MIDEAST - Are Arabs Turning Their Backs on Religion?

Arno Froese

Arabs are increasingly saying they are no longer religious, according to the largest and most in-depth survey undertaken of the Middle East and North Africa.

Since 2013, the number of people across the region identifying as “not religious” has risen from 8% to 13%. The rise is greatest in the under 30s, among whom 18% identify as not religious, according to the research. Only Yemen saw a fall in the category.

Most people across the region supported the right of a woman to become prime minister or president. The exception was Algeria where less than 50% of those questioned agreed that a woman head of state was acceptable.

But when it comes to domestic life, most—including a majority of women—believe that husbands should always have the final say on family decisions. Only in Morocco did fewer than half the population think a husband should always be the ultimate decision-maker.

-www.bbc.com, 24 June 2019

Arno's commentary

Religion is on the decline; that is global. That can also be said about Churchianity, namely the Christian religion in general. Yet, we must emphasize that the Church, consisting exclusively of born-again believers, is on the increase, and will in due time be completed.

While these statistics vary widely, the tendency is clear: prosperity contributes to a lesser reliance on religion. Here we must add that religion is a component that is part of God’s created human nature. Whatever religion, it will continue decline. Even atheism, which claims not to be a religion but in reality is, will go the same road toward total independence of any deity, with self-reliance as first priority.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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