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?