Posts Tagged ‘do Christians want the end of the world to come?’

end of the worldI am just LOVING the photos used to illustrate the point in this meme, found on an internet atheism community.

Apparently as a follower of Jesus of Nazareth (who many people believe is the Son of God), I’m rubbing my hands in gleeful anticipation of a nuclear holocaust annihilating our world. And I have no use for gloriously sunny summer days. Yech. Where’s my wonderful atomic bomb? 😉

OK, now that we’ve had a laugh, consider this: in all my years of being a Jesus follower, I’ve never met a single person who’s counting the days ’til God puts an end to this planet.

Not even one.

Oh, I’m sure there are a few out there; maybe they’re holed up in some bizarre, remote compound with guns and emergency supplies (which wouldn’t make sense; what use would that stuff be if the world ended?). But they’re a rare and possibly damaged breed.

The rest of us are enjoying the same beautiful places that atheists, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and agnostics appreciate. The only difference is most Jesus followers are keenly aware of who is behind not just sunny days, but every kind of day: the Creator and master of time, space and the universe.

That means the most beautiful day for Jesus followers is every day. Just like it is for the person who created this meme.

All that said, there is a grain of truth here: the end of the world is coming. Sadly, there is an industry out there amongst some Jesus followers who damage the credibility of Jesus by trying to predict that time.

All they — and you — have to do is read this excerpt from one of the original-source biographies of Jesus: “No one knows when that day or time will be. The Son and the angels in heaven don’t know when that day or time will be. Only the Father knows.”

These are the words of Jesus. So why waste time trying to figure it out? Instead, I keep in mind these words of a man whom Jesus personally taught to follow Him: “God is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.”

That’s right. YOU, and millions of other people who don’t follow Jesus, are the reason this broken, sputtering world is still lurching forward.

If you believe there’s nothing beyond this life — and when you die, ALL that you are will become nothing more than worm food — then maybe these “holdouts” are a good thing to you.

But if you somehow know there MUST be more than 75 years of eating, sleeping, working, having children, getting sick and leaving behind all your precious possessions, then it’s worth seriously checking out Jesus.

He’s a gift, offered to every person on this planet, no matter how “good” or “bad” they (and YOU) are, how rich or poor you are, how joyous or miserable you are. That gift leads to eternal life in Heaven with Jesus. Look into it, ’cause no matter what our culture insists, this is the most important investigation you can ever undertake.

Read Full Post »