1. There you go again, spoiling my fun of gloom and doom paranoia. 🙂

    By the way, apocalypses are mostly in the Other Biblical Religion. Rabbi Nachman of Breslov said that “the Messiah will come without anyone firing a shot”. So I’m not one to worry about the earth being destroyed much. 🙂

    • I’m pretty sure that was done deliberately and for a cynically calculated reason, as a way to terrify people to make them easier to control. But then, I’ve seen too many Southern and Mid-Western preachers doing exactly that, I’m sure it has warped my opinion of religions in general, and their specific brand of Christianity in particular.

      • I don’t know if there was a cynical reason, besides the promoting of weird and often pseudepigraphic writing, behind the apocalyptic works of the Essenes and their erstwhile Greco-Roman Mithraic offshoot descendants (i.e. xtianity). It did turn out to be used that way though. A lot, no doubt.

        • In my experience, it has. In theory that might have changed in the last couple decades, and might even have been limited to only a few churches when I noted it (though if so, I have to be the unluckiest guy I know, to have hit all of them)… but I doubt it.

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