Saturday, May 14, 2011

What will be the signs of Your coming?

Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

War, famine, pestilence and earthquakes are common. Why mention these common events as signs of the end of the world and the second coming of Jesus? There must be something special about them in the end of days. Will they be more numerous? Will they be more severe? Will there be something strange? Do they involve hubris?

When the aids epidemic appeared many thought this foreign, resilient pestilence had the characteristics needed for end of days. It was a new disease. It was incurable. And it was definitely strange. But alas, we are now comfortable with aids and though still scary it seems just another problem for humanity like cancer.

What if the calamities of Mat 24 have a characteristic we have not yet seen. Man playing God or aspiring to godlike authority would be an interesting ingredient. What if our insistence on tampering with the very elements of creation all in the name of improvement ended up destroying much of Mankind? Irony anyone?

Science is accelerating its ability to manipulate genetic material. Many warn of tragic consequences in genetically modified food. We have already crossed the threshold of genetically modified animals. Multiple scenarios of unintended consequences can be imagined. Exotic diseases could abound. Humans can be only partially human.

This is not fantasy or the stuff of science fiction alone. Search "transhumanism" for an eye opening experience. Wars have been caused by much less. Pestilence and famine is easy to imagine. Here is a pestilence link to get our attention.

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