“Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” (Matthew 16:28)
Always interesting this verse was included in the many rewrites on the Bible. Maybe the person hearing it wrote it down incorrectly? But there are several problems with that if Jesus in considered infallible then he was wrong when he said this and therefore not infallible because they did all die. Because the books of the New Testament were created long after the alleged events are they wishful thinking? But the main problem with apocalyptic thinking is its lack of responsibility for the planet and for other people.
If you believe you are going to be taken away you don’t have to care for other people. You don’t have to care for the planet because your god is going to pick you to be special and remove you from having to be responsible. One problem with this view. Everybody from Jesus to Paul to Harold Camping has been predicting the end of days and guess what it hasn’t happened and the planet’s ecosystems get more and more screwed by people convinced it’s the end of days.
People are looking for excuses to avoid doing the hard work of stepping up to take care of what we have and when Gaia philosophies are mentioned it scares the holy hell out of them literally, because OMG, what if they are wrong and we actually have to live here and breathe the air they felt so comfortable polluting.
We saw a lot of this panic around Y2K, and guess what? The world didn’t end. My computer didn’t even crash. Every time the artificial Christian designated millennium rolls around the Western world has crapped its collective pants. Humans can be such selfish lemmings. People like me would have been burned as heretics for being a voice for common sense a couple of hundred years ago.
But as a pagan, Druid, witch etc. I do have responsibility for the Earth I live on and the way I live on her. I do have to recycle and not pollute. I do need to make a smaller foot print. To take only pictures and leave only footprints. I have responsibility to the people of the Earth as our spaceship moves through the cosmos. I can’t say God’s gonna take me away so all of you aren’t important. And if the apocalypse does happen and if I’m left behind to clean up. I’m handing out trash bags the next morning. We can start at the beach and move inland to the rivers and forests. We can make this world a better place. A cleaner more loving place.
And what if St Thomas was right in the Gospel of Thomas (one of the books conveniently excised by the early church) that heaven is here on Earth and life is what you make of it?
Because the biggest thing wrong with the Apocalyptics is that it removes hope for a better tomorrow from life’s equation. I couldn’t believe in any god that was that cruel to remove Hope from the world. Even Pandora had Hope in her box. Oh, wait I don’t believe in a hopeless cruel, selective god. I love a Goddess in all her magickal, brilliant earthly glory and hope for tomorrow and I believe in us.