There’s talk of the End of the World approaching again.
And this time Christians attest the biblical proof that planet Earth might be approaching the end of an Age is irrefutable.
They say the signs are all around us:
- The 7.7-magnitude earthquake that struck the Cayman Trough in January
- The simmering tensions between the U.S. and Iran that nearly escalated into full-blown war
- The devastating brush fires and dust storms that ravaged Australia
- The locust swarms plaguing East Africa and the Middle East that threatens the food-security of millions
- The political turmoil in Europe that paved the way for Britain to turn its back on its EU neighbors
- Climatic extremes across the globe
- The outbreak of a virulent pandemic of COVID-19, along with its brutal cannibalization of global financial markets.
The Great Purification
The End of the World, as many Christian scholars see it, doesn’t mean the world is going to end tomorrow or next week but that recent earth-shaking events are a warning-sign that we are about to enter a novel period of planetary turmoil or tribulation.
In the bible, this foreboding period of unprecedented global suffering and distress is preceded by a divine intervention by God in the course of human affairs.
Hopi Elders even have a name for it. They refer to this troublesome period as The Great Purification and they say few are likely to survive it.
Crises and problems of the world
In today’s secular world, where science and technology have a digital answer for virtually everything, such talk, no matter how convincing the arguments are, doesn’t bode well with today’s humanist society.
As they see it, reality is linear, dictated by reason, governed by the laws of science, and not subjected to any life-altering changes caused by a supernatural realm.
Be that as it may; no one can argue that the year 2020 is starting off remarkably different from any other most of us have seen in our life times.
This is all under-scored by an ever-worsening series of crises that are threatening life on this planet for all us.
The planet’s problems are numerous and compounding: climate change, ocean acidity and pollution, food and water scarcity, the rise in carbon emissions, the eradication of rain-forests and the destruction of coral reefs, unsustainable food demands, newly emerging disease patterns and growing anti-microbial resistance, the melting of polar ice caps and the subsequent rise of sea-levels across the globe.
Science and religion will never fully agree with each other. But at least now, they can meet in the same room and discuss why the impetus to address or even solve some of the world’s most urgent problems appears to have run out of steam.
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” – Luke 21:25,26