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Armageddon Sick and Tired of Absurdity

Updated on February 26, 2012
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Armageddon Sick and Tired of Absurdity

By Tony DeLorger © 2011


Fires raging, flames licking, souls squirming in agonising pain; these images plague my sleep, my waking thoughts. Pleading cries, hands outstretched through the dancing flames of penance for the sins of earthly life. Flesh bubbling and melting away from bones; minds torn from rational thought, and when nerves are numb the slow and crackling knowledge that life is ending and the soul within awaits unconsciousness to slither away from chard dead flesh.

Is Armageddon our human fate, annihilation at our own hands? Or perhaps it is by the hand of our God, our creator, for our sins against him, his ideals. If your own child has fault, makes mistakes, do you slaughter it in some vengeful and definitive way? Of course not, and nor shall God, whatever God is.

Humanity is imperfect, and within that imperfection we exist with free will and the opportunity to forge a future by our own hands. If that future creates destruction, then so be it, but there is no other force involved and we perish by our own hands alone. The decision is ours to make.

Armageddon is enacted constantly in our world with horrendous disasters, both natural and deliberate. The chaos we create is based on greed, hate and power. People are faced with this sad ending to life daily, through oppression, racial and religious hatred and war. All this is by our own hands, no vengeful God in sight.

If you believe that life on earth is a gift and a stage for learning and seeking love and peace, then you’ll know that this realisation can only be gained through understanding. It will not be gained from holy books or from omniscient beings sitting on clouds or any other saviour. The lives that we lead are created by us, as individuals and as humanity. There can be no external blame; the buck stops with us.

The merits of religion are based on simple concepts of morality, which are common in most religions. I most ardently adhere to these ideals in my spiritual life, but the peripheral beliefs and ritualistic aspects of all religions are generally absurd. Religious texts were written by men, in times when religion was more politics than spirituality. It had a purpose far less in intent than spiritual growth. Religion was about control and power for gain, one way or another. The fact that these words, thousands of years later, still have influence to me is absurd, as is the contention that God our creator is a human like entity who personally looks down and intervenes in human life.

If there is an end of day’s scenario, then it will have nothing to do with any God. It will be as a result of our own misguided decisions about our planet and our aspirations and search for power and gain. The divinity that I believe is within every one of us can change the course of our future by its chosen expression. In other words, should we choose peace over war, compassion over hate and let our hearts and the power of love lead us forward, then our world will be a different place and humanity will survive. Should we not, then the consequence is ours to experience, no matter what you call it.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Gla you connected Robert. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

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      Robert Pummer 

      6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Tony, thanks for your article. I was victimized with these ignorant images as a child and grew up with the belief the Bible was true. However, the result of careful study led me to the conclusion that for the subject matter of truth I needed to look elsewhere.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for your thoughts apocalypsis, It is much appreciated.

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      apocalypsis 

      6 years ago

      I have to agree with Lone77star. He echoes my thoughts almost entirely. However, you are definitely right that mankind will have made their own bed though and will suffer the consequences. History itself has shown man's propensity to move towards his own decay and destruction. It is true that even without supernatural intervention we could easily create our own Armageddon by ourselves. However, perhaps, God will bring a swift end to things at the height of it all as mercy killing of sorts.

      Those who have chosen to allow Him to rescue them will be receiving a gracious inheritance as opposed to a simple reprieve or even the deserved fruits of their rebellious labors. Those who do not accept a freely extended grace will stubbornly choose for themselves a separation from the Giver-of-Life and toss themselves headlong into the abyss to flee even the presence of God. Then they regrettably share in a punishment that was never even meant for them, but for a rebellious prideful deceiver and his followers who hate God and all of his creation; including mankind. As C.S. Lewis so aptly states, "I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside."

      This is God given freewill where He graciously gives even the freedom to despise and reject the one who created and generously loved them. It was this love that drove Him to the point of taking on a body of flesh and blood in order to receive our punishment and death so that grace could be extended to even the most rebellious and wicked among us. To what great lengths more should a loving creator be expected to go?

      However, there is one who desires evil and punishment for all mankind and it is he who has advocated and facilitated much of the world's misery through utilizing man's greed, envy and selfish desires. He would gladly drag anyone along, who would allow him to, into the place of fiery torment to suffer along with himself.

