The Beginning and the End

creationIsn’t it interesting that two of the biggest disagreements between Christians of various stripes are about the Beginning and the End?  These are issues of creation (big bang/theistic evolution vs. young earth creation) and consummation (rapture and all the types of millenialism that goes along with it vs. non-rapture amillenialism).

I truly think it is silly for Christians to focus so much on these two issues.  How God created is really a non-issue.  We are here.  When Jesus is coming back is really a non-issue.  Every day we are one day closer to the end (of our own lives and the world).  The main thing we are to do is live faithfully here and now, so that when Jesus either comes back or “calls us home” we will hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

If our faith is contingent on whether or not the world is 6000 years old, our faith is in the wrong place.  It should be focused on Jesus.  If our Christian walk is contingent on whether or not Jesus is coming back at the next “blood moon,” our walk is not well.  It would be like the child who will only obey a parent if he knew the parent was just about to walk into the room and see how he is acting.four_horsemen_by_douglasramsey-d5qbmbt

Jesus is “the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end” (Revelation 21:6) and he is “the author and perfector of faith” (Hebrews 12:2).  Let us focus more on Christ and faithfully living as one of his disciples than how the world began or will end.  Perhaps if we focused more on this, on how we live out our faith, rather than what other people believe and why they are obviously wrong, then non-Christians will take our message of faith in Jesus more seriously.

Just a thought.

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