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You bring up a sad commentary on life and those religions' recruiting tactics.
Interesting. What if the "religious" people are right, and the world is destined to end. Is recruiting members a bad thing if the recruiting is intended to save others? Also, is it bad to recruit people into something which may actually be true?
Sojourner1234, another excellent point! Absolutely it's not "bad" to recruit people into something that may be true. Thanks for commenting on this and bringing in a whole new perspective! Cheers!
Sojourner1234, People that join a church for "insurance" purposes and not because they believe aren't likely to be saved. These people would drop out of church if it were proven the world will end in 3013. Choose love over fear when coming to God.
dashingscorpio, you are correct in that people who 'try out' religion for 'insurance' purposes will not experience salvation, if that is what they continue to do. Though people do come to God b/c of the motivation of both fear & love.
Oooh, good answer! Deep philosophy. I do hope that my physical death is not my end but just a new beginning (which is not to say that I take my life for granted, or that I fear its end). I think you're right, then, about the end of our world.
This gave me a chuckle--the second part of your answer. So true, though I wish it weren't.
Good perspective on the situation: it's one I share. "Sha, la, la, la, la live for today," as the song says.
Sounds very logical to me! Thanks for commenting!
Too accurate to deny. Ha ha! Very practical.
I admire your faith and adherence to your beliefs. Few people can claim to do that. For selfish reasons, I hope this prophecy is not true because I don't want the world to end soon, but I respect you and it enough to let life happen or not as it may.
I have heard this prophecy as well. It may be though that even if the prophecy is true it may only mean that the there would be no more pope, not that the world would end at that time. If you follow the Bible you know that nobody knows when it ends.
Sojourner1234, that's comforting. Thanks for clarifying the Bible's sometimes-cryptic messages. (Though I don't sit around worrying when the world will end. Pointless, since it is entirely out of my hands. I am the farthest thing from a god--ha ha!)
So, are you saying that the world will end when humankind ends, or that humankind will destroy the world with nuclear weapons?
Haha Hopefully I won't be around for it, in any case. Curiosity gets the best of me, so I'll ask: why do you doubt that humans would be around for "any of that"?
Some might say this has already occurred (the weaker gene pool in general).
Oh, so cynical, "We'll probably kill each other off..." Very likely true, though, or else we'll go the way of the dinosaurs: by natural disaster. "Interesting to see"--Yes, it made me think of "Milliway's Restaurant at the End of the Universe" ha ha.
To go along with your premise... I wish I would have gotten into the business of making & selling underground bomb shelters for the 2012 world destruction prediction... a lot of people purchased them.
Que Scout, I love your perspective and sense of humor on this. Sojourner 1234, maybe it's not too late to make that investment....
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Very true! If we don't know when we are going to die how can we possibly know when the world is going to end? hmmm When we die our world has come to an end.
Very perceptive, both of you! This depends on a person's religious beliefs, too. For example, ancient Egyptians believed that if they led a true life in this world, they would pass safely through the under world to a life just like this one.
Thanks for sharing--it looks like you're among the majority of answers here, so you're in good company! Cheers!
It is interesting, how the various prophesies predict different ends to the world, and as time passes beyond one of those "deadlines" nothing much is thought about the prophecy being false. How do you explain/react to prophecies that don't come true?
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