The Book of Revelation (written about 95 AD) stymies the imagination. Thinking logically through the details of an angel throwing a boulder into the sea or surreal images of Armageddon requires more than what reason has to offer.
However, our faith works with reason bringing us to an understanding that if we are not careful about what side we want to be on, there will be consequences.
Dante’s Divine Comedy, written more than a century later, exudes horrific imagery prefabricated from a medieval view. Abandon all hope ye who enter here, are the well-known words inscribed above the gates of hell. The point is our Christian heritage has shown in words the evils we can succumb to; the macabre images of the Book of Revelation are not factual; however, the torment is suffering separation from God. In these mortal times, separation from God is our own hell on earth. And that disconnect manifests itself in a hatred of ourselves and others. And the lashing out begins. There is no peace for the soul.
We read in Father Eymard’s retreat notes the demons of evil are confounded by any devotion to God, let alone understanding his love for us. Rather the demons would say that they give nothing to man; nothing that is true and good, and yet, they would make the claim they are better loved; better obeyed; better served. Father Eymard’s response and that is the truth.
The Book of Revelation and other prophetical, illustrative imaginings are not written as some cheap thrill to frighten, but from these phantasms, we are urged on to follow God’s way for the reward is great.
The angel proclaims: Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.
Indeed this is a day of Thanksgiving.
We pray, enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise; give thanks to him; bless his name. (Psalm 100:4)
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