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Old 04-19-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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This was so well said, I just have to re-quote it here, with highlights in red. Thx juj! Common sense rears it's ugly head.

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Jesus said to have faith in Him. He never said to have faith in end-times. Two centuries, as DNick mentioned, folks just like yourself were saying the end-times are here. Since I am writing this post, I have to assume the end-times didn't actually occur. The only reason you think this time it's different is because YOU are alive at the moment and thinking about it. God's time is long and almost unimaginable to us humans. Could this be the end-times? I suppose. I supposed you can prepare yourself for it. It's always good to be good with Jesus. But the question remains, is this the end-times? I don't know. You don't know. That's the reality. And since I am an optimist and the sun still has plenty of hydrogen and there's no object careening toward the Earth at the moment, I will proceed to be a good Christian because it's the right thing to do, but not because I am sitting around waiting for the world to end. Such a dark and pessimistic view of the world. Besides, the Bible says NO ONE knows when their life will end. So be a good Christian and enjoy life and quit worrying about natural cycles of the Earth.
I had to resist just outlining the entire post in red. There were the obvious high points noted, particularly the last one. The Earth is (obviously) always undergoing changes, perturbations, violent and not-so-violent surges. Temperature variations, ice ages, temperate times when Alaska was a steamy jungle, and on and on.

It's only from the limited time-frame and viewpoint of the religious that this is seen as somehow indicating an End to It All. The ancient biblical authors had no basis for thoughtful comparison or analysis. Everything in the mere 100 or so years when they wrote down their own superstitious interpretations, totally absent even the most basic means of scientific (read: logical and step-wise) analysis, was conjecture. Meteors or locusts or earthquakes or solar eclipses, were all absolute signs of impending doom and End-Times.

This is willingly carried into modern times by those who, obviously, and by their own admission, really want those times to come. As an "I told you so!" kind of finger-waggling admonishment. Imagine how hugely disappointed they will be when nothing of the sort happens!

Question: can they actually live a satisfying spiritual life if this entire "promise" is erased from their wish-list? If the entire fear-mongering idea of an End-Times promise is removed? Can they even imagine such a case?

I doubt it. Which is monumentally sad.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:37 PM
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This was so well said, I just have to re-quote it here, with highlights in red. Thx juj! Common sense rears it's ugly head.
Thanks for the kind words.
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