I don't usually get overly offended by billboards and the like, but this sign left me moderately annoyed. Why? I don't know exactly.
Maybe because I see it as yet another mockery of Christianity by some faction or sect. To be fair, I don't know anything about the group that is hosting this, but it's got me wondering if it isn't somehow related to the 2012 End of the World Paranoia centred around the Mayan Calendar. If you are a follower of this teaching, maybe you had better get your house in order, for you have less than two months to live (I am being facetious).
Maybe it bugs me because in it I see masses of people, Christians included, who are already confused about what they believe, becoming even more led astray down the garden path of religious confusion. Maybe I'm missing something here, but do people really need to focus on "Doomsday" prophecies today?
Maybe instead of doomsday seminars there ought to be a seminar on discovering what "Christ in You, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27) means and how that is (or ought to be) lived out in our lives today. Isn't it logical to assume that if people really learned what "Christ in you" means that everything else would become strangely less significant? As someone has said, "I may not know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds it."
Maybe we need to forget the doomsday prophecies. Maybe instead we would do well to get to know Him who holds all our tomorrows, however many of them there may be. After all, if we are safe in His arms today, wouldn't it be logical to assume that we will still be safe in His arms at the time of the end of the world, whenever that day happens to come? Focussing on any end-times stuff without first getting to know Christ is, in my way of thinking, putting the proverbial cart before the horse.
Maybe the reason this bugs me so is because it wasn't that terribly long ago since another deception, the Harold Camping end of the world fiasco, that resulted in many being duped and many more ridiculing the Christian faith. It also resulted in me posting this Rapture Apology online on behalf of other Christians, like myself, who were troubled by false prophet Camping's deception.
Maybe what I need to do is to prayerfully attend this free seminar. Furthermore, maybe I need to also be prepared, if the Lord so leads, to share my two cents worth. Hmm. But then again, maybe I had best stay far away, for "people will not endure sound teaching but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths" (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
"An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?" (Jeremiah 5:30-31; ESV)Maybe Jeremiah's prophecy also rings true in our day as well. Is that what's happening here? Hmm, sometimes I cannot help but wonder.
That's the way I see it anyways. Peace.