I was working on something and a stupid thought (picture, actually) lodged into my head so I’m getting rid of it (and sharing it too) in order to allow me to return to work. On the web, there are certain theological issues that involve rather aggressive fighting between proponents of different positions on the issue. One of those issues is eschatology (namely, “end times” stuff). There are rather a lot of different eschatological positions and a lot of unrelated issues that get dragged into eschatological discussion/debate/drive-by shootings. There are respectable academic discussions that happen online…and then there’s the other 99.8% of “discussion”; the kind that you see on Facebook. It seems like around 99% of Facebook thinks that they’re the first people to seriously study eschatology and imagine that their opponents are idiots for the singular fact of disagreeing with them (or not having read some random book that “destroys” a position). I’ve lurked some discussions and been involved in some of my own, and it’s amazing how many people think that anyone who doesn’t share their eschatological position gets their theology from something like this:
It’s amazing how many professing Christians completely lose their marbles when someone confronts their theological hobby horse (or arsonist leprechaun). There are other people out there who disagree with you who have studied the issue more, read more, and thought more about the issues that you’re talking about. They might still be wrong, but they’re more than likely not imbeciles.
This post has been brought to you by the book of Revelation, the numbers 2 and 5…but that’s a post for another day.
Now back to work.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Blame the drugs” Unger
P.S. – Here’s one more picture I had in my head: