“Left Behind” and the Corruption of Biblical Interpretation

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by David Carlson In this time of global uncertainty, terrorism, sniper attacks, and threats of war, one style of religious writing has catapulted to the top of best-seller lists. Known as the Left Behind series, these fictional works proclaim that the end of the world as imminent. This apocalyptic view is "straight from the Bible," assert authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. They've sold over 34 ... More...

In Case Of Rapture – Nothing Will Happen To This Car

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by Fr. Peter Preble Several years ago I was driving behind a vehicle on the highway and I noticed the bumper sticker on the back. It was kind of funny and I will admit I laughed out loud. The bumper sticker read, "In case of Rapture this vehicle will be left unattended." OK, I thought it was kind of cute. But how accurate is this bumper sticker? I will state right up front that the ... More...

Farewell to the Rapture

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by N. T. Wright   Little did Paul know how his colorful metaphors for Jesus’ second coming would be misunderstood two millennia later. The American obsession with the second coming of Jesus — especially with distorted interpretations of it — continues unabated.  Seen from my side of the Atlantic, the phenomenal success of the Left Behind books appears puzzling, even bizarre[1].  Few in the ... More...

Do all Religions Have the Same Heavenly Father?

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by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis “WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS” Are we? First in Jerusalem (May 27, 2014), and more recently in Rome (June 8, 2014), Patriarch Bartholomew hammers the message of universal brotherhood with intra-Christian and interfaith prayer services (which according to the canons of the Orthodox Church are prohibited) and with statements and declarations to that ... More...

Sinners in the Hand of a ‘Less Angry’ God

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Church has always thought of God's wrath as a metaphor descriptive of His "negative response" to sin. The expression signifies the metaphysical incompatibility of moral evil with the Font of goodness. When the Bible, then, speaks of God’s anger, it indicates His extreme, punitive displeasure toward what is radically opposed to His being. If God's wrath is ... More...