VALIDATING YOUR PARKING TICKET
Apparently we are the only species WHO wastes time thinking about WHY we are HERE and WHERE we are going WHEN we die.
Over the last 5,000 years homo escapeons have developed some elaborate designs on the the subject. The Egyptians may well have created Monotheism (although it didn't stick) and it was improved upon by the Hebrews and later revamped by the Christians and other groups who all claim to have the exclusive rights to the ultimate truth.
Today over half of all living humans prefer the idea of One God (although they don't agree on HIS name or format) while others prefer the 'green' recycling program of Reincarnation.
Far be it for me to tell you which is a better bet.
Today we are going to have a refresher course on the END OF DAYS or END TIMES.
The myriad of existing Protestant Christian Denominations disagree on the details (because they are competing for your soul and dollars) but the basic outline is something like this.
This fantastic scenario has been generously supplied thanks to the hard work and egregious misinterpretations of the Book_of_Revelation which has been revised over two millenia.
I lovingly referred to Revelation as the Book of EXIT-US while I walked the Earth as a Pentecontesticle (the apex believer) during the 80s..
and yes I was a sorry excuse for such a creature but I did do my homework on GENEsis and Exit-us.
Let us examine the program, and try to keep up, you don't want to get Left_Behind and miss the Rapture!
A. Ever since the creation of Israel in 1948 the Dispensationalists have been sitting on on pins and needles. This was the greatest sign that the Last Days were at hand. One thing that you should note is that atleast 70 Million Evangelical Americans support Israel's existence for this very reason.
B. If you wake up one day and notice that all of the 'real' Christians are gone you are in trouble. You missed the Rapture. Oh sure there will be 3.5 years of world peace courtesy of the Antichrist but the next 3.5 are brutal!
C. The Antichrist will arise out of some Euorpean Organisation (talk about the ultimate white-male-euro-guilt-trip!) and Satan is locked up for one thousand years of Peace on Earth..it's all good...and then???
D. Satan is inexplicably released for one last kick at our cans!? Well all of this ends with the FINAL Judgement (Thank GOD!) and then the New Earth is formed.
Now you may or may not believe this (millions do) so hopefully you are living your lives accordingly and covering all of the bases.
The whole scheme of things certainly seems like a lot of extra work for GOD when HE could have destroyed Satan before he rebelled but then this is a moot point because GOD knew that Satan was going to be doing all of this before GOD created Satan!
In a nutshell this entire plan was developed for your benefit. It is all about your precious free will so don't squander it like all of those millions of people throughout history who were tortured and killed for believing the wrong thing!
Please be mindful of the fact that this topic is near and dear to many. That being said I remember the words of another John, John Lennon, who said,
"Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."
In the end worrying about making 'Last Call' (the Rapture) shouldn't supercede imitating all of the Love Thy Neighbour and Turning The Other Cheek messages. I somehow think that saying "Neener" or "See I told you so" isn't very *productive.
This End Times mindset (the 400 pound Gorilla in the room that we politely ignore) combined with the love of Money, Oil and Power, are at the very heart of the War in Iraq thanks in part to the most openly religious President in modern history.
*It should be noted that the rest of us won't be able to see you gloat if we are stuck down here anyway!