Could doomsday predictions be leading to a lack of virtue?

It just sort of suddenly struck me that possibly continually hearing that the world is going to end soon or at least fall apart, might be having a bad effect on society.

How could God let this happen leads to God does not exist.

If God does not exist, it only matters how we love our lives over the long term.

If our lives are only going to be short-term, then why not do whatever we please?

Additionally, I think having a sword of Damocles hanging over our heads is very stressful.

Maybe the thought of nuclear destruction in the 1960s and the thought of climate change now is what drove and is driving so much craziness?

I think people have felt like the world was teetering on the brink of ending for many centuries. For example when the plague was sweeping across Europe, or really bad wars and famines were happening, people most likely thought in terms of the world ending. People also suffered through various natural disasters, such as floods and volcanic eruptions which were localized but effectively destroyed the entire world of the people affected because most people did not travel far from their place of origin and didn’t have the frame of reference to think globally. There were also some natural disasters that affected large parts of the world, such as volcanic eruptions in one country that had a worldwide effect.

The only difference now is that we have a global news media that feeds on sensational apocalyptic stories and pumps them out to large bodies of people at once with the aim of causing mass interest/ hysteria. Of course it has a bad effect on society when people focus on doomsday stuff instead of going about their daily lives loving and serving God and neighbor the best they can. It leads them to despair rather than taking care of business and trusting in the Lord.

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From the days of the early church, the end was viewed as near.

You make a good point about the historical times when the world seemed to be ending, but I do think that an additional difference between now and then is that irreligion was not so rampant. Even in places which were not Christian generally had some sort of spirituality and religion, but now we are just plain secular, so many have nothing to fall back on.

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But wasn’t that among Christians who awaited the return of Christ with happy anticipation? They weren’t rejecting God…

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True, I see the error in the post.

I am sure if the world was truly coming to an end, a whole lot of “secular” people would find the nearest church in a hurry.

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I guess I should amend my theory to be doomsday predictions and lack of faith in God lead to the craziness we see now.

I wish to share this good news:

“Compared to the world’s 2.3 billion Christians, there are 1.6 billion Muslims {…}, and 137 million atheists, whose numbers have actually dropped over the past decade, despite the caterwauling of Richard Dawkins {…} and Co. {…} As of mid-2011, there will be an average of 80,000 new Christians per day (of whom 31,000 will be Catholics) and 79,000 new Muslims per day, but 300 fewer atheists every 24 hours.”
-https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/controversy/common-misconceptions/christian-number-crunching-reveals-impressive-growth.html

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I do not find people around who know or mention or care about doomsday predictions, if there are…
It is like we have our everyday issues and difficulties to solve with people around .
If the day comes, it will probably find us busy…, worried, not really…
Not too sure where these predictions come from or are related to. They do not reach us somehow in general.
The only one I remember was the 2000 bug for computers and even then it was about a mess not the end proper if anything. And it didn’t happen so…

ROMANS 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

2 Timothy 3: 1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 6They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

We are in the last days, you better buckle in and put on your crash helmet!

Matthew 24:37-39 …‘But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.’
Luke 17:28-30 …‘Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.’

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A lack of obedience and conformity with the scriptures, for one thing.

Consider for one, the various European plagues and epidemics. Scores of millions died within a very short period of time. Surely there were thoughts that the Parousia was imminent.

2 Peter 3:8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Nothing about doing laundry, caring for our children, visiting neighbours and elderly family, working,going to the doctor, filling the holes made by our pets, cooking, crying with a friend who cries, celebrating life with friends and family …
And: pray as you breathe,
So we are good. Be happy.Celebrate the combo of life as it comes and give thanks to the Lord. Every single day

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Actually, the bible shows clearly that people will shake their fists at God and will not repent of their ways.

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We’re not Sola Scriptura here.

There have been real-life situations where people feared some apocalyptic event and filled the churches. It’s human nature.

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I will not hide the fact that the Word of God is the final authority on everything that I believe.

The salt of the earth hath spoken.

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Sursum corda! :slightly_smiling_face:

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