Anyone Else Battling Normalcy Bias in These Final Hours?

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    • #4313
      Watchman35
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      I was wondering if anyone else finds themselves fighting what I would refer to as “normalcy bias” as May 14th approaches?  My use of that term needs to be clarified, as the common definition of the term does not really apply to true believers.  Here is a definition taken from the online “Wiktionary” site:

      “The phenomenon of not believing in the reality of one’s situation when faced with grave and imminent danger and/or catastrophe, because these circumstances are not typical.”

      That definition seems appropriate for those who have rejected Christ, mock the promise of the Harpazo, and continue to live as if everything is just fine.  However, for true blood-bought, Spirit-regenerated believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, the definition, at least in terms of how I want to use it for the purpose of this post, needs to be modified to the following:

      “The phenomenon of questioning the timing in the fully anticipated reality of one’s situation when faced with wonderful and imminent benefits of a promised event from the Word of God, because these circumstances are not typical.”

      With that definition, that’s the normalcy bias I am struggling with.  Are we truly going to be gone at some point between now and May 14?  I know God’s Word.  I am fully convinced and believe that Lord will descend with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trump of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first, while we who are alive and remain will be harpazoed into the clouds to meet Him in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  I know that is going to happen.  I just don’t know, with 100% certainty, that it is going to happen at some point in the next 13 days.  In my finite understanding, there seems to be a really good possibility that it will.  A really, really good possibility.  But I was convinced He was coming back in 2015 and I was REALLY convinced He was coming in 2017.

      Now I battle the increasing demands of my job pulling me back into earthly concerns.  Not that I completely lose perspective, but it is hard not to be earthly focused when your job demands you to focus, expend creative energy, and fully engage to honorably fulfill your job duties.  There are moments at work when I am walking down the hallway and the thought runs through my mind, something to the effect: “You will not be walking these hallways very many more times.  You are going home.”  At that point, part of me wants to stand on my desk and shout a warning to my co-workers at the top of my lungs, while another part envisions men then showing up to take me away in a white straightjacket.

      He is coming.  I know He is.  The signs are everywhere and the convergence seems more than rationally characterized as unprecedented.  I think I’m hesitant to let myself go 100% all-in because I will have to deal with the me that remains should we all still be here come May 14th.  Sometimes I wonder if normalcy bias is just a fancy euphemism for my unbelief.  Lord, I hope that is not the case, but if it is, then like the dad with the sick child, I cry out, “I believe, Lord.  Help my unbelief.”  And then I would immediately add, Maranatha!!!

      Thoughts?

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    • #4316
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Complacency abounds, for sure.  Sad that it seems so rampant within the hearts of “believers”! That’s the saddest part of it all.

      For sure we must all strike a workable balance.  I’m not ready to run up my credit cards, ….!  But am mindful that it is referred to as the “blessed hope”.

      Truly watchers I believe will receive their own rewards for their efforts.  But participation to that extent isn’t necessary to be included.

      TR

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    • #4324
      MyWhiteStone
      Participant

      Been there, done that, Watchman35.  My thoughts:  the expectation that Jesus will come by [some date] has been a mistake that many have warned me about.  But I always refuse to avoid setting dates.  I need them!  And as you know, Watchman, we pay dearly after our broken expectations.  Yup!

      “Hello tower.  This is flight MWS217 intending to land on 5-5-19  on runway 9 R.  Please have fire extinguishers and medics on hand in any case because I’m “all-in” again.  My landing gear might not actually be locked down, and I also think I have enough fuel to make it to an alternate landing field, but I would rather hope for some serious foam here since I have been circling for years already, and been vectored off to other destinations time and again.  I’m also weary of in-air refueling.   Besides, the hours logged on critical systems are getting excessive.  So I’m coming in!  I have experience in crashes, and I don’t care!  Okay?  Over.”

       

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      • #4327
        KolleenWStone
        Moderator

        :mdrmdr: :rose: :prayer-hands: :heart: :flyup:

         

         

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      • #4339
        Geri7
        Blocked

        I’m wired the same way … I need high watch dates to get me through the year.  Even though the dates have come and gone and can lead to disappointment …  I quickly perk up when I see another batch … :mail: this is what keeps me going as a watcher. :yes:

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    • #4332
      Yohanan
      Moderator

      After so many years of watching and thinking it would happen by such and such date and with all the belly flops that followed I’ve come to a place and age where I live out each day and plan for the future but also expect that at any moment He will be coming for me either by Rapture or death and either one works for me. I value this life He has given me and I try to live each day with no regrets but I have stopped looking at particular “high watch” dates and just always expect it to happen all of a sudden. At an hour no man thinketh is more likely, to me, to be today or tomorrow verses Pentecost or Feast of Trumpets even though it is much more interesting to try to figure it all out. We are hard-wired to figure things out and so it is with the Rapture. But going about it the way I do now keeps me from belly flopping and that awful low place that takes days or weeks to get out of. I do not live for the things in this world and nothing here holds sway over me but at the same time the emotional let downs are too much to deal with and so, like you mentioned about walking the halls at work not too many more times, I look at all I do in that same light. For the past several years when the Morel mushrooms pop up in the forests in early Spring and I go hunt them I always say the same thing to myself; “this may be my last hunt”. I don’t know if we have 13 more days or 13 more hours but I do feel absolutely certain that we are in the final hours of the Age of Grace and we will see His coming in the clouds soon.

