Is Christendom Ready for Jesus' (pbuh) Return?
- :Harun Yahya
The love of Jesus (pbuh) made Christians virtuous throughout history. God describes Christians in the following terms: You will find the people most affectionate to those who have faith are those who say: "We are Christians." That is because some of them are priests and monks and because they are not arrogant. (Qur'an, 5:82)
Another verse speaks of the Christians' positive morality:
Then We sent Our Messengers following in their footsteps, and sent Jesus, son of Mary, after them, giving him the Gospel. We put compassion and mercy in the hearts of those who followed him. (Qur'an, 57:27)
Throughout history Christians endured much tyranny, withdrew from the world's pleasures, and made many sacrifices. All of these are proof of their sincerity, but at a time when Jesus (pbuh) return is imminent, this sincerity needs to be reaffirmed. The New Testament states repeatedly that Jesus (pbuh) will return. For example, it says that he [Jesus] will appear a second time, … to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him (Hebrews, 9:28). Since this promise is certain, all Christians are obliged to make this the basis of their worldview, be ready and waiting at all times, and act accordingly wherever they may be.
Many Christians are convinced that Jesus (pbuh) will return soon, because most of the prophecies related to the Messiah's arrival have been fulfilled already. The expansion of religious morality across the world, the near collapse of materialist philosophies, and the fact that people are turning to the belief in God are important signs. It would be there inappropriate for Christians to remain impassive about this event.
Since his second coming is imminent, this must become the most important issue on Christendom's agenda. Since Jesus (pbuh) will unite all believers, the differences between Christians will soon be rendered meaningless and therefore, the separations, disputes, and animosities must be abandoned. As all Muslims and Christians will unite under one common belief when he arrives, it is necessary to begin working on overcoming the bias and distrust between them straight away.
The last chapter of the Bible says:
The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of Jesus [Messiah], and He will reign forever and ever. (Revelation, 11:15) Come, let us prepare together for Jesus' (pbuh) imminent arrival. Knowing that he will teach us the truth, let us respect our differences in faith. Let us try to bring the peace, brotherhood, compassion, love that he envisages to the world. Let us fight together the ideological war against the philosophies and ideologies that oppose him and deny God. Come, let us await one of the world's greatest miracles together.
Adapted from: "A Call for Unity" by: "Harun Yahya"
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