Someone should make a list of every book and every Christian who has claimed that we’re living in the end times and Jesus is coming back any time now. It would start with Paul and the apostles, of course. Glenn Beck’s website promotes the latest one.
Is mankind evolving into a more peaceful and prosperous people – or are we on a path toward ever-increasing moral depravity, social chaos and destruction?
Answering that dichotomy depends on one’s worldview, but Christian author Jeff Kinley is in the latter camp, telling TheBlaze that he sees human beings continuously and perilously cutting God out of society.
“I look around my world and I think, ‘Wow, we’ve written God out of our own story here,’” Kinley recently said in an interview. “We’re content in living in our own lives.”
He says that like it’s a bad thing. And of course, the opposite is true. The key to human progress over the last couple centuries has been unshackling ourselves from religious dogma. Think about how starkly different society is is from, say, the early 1700s, not technologically but morally. 300 years ago most people believed that not only was it okay to own slaves but that it was ordained by God. Now almost no one believes that. The notion of equality for women was so absurd that few people would even entertain the idea, and here again it was believed to derive from divine decree.
Freedom of religion was virtually non-existent everywhere and believed to be a heretical idea that would bring down the wrath of God on any society that entertained it. People were still having holes bored in their tongues for the “crime” of blasphemy and even being the wrong kind of Christian could get you imprisoned or even put to death. Being gay was so unthinkable that it was scarcely mentioned except as an abominable crime against nature.
All of those things have changed and all for the better. Those beliefs are still held but only by a small minority of people (except with the gay thing, where it’s a large, but shrinking, minority of people). This is tremendous moral progress. It is immoral to own others, it is immoral to discriminate against people, it is immoral to oppress women and prevent them from reaching their potential. These are moral issues, very important ones.
The author, who believes Noah, the flood and the ark unfolded as the Bible recounts, draws parallels between contemporary culture and the “pandemic godlessness of the earth” during Noah’s in his new book “As It Was in the Days of Noah.”
Human behavior then and now, he posits, isn’t all that different.
“Humanity had forgotten God so literally every man just did what they thought was right in their own eyes,” Kinley said of the days of Noah.
As for the current conditions, the author described what he sees as “pandemic unrestrained immorality” and “a falling away of the purity of faith.”
Kinley proceeded to describe how society’s current treatment of God mirrors the Bible’s depiction of the “end times” – a time-frame in Christian theology that precedes the Earth’s end.
Oh yes, of course. It’s the end times. This is a repeat from every year for the past nearly 2000 years.