By Father David Fisher
”Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
”I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”- James Baldwin
The apocalyptic temptation is a temptation to hate; in the words of Psalm 139: “Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?/ And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?/ I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.”
Apocalyptic texts such as Mark 13 convey a particular theological mind set and a symbolic world that can be found in all religions, both Christian and non-Christian. In apocalyptic, the world is seen as a vast battlefield on which a war of cosmic dimensions between good and evil is being waged, and the committed believer seen as a divine warrior on the side of light and good. This cosmic dualism of good versus evil, light versus darkness, and truth versus falsehood etches a deep imprint on the religious imagination, and encourages the idealization of one’s own group and demonization of the other.
Read more: Resisting the Apocalyptic Temptation