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We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity. This breakdown will follow the deterioration of the mainline Protestant world and it will fundamentally alter the religious and cultural environment in the West.
Coming generations of Christians are going to be monumentally ignorant and unprepared for culture-wide pressures.
There are three kinds of evangelical churches today: consumer-driven megachurches, dying churches, and new churches whose future is fragile. Denominations will shrink, even vanish, while fewer and fewer evangelical churches will survive and thrive.
Look for ministries to take on a less and less distinctively Christian face in order to survive.
The money will dry up.
Evangelicalism doesn't need a bailout. Much of it needs a funeral. But what about what remains?
Despite all of these challenges, it is impossible not to be hopeful. As one commenter has already said, "Christianity loves a crumbling empire."
We can rejoice that in the ruins, new forms of Christian vitality and ministry will be born.
We need new evangelicalism that learns from the past and listens more carefully to what God says about being His people in the midst of a powerful, idolatrous culture.
Originally posted by Nichiren
I'm not happy that these two characters got banned. I understand that we're supposed to play by the rules on ATS, but aren't we acting like a "cult" by excluding dissenting opinions?
These two members needed our guidance the most!
By the way. If you want fast food read Eckhart Tolle. If you want a gourmet meal read about Buddhism. Mr. Tolle's concepts are all based on Buddhism, he "borrows" freely
Originally posted by DangerDeath
Originally posted by IamNow
reply to post by violet
I was going to ask are cults allowed to recruit on ATS, but you answered my question “Thanks”
The next question is why are ATS allowing this, probably none of my business but I am just looking out for other people. Good job we have members like headlightone who picked up on this, I have seen things like this get out of controll and people end up getting hurt and confused.
Just my opinon on the matter.
ATS depends on members reporting such things. There is a button there...
Originally posted by DangerDeath
reply to post by Nichiren
I didn't read Tolle, but it caught my attention: Eckhart like "Meister Eckhart".
Do you have a link to his work?
Pribram remained puzzled until the mid 1960's, when he ran across an article in Scientific American describing the construction of laser hologram. He immediately synthesized the information and hypothesized that the mind itself was operating in a holographic manner.
Anatomist Paul Pietsch (1981) simply could not believe Pribram's theory, and he set out to disprove the holographic theory of the brain. After performing thousands of operations on salamanders, he became convinced that the mind perceives and stores information by encoding and decoding complex interference patterns.
A hologram is created by splitting a laser beam into two separate beams. One beam is bounced off an object, and the other serves as a reference beam. An interference pattern is created that bears little resemblance to the object, however, it contains all the information necessary to recreate the image of the object. The most remarkable feature to Pribram was the idea that a photographic plate containing a laser image could be broken in two, and each half would contain the complete image of the object, but with less resolution. This was identical to the way that memory in the brain seemed to be operating. Regardless of how many times the photographic plate was broken, each piece contained the information necessary to reconstruct the entire image.
Pribram hypothesized that the neurons, axions, and dendrites of the brain create wave-like patterns that cause an interference pattern. In 1966 he published his findings and during the next few years he refined his theory. According to Pribram, a holographic theory explains many of the mysteries of the brain, including the enormous capacity of the brain for the storage and retrieval of information.
So Much Ignorance
Originally posted by cindymars
I am going to have to read this book, I thought, oh he
will not say anything new but hey, it would most likely
have some insights I need.
Everyone tells you that you must learn to exist in the moment, but no one tells you how. You cannot exist in the moment; there is too much of yourself to do that.
You have to be as whole as the moment can afford you that possibility and you have to become conscious of other dimensional probabilities.
("Scales of the Dragon," A.Dragon)
Originally posted by SS,Naga
reply to post by Nichiren
Yes, the religious, the philosophical would be the first to throw the finger of 'cult talk' accusation, woudln't they?
Because you cannot understand the Energetic Structure & Substance of The WORD (the Real), you lay blame for your ignorance on others, as does the superstitious and childish.
One cannot give knowledge of the WORD away; one cannot shove it down other's throats. It is this exact Ignorance (of) and Innocence (gullibility) that has brought this Beautiful Earth to It's knees (present state/condition).
Parables and Metaphors are the Only way to hint at that which is beyond written communication, beyond syntax, conveyance or comprehension.
I expected exactly this much from you, for one's ignorance and innocence allows them to get Bit by the Serpent (of Wisdom). And it does bite, but that you may not learn this lifetime....only feel the pain thereof, never discover the serpent in your own Self.