Normalcy Bias

From Wikipedia:

The normalcy bias, or normality bias, is a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects. This may result in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations.

The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a certain disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It can result in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.

Even inside the Church most people ignore the warnings God gave us. As we see the world aligning into a scenario we were warned about over 2,000 years in advance, we subscribe to Coincidence Theory and insist that, if it’s true at all, it can only affect future generations after our important, comfortable lives have played out normally.

American Christians are the worst culprits. We subscribe to Coincidence Theory and chant: “It can’t happen here; it can’t happen here.”

Even as it is happening here.

As what is happening, you ask? Complete economic collapse, at the bare minimum–on a scale that dwarfs the Great Depression of the 1930s. Also coming to the USA is chaos, genocide, enslavement, possibly civil war and nuclear fire.

I don’t know the day or the hour of our Lord’s return, and am not setting dates for that. But the United States of America is on the precipice of judgement. Even the wise among the unsaved can see this…through a glass, darkly.

I, and many others, have known for some time how close we are to the end. We have suffered the Cassandra Complex. I myself have stuck my head in the sand, after hearing so many people tell me I was too “gloom and doom,” and concentrated most of my efforts on pursuing personal ambitions as if life was just going to continue on like it always has.

Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges  and saying, “Where is his promised return (the Second Coming)? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.”

– 2 Peter 3:3-4

As the evidence piled up for the last 20-25 years, our normalcy bias has kicked into overdrive. I would not be surprised at all if there is an evil spirit specifically assigned to propagate normalcy bias.

A shrewd person sees danger and hides himself,
but the naive keep right on going and suffer for it.

– Proverbs 22:3

 

There is desirable treasure and olive oil in the dwelling of the wise,
but a foolish person devours all he has.

– Proverbs 21:20

As with so many disasters in my life, I listened to people rather than the Holy Spirit, and allowed normalcy bias to lull me into a trance. Before that, I followed the wisdom given to us via Proverbs (above), but now I find myself in a bad, bad position to face what is coming.

But God, in His supernatural longsuffering, has continued to remind me of His warnings, and the lateness of the hour. I’m repairing my state of preparation as best I can.

My trust is in the Lord. And I am finally doing my part, again.

If anyone is meant for captivity,
into captivity he will go.
If anyone is to be killed by the sword,
then by the sword he must be killed.

This requires steadfast endurance and faith from the saints.

– Revelation 13:10

I’ve made peace with this reality. But until my number is up, I have resolved to carry out the will of my Creator.

Have you?

Author: Elijah Dispatched

I never doubted the existence of God. I thank my parents for that. Even so, most of my life could be summed up as a shameful rebellion against Him. Still, even when living like a reprobate heathen, I still occasionally studied the Bible. I found it just as confusing and seemingly contradictory as most people, yet I could also discern there was power in it, and truth beyond my finite reckoning. After finally admitting to my Creator, "You are God and I am not," my study of the Bible became a bit more intensive. I have learned much, and will learn much more. I plan on sharing some of that here.

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