The End of the End
When Alice found herself at a crossroads in Wonderland, she looked about for help. There in a tree nearby was a smile. Just a smile. Soon though, the full body of the Cheshire Cat appeared. Alice asked the cat which way she should go. The cat asked her where she was headed. Alice explained to him that she had no particular destination, and then the cat spoke words of wisdom—“Then it doesn’t matter.”
If we are going nowhere we cannot go wrong. You can only get lost if you have a destination. Which is why eschatology matters. Rightly understood, eschatology, the study of the last things, is the study of where we are headed.
Trouble is, more often than not, we find ourselves going down a dead-end road because we’ve gotten distracted by mileposts along the way. We end up arguing about where we are or where we almost are, and we utterly lose sight of the real end of the story.