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Peace....

Most of the world's major religions speak of a day of Judgment. The believers in these faiths have looked for this event, this time period since it was predicted. But, is it ever going to come?

Will the world come fact to face with the reality of the One God. Will the wicked world be Judged and destroyed?


Personally, I say yes, however, I would like to see if others will rewspond.



Whirling Moat
"Old fool! This is my hour. Do you not know Death when you see it? Die now and curse in vain!" And with that he lifted high his sword and flames ran down the blade.
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Originally posted by Saracen:
Peace....

Most of the world's major religions speak of a day of Judgment. The believers in these faiths have looked for this event, this time period since it was predicted. But, is it ever going to come?

Will the world come fact to face with the reality of the One God. Will the wicked world be Judged and destroyed?


Personally, I say yes, however, I would like to see if others will rewspond.



Whirling Moat

Personally, on most days I would have to answer no. This is one of the issues that I was obsessed about as a youth, growing up in a tradition that if I was killed with an unacknowledged sin, I was going to be condemned to Hell. Later, I would wake up at night in cold sweats thinking that I had missed the rapture. More years later, I would do my M.Div. thesis on theodicy. A day of judgment (in the Hebrew and Xian traditions - Yom YHWH) is a traditional theodical move, but in the end, I do not find it resolving what it purports.
Peace....


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Personally, on most days I would have to answer no. This is one of the issues that I was obsessed about as a youth, growing up in a tradition that if I was killed with an unacknowledged sin, I was going to be condemned to Hell. Later, I would wake up at night in cold sweats thinking that I had missed the rapture. More years later, I would do my M.Div. thesis on theodicy. A day of judgment (in the Hebrew and Xian traditions - Yom YHWH) is a traditional theodical move, but in the end, I do not find it resolving what it purports.


Kresge, do you believe that the Apocalyptic predictions of the Injeel (New Testament) allude to somethig other than what is generally believed within Abrahamic eschatologies? Or rather are they pure mythology which should be discarded?


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I do not find it resolving what it purports.


Would you expand upon this further?



Whirling Moat
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Originally posted by Saracen:
Peace....


[QUOTE] Personally, on most days I would have to answer no. This is one of the issues that I was obsessed about as a youth, growing up in a tradition that if I was killed with an unacknowledged sin, I was going to be condemned to Hell. Later, I would wake up at night in cold sweats thinking that I had missed the rapture. More years later, I would do my M.Div. thesis on theodicy. A day of judgment (in the Hebrew and Xian traditions - Yom YHWH) is a traditional theodical move, but in the end, I do not find it resolving what it purports.


Kresge, do you believe that the Apocalyptic predictions of the Injeel (New Testament) allude to somethig other than what is generally believed within Abrahamic eschatologies? Or rather are they pure mythology which should be discarded?
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Whirling Moat

To the first part, I would say that the apocalyptic predictions in the NT function in a similar way as those in the Hebrew bible. Indeed, the genre of literature referred to as apocalyptic is rather extensive within the traditions, with some 1 and 2 CE texts were it is difficult to tell whether they are Jewish or Christian.

That said, I view them as myth as the term is used in religious studies. That is stories that are wrestling with primordial and existential issues, that communicate something true, beyond the factical. They should not be discarded, but they must also not be seen as a kind of script for events and affairs to which we denote as history or the historical. More simply put, I do not read religious texts literally. To do so, IMO is not simply anachronistic, but does violence to most religious traditions.
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Originally posted by Saracen:
Peace....

Most of the world's major religions speak of a day of Judgment. The believers in these faiths have looked for this event, this time period since it was predicted. But, is it ever going to come?

Will the world come fact to face with the reality of the One God. Will the wicked world be Judged and destroyed?


Personally, I say yes, however, I would like to see if others will rewspond.


No, I can't say I believe anything of the sort.
Peace....


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To the first part, I would say that the apocalyptic predictions in the NT function in a similar way as those in the Hebrew bible. Indeed, the genre of literature referred to as apocalyptic is rather extensive within the traditions, with some 1 and 2 CE texts were it is difficult to tell whether they are Jewish or Christian.

That said, I view them as myth as the term is used in religious studies. That is stories that are wrestling with primordial and existential issues, that communicate something true, beyond the factical. They should not be discarded, but they must also not be seen as a kind of script for events and affairs to which we denote as history or the historical. More simply put, I do not read religious texts literally. To do so, IMO is not simply anachronistic, but does violence to most religious traditions.



Interesting..I would readily agree with the suggestion that the end times prophecy of the NT are allegorical in a sense, however, I believe that while they are presented in the aforesaid manner, they do in fact allude to something very real which translates into the end of this present world order, and her rulers.

The language of the Apocalyps clearly reveals the fact that the account of John of Patmos was a vision. In this sense the Revelator admits that the story is full of allegorical symbols, however, the meat of the message can be easily determined.

The world's religious systems seem to be in agreement as it relates to the fate of a world which spirals into decadence. It is destroyed.

I believe that this current civilization evidences the degree of degeneracy which warrants the biblical promise.

I agree that we cannot take the vision of John The Revelator literally, however, I do not think that we can escape the core message which is that destruction is coming.



Whirling Moat

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