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Do you really think the end is near?

"Over the past century, violent images from World War II concentration camps, Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur, Iraq, and many other times and places have been seared into our collective consciousness. These images have led to a common belief that technology, centralized nation-states, and modern values have brought about unprecedented violence."
"Our seemingly troubled times are routinely contrasted with idyllic images of hunter-gatherer societies, which allegedly lived in a state of harmony with nature and each other. The doctrine of the noble savage—the idea that humans are peaceable by nature and corrupted by modern institutions—pops up frequently in the writing of public intellectuals like, for example, Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset, who argued that "war is not an instinct but an invention."

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:01 PM on Jul. 23, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • "But now that social scientists have started to count bodies in different historical periods, they have discovered that the romantic theory gets it backward: Far from causing us to become more violent, something in modernity and its cultural institutions has made us nobler. In fact, our ancestors were far more violent than we are today. Indeed, violence has been in decline over long stretches of history, and today we are probably living in the most peaceful moment of our species' time on earth."

    From: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/greatergood/2009april/Pinker054.php
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:01 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • hello :).. FIrst this is a world without end Ephesians 3:21 21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. But saying that means there are slot of bible prophesy is coming to pass and the last thing to happen before the rapture is the start of the New World Order and that is about to happen now so its almost time for the church to be called up to be with Jesus..WE DO NOT KNOW THE DAY OR THE HOUR BUT WE DO KNOW WHEN ITS AT THE DOOR..I feel in my spirit that it is at the door...I do know this world is going to get worse people think that the economy is getting better when its really getting worse there are alot of stuff the government is not telling us.. Are dollar bill is dieing meaning that we will be gong to coins.. CONT..

    hinson7169

    Answer by hinson7169 at 3:14 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • Meaning people will be making 2 cents on the dollar.. This world is going to get worse but the people that are saved will be gone up before it gets to bad. Thank you Jesus..We got to ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins everyday cause NO SIN WITH ENTER INTO HEAVEN.. If you want more information just email me.. I have bible verses.. God bless

    hinson7169

    Answer by hinson7169 at 3:16 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • The end of the world has been a problem since man started walking on 2 legs. lol
    Zakysmommy

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 3:20 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • What about the claim that Armageddon will be a holocaust involving weapons of mass destruction or a collision with a celestial body? Would a loving God allow such a horrific end to humankind and their home, the earth? No. He expressly states that he did not create the earth “simply for nothing” but “formed it even to be inhabited.” (Isaiah 45:18; Psalm 96:10) At Armageddon, Jehovah will not ruin our globe in a cataclysmic conflagration. Rather, he will “bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”—Revelation 11:18.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:29 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • Over the centuries, a pressing question that has generated endless speculation has been, When will Armageddon come? Examining the book of Revelation in the light of other parts of the Bible can help us determine the timing of this crucial battle. Revelation 16:15 links Armageddon with Jesus’ coming as a thief. That word picture is also used by Jesus in describing his coming to execute judgment on this system of things.—Matthew 24:43, 44; 1 Thessalonians 5:2.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:30 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • As shown by the fulfillment of Bible prophecies, since 1914 we have been living in the last days of this system of things.* Marking the final part of the last days will be the period that Jesus called the “great tribulation.” The Bible does not say how long that period will be, but the calamities associated with it will be worse than anything the world has ever seen. That great tribulation will culminate at Armageddon.—Matthew 24:21, 29.

    Since Armageddon is “the war of the great day of God the Almighty,” there is nothing that humans can do to postpone it. Jehovah has set an “appointed time” for that war to start. “It will not be late.”—Habakkuk 2:3.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:30 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • OP, you have to understand that people have all different eschatological viewpoints of "the end times" and "the end of the world." Many people literally lay out Revelation as a timeline and are each convinced in their own day and age that "this is it! This is what the Bible was talking about" everytime something bad or similar to the Biblical description happens. Other people believe that there is indeed a physical, peaceful millenium, but that Jesus does not physically rule on earth but from heaven. So "improvements" in the world only confirm this theory. Those who think it gets really bad just before Christ comes and that Revelation plays word for word like a story line do not represent all of us.
    NovemberLove

    Answer by NovemberLove at 3:41 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • Nope, I don't think we are anywhere near "THE END." The Christians have been watching and waiting for 2000 years now... It's really getting a little old. I think we are headed for a change and an end to the way we know things. But more like a new dark age than the end of everything.


    All things in this world repeat. And if you take a look at history you will see the same things over and over again. Sure, we see our time as the worst. But are we? No. We just have better media coverage. Think about it. If there was a world news station during the times of the ancient Aztecs or Egyptians wouldn't they have felt the same way about each other as we did about the Nazis?


    Through History, each time any nation gets to powerful, it collapses on it self. And - Enter a Dark Age... It's not mystical or God given. It's pure human greed and arrogance and Karma on a world wide level!

    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 3:44 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • I am an amillenialist. I believe in a figurative translation of Revelation (and corresponding texts) and the "1,000 years" was figurative for a very long but unknown amount of time (no one knows the day nor hour) starting when Jesus deafeated death at the cross. Revelation does not play out as a story line but is rather 7 groups of discriptions describing parts of the same event. We believe that the "millenium" predictions and the "tribulation" predictions both began at Jesus' death and resurrection and are perpetually fulfilled. There have been multiple antichrists, multiple periods of war and betrayal and multiple fulfillments of various aspects of the prophecy and multiple periods of peace and improvement and there will continue to be until Jesus comes back. We are not waiting for any specific event or person to signify "the end" or "end times" we're waiting for Jesus to come. (cont.)
    NovemberLove

    Answer by NovemberLove at 3:45 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

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