May 02, 2012

It's the End of the World (And I Feel Fine)

Matthew 24:36
"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."

When I come across articles like the one I'm about to post and when I hear the water cooler talk about the end of the world, I am not taken aback by the ignorance of the statements made. What makes the entire conversation cock my head is the attitude about the end of the world. It's not concern or worry or fear. The most prevalent attitude associated with the end-of-the-world talk is apathy. People seem not to care about the ending.

You would think that if people were really worried or scared that they would begin their preparations to get their affairs in order. Alas, people don't believe what they hear or read. And those who do tend to wait anxiously but do nothing to prepare leading up to that dreaded day.

Sigh. What's a Christian to do?

Here's the article, which I edited and shortened for brevity's sake. If you want to read the entire thing, click here: One in 7 Think the World Is Going to End This Year.

A woman raises her arms to receive energy from the sun at the Mayan pyramid El Castillo (The Castle), in Chichen Itza, in the southern state of Yucatan, Mexico March 21, 2009.
Credit: Reuters/Argely Salazar

(Reuters) - - Nearly 15 percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime and 10 percent think the Mayan calendar could signify it will happen in 2012, according to a new poll. The end of the Mayan calendar, which spans about 5,125 years, on December 21, 2012 has sparked interpretations and suggestions that it marks the end of the world.

"Whether they think it will come to an end through the hands of God, or a natural disaster or a political event, whatever the reason, one in seven thinks the end of the world is coming," said Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos Global Public Affairs which conducted the poll for Reuters.

Responses to the international poll of 16,262 people in more than 20 countries varied widely.

  • Only six percent of French residents believe in an impending Armageddon in their lifetime,
  • Twenty-two percent in Turkey and the United States believe it's all going to go down soon.
  • Only seven percent in Belgium and eight percent in Great Britain feared an end to the world during their lives.
  • About one in 10 people globally also said they were experiencing fear or anxiety about the impending end of the world in 2012. The greatest numbers were in Russia and Poland; the fewest in Great Britain.

Gottfried also said that people with lower education or household income levels, as well as those under 35 years old, were more likely to believe in an apocalypse during their lifetime or in 2012, or have anxiety over the prospect.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud; editing by Patricia Reaney)

Dear Reader, the last sentence would be quite hilarious if the subject matter weren't so serious. It's not a question of education, erudition, income or any other factor. The fact of the matter is that people are blinded by the world thanks to Satan, who is the god of this world. Look here -

"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."   II Corinthians 4:4

Spiritual blindness is a terrible thing. To be in the dark about spiritual matters leads only in one direction - to hell (Matt. 7:13-14). Don't you know, Sir, that in order to see the kingdom of God you must be born again? Jesus Christ said so in John 3. Read the entire chapter and see for yourself that the Lord makes it clear how you can see everything happening in the world from His perspective.

Once you're saved, you'll be able to see world events with His point of view through a daily diet of Bible study. And these so called chicken littles who cry, 'The sky is falling!' will not cause you to pace fretfully to and fro like a chicken with its head cut off.

Ponder this truth, Reader: Sooner or later, all unrepentant sinners will be mourners. They shall see Christ whom they have pierced, and, though they laugh now, shall mourn and weep in endless horror and despair. They shall gnash their, but to no avail. It will have been too, too late. Hebrews 9:27 sums up the warning starkly: "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"

Don't be one of the chicken littles. They don't know what they're clucking about. I will tell you another truth: The world will end, but not like they tell it, but according to God's word.

Settle the matter with God now. Today is the day of salvation. Read further here: The Plan of Salvation

Marvelous message we bring;
Glorious carol we sing,
Wonderful word of the King:
Jesus is coming again!

Coming again, coming again!
Maybe morning, maybe noon,
Maybe evening and Maybe soon!
Coming again, coming again!
O what a wonderful day it will be—
Jesus is coming again!

1 comment:

robert said...

Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. Your blog caught my eye because I posted an article on John Peterson's gospel song yesterday. Thanks for your thoughts. Yes, "the end of the world" looks quite different for the child of God who's resting in the sufficiency of Christ for time and eternity.