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THE END OF DAYS?

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

“And it shall come to pass in the end of days . . . .” -Isaiah 2:2

This time, could it be true? Could we really be approaching the end of days?

For millennia, self-styled prophets have been predicting as imminent the end of days. Witness the predictions when the years were approaching 1000 AD.

Yet, could today the end of days truly be nigh? Possibly? Likely? Certainly?

Heretofore, we humans ourselves did not possess the means to bring forth the end of days. Today, we do — nuclear weapons and, less likely, deadly pathogens. We can summon our own end of days at any moment for any reason — or for no reason. Remember Caligula?

Then, we should consider Mother Nature. She always has had the means and occasionally has displayed them with devastating consequences.

See “The Exterminators.”

There are those who believe, with justification, that we humans have been making Mother Nature angry — very angry — by the consequences of our over-populating; thereby, decimating her handiwork. Truly, it’s not nice to make Mother Nature angry. Doing so has its own inescapable consequences.

Consider the Hebraic Scriptures. Worth the effort, even for atheists. Are not we humans fulfilling many of the prophesies preceding the end of days? Sufficiently to mark our demise?

Science tells us, “Behavior has its consequences.”

We ignore that dictum at our peril. To do so is to tread blithely down the Path to Perdition. Many an observer claims that we are on that path with its dismal destination in sight.

If so, do we still stand a chance? Indeed, we do.

We can leave the Path to Perdition for the Road to Resurrection — not at some future time in some future world but here and now. How? There is a way.

Here in these United States of America, the context has been changing deeply and widely. As a people, we have become alienated and angry. We recognize the rot in the four, secular cornerstones of society — government, law, education, and medical delivery. We want not false promises but true change, albeit ill defined.

Therein lies the rub. What change? By whom?

The risk becomes jumping out of the proverbial frying pan into the fire. The chef in charge of change may be a malevolent Satan not a benevolent savior. Can we discriminate beforehand between the two? Yes. How?

By not seeking The Who or even The What but by seeking The How via following the three, simple guidelines of the Scientific method — specificity, objectivity, and accountability.

Specificity n.: defining events in a way that differentiates those events from other events that may be similar but not identical.

Objectivity n.: referring to events that are observable and measurable, either directly or indirectly; and

Accountability n.: observing and measuring events in a way that is verifiable and can be made public.

“Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.” -John Donne (1572-1631)

We all die. The current question is whether each will die separately in his own time and place or whether all will die together at once. We do have a choice.

Shall we choose the former by rerouting ourselves onto the Road to Resurrection? Shall we choose the latter by continuing to tread the Path to Perdition?

What’s your prediction? Why say you so?

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