We live in biblical times. Fires, floods, famines, and plague are prophesied in various books of the Old and New Testaments. Some passages are quoted in this article in order to understand the great divide in our country.
Everyone is afraid of the climate these days. Most of us have been hit by increasingly severe floods, fires, monster storms, drought, rising sea levels and the pandemic.
The 25% of Americans who believe or want to believe that Trump is still president deal with climate fear by living in an alternate reality. This is based on a hijacked version of the Bible. The same book that Martin Luther King and many other fighters for equality, peace, and freedom for all directed, has now become an instrument of pernicious forces. The fundamentalists who now claim the Bible seem intent on destroying our democracy, depriving us of our freedom and irreparably destroying the biosphere. So the Bible was discredited and its wisdom ignored.
All of this was carefully planned in the 1970s by oligarchs working in think tanks like the Hoover Institute. The misinterpretation of the Bible has been intensified to emphasize the submission of women, reliance on a strong father figure, and the dumbing down of the population. A popular series of science fiction books, the left behind Series, reinforced the message. In these books believers are beamed up to join Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 4: 17 we who are still alive and left are caught up in the clouds with them to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord ) They just disappear, leaving behind all their belongings, even the clothes they wear, to the amazement of those “left behind”. It’s lovely and painless.
If you die you will get a cake to heaven – it’s a lie. (Joe Hil)
George Lakoff explains everything in his book Don’t think about an elephant. The oligarchs developed the indoctrination and politicization of fundamentalist churches, which then took over the republican party. They controlled the US government for 30 years, first during the GW Bush administration and more recently with Trump. (During the last term in office, Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo have openly expressed their belief in the rapture.) The rapture cult has allowed the oligarchy to legally pillage the planet and concentrate its wealth through the electoral process.
What is the psychology behind it? How does it work? We’ve heard of QAnon paranoia, anti-vaxxers, anti-abortionists, racists, and climate deniers. But what provokes the loyalty, the fanaticism that led to January 6th?NS, Uprising in 2021?
A core group of Trump supporters has a number of beliefs that go something like this. “We are the chosen, fundamentalist Christians who believe that the Bible is gospel. Trump was sent by God to hasten the destruction of the biosphere to fulfill prophecies about the Tribulation. This corrupt earth will go away. Trump was anointed to rule God’s Kingdom on earth. The powers of darkness stole his election, and it is up to his followers to reinstate him. ”
Although many people who voted Trump do not consciously hold these beliefs, they identify with a sense of belonging to the chosen ones. This explains the insurgents’ religious zeal and the devotion of its core voters.
Of course, the central laws of Christianity – to love the Creator of life and love one’s neighbor – are completely ignored by those who buy the myth. Peace and justice go out the window.
Since the Trump supporters are biblical, we can only hope to reach them by reclaiming the holy books and showing the true meaning of the passages. These verses are ambiguous and leave us with a choice. We can take them literally or understand them as they are meant to be understood as referring to purifying consciousness and expanding cooperative intelligence so that we can make peace and solve global problems.The holy books tell us which choice to make should:
Deuteronomy 30:19 19th I call heaven and earth to testify against you today that I have presented you with life and death, blessing and curse; so choose life so that you and your descendants live “
A simple example of the rapture cult and its fallacies is now playing out. For these people, the vaccine and the mask are the mark of the beast.
Rev 13: 16-17 (the beast) forced all people, big and small, rich and poor, free and slaves, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17th so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark which is the name of the animal or the number of its name.
Revelation 14:11: And the smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever. Whoever worships the beast and its image will find no rest day and night, nor will anyone who receives the mark of his name. “
Only if they refuse the push will they escape the torment. Only if they refuse to wear masks are they entitled to “the rapture”.
In reality, of course, their refusal to accept “the mark of the beast” makes it more likely that they will die a terrible, agonizing death on a ventilator in an intensive care unit. When the hospitals are overcrowded with their “rescued” friends, they can end up in a hospital corridor with oxygen.
Yet despite this apparent conflict between what they believe and the horror of what actually happens, they hold on to their beliefs. Even Trump’s acceptance of the vaccine and its weak, belated endorsement do not shake their view of the world.
You have chosen death, for yourself and for life on the planet. How can the Creator of life be on your side? From what spiritual source does the power of their movement come?
Maybe MAGA hats are the mark of the beast.
The deep comfort of this alternative worldview lies, I believe, in the tenacity the GOP has held on to Trump. The worse the climate disaster, the worse the plague, the happier they are that Judgment Day is approaching, and the more they cling to it. There’s a desperation in it, a kind of psychotic certainty, that only Trump can save them, and that’s why he has to come back to power.
If we who choose to live are to be successful, we must regain the spiritual power that is rightfully ours. We deserve the sense of righteousness that can overcome the pernicious myth that Trump can save anyone. We must actively love life, truth, justice, and our neighbors, including whales and bees. Only when we align with the Creator of life can we save the planet.
Carol S. Wolman, MD