The Groxt, Part II
The Groxt, Part II
As explained in Part I, linked below this paragraph, TheGroxt uses Google Earth to reveal the End Times. This article will not make much sense without reading Part I.
If TheGroxt is correct, a Cosmic War between Good and Evil is visible in the rivers and landforms on Earth: as above, so below.
My own critique of TheGroxt’s work will be brief and specific, but I do think he makes fascinating points and some of them are probably correct. We’ll all find out someday perhaps.
First, there is the Rorschach inkblot issue. I wonder if one stares at maps long enough if one will find what they are seeking. Some of his discoveries are uncanny, but still.
This reminds me of what some historians say about cycles, that “if you look for cycles in history long enough you will eventually find them.”
Second, I have misgivings about concluding that only Protestant evangelicals are going to Heaven (if we agree on a Heaven) and that everyone else will burn in Hell (if we agree on a Hell).
I used to argue about this with my ex-wife often. She would say that the only path to Heaven is through Jesus. And I would reply that OK, granted, but what if those references were symbolic? This would mean belief in Jesus is the same as belief in what he represented. After all, the Bible is filled with symbols, metaphors, cryptic prophesies…
And Jesus himself spoke in parables.
I disagree with the idea that people with good hearts are going to Hell because of some theological technicality, such as if their church includes the Virgin Mary, or turns to Mohammed or Buddha.
If so, this would be a possible conversation in Hell:
“What are you in here for?”
“Don’t know really. I believed in a benevolent Creator and was good to people, but some of my church leaders entertained a few unorthodox ideas. So here I am, forever. And you?”
“Similar. My church made a mistake, regarding eschatology, but it couldn’t be helped, under the epistemological conditions.”
Isn’t this beginning to sound absurd?
This idea of Judgment Day is a bit like a 1942 Gestapo railway station: families get separated, with flawed individuals going to a fiery end, those going into Limbo, etcetera.
Is this really what is meant by the Rapture? The salvation of a precious, tiny few followed by the eternal damnation of many? Let’s hope that day never arrives.
The irony here is that my ex-wife attends Lakewood Church in Houston, where the head preacher, Joel Osteen, simply refuses to categorize certain people of certain faiths as going to Hell. He does not presume to know. (And I simply add that Osteen is a powerful, inspirational speaker no matter what one’s background is).
Many Christian fundamentalists would disagree with me, of course, but Christianity is sufficiently broad to recognize, as Jesus said, that the true church has no walls, and that individuals are also connected and unified at higher levels:
“My Kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36)
Third, and last, there is the question of inevitability, which we are just living and suffering our way towards a prewritten Final Act.
Something about that seems wrong, but I am no authority on the subject. I do not have the luxury of certitude. I grew up in a family whose members on all sides, going back generations, were agnostic or atheist. My grandfather opposed religion on every front.
I suppose my own approach to the topic is more astrophysical. In this view there is no bearded man in the clouds, but there is a divine power that created the universe with intent, and the Earth, shimmering with beauty, is a masterpiece.
Perhaps this universe is one in which the progression from matter to life to mind to spirit can be described in terms of physics, as well religion.
Perhaps this universe is one in which the struggle between good and evil, between ascending and descending forces, across levels of knowledge and love, can be described in terms of physics, as well religion.
Is it not possible to revere a benevolent Creator, by pressing for the advancement or ascension of all seven billion souls?
Why do we accept rules of the game that condemn virtually everyone on the planet to lose?
Why not jailbreak Hell itself? Surely everyone there has repented by now.
Why not seek the transformation or conversion of demonic forces?
It would be great to see more people experiment with out-of-the-box thinking, without dogma.
Watching the youtube postings by TheGroxt is an experience that is both tantalizing and frustrating. It is tantalizing because he points to some real Big Picture matters, and it is frustrating because at times ha falls back into the provincialism of the backwoods preacher.
I always admired the Marines’ code of combat: Leave Nobody Behind.
The US Marines, and those of other nations, are known to press forward in battle just to retrieve the body of a Marine who was killed.
This is a supreme act of valor, recognizing the dignity of human life – even of a life that once was, but breathes no more.
So, do we try to save just our own skin?
Or do we Leave Nobody Behind?