I get the feeling, increasingly, that Christianity, especially evangelical, is a death cult. Denial of global warming; support of Israel, so Armageddon can happen and all the Jews will burn in hell and all the Christians will go to heaven. Support for political figures who are advocating destructive and suicidal policies for the human race and our country.
And then there’s that symbol; Jesus on the cross and all. I think they’ve convinced themselves that they are going to heaven, and they can’t wait!
Christianity has always been a death cult -- a Bronze Age messianic, apocalyptic, dead and rising God death cult. Evangelical Christianity is merely a loop back to this religion's fundamental regressive themes, combining with reactionary conservatism, in contrast with and in reaction to the attempt in the 20th Century to project this religion in more populist ways, the peace and love type of Christianity which no one who really knew this religion really believed. Also, evangelical Christianity is much more a reactionary political ideology than it is a religion. It hides behind religion as its camouflage for its regressive political and social agenda.
The love Christians talk about so much is, looking at their behavior, just so much hypocrisy. One might expect that Christians would be aware of their own beliefs and act accordingly: that would be rarely or never.
The cursing of the fig tree being a prime example. Here, God, or the Son of God, curses a fig tree to death for not providing fruit ( even though it isn't the season). Taken literally, Jesus is destructive in response to his disappointment; hardly anything like a good example. Taken as allegory, Jesus's curse signifies God's disappointment in the Jews, and their curse is to lose God's favor which is transfered to the Gentiles. That's an ugly message to be interpreted out of a few verses. That is just a sample of the hate that permeates Christianity and Christians.
And yet God's disappointment with the Jews is supposed to be based on their corruption in the world and the greed of gain. Yet all we see now is the Gospel of Prosperity (and hatred of women, non-whites, LBGT, science, etc). That, and the glaring absence of real moral principles.
Roughly 5 billion years from now, the Sun will exhaust the hydrogen fuel in its core and start burning helium, forcing its transition into a red giant star. During this shift, its atmosphere will expand out to somewhere around 1 astronomical unit — the current average Earth-Sun distance. This means the Sun will gradually engulf Mercury, Venus, and likely Earth.
It is a death cult, but I don't think that people can't wait to get to heaven. My ex and I had a friend in Cali who often said he "couldn't wait to get to heaven." One night, he came to our house white and visibly shaken as he had nearly driven his car off the bluff into the ocean due to fog or an animal running across the road (not sure of the cause). I said to him something along the lines of "Hey, you should have gone--you would have gotten to heaven earlier." I never heard him express "I can't wait" again.
There is an old song that states, "Everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die. " I think that sums it up.
And Reagan's Sec. of the Interior (I think that was his title), James Watt, said there was no reason to put redwoods in parks to save them because the rapture was coming soon. THAT is the dangerous attitude. And I don't know how long "soon" is as that was in the '80s.
They are convinced but not so on the can't wait idea. Also, evangelicals are big on cross ideas but not a cross with Jesus on it. They show an empty cross instead. Is it a death cult? What else would you call a belief system that claims your time on earth is just training for your position in eternity. The real deal is to surround god and sing his praises forever and ever. The ego of this god is forever stroked and you bow before him because he allowed you to be a part of all this.
Over the years people who have anger towards me at this idea always claim "there must be something else to do in heaven." Ideas of this place are not very clear and it is described as having walls around it. I'm told this is symbolic but what it if is literal. I don't think I want to go. I'm equally convinced that American support for Israel is based on American Christian beliefs. I'm sure the Israelis appreciate the support but do not share in our religious ideals.