It is pointless to argue the inevitability of mankind’s imminent demise should we continue to carelessly pollute and destroy our planet. Environmentalists may have the right idea, along with the best intentions, but they lack a realistic approach in promoting a lifestyle not only unpractical, but unlikely. Many environmentalists believe their way of living is the only way and are often unwilling to compromise. In the same breath, the general consumer is usually just as unwilling—as they are unprepared—to live without the comforts and ease provided by technology and automobiles. Considered the root of most evils, money is another factor contributing to the consumer’s lifestyle which cannot be ignored. Yet money is a necessity for the majority of us to live happily and comfortably in this day and age. Though not a likely outcome, if the environmentalist could respect the consumer’s lifestyle, and the consumer respect the environment, then perhaps human beings would stand a chance. But is a lifestyle such as this even possible, or have we already passed the point of no return? Are we doomed to self-destruct? Is a “biblical apocalypse” a realistic outcome…?
I don’t consider myself to be a member of any organized religion. If forced to choose a label it would have to be an agnostic. Although I believe in a higher power, I simply cannot claim to know which, or what that power might be, let alone the plan He/It has for me, or any of us. However, my parents are religious people and I do occasionally find myself Googling a biblical passage out of curiosity. When global warming was hitting its peak in notoriety, I decided to do a little research on the “End of Days”. I will admit to being surprised by what I found.
“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” — Matthew 24:5. For example, the twisted and infamous acts of Charles Manson and Jim Jones. There’s something very wrong when one man (Jones) is capable of convincing an entire village of men, women, children, to commit suicide within a matter of hours. Mothers murdering their own babies, sincerely believing it is the right thing to do, all because one man told them so.
“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.” — Mark 13:8. These days we live with the threat of HIV/AIDS along with countless other lethal diseases as well as the possibility of more to come, natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami that wreaked havoc on Thailand in 2002, not to mention 9/11, the war in Iraq, and nuclear/biological warfare in general. If we’re not wiped out by a nuclear bomb, we might catch a disease concocted by our own country’s scientists meant to target minorities or so-called terrorists. All it takes is one slip-up in the lab and we could potentially wipe out an U.S. city if not the entire country. Mankind is playing God, and whether or not “God” exists, human beings have no place accepting the role for ourselves.
If you’ve read my previous articles, you might already be aware of my interest in zombies, so it should come as no surprise that this final passage gave me a chill:
“And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.” — Ezekiel 37:13. An amazing number of the bible’s other predictions have become a reality for us, I can’t help but to ask myself why this one should be any different.
I can only theorize that The New World Order will come next, just as George Bush Sr. spoke of on September 11th, 1991. The date alone is chilling to me, I’m afraid the reality will be far worse. If one were to follow the bible, they would likely consider this the time of the anti-Christ. The mark of the beast isn’t all that difficult to conceptualize; personally, I can easily picture this “mark” as a technological microchip of some sort used to buy/sell goods. Of course, that is only one theory, there are many others which are not even Biblical in nature.
Take note that I am not attempting to promote the Bible. I respect all religions equally. The reason I have included such biblical references is because while I cannot say I wholeheartedly believe what the bible has to say, I do believe in maintaining an open mind for all possibilities to reveal themselves. It is possible that the answers to all of our questions lie in this one old book. Maybe it’s possible for us to remove our heads from our asses and save our planet, along with our lives.