IS THERE TRUTH IN BIBLICAL FANTASY?
But the apostles of the impossible hedge their bets. The truth be known, those who portend the end say it will depend on the war between good and evil which will cause upheaval on this sphere and the death of every doubting creature who lives here.
Before I tell you more about what the Evangelists have in store as proof the End of Times is coming soon, possibly by this June, I must admit I do not believe a word of it. I am a skeptic, have always been, will always be, and say of every hair-brained theory, prove it to me.
I do not believe in angels, ghosts or devils or any spirits or any mythological illogical apparitions of the fanatical, fanciful faithful fringe. Faith alone is not enough. Truth is based on fact, not fiction. It's not predicated on prediction. That is my conviction. So it be. That is me.
Did you know millions say it's so that 9/11 was a welcome sign of the coming End of Times when Christ will rise again and all believers will be spared and transported to Heaven? Those who believe in prophecy are convinced the Bible is the word of God and His book predicts that death and devastation which rocked our nation and all civilized members of civilization is just the beginning of the end. Nearly 60 percent believe the predictions in Revelation are part of the world's ultimate fatal destination.
As long ago as the sixteenth century, believers feared pictures on government documents looked like the "Mark of the Beast." as it was described in the Book of Revelations.
Sightings are inviting prophecies, believers say. Visions of the Messiah are everywhere, in the exhaust fumes of cars, on wrappings on candy bars, on smoke emissions from cigars. A vision of the Virgin Mary on a grilled cheese sandwich was sold on e-bay, brought about $30,000. And how about this? A talking fish on the way to its slaughter in a New York market
cried out in Hebrew the fear that the end of the world was near. Some believe it is already here and will occur this year, perhaps as soon as June.
If you believe all this and other idiocy, forget fear of a failing economy, welcome floods and droughts and other "acts of God," wars declared and miseries shared. And give three cheers for terror in the Middle East. Has the "Mark of the Beast," as warned in the Book of Revelations, returned to cause devastation to civilization?
If all this unbelievable, widely believed stuff were not enough, a Seattle newspaper asked: "Is Bush the Antichrist?" And a minister cited Bush's support of the "rise in Christian Fascism" as evidence of this belief.
Subliminal messages pop up almost everywhere. Consider the theme of the Bush program, "No child will be left behind." This brings to mind that phrase is also part of the title of a novel based on the Revelations and the Antichrist, "Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days." Is there a connection between Bush's failing program and the novel's description of what happens to those left behind to fight the Antichrist. Possibly not. But with Dubya's weird beliefs and flights of fantastic fantasy, you never can tell.
Well, I'll stick around to wait and see. That is, unless, their predictions come true this June, or soon thereafter.