COMMENTARY: Optimism: Give It A Chance, You’ll Like The Result
Posted: March 24, 2013 at 1:53 a.m.
In 1844, the United States had an event known as “The Great Disappointment.” Based upon some novel interpretations of the book of Daniel, thousands of people gave away their possessions in anticipation of Christ’s return that year. Later, groups such as the Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses found their own interpretations to arrive at end-time dates decades later. I grew up in a household (as did my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother ) where Armageddon was always “just around the corner.” Not believing this was considered a lack of faith, and even having long-term plans (such as going to college to prepare for a career) was strongly discouraged.
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