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Christianity becomes a minority, but religion is on the rise

29 June 2022

1:01 PM

29 June 2022

1:01 PM

Australian census data released yesterday shows that – for the first time in our nation’s history – Christians are in the minority.

News that just 44 per cent of Australians now identify as Christian – down from 74.6 per cent in 1996 – sent Christianophobes into a frenzy.

‘Abandoning God’ was trending on social media as atheists danced on Christianity’s grave.

To be fair, the godless needed something to cheer about after Pride Week ended with the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

Former journalist Mike Carlton wrote:

Now that “Christians” are a minority group, do you think they’ll stop telling the rest of us how to live?’

Does he mean like the LGBTQ+ minority?

The massive drop in the number of people identifying as Christian coincides with a massive spike in the number of people with mental health issues.

There’s no connection, of course. It’s all pure coincidence.

Yes, we took a sponge to wipe away the entire horizon. And?

Sure we drank the entire sea. But honestly, it hasn’t affected us.

And it’s true that we unchained the earth from its sun and are now plunging continually – backward, sideways, forward, in all directions, straying through an infinite nothing.

But we categorically deny that has anything at all to do with the fact that mental health is now the nation’s number one health concern. It’s all just random chance, like the universe.

Many atheists were unhappy with the Sydney Morning Herald reporting that Australians were ‘abandoning God’.

You cannot abandon something that never existed, they argued.

‘We are not abandoning God so much as embracing common sense,’ wrote one.

To which I would reply: ‘What is a woman?’

You have to love today’s progressive Left. They ridicule Christians for believing ‘fairy tales’ while insisting that men can have periods.

And if you disagree, they’ll destroy you. Hallelujah!

While it’s true that Australia is becoming less Christian, it is also true that we are becoming more religious.

As the Pope of Folk, Bob Dylan, sang:

You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed 

 You’re gonna have to serve somebody

 Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord

 But you’re gonna have to serve somebody’

In other words, our brains have ‘religion hardware’ built in from the factory. Specific religions or ideologies are just the software we choose to run.

Of course, the progressive Left will deny that they are religious, but that’s exactly what you would expect from a state-sanctioned religion. There is no separation of Woke and State.

The absence of divinity makes the progressive Left’s belief system no less religious. Godless Lefties define religion as only those belief systems that subscribe to the idea of a divine being in order to dismiss other religions as mere religions, and make theirs appear to be something greater.

Christian doctrines have simply been replaced by hard-line secular ideologies, which are frequently more dogmatic, intolerant, and hostile to non-believers, blasphemers, and apostates.

These days you are more likely to lose your job for using the wrong pronouns than for using the Lord’s name in vain.

And you are more likely to lose friends and family for failing to get your 18th booster shot than for failing to get baptised.

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, appearing on Sky News Australia, last night made the salient point:

To those who are dancing on the grave as they think they are of Christianity – what’s the alternative, where is your better way?’

Progressives on Twitter dismissed Mr Anderson as simply uptight.

If only his parents had taken him along to Drag Queen Story Time as a child, he’d be more inclusive and open-minded.

Christianity is in the minority now. The progressive Left are creating a brave new world without the old superstitions that old fuddy-duddies like Mr Anderson would have us cling to.

Forget the Apostle’s Creed and repeat after me: ‘trans women are women’ and ‘my body, my choice’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’.

Holy Communion has been replaced by the new sacraments of abortion and puberty blockers.

Slavery, and coal, are the original sins. Greta Thunberg and George Floyd are the new saints. Police and whites and TERFS are the new devils.

Welcome to Country, carbon offsets, taking a knee, and diversity training are to be our penance.

Critical Race Theory is gospel. So are Net Zero emissions.

Mainstream media are the priests.

Public schools are the youth groups (which is why progressives don’t want Christian chaplains anywhere near them) and Davos is the Holy City.

Forget blind faith in God. The new religion requires only blind faith in government.

John Lennon’s Imagine is the only religious hymn you ever need to sing.

Oh, and if you disagree with any of this, you will be cancelled. It’s kind of like being condemned to hell, except that there is no chance of redemption. Ever. Amen.

As GK Chesterton famously quipped …

When men stop believing in God they don’t believe in nothing; they believe in anything.’

Or as the Apostle Paul put it …

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshipped and served the created things rather than the Creator … their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.’

That Christian belief is now in the minority does not mean Australia is less religious, only that a new religion is taking its place.

With the famous Irish poet William Yeats, many of us look apprehensively at the census results and wonder:

What rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?’

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