With terror looking to endings they never make new beginnings
Unhinging rationality in dark expectation of fiery condemnation
Of the whole world into which they’ve been uncaringly thrown
With seeds of destruction already sown before the dawn of ages
So ancient sages taught while pointing to the coming of demons
Demanding their worth in worship as they feed on human flesh
With hope of salvation coming only after total decimation in fire
When the devil finally burns on funeral pyre in everlasting hell
Ah! All work before this grand last day is for them mere futility
Beneath the dark inscrutability of an uncaring god not daring
Any enterprise in saving such an otherwise beautiful creation
In which this deity delighted before s/he benighted humanity
To carefully rule an uncultivated earth predestined for decay
Or so they say as suspicions of efforts for tranquility increase
With persistent resistance to canorous concord among nations
With fear an anti-Christ is near at hand to demand allegiance
And so with such an apocalypse so certainly certain in view
Of such mournful souls the bell tolls for the death of all hope
As the scope of the sensibility of living life in loving delight
Whether night comes or day ever stays as bright as the Son
Continues to close with each turning page in advancing age
With but one purpose to die for yet none for which to exist
Because all was long ago lost to the tremendous cost of sin
Cursing humanity to ill-fate till finally comes the final end
Note: This is an attempt, however meagre or inadequate, to poetically present in stark terms the dangers inherent in overly pessimistic eschatology. Eschatology is just a fancy word referring to a spiritual-religious view (prediction, prophecy) of the end of the world — what it will look like, sound like, feel like … etc.
Specifically, some professing Christians are convinced that an anti-Christ, along with something or someone called “the Beast,” will sooner or later (probably sooner) take possession of the whole world, plunging it into utter darkness and evil, which will only end when Jesus returns and God completely destroys the world by fire. Not exactly an uplifting, hopeful vision for the future!
No wonder, then, these people place very little, if any, confidence in good and positive ventures; after all, they’re convinced everything’s going to hell in a handbasket anyway, so why try? More than this, however, many of them become suspicious — perhaps even paranoid — of any efforts toward peace and reconciliation within the human family. They see these as possibly being works of the anti-Christ in his goal to rule the earth.
Some even go so far as to actively oppose any and all efforts to better the world because they believe such efforts, if successful, would only postpone the return of Christ, which they long for above all else. As weird as it may seem, then, these self-professing followers of One who is called Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father, the Good Shepherd and Great Physician, Savior and Immanuel (meaning “God with us”), actually end up practically denying all of the hope and light and life he came to bring!
In their minds, darkness covers the world and will only tighten its death grip until the end comes when, by the way, the vast majority of humanity will perish and be condemned to an eternity in hell, (including the overwhelming majority of Jewish people, whom, interestingly enough, they claim to love and revere so very much!) Ah, truly not an uplifting perspective, but unfortunately it is one that has, to some degree or other, infected the whole of uniquely American spirituality. But enough of this explanation. You now get it! Cheers!
2 thoughts on “And They Sit in Darkness”
There are a host of contradictions in Christian theology, which is perhaps one big reason why there are so many sects and denominations in that Faith. The four Evangelists of the New Testament could not agree on events in the life of Christ, so how can we expect their successors in this day to be consistent?
Too true … and sad.