Not long ago, I read a follow-up story about the wrong dooms-day prediction. Earlier that day, one mother was quite worried that her children would suffer, so she tried to kill them. She would have succeeded had the police not intervened, but the damage was done. Others were far more successful in committing suicide before the appointed date arrived. Fear entered the equation and the results were disastrous. It’s difficult to understand how believers can listen to the words of others so strongly and yet ignore the instructions of the Lord.
During Sunday School, our substitute teacher read from a book, what he said was basically this: One person was walking through the woods when he happened upon a moth’s cocoon. He saw that the creature was struggling to free itself and he wanted to set the creature free, so he carefully cut the cocoon. What he didn’t realize was that the process of freeing itself was what made the newly developed muscles strong enough to achieve flight. That moth was doomed to live out its entire existence unable to fly because a critical part of it’s development was skipped over.
It’s terrible to think of what people living through the end times as described in the Bible will go through. It’s horrible to think what life is like on a daily basis in a bad neighborhood. It’s just, you could try to spare somebody the horrors of living only to show them the gateway to torment in the process. You don’t know the hearts of your loved ones. You don’t know what it would take for them to choose heaven. If you believe, you have nothing to fear. If your loved ones believe, you have nothing to fear. If they don’t, then it is their choice and there’s not a thing you can do about it. One thing I do know is that committing murder most certainly isn’t the Lord’s work.