      God certainly does not wish for this but in sinister twist of truth the deceiver helps facilitate a false characterization of God with what are in fact his own attributes. I think the character played by Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects had it only partly right when he said, “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.” I think even greater trick he pulled was getting people to see God as the devil of the story and that because such a devil could not be a good God, therefore a good God could not really exist.

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      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      heaven or hell is the way we live our life...God never intends us to suffer...it's the choice we make or the the way we perceive things...we should not aim for perfection but on how truthful we are to ourselves...because in the end you and the mirror are left alone...

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      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      heaven or hell is the way we live our life...God never intends us to suffer...it's the choice we make or the the way we perceive things...we should not aim for perfection but on how truthful we are to ourselves...because in the end you and the mirror are left alone...

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Kindred spirits my friend. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      d.william 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Good article. We are of the same mind set. Hopefully this philosophy will spread as did the ignorance of organized religions.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for your input lone77star. I think interpretation is personal and truth in a state of flux as our perceptions change. Like you I have studied religions and many ideologies to conclude that they are in the end, dogmatic. All were created by men, man is imperfect and has ulterior motives. The spiritual life is a personal decision and I use the word Absurd to describe mans penchant for the meaningless detail and ritual of religion, and some of the resulting beliefs. Spirituality is a chosen acceptance of the natural world, its creation and expression of our highest ideals. That is what I believe.

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      Rod Martin Jr 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Tony, this is a powerful article and important in its subject.

      I agree that our future is in our own hands. Is it possible, though, that you are missing some of the message by interpreting through the lens of physicality?

      Flames licking human flesh is a powerful image, but is that the literal truth, or only figurative imagery of something for which there are no words in our language? Just as the description of physical things in the Garden may only have been for the benefit of those who would not adequately understand the spiritual.

      When a suicide perpetrator steps off a tall building and speeds toward the pavement, they go splat. It was their decision. One might say that the result was God hating them at the velocity of impact, because God created the laws of physical reality. The effect was violent, but does that really mean God hates? Could the emotion attributed to it merely be a symbol for the severity of the result?

      And if a child of yours falls into a well, you would go to rescue them, right? But if the child refuses to come out and even shoots the rescuer, would you leave them there? Even after hundreds or thousands of attempts? Would you find some place to draw the line and walk away?

      Could we be living in the age described by Revelation? Could the establishment of modern Israel have been one of the signs? Could the Holocaust have been an integral part of that fulfillment, despite its evil nature? Could the heavy (or "great") star named wormwood have been the opposite of "heavy" nuclear material to a star's "light" nuclear fuel in the name of Chernobyl (Ukrainian for "wormwood")? That poison spread across a third of the planet, just as Revelation described.

      I agree with Raciniwa, that God never intends us to suffer. We choose our path.

      Turning away from God in the Garden was our choice. Looking through physical continuity rather than spiritual eyes was our choice. This "immortal death" was our choice.

      The antidote seems to be profound humility combined with perfect confidence, complete responsibility, plus love of God with all our hearts. That will wrench us away from this physical prison before the lake of fire descends.

      Absurd? I don't understand it all, yet. I've only been working on it for 58 years, starting in my Southern Baptist minister grandfather's church in Texas. Dissatisfied with his brand of hellfire and brimstone, I studied Eastern mysticism, Scientology, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, the Kabbalah and back to Christianity.

      What is true for me keeps changing, but I hope in the right direction.

      Reading articles like yours helps.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Nicely written raciniwa. Agreed. Thanks as always for reading and taking the time to comment. Take care.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for you comment, kidikirous. Much appreciated and glad you liked the hub.

    • raciniwa profile image

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      heaven or hell is the way we live our life...God never intends us to suffer...it's the choice we make or the the way we perceive things...we should not aim for perfection but on how truthful we are to ourselves...because in the end you and the mirror are left alone...

    • kidikirous1 profile image

      kidikirous1 

      6 years ago

      Very nice! It's totally us as humans that dictate our future, we all have the choice of how to feel or act, cause and affect is the most simple thing to understand in principal but hard for most to grasp how detrimental it is for others lives around them.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for reading and you comment, tsmog. Much appreciated.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      You presented much for thought Tony. Personally, I think Armageddon is personalized and not collective. I believe this experience, at least for me, has been taught.

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