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The general view here seems to be that we are in the end times, and that the world as we know it will shortly end.
In that case, is it worth doing anything about climate changes, world poverty, eradication of disease, AIDs, North Korea, Iraq, etc? It is surely too late to make any difference.

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 ---Alan8869_of_UK on 7/8/05
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All soul winning activity is worthwhile!!!
All other activity is caused by" Hope springs eternal in the human breast"
---mima on 10/6/08

"To one that knows to do good, and does not, to that one it is sin. And these will go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." James 4:5+ Mat.25:46. The No Works trees and fruitless trees are condemned to damnation, but Jesus says: "Blessed that servant, whom his Lord when he comes will find so DOING." Matthew 24:46. Doing what? Namely, the works of Christ: "Share your faith, feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, be a friend to the friendless, a father to the fatherless, a helper to the helpless, clothe the naked, visit the infirmed and imprisoned, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Love the stranger and love your enemies." Mat.5:43,44, John 13:34,35.
---Eloy on 10/6/08

Part 1 You know when I read this question I am a little troubled. Jesus knew that he was going to suffer greatly at the end of his life, many Christians knew they would die for standing up for God and this even continues to this day. I believe that Jesus will not come until the story in our Bibles is known to all the world, thus the use of missionaries.
---rex5764 on 10/6/08

Yeah, I agree. So do I have to pay my bills?
(just kidding!)
---sue on 10/26/07

If God's people will call out to God and repent, There will be many changes made. Aids is caused by sin and will not go away without God and repentance. This world is sinful and we are not going to rid the world of sin. When I get to heaven, I will be rid of sin. Man thinks he is smarter than God and that has caused climate changes, poverty. Man must work for what he gets and not a slave to goverment.
---shira_5965 on 3/27/07

"End-times" obssessing doesn't impact my daily life. We must follow our Lord's last command to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit ...."(Matthew28:19-20). I think that will keep us abundantly busy. I just praise God He's coming back to receive us to Himself and meanwhile I must trust, obey, love Him and continue in mission work in it's various forms here and abroad.
---Elsie on 7/21/05

Alan, since you are the soul of reason on this blog, I thought long and hard about your question. Being in law enforcement for nearly 30 years, I have seen the worst men and women have to offer.But I like the quote from Mother Teresa about her efforts that seemed futile. She said God has called us to be faithful not successful. I believe that we do our best and let god take care of the outcome. IOW we plant the seed. Bless you in your journey.
---randy on 7/11/05

The Apostle Paul addressed this issue in his epistle to the Thessalonians 2Thess.3:10ff, when he admonished those who would not work, thinking the end was too close to worry about day to day activities. We don't know exactly how long we have until the end, but, we are to work until the day arrives.
---tommy3007 on 7/9/05

The predictions in Christian Eschatology have been applied in every century since the first century.

The apostils thought the second coming would be in there lifetimes. The predictions are so general that you can apply part of them to almost any time in world history subsequent to 90 CE.

Tying to predict dates or even general times is an exercise in futility as the Adventist discovered in the first half of the 19th century. Just live one day at a time for the Father.
---phia4633 on 7/9/05

I believe we are near the end, Alan, but I also FIRMLY believe that is no excuse not to do our utmost to fight poverty, disease, and other evils in the meantime. If we spend the time to dry a single tear from a single eye, then that is of immense importance to God, even if it seems like only a little thing to the world. Nothing is EVER futile.
---Billy on 7/9/05

I certainly agree that we of all people should be concerned about the people of this world. That's the problem with so many of those that despise Christianity. Especially those in the New Age movement, they try to blame Christians for all the world's enviromental problems. However, these are the same people that will become radicals when it comes to saving a tree, and yet support abortion.
---Rick on 7/8/05

Rick: We certainly are not going to win people to the Lord if we kill them with pollutants from our factories. There are many instances of cancer cells around rivers where certain factories dump liquid waste coming from the US. Certainly Christians should be upset about this and other atrocities done by US companies. Killing is killing. Ever hear of Love Canal?
---Madison on 7/8/05

Jesus told us to occupy till He comes. This means to continue working till the end. But He also commanded us to WATCH and PRAY for His return. The main issue of watching for His return is to continue doing the right things.
---Rick on 7/8/05

Of course Christians should not contribute to the problems of this world. We shouldn't help pollute the world with anything that destroys. We should feed the hungry, and show people that we care. They will not hear the gospel if they're starving, or we deforest their land. But the priority should always be the salvation of their soul. What profits a man if he gains the world and loses his soul?
---Rick on 7/8/05

If I were hungry, thirsty, in pain or whatever and knew that the world would end next week I'd still be jolly glad that someone had come to give me a drink, food or some pain killers rather than be left to suffer for a week. Knowing that time is short is a reason to work harder not to just give up.
---Xanthi on 7/8/05

Rick ...
We are called to love our neighbours ... and that means all people in the world, particularly those we despise, and we are commanded elsewhere to visit the sick feed the hungry and clothe the naked.
Now that includes keeping the air clean, etc ...
I was wondering what they would say, those who say the end is nigh, but they have not answered.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 7/8/05

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It may or may not be too late to do some things to help the enviroment. But it's not too late to continue with the great commision, "go into all the world and preach the gospel." This is what the church is called to do, not to be enviromentalists.
---Rick on 7/8/05

Man has been saying the world would end soon since Biblical times.It is a foolish person that lives life as though it is going to end,instead of living one day at a time as the Bible teaches.We have been given the earth and until God does call us home everyone should be a good caretaker of this blessing.The Bible says no one knows that day or hour when the Lord returns.Anything people believe now about endtimes is just a lot of speculation.Everyone had better live as though it's not ending!
---Darlene_1 on 7/8/05

2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." We are called to do what is right to the very end. We cannot be lax in our desire to save souls. Therefore relieving the suffering of even one is important, we cannot let the lamp go out because God is coming
---Charles on 7/8/05

Part 2
In 2 Timothy Chapter 3, we are told what kind of people will be in the world near the end. Self-seeking is one of the descriptions there, there are also other adjectives which seem to indicate that if we are self-centered and think only of ourselves, then we will not have eternal life in the Kingdom of God. Hey if anyone wants to study the Bible with me, contact me through my profile name.
---rex5764 on 7/8/05

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