If everything is "set-in-stone" by prophecy to deteriorate at some future moment, wherefor God will intervene to stop it by an act of Wrath/Judgment, does this not inevitably cause a negative estimate of human destiny to be placed in the mind?
An example I heard once is that the world is a ship with God in control of the rudder. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Each person on the ship has free will to move wherever he pleases on the ship or do whatever he pleases. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š He can improve his own living quarters and work to better his entire floor (and the whole ship if he so desires). ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š But the ultimate destiny of the ship is beyond his control.
This creates a pessimism in my opinion. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Why even try to better society? ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Why even try to work towards the future?
We do not live for this present world. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Our focus ought to be on creating our treasure in the world to come, not on this world. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Creating a Christian utopia is not what the Church has ever been in support of. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š That idea is an from far outside the Church and Christianity - masking itself under the cloak of Christianity. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š