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Is the World Getting Worse or Better?

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Is the World Getting Worse or Better?

You hear quite often in some Christian circles that the world is currently "Satan's realm" and getting so bad that Jesus must be coming back soon.

But is it really?

18 min TED talk on what the numbers actually say...and its not what you think!

This fellow is not a Christian, so his position is not perfect, but he has a point...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCm9Ng0bbEQ


The Gospels march is always onward and will transform the earth, it just takes time and for its believers to work and believe that it will happen.

The Gospel changes lives, and in turn, will change the World....



How Jesus Conquered the World and Why It Matters


https://corechristianity.com/resourc...why-it-matters



Has Satan been given dominion over the earth until Jesus returns? If so, why was he given this authority? RC Sproul

Thereís only one supreme Lord over all the world, and thatís God. We are told in the Old Testament that this whole concept of dominion was shared with Adam and Eve. Man was given dominion over the earth to be vice-regents for God, that is, vice kings to represent Godís reign on this planet. Of course, we made a terrible mess out of it, and we were subjected more and more to the power of Satan. That power of Satan was dealt not just a significant blow but a fatal blow by Christ in his incarnation.
Weíre told, first of all, that God the Father gives to Jesus all authority in heaven and on earth. In his ascension, Christ is seated at the right hand of God, where he is crowned as the King of kings and the Lord of lords. That was a tremendous blow to all worldly or satanic powers, principalities, and spiritual wickedness in high places. So if you ask me who is in dominion over this world right now, I think the New Testament is perfectly clear on that. The one who is in dominion is the Lord. The Lord God omnipotent reigns, and the Lord Christ reigns over this world right now. His kingdom may not be of this world, but it certainly includes this world, and Jesus has all authority over heaven and earth.

Even at this moment, as Iím discussing this question, Satanís authority and power are limited and subordinate to the authority that is vested in Christ. Christ right now is the king of this earth. His kingdom is invisible, and not everybody acknowledges it. People are giving more allegiance to the prince of darkness than to the Prince of Peace, but that is an act of usurpation on the part of Satan. His power is restricted, limited, and temporal. What has happened briefly is this: The power and authority of Satan has been dealt a fatal blow by Christ. The Cross, the Incarnation, the Resurrection, and the Ascension tremendously weakened any power or authority that Satan enjoyed, but it didnít annihilate him. That will come later, when Christ completes his work of redemption with the consummation of his kingdom.

All things will be brought into captivity to him, and every knee will bow to him, including the fallen angels, who will bow in submission to his authority.

Taken from
Now, Thatís a Good Question! Copyright © 1996 by R.C. Sproul. Used by permission of Tyndale.

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  1. hawkman's Avatar
    One thing I did not hear in the video was anything about drug use and deaths from overdoses . The numbers are not good there in the USA .
  2. Deade's Avatar
    This is typical Reformed Protestant baloney. Satan still runs this world system by influencing man (with dominion) without his knowledge. We can overcome Satan with our testimony, and we must, to follow our Lord's example.When Christ comes back, right before mankind destroys all life on earth, He will show us how to properly run things. Until then, look out!
  3. bluesky22's Avatar
    Hawkman: yes this is very bad, and a somewhat new development. But does this take away that generally things appear to be better ? Not sure myself. The facts do seem to point however that things are generally better. Of course not for all. Idk...
  4. bluesky22's Avatar
    Decade: Reformed Protestant theology is baloney?

    Satan does not run this world, God does. He has influence, but since the Cross, he has been dealt a fatal blow, one of which, he will not recover from.

    We can overcome his influence by the Spirt that drives us now...we have a good Captain now, He drives the ship, not us.

    When He comes, ( we donít know when ), letís hope it happens sooner rather than later.

    We know now how to properly live, ( according the 2 Testaments we have been given ) question is, are we willing ?
    Once the world fully awakens, then watch out !
  5. bluesky22's Avatar
    "All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD and all the families of the nations will worship before You." Ps.22:27

    Interesting chart from J.D. King's book, "Why You've Been Duped Into Believing That the World is Getting Worse" The places in grey are where Christianity is failing to grow at the rate of population. The regions in black is where Christianity is growing at a pace that exceeds the population growth, thus those regions are becoming increasingly Christian.

    As you can see Christianity is at a decline in North America, parts of EU. Because we live in the West we tend to view the world as though God only cared about us! Thereby concluding that as we decline the whole world must be in Christian decline, but this is far from the truth! We are in decline, yes! However, Christianity is exploding in other parts of the world. In particular the Far East, Asian, countries-save Japan!

    BTW King's book shares a lot of the information from the book Upside: Surprising Good News about the State of Our World. That was one of the most encouraging books I read last year and it only cost me $8.25 Canadian!


    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=...pCNlY&disp=emb
  6. bluesky22's Avatar
    "All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD and all the families of the nations will worship before You." Ps.22:27

    Interesting chart from J.D. King's book, Why You've Been Duped Into Believing That the World is Getting Worse. The places in grey are where Christianity is failing to grow at the rate of population. The regions in black is where Christianity is growing at a pace that exceeds the population growth, thus those regions are becoming increasingly Christian.

    As you can see Christianity is at a decline in North America, parts of EU. Because we live in the West we tend to view the world as though God only cared about us! Thereby concluding that as we decline the whole world must be in Christian decline, but this is far from the truth! We are in decline, yes! However, Christianity is exploding in other parts of the world. In particular the Far East, Asian, countries-save Japan!

    BTW King's book shares a lot of the information from the book Upside: Surprising Good News about the State of Our World. That was one of the most encouraging books I read last year and it only cost me $8.25 Canadian!

    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=...urqJg&disp=emb