I was talking to my Jehovah's Witness buddy on the bus the other day. Frankly, I agree with him a lot more than not, and he certainly knows his Bible. So I was surprised that he thought that we were in the end times, that the things that are happening NOW suggest the Armageddon foretold in Revelation.
Having read the Epistles, I believe people have predicting the Lord was coming back at least since Saint Paul was on the earth (which, not incidentally, predates the writing of Revelation), that these particular circumstances (Israel as a nation, the United Nations as an entity that will try to create a one-world secular government in violation of God's will, and all the earthquakes, floods, etc. worldwide) are the signs of the End Times. Well, maybe. I'm of the school that "No one knows the day or time when the Lord comes", so you might as well live your lives loving each other, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and the like.
Meanwhile, the sermon at church on Sunday was useful in another way. I know there is evil in the world, but haven't attributed it to a personified devil, Satan, Lucifer, the accuser since I was a teenager. Apparently, most people don't; how else could we make devil's food cake, deviled eggs and buy Underwood deviled ham, with a little red devil character right on the can?
So, a couple of lighthearted questions for Good Friday:
1. How do you think the world ends? With a bang or a whimper? In lack certainty, so I don't really worry about it. I DO doubt that the UN will be the vehicle through which a one-government body will arise, if it ever does; it'd much more likely be via the multinational corporations pulling the strings than the US, Iran, Israel, China, and Russia all ceding authority to a controlling government.
2. Do you believe in a personified Devil? I don't. As a monotheist, which I am, if there is one God, then making "the Devil" like unto God seems wrong.
But what do YOU think?
And all he asks of us is we give each other love
- Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984)
God is Love, from the What's Goin' On album
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