Christianity in developed countries still grapples with encroachments of animism, according to a Bible translator who has experience witnessing to animists.
Cambridge Dictionary defines Animism as a “belief that all natural things, such as plants, animals, rocks, and thunder, have spirits and can influence human events.”
Ken Nehrbass, associate professor at Biola University and member of Wycliffe Bible Translators, talked about animism last week in a Dallas Theological Seminary podcast hosted by professor Darrell Bock called “The Table.”
Nehrboss explained that western societies like the United States have elements of animist thinking “in our modern vocabulary.”
“I’m sending you positive energy. Just think good thoughts, the sense that you can control your environment by what you think. Sometimes we talk about having bad luck and I’m not sure if that means just a misfortune or that it’s something that somehow accumulates around you,” noted Nehrbass.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?- We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What is your response?
If you are not a Christian, and would like to become a Christian. Simply say - "LORD Jesus, thank you for forgiving me of my SINs, today I am deciding to follow you. Accept me into your family, in Jesus name I pray. Amen "
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