Apparently the BP oil spill is the latest big tizzy for the “rapture ready” crowd, at least according to Newsweek:
“Now blogs on the Christian fringe are abuzz with possibility that the oil spill is the realization of Revelation 8:8–11. “The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea became blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed … A third of the waters became wormwood, and many died from the water, because it was made bitter.””
There’s one reason the apocalyptic anticipation might be more muted than usual (and in fairness, some Christians are using it as an opportunity to reflect on our oil addiction). The article notes the interesting problem that the Apocalypse is supposed to be a judgment for sin, and the sins in this case are mostly due to rampant capitalism and Bush-era oil policies.
But regardless of the details, there’s something seriously creepy about people getting all giddy over the end of the world. I remember a similar phenomenon after 9/11, and it creeped me out then too (along with a whole lot of other stuff — that was a creepy time in all sorts of ways).
And it’s pretty ironic for those folks to denounce Muslim suicide bombers as a “culture of death” when their own worldview involves seeing a massive world-ending holocaust as something to look forward to.
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