The Spiritual Needs of Arabic Speaking Millennials

There is no question that Arabic-speaking millennials have unique spiritual needs. Their world is becoming increasingly polarized. On one side, secularism and materialism are taking hold. On the other side, religious extremism is on the rise. In this environment, it's more important than ever for Arabic-speaking millennials to have access to quality spiritual content.

We must not overlook the crushing economic pressures they are facing, otherwise, we might run the risk of being unilateral in our analysis of the situation of those whom we serve. Many millennials in the middle east and North Africa are underemployed or unemployed, and those who are employed often earn far less than their counterparts in the West. They are also saddled with serious inequality and lack of opportunity.

And then there is the question of the future. Arab millennials grew up during a time of great hope and promise, only to see those hopes dashed by war, terror, and economic stagnation. In many ways, they are the lost generation, adrift in a sea of uncertainty.

In times of turbulence such as these, many millennials are asking deep theological and philosophical questions. Where is God? Why is he allowing this? Will I have a future? Atheism is on the rise in the Arab world, and many young people are turning to atheism as a way to express their dissatisfaction with religion, and the religious establishment, and its role in society. This is understandable, given the many dilemmas within the experience of millennials.

However, young people need to understand that atheism does not offer relief to their existential pain nor does it do away with any answers to the big questions in life. This is where we come in.

In times like these God may seem to be distant, or he may even seem to be completely abscent, alas he might even seem nonexistent. However, does the millennial turn to atheism solve the problem of hopelessness -Which originally engendered their inclination to atheism in the first place?

The answer is no, atheism actually makes the problem of hopelessness worse. Atheism is the daughter of philosophical materialism, which holds that the only things that exist are physical matter and energy. This means all values, all morality, all valuations and devaluations are the products of human minds, and are confined to them. That necessarily means that the universe does not care whether we are suffering or whether we're happy; whether we are flourishing or diminishing. It is exactly as Richard Dawkins put it,

"In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”― Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life

It is understandable that when people suffer they begin to question the goodness of the existence of God. I think every thinking person have asked these sort of questions before. However, I think that the total denial of God's existence because of suffering is a dangerous move. Becuase when you deny God's existence you not only remove him from the picture but with him you remove all hope from it as well.

Atheism offers a false sense of control in a world that is out of control. It pretends to offer answers to life's big questions, but it can only do so by denying the reality of a spiritual dimension to existence. This move to Atheism will ultimately lead millennials to nihilism, the belief that life is meaningless and that there is no point to anything. This is a dangerous belief, because it will do nothing but compound the problem arab millennials are facing.

The gospel offers better answers to the big questions in life. The gospel tells us that we are more than just physical beings; we are also spiritual beings. It also tells us that we are loved and cared for beyond measure or imagination.

The bible gives us a clue here. In times of suffering, God may be silent, but he is far from being absent or inactive. He is very much present, and he is actively governing every situation to the ultimate good of his children and those seeking him. The book of Job is a great example of this. In the end, we see that God was very much present in Job's life, and that he was using the situation to bring about Job's greater good.

The gospel also tells us that this world is not our home, and that our ultimate hope is in the resurrection. This gives us a different perspective on suffering. It helps us to see it as something temporary, and not something that will define our lives forever. It also helps us to see it as an opportunity to grow and to become more like Christ.

The gospel offers us hope that is based on something real and certain, not on our own fleeting emotions. It is a hope that can sustain us in times of suffering, and help us to see it as an opportunity to grow and to become more like Christ.

Remission exists for this purpose, to bring insight and teaching to a suffering people. Remission exists to address the spiritual needs of arabic speaking millennials, and to offer them the hope that only the gospel can provide.

"young people need to understand that atheism does not offer relief to their existential pain nor does it do away with any answers to the big questions in life. This is where we come in."

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