Monday, May 16, 2011

Against the Grain: It's the End of the World?

I hesistate to even mention this, as I don't want to give false witness more space than its already been given.

But I don't think I can ignore it.

Because as we drove to my cousin's graduation party yesterday we got up close and personal with prophetic doom and gloom:

"'...Blow the trumpet ... warn the people' {Ezekiel 33:3}

Judgegement Day

May 21, 2011

The Bible guarentees it."

As John and I read these bolded words covering a billboard alongside of I-294 here in Chicagoland, we couldn't actually ignore the conversation any longer.

We recalled the various tales we've heard these past few weeks leading up to this infamous phrophetic day.

We've heard of friend's friends who've sold everything they own.

We've seen those in the church question whether this Harold Camping could be right.

My future brother-in-law came across a guy at a gas station who was panicking, griping a pamphlet announcing this supposed end of the world, predicted by Harold Camping of Family Radio. He ended up praying with this man, rivetted with anxiety and uncertainty, for nearly 30 minutes.

People -- of various backgrounds and beliefs and faiths -- are buying into this prophecy of the end of the world according to Camping.

And it doesn't baffle me.

Because we're all searching for Truth. Truth in the most capital T, paramount of ways.

IF Harold Camping were right about this predicted end of the Earth AND the end actually came, that would be Truth played out. However, Camping has been wrong before {a blundered 1994 prediction.}

Jesus has never failed me with His words or promises.

According to Jesus, who is described as the Truth, the Way and the Light {John 14:6}, Camping {nor anyone else who makes such predictions of the end of the world} simply CANNOT be certain of his claims.

"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." Matthew 24:36

Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:2 "For you know very well the day of the Lord will come like a theif in the night."

Theives don't plaster billboards along the side of the road announcing which neighborhoods they'll be targeting, let alone which homes they will be robbing.

Likely, neither will God.

If JESUS doesn't even know when He is to return, Camping surely doesn't either.

Camping is using the dip and skip method of Biblical research.

He's taking certain parts of the Bible and deeming them as truthful and reliable and then skipping other essential parts.

And we all know that a house divided against itself cannot stand.

Therefore, scripture doesn't negate other pieces of scripture.

We can't take and apply only parts of the Bible we like and ignore the rest.

We cannot take some of God's Word literally and ignore other pieces.

Either it's the Holy inspired Word of God or it's not.

And I believe it is.

So because I believe Jesus is reliable and that the Bible is the Holy Inspired Word of God, I rest peacefully in Jesus' words, knowing that only the Father knows when Jesus will return.

Which means John and I won't be selling anything we own or cease to prayerfully make plans or live our lives in any other way than we normally would because we are called to engage in life wholly and intentionally, blooming where He's planted us, being the parts of the body.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:21

And since we don't know when that race ends, we'll be running it like normal -- storing up our treasures in heaven {Matthew 6:20} -- today and tomorrow and this week and Saturday and for however much longer this race extends.

{Remember, please, if you disagree, keep the comments kind and respectful. As Melissa says, it's MY blog. So play fair or go home. :) }