Thursday, December 6, 2012

The End of the World

     A few weeks ago someone was telling me about how the world is experiencing more earthquakes than ever before. My response to them was that the world ended for me as soon as I became a follower of Jesus Christ. Not sure if they fully understood this but as a Christian I have a desire to be with my God. In addition, if I were to fear the end it would have to be constant. I can't tell you how many times I have heard that the end of the world is coming. As most of us know it is even supposed to end this month according to the Mayans. Of course such fear as natural as it might be is not fitting for a child of God. For it is not the will of God that any of us live in fear. Rather, it's our calling to learn to celebrate the experience of God in all things.
     The scriptures teach us that God is always working for our best interests. One of my favorite passages that demonstrates this is in Jeremiah 29:11 where it says, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"(NIV).To truly believe this about God becomes a liberating experience in the face of all obstacles. Where others see darkness, hopelessness, or fear we are given the opportunity to have nothing but hope. For us there is no circumstance too grim for "If God is for us, who can be against us?"(Rom. 8:31).Even if the world were to end daily for us it's another opportunity to expect great things of God.
     God has given us no reason to fear the end. As St. John Chrysostom once said in his famous Pascha sermon: "Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it. He destroyed Hell when He descended into it. He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh". Death at one time in the world was tragic because it truly meant our end. However, God destroyed its power and now every death for those who believe becomes a demonstration of the power of God. For us tragic events like the end of the world are moments in which God will do something wonderful in us.
     I don’t think it right to want the world to end. Also, I can understand that it is natural to experience fear of death. However, fear does not need to control us. It is really sad to see people that profess Christ stocking up on ammo and building bomb shelters in fear things like the "doomsdays" we hear so much about. Why bother to get a few more years in only to continue to live in fear of what you cannot avoid? Why not rather invest your resources in the kingdom of God? The only real effort that works against what we fear is our faith. So in place of the material resources that we think will keep us safe it would be better to give alms. In this way we truly show the "the end" that it will have no power over us.
     The Master was born into a world that was ending just as we are. He did not run from it as we do but trusted in the Fathers plan. Who knows the great struggle our Master faced when death came for him but He did not fail to have hope. There might have been a time in our lives when we were not capable of the hope our Master had. However, because God became man we have the power through Him to become what He is. We can access by faith a hope that will get us through any tragedy, even the end of the world. Fear has no place in the person who is becoming what God is by grace. For such a person there is nothing but the good to expect.

1 comment:

  1. God has given us no reason to fear the end. This is true. We should always believe in God. There's a reason why all of this is happening or why the world will end. But only God can tell us when will the world end.
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