Sunday, November 10, 2013
Let's help the people first and argue about the Biblical ramifications later
The Christian response to such a catastrophe like this should be to love thy neighbor. Yet, so often, what I see in response by so-called Christians is a knee-jerk reaction towards sensationalizing such a disaster and always trying to squeeze it into an eschatological context (as if the 10,000 dead serve no purpose but to aid in the tea leaf reading. The screenshot above is just such an example. It is from a rabid, anti-catholic who often feels free to slander all catholics as pedophiles and worshipers of dead people (two outrageous charges, to say the least).
This particular miscreant does not do a very good job of fact checking, however. For example, he holds up Glenn Beck as one of his fundamentalist heroes, apparently unaware of the fact that Beck is a Mormon.
This particular post is riddled with errors. First, he apparently just did a Google search for "Philippine Typhoon" and ran with the first result, unaware that the story he posted was about Typhoon Bopha, which hit the country last year. Typhoon Haiyan is far worse.
Secondly, his Biblical citation has nothing to do with this (or any) latter time disaster. Jesus is talking specifically to the disciples about the trials they would face at the hands of the Jews (Synagogues, Governors) and the Romans (Kings). This prophecy is not about Jesus coming in glory in the last days (though that certainly will occur), it is about Him coming in judgement against the city of Jerusalem.
This is something that Jesus makes quite clear that the people alive at that time would witness.
Donate to Philippine disaster relief now. Give till it hurts. These people are in a bad way.
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