This "abandonment" of God and Godly values has been seen globally as people the world over forsake their longheld religious beliefs in favor of a more materialistic lifestyle. And this is of no great surprise to those who have followed Biblical prophecies and are aware of the tell-tale signs that we are in fact living in the EndTime and that these things were predicted a long time ago. Previous to the establishment of a "One World Government" (New Global Order?) we are told that there would be a great falling away first from faith and that then things would begin to surface.
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;".(2Thes 2:3) The "that day" refered to is the second coming of Christ which many have heard about. The state of the world is also predicted by the apsotle Paul in his discertation in the 2nd epistle to Timothy. "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.(2Tim 3:13) Take a moment and read the whole thing, paying particular attention to verses 1 - 7, and 12 - 13.
Things are not "getting better" as some would have us to believe. They are, however, ever progressing to the time predicted by the Bible where true believers will be hunted and globally persecuted for their faith. The apostates (one who commits apostasy - Webster's) will even be so brazen as to think that they are doing God a service by ridding the world of these "radicals". Jesus said, "... yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service".(Jn 16:2)
The ultimate culmination of this denial, renunciation and abandonment of faith coupled with the outright God haters in the world will precipitate upon God's children an event called " The Great Tribulation". This time of "tribulation" is specifically designed for those who profess faith, to purge and to purify them in preparation for the return of Christ and the subsequent marriage supper of the Lamb. "And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed".(Da 11:35) Everything in it's place and a place for everything. The Bible is not a book of chaos, and everything is done in decency and in order. "Let all things be done decently and in order".(1Cor 14:40)
What about those who are not believers ? If all this trouble and misery is to fall on the heads of those who are ? The Bible also has the answer to that question in 1Peter 4:17 "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God ?". We get it a little at a time, others will get it all at once ! So, it really is in your best interest to do things God's way and to go through the voluntary breaking stages now rather than to wait and end up having to do it anyway, although then it will be much more difficult. "And whosoever shall fall on this stone (Jesus) shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder."(Mt 21:44)
It is up to you. You can do it now when it is still relatively simple or wait 'till later when it will not be so simple, or you can excercise your majesty of choice and simply not follow God at all, and join the ranks of the apostates and the unbelievers; after all, you don't belive in all this religious stuff anyway and so it doesn't exist because if it did you would surely know about it, because you, of course, are the center of the universe ! Somebody is in for a very big surprise.