Thursday, July 13, 2006

Hellfire and salvation?

Father Kavanaugh's piece in the latest issue of America (on the Barbarism of War) coincided with an RNS review of the book "Skipping Towards Armageddon."  I would really encourage you to read both, especially in the light of today's Gospel (Jesus' instructions to his newly-minted apostles).
Jesus tells the twelve to heal the sick, raise the dead--in a word, to restore life. But some of our more deluded Christian brethren seem to be basing their faith-life less on the Gospel of the Lord than on (peculiar interpretations of) the Book of Revelation. This leads them to believe that the day of the Lord will be hastened by violence and warfare. In other words, that we can "force" God's hand and "make" Jesus come again by putting all the pieces in place for violent conflict in (where else?) the Middle East (where "Megiddo," the original "Armadeddon" was).
What this tells me is that it is more important than ever to proclaim the Gospel. Loud and clear. And faithfully.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

ENLIGHTENING AND REASSURING...HOW CAN I GET A COPY OF THE REVIEW....

boinky said...

Ummm...the only people claiming that "christian brethren" are starting wars to bring on the end is the PC press...

Quick: NAME ONE. I'm sure you could find the leader of a church with a dozen people, but 99% of Baptists/pentecostals/assembly of God/bible churches DON't believe it. It is a slander at worst, a delusion at best, but most probably just a way for certain anti christian groups to raise money.

If you bothered to read what Evangelicals and Pentecostals actually believe, it is that preaching the gospel in all the countries of the world will hasten the return of Christ.
But you won't see that kind of thing written by Andrew Sullivan or on Slate.

Anonymous said...

in context "some of more DELUDED christian brethren".....