Whenever a historical weather event blows into town, Christians begin screaming it is a sign of the End Times. As Winter Storm Nemo (when did we start naming winter storms?) sets its sights on the Northeast of America, some Christians began citing bible passages as ‘proof’ the end is nigh.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26)
“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” (Romans 8:22)
These are vague and can be interpreted many ways. Bad weather always existed. Good apocalyptic writing needs to be vague so it can be applied at any time and any place. But that is irrelevant.
Christians who are anxiously awaiting the end are ignorant of scripture and history. Jesus and the early Christians, including Paul, did not think that the end was going to be thousands of years away. They thought it would be during their lifetime. Jesus thought the end was going to happen during his generation.
“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:33-34)
Jesus was a failed apocalyptic prophet. The writers were writing about what was going on around them. 666 (or 616 depending on what ancient text you reference) was the number of the beast and the beast was Nero. It wasn’t a future person. They were writing about the Emperor of Rome.
After time, the end never came Jesus and Paul died. New generations of Christians unsure why Jesus’ predictions never came to fruition had to revise Christianity and ever since we have had followers of Jesus claiming that we are living in the End Times. And all of them have been wrong. For over 2000 years they have been wrong. And they are still wrong. An honest study of the New Testament would make it clear that if the Christians from back then were to see us today, they would tell today’s Christians to just give it up already.
And how do we know that the men who decided to put Revelations (The Apocalypse of John) in the bible picked the correct apocalypse writing? There was also the Apocalypse of Peter that almost made it into the canon. Many thought that Peter’s should have been in the bible but not John’s.
Yes, storms may be more severe but it has nothing to do with an angry Sky Daddy. It has to do with the carelessness of our species in treating this world with respect. The end will not come. Jesus will not come. God will not smite. The only end we should fear is one that we bring upon ourselves. But that we can control. We can change and the future can indeed be bright.
In the meantime, build a snowman, go sledding, sit next to a fireplace with hot cocoa and enjoy life.
P.S. If anyone can come up with a good Finding Nemo / End Times Title to this article, post it in the comments below. Let’s see who can come up with the funniest.