MembersImpending Apocalypse: Where Religion and Science Meet

End Times

By Tsvi Sadan |
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Can it be that the hostility toward Christian, Jewish and Muslim belief in some kind of catastrophic end to the world as we know it is nothing more than an expression of prejudice? While it is true that almost all religious end-times predictions are mere speculation, the latest being the September 23 “prophecy,” that doesn’t mean belief in a doomsday is false. The very same is true of science’s repeated predictions of a “natural” doomsday. Though leading scientists have wrongly predicted impending global catastrophes of various kinds, their hastiness doesn’t mean that mass extinction for one reason or another is a false scenario altogether.

T he three monotheistic religions have different versions of the end times, but all revolve around a messianic figure. Jews and Christians believe that this divinely-empowered person will transform our planet by means of global war. This end-times war will trigger “natural” catastrophes like earthquakes, asteroids and deadly pandemics.

Contemporary scientific and pseudo-scientific end-times scenarios are surprisingly similar, and just as horrific. John’s Book of Revelation speaks of extraordinary celestial events that will devastate...

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