No big surprise, but anxiety has been around for a very long time. In 2004, Patrick Mc Ginnis coined the term FOMO. The Fear Of Missing Out. It has become more prevalent thanks to social media. It is characterized by a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing, thinking they are having fun, and you’re not, based on what is being posted. Psychological dependence on social networks results in this anxiety, and it can lead to pathological internet use. FOMO can negatively influence your mental well-being.
FOMO is also defined as a fear of regret. That’s what this post is about.
Lately, more often than not, it sure seems like the world is getting one step closer to the end, doesn’t it? The last book of the Bible, Revelation, has many passages telling us what is coming. It says that those who are saved and have their name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, will be saved from being cast into the lake of fire, sharing all eternity with the devil, and being tormented day and night forever and ever. It also says that every single person who has ever lived will be judged according to the deeds he had done. (See Rev. 20)
Every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. (See Phil. 2:10) At the end, every single soul will recognize who Jesus really is.
“First, I want to remind you that in the last days there will come scoffers who will do every wrong they can think of, and laugh at the truth. This will be their line of argument, ‘So Jesus promised to come back, did he? Then where is he? He’ll never come back! Why, as far back as anyone can remember everything has remained exactly as it was since the first day of creation.’” (2 Pet. 3:3-4 [TLB]) Verse 7 says “all ungodly men shall perish.” In another version the word used is destroyed. The Greek word for destruction is apoleia, which means losing, loss, the state of death where you are excluded from salvation, and it is a 100% solid, unchangeable fact.
The moment is coming at the end, when every man and woman (yes, I’m sticking with the two original genders) will be confronted with the staggering loss of his or her salvation. “The lost will suffer a horrible threefold realization: they will realize the Jesus is the LORD, that they are LOST, and that it is too LATE. Another definition of the word apoleia is just one sobering word: waste. Their lives will have been a total waste. A life without Jesus is a wasted life. All the energy, all the pain of their lives will have been for absolutely nothing.” (Beth Moore, Living Beyond Yourself)
The thought of that just chills my insides. That is why I write these posts. I want to be the shiny example to others, so that they want what I have, everlasting life, and will not have to spend eternity with Fear Of Missing Out.
“Be merciful to those who doubt. Save some by snatching them as from the very flames of hell itself. And as for others, help them to find the Lord by being kind to them.” (Jude 22b-23a [TLB])
Because Revelation also tells us of the alternative to the lake of fire. It will be a new earth and a new sky. It will be a glorious sight, as beautiful as a bride at her wedding. And the home of God will then be among men, and he will live among them and they will be his people; yes, God himself will be among them. He will wipe the tears away from our eyes, and there will be no more death, no more sorrow, nor more crying, and no more pain. All that will be gone forever. (See Rev 21) Sounds good, right?
If you have never accepted Jesus as your Savior, please do not wait until it is too late. Do not regret the Fear Of Missing Out for all eternity.
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