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In the following e-mail exchange, the e-mailer's comments are in black and enclosed in "greater than" and "lesser than" signs. My comments are in red.


>Subject: Armageddon does it have to happen?

I'm a fiction writer looking for some information and opinion please. Do we have the power to avert Armageddon as in the Bible? Say as a race we have a miraculous turn around, spiritually, do you think God would lets things go on? Or just call time? Is it a sin to avert it? Since it is God's work?

Is there any mention in the Bible about this, any warning of not messing with God's work? b/c the date is set so to speak?

Any information or opinion would be great please.

Best Wishes,
Chris
7/3/04<

I had to think about this one. Most Christians do believe that Armageddon is "destined" to happen since the Bible prophecies as such. And, if is prophesied to happen, it will happen.

However, even if something is destined to be, it does not mean we should not work to avert it. For instance, Jesus said, "The poor you will have with you always." But just because this is so, it does not mean that Christians should not work to alleviate poverty as much as possible. IOW, Christians should work to try to avert suffering even if their efforts will not be fully effective.

So should Christians work to try to avert Armageddon? I would say yes. Will their efforts be totally successful? Probably not. But maybe our efforts could lessen the severity of it.

I should also note that there are some Christians who do not agree with the whole prophetic scheme that includes Armageddon. But that is a complex matter, and one in which I'm not sure where I stand. Although I don't specifically address Armageddon, I present the differing prophetic views in the chapter on prophecy in my Scripture Workbook.

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