Friday, April 24, 2015

The Weird Logic of Bringing on the Apocalypse

When you believe the end of the world will be a great thing, it's hard to keep straight what is good and what is bad. Consider these words from former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who can't decide whether to attack President Barack Obama or praise him for "bringing the world to end times":
We need to cry out to a Holy God. This is coming faster than anyone can see.. . . Barack Obama is intent, it is his number one goal, to ensure that Iran has a nuclear weapon. Why? Why would you put the nuclear weapon in the hands of madmen who are Islamic radicals? . . . We get to be living in the most exciting time in history. Christians should rejoice. Jesus Christ is coming back. We, in our lifetimes potentially, could see Jesus Christ returning to Earth, the Rapture of the Church. . . . These are wonderful times.
I thought I was a liberal about Iran, but not even I would describe an Iranian bomb as "wonderful times."

1 comment:

G. Verloren said...

I'm so sick of these idiotic predictions. And that's just the ones that have been made and inevitably failed in my own lifetime! Christian zealots have been performing this same song and dance for centuries, every single time conveniently forgetting or ignoring the thousands and thousands of Apocalypses that were promised but never delivered.

Can we get The Vatican to issue a papal bull declaring Revelations to be apocryphal or something? Of all the books of the New Testament, it's one of the most distantly removed from the rest in both content AND historical origin.

If not that, can we at least get a denunciation of the notion that the "End Times" are anywhere near being upon us? It can even be framed as being on the same side of these lunatics, saying "Look, we've got people who spend their whole lives studying the Apocalypse and communing with the big guy upstairs, and if the end of the world was coming, we'd know and you'd know, so stop reading too much into things!"

...of course, this all assumes American Christians even know or care who the Pope is, and respect him and the Vatican's authority and policies - which might be assuming far, far too much for many of them.