thinking ’bout the end times…

The End Times is a favorite topic for some people. They will come up with all sorts of detailed ideas of how it will all happen. With all the disasters both natural and human caused happening lately; probably ought to think about it at least a little bit. I am not well read in Revelations, and not an End Times buff either.  Seraphim wrote in his blog a bit about Revelations. He cited a pssage which described the Liturgy. I had never thought of that, but it did make good sense.

In my thinking about the End Times I like to refer to a parable about a rich farmer who was very satisfied with himself because of his prosperity. I think the main point of the parable is a warning against greed and excessive pride in your self reliance. Another point I see is at the end of the story the rich guy finds out he is to die that night. In other scriptures Jesus tells us that no one knows when the end will come. Likewise none of us know when we will die. When we die, that will be our personal end time. In fact we are always living in the end times because we don’t know when we will die. We should strive to walk close to God now so that when our end comes, we can continue to walk with Him.

pondering wrath… mind has been wandering and pondering about the wrath of God, these are just some thoughts. One often hears about God’s wrath, the Calvinists seem to really dwell on it. Well, of course God is not to be trifled with, he is indeed an Awsome God. The Bible speaks about God’s wrath.

An oracle concerning Nin’eveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh. The LORD is a jealous God and avenging, the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies. The LORD is slow to anger and of great might, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty….Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the heat of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken asunder by him.

Wrath is also one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Seems there is some sort of paradox here, which I will ponder.

Seems to me that a person who is wrathful, would not be able to hurt the object of his wrath enough. This seems to me to be the essence of wrath: it is insatiable, cannot be satisfied ! The one who is wrathful will be in a state of perpetual dissatisfaction, in effect he is custom building his very own hell. Seems to me, that God will not permit himself to be in a state of perpetual dissatisfaction. God is perfect, and to be in a state perpetual disatisfaction would not be perfect. Seems to me that He must find a way out of that dilema. Perhaps he absorbed and disipated his own wrath into himself. God accomplished our salvation through his Incarnation, death, and ressurection. Perhaps one aspect of this Atonement is that God directed his own wrath into himself when Jesus died on the cross. He absorbed it and it was disipated. I’m not sure if my thinking is correct here or not, I will read and ponder this.

corporate responsibility…

Soneone asked me what my opinion was regarding corporate social responsibility, this is what I say… Many corporate executives would say that their responsibility is to ensure that the corporation makes a profit for the share holders and they have little or no concern for their workers, the environment or society as a whole; except to the extent where it affects profits. I think that corporations have a responsibility to society as a whole. As an example, car companies should not produce or sell gas guzzling SUV’s because we really do need to cut back on our consumption of petroleum. (There are so many reasons for that, I won’t even go into it here) Another example of corporate irresponsibility would be fast food chains buying meat as cheaply as possible from plants that ignore or circumvent sanitation and safety regulations. My point of view is that social responsibility should come first. If a company cannot make a profit by being responsible, they really do need to go out of business. I am not entirely sure how to implement this, but I strongly beleive that it is the right way to go.