For those who stare with doubts into the future of our rather decadent culture :
Second letter of St. Paul (2 Timotheus, 3)
1 But this know, that in [the] last days difficult times shall be there;
2 for men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, evil speakers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, profane,
3 without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, of unsubdued passions, savage, having no love for what is good,
4 traitors, headlong, of vain pretensions, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
5 having a form of piety but denying the power of it: and from these turn away.
6 For of these are they who are getting into houses, and leading captive silly women, laden with sins, led by various lusts,
7 always learning, and never able to come to [the] knowledge of [the] truth.
8 Now in the same manner in which Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, thus these also withstand the truth; men corrupted in mind, found worthless as regards the faith.
9 But they shall not advance farther; for their folly shall be completely manifest to all, as that of those also became.
10 But *thou* hast been thoroughly acquainted with my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, endurance,
11 persecutions, sufferings: what [sufferings] happened to me in Antioch, in Iconium, in Lystra; what persecutions I endured; and the Lord delivered me out of all.
12 And all indeed who desire to live piously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
13 But wicked men and juggling impostors shall advance in evil, leading and being led astray.
14 But *thou*, abide in those things which thou hast learned, and [of which] thou hast been fully persuaded, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them];
15 and that from a child thou hast known the sacred letters, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith which [is] in Christ Jesus.
16 Every scripture [is] divinely inspired, and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness;
17 that the man of God may be complete, fully fitted to every good work.
What can all this say to us ? ... : Well, just do not withstand the truth like Jannes und Mambres ........and : Jesus loves even YOU - or perhaps not... ?
"That which is a mystery shall no longer be so, and that which has been veiled will now be revealed; that which has been withdrawn will emerge into the light, and all men shall see and together they shall rejoice.
That time will come when desolation has wrought its beneficent work, when all things have been destroyed, and men, through suffering, have sought to be impressed by that which they had discarded in vain pursuit of that which was near at hand and easy of attainment. Possessed, it proved to be an agency of death - yet men sought life, not death."
So runs the Old Commentary when referring to the present cycle through which mankind is passing. (A.A. Bailey : The Rays and the Initiations - Part Two - Introductory Remarks )
Buddhism speaks of a similar time of moral decadency before the arrival of Maitreya ...
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