reply to post by Norio Hayakawa
The problem with what you've done, here, is that you've taken the fact that the military published a report about the impact of millennialism on
national security, and converted that news into a blog-report about what fundamentalists believe is going to happen at the end of the world.
The actual report goes through and analyzes the PHENOMENA of 'apocalyptic beliefs' and those dedicated to them. It's not necessarily aimed at any
particular religion, but must consider the major influences in America (which happens to have a very large Christian base).
The report doesn't paint anyone as the bad guy. That is not what it is intended to do. It is intended as an intelligence brief to policy makers so
that they can be aware of different factors that can influence national security. Naturally - if a statistically significant portion of the
population believes their way of life may come to an end almost any day, it's a point of concern.
There's nothing in the report that really seems to say: "Fundamentalism is bad" - but it does break down many of the principles, analyze its
influence on society, and give some guidelines for how to handle problems that may crop up.
In short - It's their JOB to think about "what if." There are military reports out there that, in less direct wording, attempt to form a
contingency to handle a "zombie apocalypse" similar to Resident Evil or I am Legend sort of scenarios.
Does it mean they are sitting on the edge of their seat, waiting to kill the first zombie that crops up? No - but if it does, they have a contingency
in place to handle it so that people don't turn around and say: "Hey, you all are supposed to be protecting us - and here New York turned into a
massive zombie feast." Or - in this context: "Hey, where were you guys - a bunch of these fundie 'christians' blew up half a dozen buildings to
try and bring about the damned apocalypse!"
Next time, please do not use 'my' military to try and justify and further your own religious (or anti-religious) agenda. It's corrupt
As a side note - I am a Christian. I don't claim to have all the insight into the 'end times' - humans always seem to think the world is about to
come to an end - it's repeated time after time in almost every culture, the Aztecs (I believe, it may have been the Maya) sacrificed people like no
tomorrow in the event of an eclipse, because they believed the world would end if they didn't. Or, maybe they didn't - they just wanted an excuse
to kill people, I don't know.
But - If it really is the "end times," and it is to happen like scripture says it will, then I think anything we end up trying to do to avert it
will simply make it happen. The faces might change because of it - but whether we sit and do nothing or give it our best shot to keep it from
happening, it would be rather futile.
The only way I can see of potentially averting it would simply be to take each day as it comes, and live as wisely and justly as we possibly can (for
those of faith - according to how their faith tells them to live each day).
In that event - if it happens, it happens. If it doesn't - we're doing good anyway, so no problem.
On a personal note, though - I'm of a survivalist mentality - I'm never prepared well enough, and always thinking of new things to try and prepare
And, I do believe, the Bible has something to say about those who try and predict the end-times. Pretty much to the effect of: "you are full of
crap, and aren't doing anyone any favors." I would have to find that passage, though.