The call of Easter

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Resurrection Sunday is more apt a descriptive phrase for Easter Sunday, and it’s not merely semantics.

In this day and age, with humanity’s penchant for symbolism, Easter Sunday has come to mean colorful boiled eggs and, for many Christian Filipinos, stuffed toys called bunnies—in the absence of real rabbits. Easter has metamorphosed into variations of parlor games for children as encouraged by adults. To put it more accurately, it has been systematically institutionalized by most parents both Christians and non-Christians.

Like Christmas, the Holy Week has been trivialized by commerce.

No wonder the Pew Research Center has released timely data on religions of the world, with conclusive evidence that should raise the alarm bells for Christian leaders.


“The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths,” the group said in a statement released along with the results earlier this month.

“Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion . . .”

What the numbers are saying is that more and more people would no longer adhere to the organized system of belief that because God loved humanity so much he sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to atone for the sins of mankind and to make it possible for man to enter heaven.

“If current demographic trends continue, however, Islam will nearly catch up by the middle of the 21st century. Between 2010 and 2050, the world’s total population is expected to rise to 9.3 billion, a 35 percent increase. Over that same period, Muslims—a comparatively youthful population with high fertility rates—are projected to increase by 73 percent. The number of Christians is also projected to rise, but more slowly, at about the same rate (35 percent) as the global population overall.”

As a result, according to the Pew Research projections, by 2050 there will be near parity between Muslims (2.8 billion, or 30 percent of the population) and Christians (2.9 billion, or 31 percent), possibly for the first time in history.

If leaders of Christian churches have the compulsion to do something about it, they must face these questions squarely for starters:

Why are Christians leaving the church?

Why is there so much factionalism among church leaders and within the congregation?

What is happening to the credibility of church leadership?

What must the leadership do to address such issues?

Perhaps, the Christian believers themselves may also do well to refresh their memory of the series of events that had led to the Lord Jesus Christ’s Resurrection, which is the basic foundation of the faith to which they adhere:

There would have been no Resurrection Sunday if there were no Good Friday.

And on Maundy Thursday, Jesus gave the apostles the means from a loving God for mankind to merit heaven. He showed them that man had to serve fellowmen humbly and do even the work of a slave (like washing others’ feet) to help one another. He instituted the Holy Eucharist, the sacrament that would miraculously help man become more and more like Christ himself.

He did everything that was laid out for him to do in accordance with his Father’s grand plan of salvation that gives every believer freedom from the shackles of sin and death and the gift of resurrection to live an everlasting life.

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  1. First of all, Christians are no longer a warring religion, unlike during the the times of the Crusades when Christians were involved with raging war against the Muslims. In contrast the Muslims continue to declare war against not only Christianity but other religions and forcing Christians and these religions to convert to Mohammedanism because of fear, not because of true beliefs. In effect, Muslims are increasing because of FEAR, not because those converts believe in the teachings of Islam. Like what is going on in the countries in Southern Africa where Christians and christian converts are massacred.because of religious beliefs. One does not believe that Christianity will ebb, in fact because of the insurrection being done by the Muslims all over the country at present, there will come a time when the world population will recognize the bad intentions of the Islam religion and will turn against them. The current situation in the middle east is a good example. The traditional Muslims are now raging war against the ISIS and AlQueda. Yes there have recently been a cooling-off of Christians but these are being pushed by materialism and self-centered Christians who are influenced too much by relativism of an individual and the passiveness of the State.

  2. If we believe that Christ has overcome the world, there is nothing to worry about the growth of the Muslim population in the world.
    What worries me is the kind of examples bishops and archbishops to the people. They put their political right as citizen over and above the their vows as priests. By their action their political involvement overrides their spiritual obligation to the people. It implies that their vocation is just something to improve their political visibility, that their vocation is secondary to the very life they had vowed to live for the Church and most of all to God. People learns not to take their faith seriously, because their priests do not take it seriously either.

    If it is the will of the Father, well and good for them. However, they are the only ones who could make that with certainty. But if it is not, they better re-examine Matthew 7: 21-23 or Luke 13: 24-28