a reply to: Peeple
The Greek word means 'to disclose' but took on a new and different meaning when Christianity gained power.
It still means that.
The Greek word apokálypsis
, which is where we get "apocalypse," only occurs one time in the Holy Bible, and that is in the title of the book
we refer to as "The Revelation of John." The actual title is "The Apocalypse of John." It literally means "to uncover."
The meaning of the term "apocalypse" was not changed by Christians. It was changed by those who tried to understand the Holy Bible without studying it
thoroughly and without any insight into the religion. "The Revelation of John" is a description of a series of visions had by John on the Isle of
Patmos... visions which he interpreted to be of the future and especially of the final days of mankind in Earth. Those visions are sometimes
terrifying, speaking of great wars and devastation. So as time went on, those who tried to read the book without context or understanding assumed that
the title, the "apocalypse," was a reference to a great calamity.
That's where the word changed meaning in popular culture. Christians in John's time knew exactly what he meant. It took centuries of misinterpretation
by those who had only a passing familiarity with the Holy Bible and Christianity, translators, and popular icons for the popular but incorrect meaning
to be "calamity."
Ironically, this shifting of meanings is still going on today. You, OP, just provided a wonderful example of it. I'll try to point out some of the
high points; it would take a literal novel-length essay to address all the misconceptions in your relatively short OP.
That was around 2000 years ago. Since then people always expect 'any day now' quite a bunch of Christian sects have been made possible because
someone convinced enough people the day is close.
And every one of them has been somewhat right. The vision in "The Revelation of John" started at the time of Jesus. It is not of a single event, but
of a series of events. Those events are still occurring and have been occurring.
Yes, many got the meaning wrong. What else is new? People get things wrong all the time... we call it "news."
Christianity was only possible because the Jews believed a Messiah would come and after that the world would be just and pure, God's kingdom
will come. It never did.
The main difference between Judaism and Christianity is that the Jews are still waiting on the Messiah. Christians believe the Messiah has already
come and gone, and that He will return again. There is no date specified for this second coming of the Messiah (Jesus), so therefore it cannot be said
that the prophesy of the second coming was wrong.
I could make the statement, "There will be a large earthquake in California," and I would be correct. At some point in the future there will
a great earthquake in California. Since I did not say when this great earthquake would occur, it cannot be said that my "prophesy" failed.
What John's vision does do is to show through the chronology of the events described a way to determine just how close we are to the "Day of
Judgement." We do not have an exact date, and the events prophesied are happening just as predicted.
A Jewish sect, Jesus was a Jew, all the first Christians were Jews...still waiting for the Messiah who never was and never came
Of course they were all Jewish. That's what we call in Alabama a "DUH."
Here's an interesting fact for you: there are actually three major religions on Earth which have their basis in the Holy Bible:
- Judaism of
course, is a religion that focuses around the descendants of Isaac, son of Abraham (Abram) and Sarah (Sarai). It is Judaism that foretells the coming
of a great Messiah, who will be a descendant of the Jewish House of David.
- Christianity is a religion that encompasses all peoples. It is based on the belief that the prophesied Messiah of the Jewish people was, in fact,
Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus taught that by His coming and His foretold sacrifice, all people would be welcomed into the Kingdom of God, not only the
- Islam is a religion which focuses on the descendants of Ishmael, son of Abraham and Hagar. Through jealousy, Sarah caused Abraham to abandon Hagar
and Ishmael, and God blessed them that their descendants would be a great multitude. The followers of Islam believe in Jesus as well as the Christians
and Jews, but consider Him a prophet like the Jews rather than a Messiah. Their Messiah was Muhammed.
In the beginning 'Christian' was synonymous with criminal & trouble-maker.
Another "Duh" moment here. Of course they were considered troublemakers! They actually were. The trouble they stirred up, however, was refusing to
denounce Jesus as the Messiah. They bucked the established religions of the world and thus were called troublemakers.
There's nothing new about that. Remember the hippies? They were called troublemakers and criminals as well, when most of them just wanted to get
stoned and chill out, maaan... peace, maaaan... free love, maaan...
How the oldest lie ever told to humanity, that a Messiah will come and fix all their problems, is despite all evidence to the contrary 2000+
years later still considered true by a non-insignificant amount of people.
Who said that the Messiah would come to Earth and "fix all their problems"? It wasn't any of the prophets who foretold the coming of the Messiah. They
simply said that a Great Messiah would come and establish a Kingdom on the Earth.
Well, it looks to me that such is exactly what Jesus did. He established a church that serves as a kingdom for those who believe in Him. This kingdom
is world-wide, existing in practically every country on Earth, contributing massive amounts of money, time, and labor to worthy causes across the
globe. They (at least try to) follow the laws of God rather than the laws of man. Many are killed on a regular basis for daring to do so.
Do some of them make mistakes? Of course! A large part of the religion is acknowledging that man is not perfect and thus cannot please God unless he
accepts the sacrifice of Jesus as payment for being so imperfect. And there's a lot more to accepting that sacrifice than just saying "God forgives me
because Jesus"... that's what the unenlightened say. The Holy Bible says differently.
I will close with this one statement of observation: when I come across something I do not accept, especially if it is not forced upon me, I tend to
ignore it. A good example is the Church of Scientology; I think they're full of crap and that's that. I need spent no more time on them. If I were to
become fascinated with why so many people are members of the Church of Scientology, that would actually indicate that I am interested in Scientology.
Otherwise, it would be completely illogical for me to spend any time thinking about them.
You, OP, are searching for something you cannot find. You know it is there, but you are afraid to allow yourself to find it. I advise you, then, to be
not afraid... Jesus will not hurt you. Christians will not hurt you. God will not hurt you. Only your fear can hurt you, and only if you continue to
allow it to do so.
You need not reply to that last part; simply consider it at your leisure.