|added Tue July 13 2004 at 9:24 PM
|I've often wondered what the scriptures meant when they warned of wars and rumors of wars. I even wondered if it were really possible to have a "rumor" of a war. I'm not sure where I've been the last three years, but today at institute, the teacher mentioned in passing that terrorism is a perfect example of a "rumor of war."
And it is.
I remember three years ago this september how quickly the "rumors of war" spread. First, we were being attacked by this nation or the other. Then we were bombing somebody. Or was it us? These rumors spread across the nation and struck fear in the heart of the world. Such is the power of a deadly rumor.
As our leaders recoiled from the attack and started striking back with the power of a sleeping giant, we have discovered the true nature of "rumors of war." There is a reason why it's always listed "wars" then "rumors of wars." In war, you know who the enemy is. You try everything you can to kill and/or harm the enemy enough to keep him from killing you. Even worse, however, is a "rumor of war." There is no warfront to keep the civilians from. There is no banner to watch for to warn of approaching troops. There is no vast assembly of soldiers to flee from. There is simply the constant anticipation and waiting for the deadly strike of yet another attack.
I've never been one to be paranoid about such things. If a catastrophic event claims my life, then so be it. I have, on the other hand, casually noted that if anybody had a vendetta against the LDS church, they could simply blow up the Mariott Center while it is filled to capacity in anticipation of a first presidency adress. I'd mention the conference center, but it has much to high of security for a simple terrorist.
So which will be the most frightening before the great and terrible day of judgement? Probably not the wars itself, but the vast rumors of impending war and doom.