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Bible-believing Christians have a tendency to see the world
coming unglued. This is because we are sensitive to the decline in
the population of believers and that we see it occurring
exponentially. We associate this decline with the apocalyptic
'falling away' that the Bible refers to as an endtimes landmark
event.

If we are correct in seeing the Falling Away as a modern
movement, then observing its history becomes important to
foretelling its future. Like any exponential growth, the beginnings
are nearly imperceptible. It might have started with the Age of
Enlightenment, or with one or more of the German Philosophers
promoting Atheistic Rationalism. But however it took root in the
early days, apostasy became popular among highly educated
people midway through the 18th century. For example, Thomas
Jefferson spent restless evenings with scissors and paste creating
his own, personal Bible from scraps of the Bible we are familiar
with.

One hundred years later, Charles Darwin gave Atheism the shot-
in-the-arm it was looking for. By the start of the 20th century
things were starting to turn and the vocabulary of doubt was
working its way toward the common folk. As an anecdotal
example, the following excerpt is from a letter written by a 24
year-old recruit in basic training in Texas to his dad in Arkansas.
The year was 1918. The young soldier was a relative of ours and
no one of prominence:

I LOOK UPON THIS GOING OUT AS A BIG ADVENTURE,
DAD, WITH THE END UNCERTAIN AS ALL BIG
ADVENTURES ARE: YET, I BELIEVE THAT WHEN THE
TIME COMES I SHALL FEEL JUST AS EAGER TO GO AS
ANY OF THE OTHERS, AND STAKE MY CHANCES ON
COMING THROUGH A WINNER. IF I LOSE, THEN I WILL
HAVE HAD THE BIG ADVENTURE JUST THE SAME.
EVEN AT THAT, WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN TO
HAVE YOU KNOW THAT I DID WHAT I COULD: WAS
JUST UNLUCKY AT THE END. I AM GLAD THAT I WAS
ABLE TO LIVE IN THIS AGE, AND WHILE I AM BUT AN
ATOM IN THE GREAT MOLECULE OF THE ARMY AND
AN ATOM IS TEN HUNDRED THOUSAND TIMES
SMALLER THAN A SOAP BUBBLE'S THIN WALL YET, IF
THE ATOMS GIVE WAY AND SHIRK, THEN THE
MOLECULE WILL BECOME UNSTABLE, AND IN THIS
AGE OF THE 'SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST' AN
UNSTABLE MOLECULE WILL, LIKE THE SOAP BUBBLE,
BURST EASILY.

For the record, ten hundred thousand atoms, if that means one
million, is a bit of an exaggeration for soap bubble thickness.
Nonetheless, you see in this post how dumb ideas get their start.
'Survival of the Fittest' had invaded the public lexicon barely a
half century after it was first published. Compare that to the time
General Relativity has existed. Hardly a soul knows the
relationship between speed and time, yet every schoolboy knows
that we evolved from salamanders. Evolution is the favorite
offspring of scientism and the public has gobbled it up. No need
to wonder why. Evolution has always been about replacing God
as Creator and no other idea has been so wildly successful in that
regard.

The Bible is unique in predicting its own decline. Is this,
then, the Falling Away to which the Bible refers?

Possibly.

If it is, then look for a Temple building project to begin soon. In
any case, the Bible instructs us to keep a diligent watch:

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour
wherein the Son of man cometh.

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