Anonymous asked: I know you don't think it should be taken literally but do you believe the repetition of numbers in revelation has any significance?
Yep! If you read Revelation correctly, numbers and colors are all representative of something.
Revelation is almost pure allegory. Everything is symbolic. Some things are even symbolic of other symbols. It’s a function of the genre; Revelation is an apocalypse. The Bible’s other apocalypse, Daniel, is just as chock-full of symbolism.
They want victory and good news. U.S. Christianity is a market form of Christianity, for the most part. It’s all about identifying with a winner. That is why on Easter Sunday the churches are full but Good Friday they are empty. People will show up when the winner pops us. But don’t tell me about the main protagonist being treated like a political prisoner by the Roman Empire. Don’t tell me about a senseless death based on injustice. And certainly don’t tell me about the Saturday in which echoing Nietzsche, ‘God is dead.’
Abba Macarius was asked, “How should one pray? The Old man replied: “There is no need at all to make long discourses. It is enough to stretch out one’s hand and to say: “Lord, as you will, and as you know, have mercy’. And if the conflict grows fiercer, say: ‘Lord, help!’ He knows very well what we need and He shows us His mercy” ~ Abba Macarius
1. Remind yourself that thoughts and feelings aren’t facts. Often we think extreme and negative things – which are not completely true in reality. Try to get perspective and to be more balanced – and try to counteract accusing, negative thoughts.
2. Be patient, understanding and gentle with yourself. When you’re fighting depression or are feeling overwhelmed then that uses up a lot of your energy. Accept that today is going to be harder and put fewer expectations and demands upon yourself.
3. Do one small thing as it will help you to get moving - and you’ll start feel more hopeful as you see yourself make some progress. Also, keeping yourself busy will interrupt your thinking, and will help stop your feelings from getting even worse.
4. Although it’s not usually helpful to isolate ourselves, be wise in the people that you choose to be around. If other people are too happy – or too harsh and critical – it will compound your feelings of negativity. Instead, try and spend time with people who are gentle and calm, and who help you feel accepted and more positive.
5. Remember that tomorrow could be a better day. You just need to find the energy to make it through today.