Having been a lifetime JW, until the last 5 years, I have to admit to being totally sick to the back teeth about listening to people talk about Armageddon. Doesn't matter who it is....I've no patience for it any more. It's the reslish and blood lust for mass human destruction and greed for their own personal salvation, that people, no matter which religion they are, who believe in 'the end of the world' scenario are totally wacko...but that's in my opinion.
So, trapped in the car with my Born Again neighbour on a snowy morning, I was totally pissed of to hear his relish for discussing the middle east and the coming conflagaration that would destroy everyone except for the 'saved'!
I'm a mum of five, BUT that doesn't make me a patient person. But, I felt it wise to shut up and listen to his ramblings on the situation in the Middle East, imminent destruction and how the lord would protect him and his wife and little children when they returned shortly to their missionary work in Israel!
'The Lord will protect us when the nuclear war in the middle east begins. We know we're going to be there, because that is what the Lord is requiring of us. But we have no fear.'
Personally, I would never in my wildest dreams take my children somewhere that I believed nuclear war was imminent but.....hey! It takes all sorts!
Having got out of the car, I felt safe enough to say: 'But surely, all of the Lord's servants from generation to generation are dead. He didn't save any of them and they all died one way or another, despite whatever they believed. Why do you think the Lord would save you and yours from a nuclear blast?
He was only slightly ruffled at this.
'The Lord works in mysteious ways and he has helped us in the past and we will be doing his will! Revelation clearly describes a nuclear war taking place shortly in the Middle East and only God's chosen ones will be saved.'
I looked at his little girl, only eight. I wondered how she would feel about going to a place that her parents believed was shortly to be nuked!
Someone save us from religious freaks, because to be sure God won't!