Sunday, March 25, 2012

The World is Ending!

One tranquil evening, amidst slow walks amidst paths that led through the quiet of nature, I took a break from flooding my nostrils with the smell of flowers, and looked up for once. The most beautiful orange sunset astounded me. A solitary bird flew towards a sun ensconced in a pillow of clouds (according to my point of view). Various species of birds sang an uncoordinated symphony in the trees nearby and afar, and my hypnotization was complete.

It was hard at that moment to believe that the world is ending, with all the beauty in it and all the good things it has and all its charms and breathtaking moments. Even so, we all know that the world is not all beauty and goodness.

In case the title has not already warned you, I am an avid reader of the signs of the times – events that were predicted to portend the end of the world as we know it today. Earthquakes, wars, crises, famines and pestilences combine into one real-life cliff-hanger of a thriller called “The End of the World is Nigh!” It’s got high crime and grand corruption and sleaze in it too. You bet it ought to be rated something strict, considering just the war and bloodshed thereon. It’s more dramatic than any Latin American soap opera. Blow by blow updates, albeit grossly inaccurate ones, are available in newspapers and televisions. And it gets more gruesome as the stakes increase each passing day.

Yet this is not sufficient occasion to give in to despair. The end of the world will be the climactic finale of the age-old battle between good and evil. Today, evil attracts, seduces and advertizes itself as progressive, liberal, fun – it’s all just plain old deception. But Good will win in the end and will be justified then. The Creator of the universe will end this corrupted order of things and “make all things new.” You want to be there.

Take sides, then. There is no middle ground. It’s either the good fight or the bad fight. Just you remember: it’s a fight to the very end. And I know one thing: God is good, thus, good is immortal!

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