In our present society, Christians, not to mention other religious groups, are often accused of being overtly Apocalyptic. In the minds of the avant-guard, the apocalyptic scenarios, as depicted in the Bible, are mere foolishness. After all, the starship Enterprise will soon be built, and society, as we know it, will forever be changed.
We will explore the outer reaches of our universe and discover that we are not alone. After all, aliens really do exist, both friend and foe 😉
Recently, someone close to me asked me the same question. Why are Christians overtly Apocalyptic? I was actually somewhat amused by her question and instinctively knew where her presupposition would lead us in conversation. Instead, I countered her question with another question.
Why is the world, or society, so apocalyptic?
After all, society is fascinated with the subject(s) of invading aliens, the supernatural (including the demonic, the occult, and witchcraft, etc.), and natural disasters of epic, planet extinction proportions. The proposed science and politics of global warming/climate change are reaching a near critical stage. The planet does not have enough arable land and food to feed our ever-increasing population. Meteors will collide with the earth reducing humankind back to the dust from which we came. We will destroy ourselves with our own technology, including the weapon systems that were originally designed, at least in part, to end WW2 – not create another world war.
The feverish pitch of impending doom for our planet and the extinction of the human race seems to overshadow just about anything that is good and right in life. Don’t believe me? Turn on your TV and watch the “news”.
In my opinion, our culture is so afraid of death that we really do not live.
Sure, an ever increasing number of people have just thrown in the towel, out of sheer hopelessness, and are drowning their minds in alcohol and mood-altering drugs.
“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 1Corinthians 15:32
Lets throw caution and common sense into the wind. After all, life is hopeless. Or is it? I don’t know about you, but I made a decision a long time ago to be a follower of Christ. I want to live – to truly experience life in the fullest sense of the word.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
I want to live and not die, in order that I might declare the works of the Lord. I want to shout from the roof tops that HE is RISEN! There is hope for each and every one of us. As a believer, I do not fear death and look forward to a bodily resurrection. I live my life with great expectation of the second return of Christ.
In the meantime, I purposely choose to live my life to the fullest, in spite of my own human frailty and the fearful expectations of a world that does not perceive hope. False messiahs will continue to arise leading many to their own destruction, but I will endeavor to live a life of peace and contentment regardless of all the “noise” around me.
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10a NLT
The choices we make today become who we are tomorrow…
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