In response to this article title, I wrote the following.
Christians leaving churches is symptomatic of the return of Christ. And the return of Christ — which has been happening for sometime now — really picked up steam when the technological Romans declared sovereignty over Temple — your body, your thoughts — and told you that obedience to their edicts is all that matters. The return of Christ is a return to the greatest command as outlined in Leviticus 19:9–18. The way you treat people impacts absolutely everything in your life.
Using 6,000 year old language thought patterns guarantees people remain blind to their divinity, specifically that being made in God’s image means that we have the same power that Jesus did. And that is the power of belief. Check out the miracle of the dead fig tree, itself a metaphor for the old ways of thinking are already dead. The disciples, weary from not understanding how miracles work, really took notice of a dead fig tree. They were astounded and excited, like “WHOA! LOOOOK AT THAT!!”
That’s when Jesus informs that that their job and ours is not to figure out how, but just stay focused on the fact that the impossible first must have been possible. You can say to that impossible circumstance ‘be removed and cast into the sea’ and if you do not doubt (disbelieve) in your heart it shall be done for you.
There’s a problem though and it’s exposed in every single church that I’ve ever attended: nobody believes. How is it that people believe in God, but don’t believe that miracles were an every day experience? Even then, Jesus says he could’ve done more if people just believed (IIRC). Believed in what? Nothing, just believe that all things are possible.
The number one thing that stops people from believing that miracles are possible is the church’s perpetuation of the original lie that you were not made in God’s image. Sin is not a moral failing. Nope, sin is believing the wrong things about yourself! When you believe the wrong things about yourself, then you believe the wrong things about everything else, and you will act accordingly, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
Eve believed a lying, talking snake. She ate the fruit, and then instantly felt naked an afraid. God investigates: where are you? Who told you that you were naked? Who told you that you lack? Who told you that you are not perfect?
So, you either listen to your heart and believe in you, that you were born AOK the first time and that there’s nothing to be done but just be you and listen to that still, small voice in your heart amidst all of the cacophony and it will work out.