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Apocalypse...now?

February 11, 2018

 

If you ask the mainstream psychologist or anthropologist their thoughts on the human obsession with the apocalypse, they would posit that it grew out of myth and/or religious ritual. They will tell you all about societal constructs, and our hunter gatherer ancestors facing death daily giving us a biological awareness of doom. They will say; since all prominent myths and religions have apocalyptic narratives, then that is the reason our generation is obsessed, it is part of our shared heritage. 

 

But, what (I dare ask) led to this commonality of apocalyptic talk among such diverse people groups? The assumption ultimately lies in Darwinism, that since a feeling of doom somehow improved survival, it became essential to our species. But what happens to this theory when you are forced to acknowledge an infinitely brilliant creator? Does everything set on fire?

 

On the contrary, the apocalypse fires are extinguished. Our myths, legends, and religions have apocalyptic narratives because from the foundations of the Earth, God has been preparing a new creation. In the expanding universe, God tipped his hand, revealing not only that our age had a start, but will have an end. Judgement Day is coming. The world sees this in fear; coming with disease, catastrophe and destruction. Their fear of the end is merited for indeed the unregenerate ought to fear the Lord's Judgement. The Christian, however, should never view the ends of days with anxiety (looking at you Kirk Cameron). We yearn for the day when the fullness of God's people has come and heaven and earth are reunited in the New Creation. Therefore, preach the gospel, and turn off The Walking Dead.

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