The story is told of an atheist that was debating a Christian. The atheist said ‘I’ll prove to you that there is no God. God, if you are there, I dare you to strike me down and kill me right now!’ With the atheist still alive, the Christian turned and said ‘All that you have just proved is the love, grace, and patience that God has towards a wicked and proud humanity.’~ Unknown
I've noticed it for some time now ~ & it's not because I'm getting old. I swear it's a disease & I know of no cure for it: double vision.
Have you noticed? Do you suffer from it too? Some days it feels like I'm losing my mind.
Nope, not the sort of double vision that requires corrective glasses & multiple [& expensive!] trips to the optomitrist. I'm talking about the other sort. You know, where you're having a quite ordinary conversation with someone until they suddenly say something & you slam up against the fact the pair of you are not living in the same world at all!
Because I own a pair of spiritual glasses & though I think a good bit of this world is very lovely & I certainly get why God pronounced it Very Good after He made it, bits of it, quite a lot of bits are...not so good. It makes me sad. The sort of deep dark sadness that can't be allieviated because while you know the cure you also know most people don't want to know about it because it does not fit in nicely with their world view & it really requires some rather radical adjustments on their part.
Sometimes I wish I could take my glasses off. It's like being on board the Titanic. You know the iceberg's been hit. You know the ship's going down but the band plays on merrily. As in the days of Noah: "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of man, They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all (Luke 17:26-27)."
How close is close? Closer than you believe. Did you know, for example, that there is an Israeli sect [they have a web site too] dedicated to the third temple. They have all the priestly garments made. They have the musical instruments ready. They have carved the cornorstones. Seriously. Pics & everything if you are interested. They are ready to build. All that prevents them is the ongoing dispute over the Temple Mount but so long as that dispute continues the rest of us get to breath because once the temple sacrifices are once again halted we've got about 3 years before all hell breaks lose.
Christ warned us to read the signs of the times ~ not for scaremongering. Not for any other reason than that we should be prepared; that we should know what to expect; that we should arm ourselves in advance with the things of the Spirit. And that we should stand at the very gates of hell rescuing as many of those who are perishing as possible.
Today's absolute trivia: This is my 1oooth post & I haven't crashed my blog yet! ☺