This week has been a time of sober reflection as the world remembered the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.
Just over 70 years ago a uranium bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, followed two days later by a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki. It is estimated that more than 350,000 people died, with about 100,000 of those dying of radiation sickness and other injuries in the years following the attacks. The Japanese Prime Minister has asked once again for the abolition of nuclear warfare.
Some Christian writers and evangelists envisage the end of world in terms of an angry and petulant God destroying a sinful humanity in ways that parallel nuclear explosions. They claim that this is what the Bible says, and that God may obliterate those who oppose him in an event of nuclear proportions or worse.
But is this true? Is this really what the Bible indicates?
I would suggest that the Bible says the reverse. Not only did God send his son to save and not to destroy us, but he also describes the end of the world in terms of peace and forgiveness. Christ’s return is about the end of weapons of mass destruction, not about their divine deployment. God, who is greater than we think he is, is the abundance of love. Humanity may seek to fight him with its amassed weaponry, but God’s response is with love, grace and mercy.
Jesus returns as the Prince of Peace.
By James Henderson, from Because at: