Are You Waiting For Armageddon?

I just finished watching Waiting For Armageddon on Netflix. I’ve seen it before, but it’s been a few years, so I thought I’d watch it again.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, it is a documentary about Evangelical Christians who are waiting for the end times. The documentary interviews these people about their beliefs, follows them to Israel where they are baptized and visit the Dome of the Rock, and even visits one of their church sermons. It is quite the disturbing documentary.

In the beginning, one man talks about his past beliefs as a non-believer, he said he had atheistic leanings, whatever that means. He said that it took a lot for him to become open-minded and prove through math, science, etc that the Bible is true. I’m pretty sure he’s got that backwards. You’re not supposed to start with assumptions and prove them right. That’s how you ensure that your beliefs are full of conformation bias. If he were as open-minded as he says he is, he’d have taken the beliefs that he actually held at the time and tried to prove them wrong. Instead he simply did his best to convince himself that his wife was right.

Another man, while they were at the Dome of the Rock, said “I kept hoping one of Saddam’s missiles would find itself hitting the dome.” Really? Wow, how…loving of you. Hoping for death and destruction, that’s great. I’ll never understand how anybody can be so full of hate as to wish death on anyone. And these people claim to be full of love!

The documentary didn’t just interview the Evangelicals who wanted to see Armageddon, it also interviewed people who had studied the culture surrounding this group. One of the women interviewed said that they are interested in war and violence, and want to see the death and suffering of others. Given the comment of the guy above, I’m inclined to agree. It’s scary how badly these people want others to die. They seem to care more about seeing a prophesy fulfilled than they do about the human lives affected by it.

If someone believed, as these people do, that Armageddon is coming, then I can understand the Evangelicals who push their beliefs on others. If you think someone is going to die a horrible death, and you think that you can save them from terrible suffering, isn’t it your duty as a human to help them? But most of the people in this documentary seem happy to live and let live. They don’t try to convert anyone. How can they sleep at night knowing that people will be tortured for eternity and they’re just going to let it happen?

This documentary leads to a lot of questions.

So, are you waiting for Armageddon?


10 responses to “Are You Waiting For Armageddon?

  • Glen Goddard

    I wonder, what does the term “evangelical christian” mean to you?


    • hessianwithteeth

      An evangelical christian is one who believes in being saved. They also tend to hold the Bible to a higher degree than mainstream christians. As such, they tend to be more likely to take it literally. But more importantly, it’s a culture and an identity. It comes from a very interesting tradition of church services being held in fields in the middl of nowhere, with very interesting preaching methods that were considered radical and racy to the Victorian-esk sensability of the time.
      But, in this case, it is the title that the people in the film apply to themselves.


  • ave1125

    I believe evangelical fundamentalism will bring the end of rational thought.


  • QuestOfGrowth

    I watched this film a few nights ago–also on Netflix– and am trying to find time to write a blog on it as well; but just wow! Like I know the fundamentalist evangelicals were suicidal, but the extent to which the film highlights it is downright frightening. Imagine if one of these looneys convinces someone with their hands on the Button what damage can be done.


  • johnspenn

    I haven’t seen the film. I have a couple of questions for you.

    1. Do you believe the views expressed in this film are what the Christian worldview teaches?
    2. Do you believe the views expressed in this film are typical of Christianity at large?
    3. Do you think that a film maker with an agenda could find a weird fringe group in any worldview to exploit in order to attempt to smear that worldview? (I’m not saying that is the case here. Just a thought exercize)


    • hessianwithteeth

      The answer to your first to questions is no. I don’t believe that this is at all representative of mainstream christianity. Most christians would find these people nuts. Of course the filmmaker had an agenda: they want to make money. Ordinary christians are boring. Who’d pay to watch them in a film? But, nonetheless, these people are out their, they do have power, and their power is growing. That alone makes the film worth making, and worth watching. As such, I doubt that this is a smear campaign. It’s merely someone looking to make some money by using a group with very extreme views.


      • johnspenn

        Thank you for your evenhanded response.

        You said “But, nonetheless, these people are out their, they do have power, and their power is growing.” Do you have an example of “these people” and the way their power is growing?


        • hessianwithteeth

          Watch the documentary. It shows Pat Robinson. He has a lot of influence. And there are many politicians in the US who believe in the end times. Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann, and Sarah Palin to name a few. They all have big names and a lot of influence.


      • johnspenn

        It seems to me that in the mainstream media and in Christianity, Pat Robinson is pretty marginal even though he does have a mouthpiece in the news from time to time.

        As to your statement regarding some prominent politicians who believe in end times: don’t you, as an atheist, believe in an “end” (ie heat death as a result of the second law of thermodynamics)? Not only that, but philosophically speaking, when this solar system ends because of the death of our sun, and if we were to assume that earth is the only source of intelligent life in the universe, would that not be an end in itself? The end of rationality and observation?

        The Biblical Christian worldview teaches that the return of Christ is immanent, not imminent. That is an important distinction. I haven’t heard any of the people you mentioned saying the things that seem to have been said by those in the video. We look to the day that He will come again but in the meantime we live out our lives to the best of our ability knowing that “no man knows the hour.”


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