The millennial addiction
Have you been reading about this prediction that September 23rd will be the end? So many people have jumped on board this bus that I saw a sign hanging over the freeway this afternoon telling me “Jesus is coming soon”.
Rather than analyze the veracity of the prophetic message, I have become curious about why people so easily fall for end-times date setting.
When I look at the people who fanatically hold to such views, I see the same kind of myopic obsession common to addicts. The hidden message they received gives them a feeling similar to a ‘high’, since they are the ones who ‘get it’. They feel that they are a member of a select group who has figured out what no one in human history has gotten right before.
And, they are out to ‘evangelize’ you.
Of course, this is nothing new to Americans. Since our inception, we have been a nation of ‘outsiders’ who ‘got it’ when no one else did. Zeal is the hallmark of the American spirit, even if it is without knowledge.
This is why Americans are so susceptible to Revivalism. They get caught up in the emotional arguments and never think to evaluate them critically. They behave like lemmings when it comes to apocalyptic prophecy.
The use of hyperbole in these adventures in apocalypse fuels the imagination and generates alarm in the hearers. The resulting behavior is called ‘alarmism’; it can also be called hysteria.
And, hysteria causes certain processes to ignite in the brain. The hormones get involved. The heart starts racing in both panic and excitement. The stimulative effect acts as a ‘high’ to the participant.
That participant is known as a fanatic. This type of person will not listen to counter-arguments which may undermine their doctrine. They are caught up in the fervor and try to catch up other people in the same fervor they are experiencing.
The reptilian brain has been awakened, and they don’t want it to go back to sleep.
So, it doesn’t matter if September 23rd is really ‘The End’. These followers will simply glide over to the next date-setting event, citing the tragic news in the newspapers and fanatically proclaim that ‘something’ is going to happen.
To the participant, it is good news, no matter how irrational it appears to others. The last thing they want is for you to burst their bubble.
What they really want is to continue as End-times addicts. They need to score the next hit, so they can continue to experience the high of being an ‘insider’.
Lord, have mercy.