Monday, 29 April 2013

Christianity and Eschatology

If Christianity be not altogether thoroughgoing eschatology, there remains in it no relationship whatever with Christ.” (Karl Barth in his commentary on Romans)

I agree with the statement though I think it sounds good in Christian books and commentaries but not so much in a Christian's life. Our Churches don't preach much about the second coming of Christ and doesn't teach on how to prepare for it. Sometimes I think Christ's coming is not anticipated. We are so lost in our day to day Christian life and building up our character charts that we forget that Christianity = Eschatology. Will we Christians be caught by surprise when Jesus returns? Every generation thinks that the message of second coming is not for them but for the coming generation. If Christianity is eschatology why isn't the church preparing for it? Why isn't it preached with urgency? Why isn't the church eager to meet the bridegroom?

This is like a scenario where the husband has left home for business and put his wife in-charge of the household, of his possessions and property and of his Children and servants too. The wife manages everything and waits eagerly for her husband's return. As days turn to months and months to years the wife got herself busy with day to day tasks and managing the household. She thinks of her husband from time to time but doesn't talk about him much. Their bedroom has now become her bedroom and his things are overshadowed by her things. One day when the husband returns I wonder if he will be able to recognize his own house, his own room or even his wife for instance. 

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