reply to post by warriorscholar81
Biblical prophecy is dangerous. It corrupts and destroys what may have been otherwise good and decent people. I'm going to use a personal story here,
but only because I'm currently embroiled in it, and it happens to relate to your thread.
I have a friend who grew up in a very devout Evangelical home. Her mother and father read from the Bible every day, and made her and her two brothers
do the same. They tried to attend the Evangelical mega-church that serves our area, but left it, dismayed that the lessons being taught were not the
"real" message of Jesus Christ. I myself am not a Christian, and never attended Church with them, so I cannot say what the "real" message of Jesus
Christ is, per se
Around the same time that her parents became disillusioned with the local Evangelical Church, they pulled my friend out of public school. She was
home-schooled from age fourteen onward. Even though her parents taught the usual subjects (math, history, grammar, etc
.) they also dosed her
with an intense amount of "Biblical" course work as well: daily recitations of scripture, daily readings, and all kinds of lessons on the "evils"
of the modern world.
Flash forward to 2011. With the help of her mom, my friend managed to get a job working for a local charity (she was prohibited from working for, or
going to, any place where women could dress seductively, etc
, which worked out fine since the business had a strict dress-code). I also
happened to apply for the same place, because my previous job was just way too soul-sucking for my liking, and I felt doing charity work was what I
My on-store training was provided for by my friend, and that was how we met. Now, despite how I may sometimes come off on ATS, I actually have a very
warm and inviting personality. I'm friendly, I like to talk with people, and I really enjoy learning about the different ways people live their
lives. I like to think that it is an innocent enough curiosity. The more we worked together, the more friendly we became. Eventually we started
spending a little time after work together (getting coffee, walking around our town's lake, and other such small things).
This was when I learned that she was home-schooled, was only working at the charity because her mother had forbiden her to work anywhere that women
might be looked at with lust, and all the other things she had been brought up with in her Evangelical home. I also learned, though, that she had been
learning about the rest of the world outside of her parent's knowledge.
Since the family lived in a small trailer park in town, they didn't really support themselves in town. Instead, they also owned a farm about an
hour's drive from where I lived. Every weekend her parents would leave, Thursday afternoon, go do their work on the farm, and not come back Monday
afternoon. Since her graduation from home-schooling that had been the routine.
In those four years she had begun meeting people online, visiting colleges, traveling to the nearby city to experience clubs and all other kinds of
things, and, finally, learning Korean. Though she had not told her parents, her goal was to become proficient enough to move to Korea and work as an
English language instructor there. All of this, of course, she never told her parents about. I only learned, because she was able to use spending time
with me as an excuse for going out at times when her parents were home. (I met her parents, exchanged pleasantries, and did everything a good,
friendly person should. It won them over, they liked me, and so on. I figured it was extraneous to cover that in too much detail.)
Anyway, less than a year ago she finally came forward to her parents with her plan to move to South Korea, and had already gotten an interview for a
job teaching English there. Her mom lost her mind over the whole thing (there's a lot of racism in that woman). But, seeing as she had already taken
so many steps, and gotten the interview, and so on and so forth, her parents acquiesced and let her go.
And everything was fine.
Until last Thursday, when she received an e-mail from her mom. Her parents were cutting off financial support, and essentially going to disown her if
she didn't quit her job, leave South Korea, and fly back home immediately. Part of her mother's e-mail, when confronted about why she did it, is as
If you were paying attention to what's happening in the world and read your Bible daily you would know that the prophecies of the book of
Revelation are being proven true. As important as that is, there is something even more important happening. All of the prophecies are happening
quickly. Because of those facts Jesus could rapture his Christians at any time. My greatest fear is that those I love will be doing things the Bible
forbids and left behind to suffer the Tribulation. The only way to avoid that fate is to be taken by Jesus when he calls us. If not, even if someone
were to repent and then live for Christ, there is a terrible price to pay. You would be saved from everlasting hell, but death would come by having
your head chopped off. This is the fate of all those Christians that will come out of the Tribulation.
Life will be glorious after Jesus calls us. It won't be like the movies, but the Bible does paint a wonderful picture for us. After some time we will
all return to a new earth where Jesus will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There will be no trace of original sin. I'm happiest about
having no weeds, or nasty bugs. A eternal body would be great too. Also, it will be wonderful to experience the world the way God created it for us
before Adam and Eve sinned.
So this is the position my friend is in now:
She has left behind family, friends, and all that comforts her in an attempt to stand on her own two feet in a foreign land where she wants to bring
education to others. By all rights she isn't doing anything that goes against Christian doctrine. She even brought her Bible and has been keeping up
with reading it, praying, and all the other things she was brought up to do here in the States. However, because of Biblical prophecy she now has to
choose between two roads:
1) Lose the love and support (emotional and financial) of her family by choosing to stay in South Korea and continue to do her work. (her mom already
disowned both her brothers for failing to come home)
2) Forfeit her chance at independence and autonomy in life, by going home to live a fear-based existence with her mom and dad who think that the End
Times are going to happen any day.
Biblical prophecy has destroyed her life.
Whether Biblical prophecy is true or not, I think it is far more important to recognize how our adherence to Biblical prophecy affects those we love,
and the world at large. Is it right that my friend sacrifices everything she has worked for in life so that she can comfort her mom who thinks some
Biblical prophecy is being fulfilled right now? Is it fair to the young children my friend is helping in South Korea that they lose a teacher and role
model because of some unrelated religious ideal?
They're all tough questions to answer.
And I know the choice she has to make in the coming weeks is even more difficult for her, than for me whose witnessing it from the outside. If the
prophecies of the Bible aren't true, than my friend's rash actions have just impacted a couple hundred lives in a very negative way.
Is that the Christian ideal?
To ruin, en masse
, the world because of your own religious fears?
~ Wandering Scribe