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      • #4663
        Tammie
        Participant

        Yohanan, I can certainly emphasize with you. After watching for over 35 years, seeing one date after another come and go.. discovering new points of possibilities, I too have come to realize I must live everyday in anticipation that this IS the day I may take my flight upward and remember each moment here on this earth as a time of preparation for my soul to meet my Savior. I continue to plan with the thought always being it may all be empty as I wing my way upward. I am ready to shed this mortal body and put on immortality, trade the perishable for the imperishable and most of all see the glorious face of my redeemer and be in a sinless home full of love, joy, and peace unspeakable for eternity. Here right has become wrong and wrong has become right, the door for the unholy one is now open for humanity to embrace. So to my brothers and sisters, keep steady your steps…live Christ, watch and pray unceasingly. Our redemption is about to come forth. So keep your lamps trimmed and ready. Watch!  NEVER give up, we ARE the generation. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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    • #4341
      David W. Roche
      Moderator

      Excellent way of describing it, Watchman.  What is considered “normal” is constantly shifting, isn’t it?  The life we view as “normal” can suddenly be swept away in a moment, though.

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    • #4342
      tenderreed
      Participant

      As like Johanan I too am filled with the idea of “lasts”.   For quite some time, whenever I would gaze upon the loveliness of the Earth, or the many accomplishments of man, or works of art, my prevailing thought is that this is all gonna burn!  To ad to this feeling of complacency and lasts, there seems little here that satisfies as it once did.

      Given that we are all broken vessels, I am finding people a burden and a chore.  Family, friends, loved one’s and even Christians are getting on my last nerve.  I wonder why?

      Perhaps this detachment is something normal just prior to a Rapture?!  Yes I often feel quite detached at times from the things of this life.

      TR

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      • #4356
        Geri7
        Blocked

        What has me wondering is Yohanan’s spring hobby of  finding Morel mushrooms in the forest. :-(     No worries … if he going to apply that fungus on slimy sushi fish … but if its meant to ruin a lovely filet mignon … oy vey  … what a sinful tragedy!    ;-)

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        • #4388
          Yohanan
          Moderator

          They are absolutely splendid on a filet mignon! Mmmmmmm

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          • #4410
            Geri7
            Blocked

            :negative:  Eek … I got agita (heartburn) just thinking about it…

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          • #4664
            Tammie
            Participant

            Can you ever go wrong with mushrooms on just about Everything? That’s a NO! Beef, Chicken, Fish, pork, certainly omelets, salads … the list is endless I agree :wacko:

            I am a farmer at heart, I grow just about everything in both soil and hydroponics—- but I have never grown mushrooms ? need to consider that, wait this should be my last growing season :good: :yahoo:

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            • #4668
              Geri7
              Blocked

              LOL … if I buy a frozen meal like Stouffers, etc. I really have to read the labels carefully because sometimes they like to sneak in the slimy mushrooms!  Then I have to hand pick them off hoping I got them all before microwaving.  Oh and don’t get me started with French Green Bean Casserole. :negative:   Its completely saturated with  cream of mushroom soup.  Eek.  What a way to ruin green beans!

              I had a friend who used to work for Campbells Soup while I was working at Nabisco.  You get products dirt cheap in their company store or for free if you know the right people in sales/marketing dept. so we were exchanging food products.  It started off great … but soon the exchanges went south … when I was giving her Oreo’s, Nilla Wafers, Animal Crackers, Ritz & Saltines crackers, various candy bars and gum, etc. and somehow I was getting the raw end of the deal with her giving me cans of cream of mushroom soup, cream of celery soups, etc. :cry:   I said don’t they have normal soups like tomato and chicken noodle?  She claims they were all out of those in the company store … figures because nobody wants those cream soups!  I told her no thanks and that she owes me a big batch next time of normal soups!

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              • #4697
                Tammie
                Participant

                :mdrmdr:  way too funny ?

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    • #4389
      Yohanan
      Moderator

      Tender Reed said: ” it’s all gonna burn!  ”

      I remember the first time I heard someone say something like that in a Bible study I used to attend. It really changed the way I viewed earthly thing.

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      • #4408
        Geri7
        Blocked

        Ha!   Yep.  I used to say “its only going to burn” to those in my family who would show me their completed hobby projects they labored sooo hard on.  Yeah you can say I’m heartless but it worked … it really made them think about the eternal things and they thought twice about spending soooo much time on their earthly hobbies  that is only going to be left behind and burn up.

