@george.kyriacou [quote=“george.kyriacou, post:1, topic:13797”]
Why is Christianity in decline, where is our brotherly love?
I think it probably has more to do with what is considered important in a community. Just as it seems Christianity is in decline because they do not live as sacrificial as others such as in Dubai. It is often said that Christianity is in decline because it requires too much sacrificial living.
It is in Corinthians where we are told, you can give your body to be burned but without love it is nothing. That gives me pause. It seems to say that love is a stand-alone process. That because I give you my last does not necessarily indicate that I love you. That may be an indicator as measured by our World, but our combine history testifies against such assurance. Instead, Love seems to be a process that infuses all aspects of living. Love meets the need. Sometimes that may entail giving, sometimes that can also mean withholding. We do so effortlessly with our children yet we love them.
I Corinthians 13:1-8. " Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor , and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away."
I can’t speak for anyone’s experience but my own. But I don’t see the Church of JESUS CHRIST falling behind in love. I don’t see a decline. I see a bride being prepared for the groom. Social media has persuaded us that if we don’t receive likes, loves, happy faces and other emojis, then we have somehow failed. If people don’t sing our praises we are in decline. If people say we don’t do enough, give enough, speak enough; then we have failed.
Are we human though Christian, absolutely? We will be until we leave this earth. So, is there lack in the Church? There is everywhere humans are engaged. But unlike society, you and I can effect remedy of this lack. By holding each other in prayer. By moving with a love unmatched anywhere in the World. That is how we are known. Everything else can be done without engaging love. But the love we have for each other is our calling card. The agape love that we share for each other, is, in fact, the heart of GOD and the mind of CHRIST.