Advent 1, the “Sunday of Hope”, is traditionally devoted to apocalyptic messages …. what’s up with that?

Roger explores why we begin our Advent preparation with Jesus’ apocalyptic message in Luke 21, and he addresses how Fundamentalist of all faiths (and virtually every religion worldwide has some apocalyptic vision) often strip the scripture of metaphor and poetic imagery to created a joyless, judgmental faith.  They even become dangerous with the literal readings of the End Times.