If This Isn't Heaven, I Don't Know What Is

Biblical Reasons Why We Should
And Practical Suggestions on How We Can

Create Heaven on Earth

Is the World Getting Better or Worse?

Spiritual Progress

Let's return to a paragraph up above:

Some social trends, of course, indicate deterioration not improvement over the past 30 to 40 years, as William Bennett and Robert Bork have emphasized. There have been worrisome increases in family breakup, abortions, illegitimate births, and teen suicide, for example. Violent crime rates have drifted upward—in the 1920s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, for example —and downward—in the 1930s and 1990s, for example—with no immediate sign of long-term improvement. However, there are glimmers of good news. In recent years, most of these troubling trends of social decay have been improving, and for almost all the other social problems, the arrow points to improvement on a grand scale.

These are closer to the kinds of social ills that futurists often point to as examples of how things are getting worse and worse and therefore this cannot be the Kingdom of God and Christ must return shortly.

Let's look at the items mentioned in the Cato Study:

I did a search on Google™ for the phrases "things are not getting better" and "last days" In the next essay I will analyze the number one web page that came up from this search. We will see that the broad trend over the last 2,000 years has been steady spiritual improvement as the Church acts as the salt of the earth and a light unto the world. Only since the rise (in the last 200 years) of the idea that things are getting worse and worse and Christ must come "any day now" has this great progress been eroded.

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