Out of darkness

Despite of what I wrote on the previous post, I need to clarify that indeed major world religions thrive on using this kind of eschatological language. What I mean is the founding fathers must justify why the need of new religions, and usually the answer was along the line of “previously it was bad, but now the good has come.” For example:

– The ancient Israelites: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.” (Deu 6.21)

– Early church: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Pet 2.9)

– Buddhism: From ignorance to enlightenment.

– Islam: From Jahiliyyah to the revelation of Qur’an.

– Protestantism: From the Dark Ages (!) to Reformation.

And on and on.

My point is: I do believe in the turn of ages, but it is not to be found in Mecca nor Geneva. It is found in Golgotha.

3 thoughts on “Out of darkness

  1. septian Post author

    Messianic/eschatological language is also very popular in politics — and other spheres of life. For example:

    – Soeharto: New Order replacing Old Order.

    – Obama: “Change has come to America.” (on his victory speech, 5 Nov’08). Well, the worse thing is the politicians kept saying that finally the time of change has come and we kept believing in them as well.

    – A reading on the seal of American dollar bill saying Novus ordo seclorum (New Order for the Ages).

    – Renaissance movement after the Dark Ages (thus one could argue that Protestantism was simply the religious branch of Renaissance).

    – The Enlightenment.

    etc.

    Indeed, it is not uncommon to see it applied by a guy claiming that a girl has changed his life out of darkness into light. And that is an eschatological claim as well.

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