Saturday, October 08, 2005

Part 8 - Violent Theology and The End

(8) Violent Theology

Most, if not all religions, include prophecy regarding the final battle between Good and Evil in some form. There is, however, a vast difference between "repent, the end is near" and "the rest of you unwashed believers (i.e., the rest of the world, i.e. you and me) are going to get it." There is a difference in emphasis between regret and anticipation, a distinction between a smug elitism and actual malevolence and a decided difference on how this Armageddon is to occur.
The Solar Temple members were assured they would escape apocalyptic fire if they burned themselves to death. Heaven's Gate followers were conditioned to believe the world was about to be destroyed. The Lundgren group were taught the Temple must be cleansed by blood atonement. The Davidians saw reincarnation in fire and destruction.
Spiritual justification for pathelogical violence.


Apart from the fact that human fraility is eternal, the millennium factor will not disappear when 2000 becomes last year's discarded calendar. Some apocalyptic time lines set the years 2002, [ end-timers are 0 for 2 so far, we note] 2006 or 2012 as the "true" millenium when the cosmic shift will occur and the world will really, really truly come to an end.
With all due respect to religious liberties and civil rights, police can counter the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse with four of their own: good intelligence, good procedures, good co-operation with other agencies and good judgement.
In the final analysis, that is what the "doomsday problem" reduces to: a question of judgement.


Chemical Billy said...

Oh, but millenial fever and accompanying visions can be so entertaining.

Daisy Dexter Dobbs said...

I really liked the last paragraph, Bernita, where you say:

“good intelligence, good procedures, good co-operation with other agencies and good judgement”

The wisdom of that one simple succinct sentence reminds me of the common sense lessons we learned as kids in school, and that we somehow tend to set aside once we’re grown. If more people remembered those lessons and applied them to most everything in our daily lives (not just doomsday), we’d be a far happier and less screwed up world.

Thanks for a thought provoking message.

Bernita said...

Thank you both for stopping by.
Two more quality visitors with really good blogs of their own.