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The End of the World is Nigh!!

December 23, 2012

The-End-Is-NighTwo days ago, on Friday 21 December the world was due to come to an end, or so we were told.

Obviously it didn’t, we are all still here, there were no meteor showers, nor were there any large scale volcanic eruptions, in fact 21 December was much like 20 December, just another day in the lead up to Christmas.

The 2012 Phenomenon has been linked to Mayan beliefs that stated 2012 as the last year in their 5,125 year cycle, that mixed in with alleged astronomical alignments and various numerological formulae and you have yourself a recipe for hysteria.

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Most ‘sensible’ people don’t seem to have been too distracted this time round with the bogus prophecies, but I am amazed at just how many times over the last few years we seem to have had similar predictions made by a variety of different people.

What I also find amazing is how many of these people seem to be religious people, and furthermore how many of them seem to be Christians.

I think that this fascination that seems to exist with all things Armageddon is something of an unhelpful distraction. I am deeply saddened by how many Christians seem to get caught up with ‘the end times’ and everything else that goes with it. Yes it does seem that there is a lot of disturbing things happening in the world today, ‘wars and rumours of wars’, ‘natural disasters’ and other things that might cause us to consider the coming of Christ being on the horizon, but are we not in danger of being too distracted by this and taking our eyes off what really ought to be our priority.

This is what the Apostle Paul says in writing to the church in Corinth:

apostlepaul“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures”

1 Corinthians 15: 1-4

To my mind it looks like Paul is instructing us here to not get too distracted with other issues. Yes it’s helpful to discuss ‘the signs of the times’, and yes it’s helpful to discuss Israel, and yes it’s helpful to discuss a trillion other things. But ask yourselves this question ‘are we being slightly distracted from that which is of first importance?

Have a quick think today about the topic that dominates your church pulpit.

Is the main theme that you hear week in and week out that of the life, death and resurrection of God incarnate? Or is it something else? If it’s the latter then can I humbly urge you to hear Paul’s provocation; stop being distracted.

Please for the good of all people’s everywhere let’s prioritise the preaching, teaching, promotion and discussion of the glorious gospel of Christ. Don’t graduate past it, don’t get bored of it, spend the rest of your lives being delighted with it.

Christie+Unveils+Huge+Colourless+Diamond+ehD-c4MWxQMlIt has been said by people far wiser than I, but observing and studying the gospel of Christ is something like holding a beautiful diamond in our hands, the more we study it the more we are likely to catch a glimmer of reflected light and beauty from a perspective we’ve not yet experienced.

The gospel is huge and it’s glory, it’s beauty and it’s impact cannot be exhausted.

So please this Christmas season, spend some time getting your teeth stuck in.

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2 Comments
  1. Sam permalink

    Here you go a comment for you!

    I agree, by and large. It would probably be helpful to think a well and add in, that thinking about “the end of the world” isn’t a bad thing. In fact I think if more of our time was devoted to thinking on heaven, hell, eternity in general then that is going to inspire us far more and is absolutely fundamental to the gospel. We can become too focused on the hear and now when actually, eternity is what we are heading for. And if we geniunely believe Christ could return at any point, that should be affecting the way we live.

    Just a thought, but I do agree, lets not get caught up with dates and times etc. A load of poppycock.

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