Life and Death and the Last Days, or Why Eschatology Matters

Posted By on September 17, 2014

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Bad eschatology breeds bad parenting, at least, and poor planning in general.

Her children display obvious skepticism. As she sits trying to persuade them that the Rapture will indeed happen any day now, one daughter responds sheepishly, “Well, it could happen.” She is rebuffed immediately: “It will happen. There’s no ‘could’ to it.”

In a later private session, the daughter, Kristin, says she does believe but hopes the Rapture happens later: “I always wanted to be a part of it, but I wanted to be like 85.” In other words, she wants to live her life and not be pressured into forgoing perfectly biblical desires for marriage and motherhood because of the threat of imminent rapture.

Her sister, Ashley, then expresses a more biblical view of Christianity than her mother’s Rapture-centrism: “It scares me. Like Kristie feels, I kind of wish that I knew that I had time. I really want to get married and I want to have kids, and raise a family, and work, and do all that.”

Kristin adds, “It doesn’t seem fair. Your grandparents have lived these long lives and have all these stories to tell you, and they’ve kind of adjusted to the fact that, you know, they’re not going to live terribly much longer. And so you’ve grown up hearing all these stories . . . and you want to live these experiences yourself; and if you’re done at 24, there’s only so many experiences you get to have.”

Both of these young ladies have a more biblical view of Christianity than their parents. They want to live in the kingdom of God (as He instituted it), get married (as He instituted it), have children (as He instituted it), work (as He instituted it), and experience all He has for them to experience. In short, they want to glorify God and enjoy him forever.

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One Response to “Life and Death and the Last Days, or Why Eschatology Matters”

  1. Hobbit says:

    Agreed, and this is a good topic to visit.

    The Pentecostal community I grew up in made a lot of the Rapture and the End Times – giving us, in the process, the Last Daze – and for me, I eventually soured on the topic. I believe what it says in the Creed: “He will return in power and great glory to judge the living and the dead, and his Kingdom will have no end” – and this is where our focus should go. How the End times will play out is anyone’s guess.

    I am not sure if the article’s description of Dispensationalism is completely fair – e.g. there are many who actively believe in the evangelisation of the Jewish nation – but that is a separate issue.

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