Faith During a Future Time of Global Crisis

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The world will descend into a period of extreme crisis someday. When will that crisis arrive? I can’t give you a date. However, I believe the crisis is inevitable. I believe the crisis will be economic, political, societal, and eventually geopolitical in nature. I believe many people will depart from the Christian faith as times get tougher, and I will explain why in this article.

The Decline of Faith

The reason I am pessimistic about many Christians’ ability to maintain their faith in this upcoming crisis is that history has shown that people tend to turn away from the Christian faith during difficult times. People tend to get disconnected from traditional religious beliefs as the world they know falls apart around them. Several segments from a Third Reich and Occult DVD collection I own spoke about how many Europeans lost interest in traditional Christian beliefs and became interested in alternative spiritual beliefs (i.e. the occult) as the world they knew rapidly transformed into something unrecognizable in the early 20th century:

  • There was a lot of social and economic upheaval as the economies of many European countries went from agricultural-based economies to industrial-based economies.
  • Many scientific advances and theories challenged many traditional religious beliefs.

The traditional way of living life and understanding the world was obliterated in a short time. The traditional Christian faith seemed to lack relevance for people in the rapidly changing and increasingly difficult world to live in.

I also own a DVD collection about Adolf Hitler that contains several eyewitness accounts of what it was like to live in Germany before and during the time when Hitler was in power. One of the eyewitness accounts came from a German woman named Isa Vermehren, a former actress turned nun, who noted how many Germans lost their connection with religion. Vermehren described how Hitler’s fiery rhetoric helped fill a religious void that developed as a result of all the turmoil and change in German society (defeat in war, hyperinflation, political instability, etc.):

“All this [Hitler’s fiery rhetoric] was most seductive for people in Germany. We were living in an ideological vacuum. We didn’t have a Kaiser. Our national pride had been wounded. A large part of the population had lost touch with religion. For many people it was a substitute for religion which inspired huge enthusiasm and unleashed vast reserves of energy…” [1]

The examples above suggest that people tend to question or lose their faith when they encounter a difficult period in their life. What is going to make the upcoming turmoil ahead especially challenging for Christians is that it is likely going to last for a long time. We are likely going see crisis after crisis develop in many countries in relatively rapid succession: from an economic and financial crisis, to a societal crisis, to a political crisis, and then to a geopolitical crisis.

As we approach this prolonged period of turmoil it will be vital to remember that the events around us (good and bad) must happen and that God is still in control no matter how bad life gets. Recall that Christ noted that all these upcoming troubling events “must come to pass

“(5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:5-8)

In addition, it is important to remember that there must be a falling away/a departing of faith before the Antichrist is revealed.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” (1 Timothy 4:1)”

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

Finally, recognize that the departing of faith could be massive. Christ asked the following question:

“I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8)

Therefore, do not be surprised if people you know lose faith when global conditions deteriorate in the future. Try your best to not to be one of the many people who lose faith too, and if you can, try to restore the faith of those who doubt in the face of a prolonged period of crisis after crisis.

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Note

  1. “The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler”, Part 2, DVD. ZDF Enterprises, 1995.

4 thoughts on “Faith During a Future Time of Global Crisis”

  1. Yes, conditions deteriorate as birth pangs intensify (not just when they begin).

    I do agree with you on the complacency argument.

    I think hard times can draw some people closer to religion. The historical cases I mentioned were something that took place for an entire society as a whole.

  2. You know it’s not just hard times that turn people away from faith. Usually it’s said that it’s just the opposite. The “good life” when people start to take things for granted. The latter i think is most destructive. Hard times are often said to instead draw people closer to Jesus. All i’m saying its not that straightforward. To some hard times now doubt are a thing that could lead them away. When we see Very bad things happening to the innocent what will our reaction be. Are we immune? About the birth bangs i suppose you mean that the bangs just intensivy it’s not when they will begin.

  3. Better late than never Jay. I won’t stop focusing on financial items, but I’ll try to make it seem more relevant to people who don’t have much knowledge about these items. I kinda want the turmoil to come too, but I don’t look forward to living life when it arrives full force.

    (On a side note, my Google Reader sharing notes function isn’t working well right now which is why the “comment section” below the headlines is not working right now. I hope it’s fixed soon so I can post some more headlines and commentary)

  4. Excellent Post. I have been meaning to respond to your request for feedback. Please don’t stop focusing on the financial items – they are all tied together, and your focusing on them means we won’t be caught unaware.

    Also, I have been thinking a lot about the upcoming turmoil and I have actually found myself praying for it to come. That’s not all that surprising, as the coming turmoil will hasten the day of Jesus….what I have surprised myself with is the prayer that the turmoil come “for the sake of” the church.

    I believe the church is very weak and very worldly now – and has lost it’s salt. The coming turmoil will greatly reduce the visible church, but it will also act to purge / purify the “true” church….the remnant that holds to the faith. I believe those who are able to endure will be spiritual giants – akin to Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

    Jay

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