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End of the world can wait, says Jesuit
Priest addresses faith implications at seminar, urges end to fearJesuit Father Thomas Aquino Deshi Ramadhani
- Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta
- April 11, 2011
âThe end of the world is a hope which should bring joy,â said Jesuit Father Thomas Aquino Deshi Ramadhani, a Bible lecturer at Jakartaâs Driyarkara School of Philosophy and Catholic University of Atma Jaya.
More than 300 people, mostly elderly, attended a seminar on April 10 organized by the Biblical Pastoral Desk of St. Joseph Church in Matraman, East Jakarta, discussing the worldâs end from the Catholic perspective.
âThe end of the world is something we should wait for according to our faith. Strangely, we get afraid when we hear about the end of the world. What is wrong with our faith?â he asked participants.
âThe Bibleâs journey from the beginning until the end is about the journey from the creation of âthe first heavens and earthâ (Genesis 1) until the creation of âthe new heaven and the new earthâ (Revelation 21),â the head of the schoolâs theology department said.
Another speaker Karlina Supelli, Driyarkaraâs cosmology and science lecturer, linked the worldâs end with environmental destruction caused by mankind.
âHumansâ modern consumption patterns contribute to such destruction. If these do not change, we will need two earths by 2050 so as to support our lifestyle,â she said.