Apocalypse now: what Europeans and Americans make the temples

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What to do with the Church, which ceased to walk believers? In the rational Western society, the answer to this question is obvious: the building should be profitable. Europeans and Americans do not understand why not open in the empty house of God a nightclub called «Sin.» About the second life of European and American churches — in the material RIA Novosti.

The USSR was not

West faces «an apocalyptic reality,» said the Patriarch Kirill the head of the Anglican Church, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. «What we see today in Western countries, much worse than what it was with religion in the USSR. Is teisatsu. God is expelled from human life. Ignored the divine law. Particularly damaging that this disregard takes the form of state law. If the people of his power will be forced to commit a sin or make common cause with him, we enter into the apocalyptic reality», — said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Statistics confirm the number of parishioners of the Church of England, with the status of state in the UK has been steadily declining: only 1.4% of the population remain faithful to her. The Archbishop of Canterbury admits that he has to confront the «anti-Christian culture.» Vividly teisala noticeable among young people: today, three out of four people aged 18 to 24 years say that they do not believe in God.

Disappointing statistics

The same fate seems to have befallen on the West and other Christian denominations. And since the contents of religious buildings is expensive, churches and cathedrals throughout Europe are closed, they are removed, or buy for commercial projects.

According to Protestant editions of the Evangelical Focus, the Anglican Church forced every year to close about 20 churches. In Denmark almost 200 churches now abandoned or hardly visited. Losing ground the Catholic Church in Germany: in recent years, closed more than 500 temples. But the worst situation in the Netherlands, where Catholics soon risk losing two thirds of the 1,600 of their parishes, while Protestants are about 700 churches.

The bar is in the altar

But the resourceful people not to give empty buildings the abyss. From Magdeburg disappeared Lutherans? It doesn’t matter. Businesswoman Catherine Raffenberg bought the empty Church and opened it as a restaurant. Of the former purpose of the building is just its name — «Church». The altar is now the bar, and the place of Church benches — tables. From furniture of the temple were only gold plated statue of an angel.

«This is a tragedy of the West, which is unfolding before our eyes. It is a tragedy of departing from the faith, from the values that have shaped our entire European in the broad sense of the word culture. We can’t do without pain to look at it. We can not remain silent when we see part of our world, which has always been a carrier of the Christian spirit and Outlook, now she moved away from faith in God and artificially instills’s been uncharacteristically values, without which absolutely can not do» — says the head of the Patriarchal press service father Alexander Volkov.

According to him, that is why the Patriarch «as a man of European culture, with such experience and with such internal pain calls us all to pay attention to what is happening now». «This is a tragedy not only for individual countries but for the whole of the modern world. If we don’t stop, you risk slipping into the abyss from which there is no return ever. It’s not horror, and understandable for any Christian reality,» the priest emphasized.