End Times Conspiracy Theories… 🙄

I recently took a Christian seminary class on new religious movements. Jehovahs Witnesses were among the groups that we studied. One of the things that was pointed out was that a recurring recruitment strategy was predicting the end of the world. This was a successful strategy for getting people into motion: but it was a bit awkward when the end did not come. …and so the dates were adjusted. And adjusted. And then adjusted again.
The old books conveniently vanished, and the new ones made no mention of failed predictions.
“See!” My professor stated triumphantly, “that proves that the religion is false!”
That’s them.
We’re not like that at all, are we? 🤔
Can I be really honest here? When I was a kid, I was told in no uncertain terms that the world was ending within a few years. No joke. It was going to be bad. Really, really bad. I was sincerely terrified. Antichrist, pandemics, floods, governments tracking us through credit cards and cell phones, communism taking over, occultism (paradoxically) rampant in the secular governments. The Temple would be built in Jerusalem, Russia would come marching down (for some reason) to attack. There would be blood everywhere. Rocks would fall from the sky. Demons with scorpion tails stinging everybody. It was going to be bad, people. Really, really bad. Our only hope? “Tell people about Jesus! Then they can escape in the rapture! Otherwise they’ll be…🎶…left behind…🎶…” There were songs, movies, books, sermon after sermon after sermon. It was all there! Right there in the Bible! If you couldn’t see it, plain as day, were you even a Christian?
It’s 2020. Communism is dead, credit cards aren’t the mark of the beast, the Temple hasn’t been built, and satanist/secular world leaders haven’t cut off a single Christian’s head, that I know of.
None of it happened!
🤔 Maybe we could take a moment to reflect that end times conspiracy theories are not the best use of our limited time and resources. 🤷‍♂️ Maybe we could admit that we were wrong. Maybe we could dare to hope that the world won’t explode in a ball of flames in oh, say, ten years or so? Maybe we could switch gears and start thinking about LONG TERM solutions for our planet. Like recycling, maybe? Hug a tree, for your great-great-great-great grandkid’s sake, for example? Maybe we could find other themes in the bible — I don’t know, love, inclusion, and kindness maybe..? — and focus on those for a change?
…or…we could just change the dates, change the predictions, and start all over. 🙄
I just saw this again today online. The guy seems to be deadly serious. I love Jesus and all, but some of this stuff from professing Christians is just 👎🏻.

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