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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Islam could be dominant UK religion in 10 years

Islam could be dominant UK religion in 10 years
"With radicals like these on this pictures G-d help us"

A recent census revealed that one in 10 people under 25 are Muslim, while Christianity is in decline. An explosion in the Muslim population and an aging Christian demographic could mean Islam will be the dominant religion in the UK in 10 years.

The census by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the number of Christians was falling 50 per cent faster than had previously been thought. Earlier analysis of the statistics showed only a 15 per cent decline, but the ONS found that this figure had been beefed up by 1.2 million foreign-born Christians.

Whilst these figures are worrying, there are many free churches ( i.e not Church of England) that are increasing their congregation bringing in many younger people, who want a more relevant way of worship and community experience. The traditional way Church services does not appeal to the younger generation who want to see their faith worked out in their business and social lives, with a structure that can support this. 

Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society, said to UK daily the Telegraph that the decline of Christianity is “inevitable.” “In another 20 years there are going to be more active Muslims than there are churchgoers,” he said.

Moreover the number of people identifying themselves as atheists has increased by 10 per cent, rising from 15 per cent to 25 per cent. The change has been dubbed as a “significant cultural shift” by the British Humanist Association, while the Church of England has shrugged off the statistics, maintaining they still retain a strong base of believers.

"While this is a challenge, the fact that six out of 10 people in England and Wales self-identify as Christians is not discouraging. Christianity is no longer a religion of culture but a religion of decision and commitment. People are making a positive choice in self-identifying as Christians," said a spokesperson for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. 

The positive effect of this is that there are many people in the UK that have never heard the Gospel and therefore have no preconceived ideas or baggage from wrong teaching. This therefore should be an encouragement to evangelise in our local community. 

If David Cameron is really behind Christian`s is this Country, he has to deal with the prejudice and discrimination that exists in today`s society, along with the legislation that is tipped against Christian businesses and Christians working in our Health Service, Police, Schools, and Local Government Services.
Posted by David Pilkington
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