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    • #4413
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Porterhouse or Tri-tip with Morels!!  And some scampi on the side!   Yummmmmm :yahoo:

      I make no bones about it, I’m a proud carnivore!  :good:

      TR

       

       

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      • #4416
        Geri7
        Blocked

        :groan ….  just kill me off … pray tell does your side vegetable dish consist of a heap load of steamed broccoli?   :wacko:

        Do you by any chance like liver and onions?  Most people don’t realize this but liver is not healthy to eat because that organ is used for detoxing the body.  People are technically eating all the toxins that pass through the cow and possibly getting cancer that way!  Now isn’t that gross?   B-)

         

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        • #4698
          Tammie
          Participant

          I would seriously encourage folks NOT eat any organ meets like liver, eyes, brains, or kidneys. Meat cooked to not bleeding, all veggies and fruit is awesome, unless you’re allergic, same as nuts are fabulous. I also have a concern for the things eaten that are considered the cleaners of the sea and land. My under grad had a heavy emphasis in nutrition, I’m active in healthcare and if you’re brave enough read “The China Study” and “Whole 30”. Onions are definitely a go! Geri7 you hit it right with the liver :calvin

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    • #4419
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Onions are great, I’ll pass on the liver! Thank you very much.

      Sweet corn on the cob, asparagas, artichokes, green beans, cauliflower, now there’s some veggies!

      But all do respect to this thread, the “it’s all gonna burn” remark speaks to the fact that all in this life is temporary!  I also believe that God’s design of inbuilt obselesence applies not only to humans, but to all of creation as well!

      TR

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    • #4427
      Yohanan
      Moderator

      “New car syndrome” is such a great example of how we were not made to accumulate the stuff of this world. The excitement is so high and all one can do is think about their new car and how it will make life so amazing! That first month or so after the purchase people will park their new car at the end of the parking lot so no one will scratch it or ding it.  Then, a month or so later the reality of the new bill sets in and the enthusiasm for the new car begins to tarnish. After six months or so that same car is parked in the closest available parking spot. Such is the way of the material world. After years of this cycle it becomes apparent that “stuff” is so transient and does not satisfy especially for a Believer who has Jesus in their heart and knows what true satisfaction is.

      So as to not be misinterpreted, I have no problem with buying new cars or owning “stuff”. Just simply pointing out the transient nature of it.

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      • #4699
        Tammie
        Participant

        Yohanan- it is so amazing how even as strong believers, we can get so attached to the material and we know you can’t take it with you. :wacko: :agree

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    • #4428
      Boulder95
      Participant

      My son playing D1 football has somewhat grounded me but the I remind myself that life in heaven will be 1,000,000 times greater without  a life of sin or pain which is a constant battle on earth.

       

       

       

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    • #4443
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Indeed the best is yet to come, thank God we are willing to take advantage of that opportunity!

      TR

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    • #4639
      yhwhtalmidah
      Participant

      My mom use to tell me, when I was a child, that “normal” was boring! I felt anything but normal and still feel like I don’t “fit in” with this world. I look back on my life and see it has been anything but normal… and definitely has not been boring. I truly feel that there are two things about this life we need to keep in perspective as we wait eagerly for Jesus:

      #1 Life is kind of like a roller coaster – moments of great anticipation followed by huge letdowns, twists, turns, fast speeds, and slow speeds – but always exhilarating in the end. Sometimes it feels like a kiddy coaster with gentle rises and falls and other times it feels like we cannot catch our breath due to the craziness in our life and the speed with which it comes. But just like a roller coaster, there is a beginning to our life and an ending… this too shall pass. We will get off this temporary roller coaster and walk out into Heaven and the amazing eternity waiting for us all.

      #2 Christians are bi-polar! :wacko: Stay with me here… ;-) When we are born into this world, we have just one nature – sin/self. Life seems “normal” because we are walking in the world and not facing too much strife. When we are born again as believers in Christ, we are given a second nature – the Holy Spirit and THUS… the battle begins! Now we either feed the one nature or we feed the other. Both natures hate each other (self-loathing over personal sin, anyone?) and are constantly working for dominance over the other. We can “flip” between both natures constantly and some days we feel our new nature is stronger and other days our sin nature wacks us in the behind.

      Now that y’all are super bummed… :heart: Remember, the moment the Lord calls us home; whether in death or in the rapture, we are FREE! No more roller coaster of this crazy sin-filled world and no more bi-polar nature. We will be at rest in Him. I love these verses:

      Romans 8:22-24 New International Version (NIV)
      22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?

      Soon brothers and sisters… Maranatha! :flyup:

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      • #4644
        Watchman35
        Participant

        Can’t wait to be free from my sin nature…Maranatha!!!

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        • #4702
          Tammie
          Participant

          Right! :agree :prayer-hands:

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      • #4701
        Tammie
        Participant

        True my daughter, we are a peculiar people, created in Christ Jesus for good works… NEVER be normal and look what fun you have had in your life, never a dull moment right! He is our ever present Lord and yes the toils of life are heavy but thank God this is NOT our final home and we WILL be flying out of here sooner than later. :heart: :prayer-hands: :yes:

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    • #4673
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Just glad He saves me from myself, in spite myself, for Himself!

      TR

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