The Antichrist

I just finished reading Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It focuses on the end of the world. A demon, angel, witch, witch-hunter, and the 11 year old AntiChrist, must try and stop Armageddon.

My favorite part of the book deals with the idea that maybe what is written is not actually God’s plan, and only God knows the plan. The two main characters (demon and angel) think they will be punished for going against each of their sides goals, but at the end they realize that they had no free will in the matter, they did what they plan had set out for them.

It’s very hard to explain everything without going into great detail, but it made me think of something I always wanted to write. The final memoirs of the antichrist. He ponders how his life was predetermined thousands of years ago. He has no say in the matter and in the end, people should not think so poorly of him, since in actuality, without him, there would be no return of Christ…

So, for all you Christians out there, waiting for the return of Jesus, why not help speed it along? Start praying for war, famine, pestilence, and death. That way the Anti-Christ will be right behind them and then before you know it Jesus will be back and all will be right again.

Or to quote from Adam Young, the 11 year old Anti-Christ in Good Omens:
“I don’t see what’s so triffic about creating people as people and then gettin’ upset ‘cos they act like people. Anyway, if you stopped tellin’ people it’s all sorted out after they’re dead, they might try sorting it all out while they’re alive.”