Reflection on 2Th 2:9-10Post date: 2017-08-12
Reflection on 2Th 2:9-10
The Word of God speaks of the coming of the antichrist, who will come with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish. No concrete antichrist has appeared so far, though many deceivers have gone out into the world, as the Apostle John writes in his Second Epistle (see 2Jo 1:7).
Today, we can see that this spirit of antichrist, the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, has manipulated almost the whole Christian world, i.e. the Christian nations. Within several years, this rapid apostasy which took place above all after the Second Vatican Council, has grown in intensity. God alone can stop this process in a miraculous way, or turn it into spiritual resurrection. However, this will not be possible without suffering, prayer and a living faith; and we can add: and without bloody or bloodless martyrdom.
We live in these times, and we need to make a true diagnosis, to have a realistic view of things, not to get into a panic but to draw clear conclusions for our personal life and to become aware of our responsibility which every one of us bears for the salvation of our own soul and for the salvation of those whom God has entrusted to each of us. The present time requires heroes.
It is astonishing that probably the highest number of martyrs today is found among the converted Muslims, who are ready even to shed their blood for the sake of Jesus. We can study the statistics about Christian martyrs over the past ten years. There have been thousands of them. We mostly do not know about them, so we are neither concerned about it, nor alarmed by it nor encouraged into a living communion with Christ. What a great pity.
The root of the apostasy of present-day Christianity is, as the Scripture says, that “they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved”. Unfortunately, the love of the truth has not been received by various theologians who have introduced heresies into Christianity. They received the love of the pseudo truth and mixed up Christianity with paganism like water with poison.
The essential question is: Do I love the truth? If I do, I will be ready even to make sacrifices for the sake of it, and the truth will save me. Finally, Jesus Himself is Truth Incarnate. He said, “I am the Way,” but also “the Truth and the Life”. There is salvation in no one else but Christ (Acts 4:12).
May the Spirit of God shed light on these words during the following two weeks, when you will repeat them seven times a day and stop at least for a while to reflect on them – e.g. when learning them by heart.
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