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Doomsday. Some friends and I went to see Star Trek last Saturday. While waiting for the show to start and munching on freshly-popped popcorn laced with artery-clogging butter, we were treated to several trailers of upcoming shows. There may have only been two of them, but it seemed like every trailer had to do with end-of-the-world scenarios. Chaos, anarchy, wars to wipe out civilization as we know it, the rich and privilege finding a refuge in some other planets, and then some guy rises out of the masses, and against all odds, saves the world. When we look at the history of films, you will find doomsday movies like “War of the Worlds” (1953 and 2005), “The Time Machine” (1960), “Soylent Green” (1973), “Miracle Mile” (1988), and “I Am Legend” (2007). The appeal of these movies, I believe, has something to do with the almost innate sense of foreboding that there is judgment coming for evil that we have done. The sense of right and wrong, not only among believers, but present in every one of us, points us to a standard that defines for us our sense of moral values. Believers, of course, know, or should know, that this standard is not some accidental set of rules. This standard is God himself and his self-revelation both in nature and in the Bible. God's sense of order and moral qualities are so intricately woven in his creation that even an atheist will make moral judgments, like something is “good,” or something is “bad.” Judgments of “good” and “bad,” of course, belie the atheist's assertion that there is no god. Continued on page 2
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Doomsday (continued) We also anticipate that the “good” triumphs, and we do not enjoy movies where the bad guys win. I believe this also points to the hope that goes as far back as the Garden of Eden when God promised the seed of the woman, the Messiah, who will conquer, and has conquered, the ultimate villain, Satan. In fact, our idea of a hero who saves us from doomsday, is a faint shadow of our understanding of the deliverance that God had promised through Jesus. One man. Savior of the world. What we intuitively fear and hope for, God spelled out clearly in his Word. Man is sinful and God will judge us. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 1:18-20 Our sins spell doom for us. But God gives us hope. “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.” Romans 3:21-22 “ “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
It is nice to know the end of the story. In the believer's case, it is nice to know that the story ends well. The offended God is vindicated. His glory manifested in his judgments and his mercy and love. Satan and all his demons thrown into the lake of fire, together with all those who have rejected Jesus Christ. A new heaven and a new earth. No more tears, pain, sorrow or death. God dwelling with man forever. And they will live happily ever after.
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