Luke 23:14 ESV ..."
And the master said to the servant, ‘Go
out to the highways and hedges and
compel people to come in, that my house
may be filled."
It has been reported that
most people lose their faith when they leave
high school. Some have estimated this dropout in
alarming terms, stating that a large majority of
young Christians will lose their faith. The
Barna Group says that this is a myth. In
Reality: there are three distinct patterns of
loss: prodigals, nomads, and exiles.
Prodigals. In essence, prodigals say they
have lost their faith after being a Christian at
some time in their past.
Nomads. More commonly, young Christians
wander away from the institutional church.
Roughly four out of ten young Christians fall
into this category. They still call themselves
Christians but they are far less active in
church than they were during high school. Nomads
have become 'lost' to church participation.
How Much of the Bible is
Relevant for Today?
It was May 2012. Plans had been announced of
a privately funded distribution of King James Bibles into
every school across England, to mark its 400th anniversary.
Then, unexpectedly, that famed atheist, Richard Dawkins, not
only chose to endorse the scheme but also offered to help
pay for it.
His rationale: “I have an ulterior motive for wishing to
contribute to this scheme.
"People who do not know the Bible well have been (deceived)
into thinking it is a good guide to morality….I have even
heard…that, without the Bible as a moral compass, people
would have no restraint against murder, theft and mayhem.
The surest way to (enlighten) yourself of this
pernicious falsehood is to read the Bible itself.”
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