The BBC recently reported a study claiming that in nine countries, including Ireland, religion is heading for extinction. The study used census data along with some guesswork to reach their result, but the fact that Ireland made the list says a lot about the cultural shift here in recent years.

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The study is interesting, but it missed the point. The Bible is clear that we can never climb our way to God on a ladder of religious practice. When God reached down and paid for our sin on a cross, that opened the way for us to have a restored relationship with Him. Religious practices can come or go, but God wants something different and more – He wants a relationship with us.