Word to the Wise: Leave Camping Alone This Time

Most of the world, or western world, was made aware of Harold Camping’s end of the world prediction that was to take place on 21st May 2011. The day went and passed, and as usual, the end of the world did not take place.

Personally, I don’t like the phrase ‘the end of the world’. There is something in American pop theology that sees an importance in creating a kind of scary view on all things eschatological, or last things. I think some of that simply goes away when we realise important truth such as a) we have been in the ‘last days’ since the Christ-event some 2000 years ago, b) Christ has won the victory and so will his people, even if an intense future worldwide tribulation were to come, c) Christ is currently reigning over all heaven and earth, and now our task is to ask that this reality come in this world as it is in heaven, i.e., Matt 6:10. For me, this is a more biblical foundation for last things. Continue reading

Could We Show Compassion to This Man?

There are plenty of heinous things that take place on a regular basis in our world today. We are not privy to such in our day, as if we are in more desperate times than previous days. I believe such has always been prevalent in the history of mankind. It’s just that we have the media and internet today to help emphasise it even more.

In recent months, we have heard of Terry Jones and the Qur’an burning orĀ Jared Lee Loughner and the Tucson shooting, and now many know the name Harold Camping from his recent prediction of the ‘rapture’ that was to take place on 21 May 2011. Obviously, as most of us suspected, it didn’t take place.

With such acts, our tendency is to, no doubt, ridicule these people. Simple mockery and ridicule. And we, Christians, can easily step in and add to the one voice of jeers and sneers as well. Though we love to back up a lot of this by stating we are simply speaking the truth in love, such is far from any notion of being able to be backed up by this quoting of the biblical text. Continue reading

The End of the World?

I think that, by now, most are aware of recent predictions that the ‘rapture’ was supposed to take place on 21 May 2011, which was yesterday. I don’t want to join in with all the bashing of Harold Camping. We claim that Camping is making Christianity look nuts. But we must remember that we can contribute to such an outlook from the world as we participate as well. Anyways….moving on.

Still, amongst many Christians, I do recognise somewhat of an askew perspective on biblical eschatology (this word simply means ‘a study of last things’). I’m not claiming to have all the in’s and out’s figured out, all my i’s dotted and t’s crossed. But there are some more basic concepts that we need to remember, which I will try and lay out below. Continue reading