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Are we living in a biblical ‘End of Days’?

Bill Tieleman

By Bill Tieleman, News, Views, and Attitude – 24 hours

Two Dallas firefighters salute as the body of one of a slain police officer is taken to a funeral.
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Two Dallas firefighters salute as the body of one of a slain police officer is taken to a funeral. GETTY IMAGES

“They told me, ‘Don’t go walkin’ slow/’Cause Devil’s on the loose.’” — Run Through The Jungle, Creedence Clearwater Revival

 

Are we living in a biblical “End of Days” prophecy as terrorism, disasters and evil cast a shadow across the world?

The astonishing level of violence and disturbing events have started to make many wonder if we are on the verge of a dark new era — or even the beginning of the end.

The signs are ominous — the horrific 84 deaths caused in Nice, France by a deranged man driving a big truck through celebrating crowds; a military coup attempt in Turkey with hundreds killed; black men shot by police and then revenge killings of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge; millions of Syrian refugees from civil war, with thousands dying in conflict or fleeing; the Zika virus spreading from Brazil; and much more.

And many have been broadcast live to the world through social media — including tragic on-camera deaths and bloody carnage — magnifying the effect.

It truly seems that “Devil’s on the loose” — but is it the “End of Days”?

The term and similar ones such as “End Times” or “Final Days” or “Eschaton” are used not only in Christian writings, but also most other religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Rastafarianism and Norse mythology.

For those not inclined to follow any religion, a more empirical, scientific analysis also brings some comfort.

The First World War began with terrorism and ended with 16 million dead but it was merely a precursor to the Second World War — with 50 to 85 million killed. Dozens of other bloody conflicts like the Vietnam War killed many millions more.

And in 1918, influenza killed 50 to 100 million — 3 to 5% of the world’s population — one of deadliest natural disasters in human history. Then came HIV/AIDS, Ebola, SARS and more.

So are we really at the “End of Days” when one applies some rational perspective to these apocalyptic events that humanity has survived? No, certainly not.

No matter how horrible the loss of life, cruel the terrorist attacks, scary the illnesses or stunning the catastrophes — it’s worth remembering that the world has both seen and survived far worse.

Bill Tieleman is a former NDP strategist. Read his blog at http://billtieleman.blogspot.com or Email: weststar@telus.net Twitter: @BillTieleman 

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