states such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines are likely to face more intense climate events in the future.These islands are especially defenselessbecause of their large populations and much of their land is exposed to storm surges and sea-level rises.

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When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.

Viktor E. Frankl

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