posted on Dec, 20 2007 @ 09:06 PM
Originally posted by LightinDarkness
I am a Christian, and I do not understand Christianity's obsession with the end of the world. People having been proclaiming the end is near since
about 10 years after Jesus died. People quote prophesy which makes statements that have always described the world (as someone has pointed out). The
world has always been consumed with wars, riots, famine, disease, and people hating each other.
It's called "apocalyptic joy".
And to me, it's perfectly understandable.
You listed the reasons for it yourself: was, riots, disease... not to mention personal losses and tragedies.
On the other hand, there is the promise of a new beginning, a new - far, FAR better - world where there is no more death, disease, suffering.
How could people NOT look forward to the "second coming" in eager anticipation?
That is what they're waiting for: the oncoming "new world", God's kingdom - not the "end of the world" as such.
BTW, I am a Christian too, and I've never noticed any Christians around me even talking about the "end of the world" (as an imminent event, that
is), let alone "obsessing" by it . (The again, many people ARE obsessing over it - and many from among those are surely from a Christian background,
so in that sense you may be right.)
[edit on 20-12-2007 by Vanitas]