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End of the World

Yesterday morning in Bible class we were discussing the end of the world. Apocalypse. End of Days. Actually, the question asked by our pastor was what movies or books come to mind when thinking about the end of the world.

A few examples were 2012, Star Trek: The Search for Spock  (i.e. The Genesis Project), and, of course, Apocalypse Now. Then there are the Left Behind series of books.

The discussion continued on from there but this started me thinking about people’s reactions to the end of the world. What is the typical reaction? Fear.

For those who don’t believe in God and, subsequently, heaven, I can see how this can be the reaction. After all, if one does not believe in the after life, having the current life end is a scary prospect.

But for Christians, this should not be a typical reaction. For someone who does believe in God and heaven, the end of the world should be a moment of great joy and excitement. Christians should not be cowering in anxiety behind rocks or running for their lives (as if you can run for your life and escape the destruction of the world). Instead they should stand up with their arms spread wide and welcome the new world.

Frankly, for me, the thought that the world might end in my lifetime is rather exciting. Wonderful! Bring it on!!! No more stress, anxiety, fear, sin, anger, frustration, struggles, etc. Just joy, contentment and living in pure love in heaven surrounded by all that I love and then some.

Not that I want the world to end. Not at all. I hate to think about people being fearful or scared. Besides which I think I have a lot more to accomplish in this lifetime and I am not nearly done yet. I don’t in any way welcome death or the destruction of the earth. But I also don’t fear it.

St. Paul says in the Bible that: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. “ Philippians 1:21-24 NIV.

Or for a different take on it: “Alive, I’m Christ’s messenger; dead, I’m his bounty. Life versus even more life! I can’t lose.” (part of the same verses from The Message Bible).

It is better by far to depart and be with Christ. But it is necessary to remain here and do Christ’s work. So living or dying, there is no losing!

I mentioned towards the end of Bible Class that I love my birthday (which I have mentioned in this forum several times). One of the myriad of reasons that I love it is that each year that passes brings me one step closer to going to heaven and being with Jesus.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not wanting this to happen any time soon. Not at all. I am hoping I live a very long life and live well past 100. I have eternity to spend in heaven. I might as well live as long as possible here on earth because eternity is a long time. My time here is a tiny blip so I might as well savor every moment while it lasts and then savor eternity in paradise.

I guess, suffice to say, we don’t have any reason to fear. No one knows the day or time, hour or minute that the world will end. Really. NO ONE KNOWS. And anyone who says they know is lying. Plain and simple. I don’t care whether they claim to be a man of God, or that they received a message from above or that the Mayan calendar is supposedly going to end at the end of this year. No one knows. Jesus says so very distinctly in the Bible. Not even HE knows when it will happen. Only God. And he isn’t telling anyone.

So let’s all relax and live each day to the fullest. Be prepared by doing God’s will, be obedient and be joy filled. But let’s not fear something we don’t know will happen any time soon and isn’t anything to fear anyway. We have no control over it and can’t stop it from happening. It will be when it will be. End of story.

PS A final note on the Mayan calendar. Could be they just made it that way to mess with us. Jolly jokers those Mayans!

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