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The theology of destruction to make way for Jesus’ return is disturbing, but there is a secular nihilism that is equally distressing. Nihilism frightens me because I see more folks embracing this negation of value, meaning or truth in life. There is no coherent narrative so no truth or action is preferable to another; utter destruction tends to be the mode of operating since nothing matters. Everything is fake.

Albert Camus (1913-1960 existentialist writer who defined himself as not believing in God, but not an atheist) was terrified of nihilism and wrote, "Nihilism is not only despair and negation, but, above all, the desire to despair and to negate.” 

I’m not sure what all is happening in politics in other parts of the world, but there are times in the US that a “highway to hell” mentality has been embraced so nothing appears to matters. Our treatment of the planet and each other has no more meaning than stabbing someone on the Titanic before it sinks. Destruction doesn’t matter in this line of thinking because nothing matters. I’m not even sure desire or pleasure are important other than distractions. 

So I’m not a big fan of Scorched Earth Theology or nihilism, even though at least nihilists make decent comedians when they are in the mood.


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