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4 big myths of Book of Revelation
The Book of Revelation has terrified and confused readers for centuries. Few agree on its meaning, but many have opinions.
March 31st, 2012
10:00 PM ET

4 big myths of Book of Revelation

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) – The anti-Christ. The Battle of Armageddon. The dreaded Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

You don’t have to be a student of religion to recognize references from the Book of Revelation. The last book in the Bible has fascinated readers for centuries. People who don’t even follow religion are nonetheless familiar with figures and images from Revelation.

And why not? No other New Testament book reads like Revelation. The book virtually drips with blood and reeks of sulfur. At the center of this final battle between good and evil is an action-hero-like Jesus, who is in no mood to turn the other cheek.

Elaine Pagels, one of the world’s leading biblical scholars, first read Revelation as a teenager. She read it again in writing her latest book, “Revelations: Visions, Prophecy & Politics in the Book of Revelation.”

Pagels’ book is built around a simple question: What does Revelation mean? Her answers may disturb people who see the book as a prophecy about the end of the world.

But people have clashed over the meaning of Revelation ever since it was virtually forced into the New Testament canon over the protests of some early church leaders, Pagels says.

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“There were always debates about it,” she says. “Some people said a heretic wrote it. Some said a disciple. There were always people who loved and championed it.”

The debate persists. Pagels adds to it by challenging some of the common assumptions about Revelation.

Here are what she says are four big myths about Revelation::

1. It’s about the end of the world

Anyone who has read the popular “Left Behind” novels or listened to pastors preaching about the “rapture” might see Revelation as a blow-by-blow preview of how the world will end.

Pagels, however, says the writer of Revelation was actually describing the way his own world ended.

She says the writer of Revelation may have been called John – the book is sometimes called “Book of the Revelation of Saint John the Divine” but he was not the disciple who accompanied Jesus. He was a devout Jew and mystic exiled on the island of Patmos, off the coast of  present-day Greece.

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“He would have been a very simple man in his clothes and dress,” Pagels says. “He may have gone from church to church preaching his message. He seems more like a traveling preacher or a prophet.”

The author of Revelation had experienced a catastrophe. He wrote his book not long after 60,000 Roman soldiers had stormed Jerusalem in 70 A.D., burned down its great temple and left the city in ruins after putting down an armed Jewish revolt.

For some of the earliest Jewish followers of Jesus, the destruction of Jerusalem was incomprehensible. They had expected Jesus to return “with power” and conquer Rome before inaugurating a new age. But Rome had conquered Jesus’ homeland instead.

The author of Revelation was trying to encourage the followers of Jesus at a time when their world seemed doomed. Think of the Winston Churchill radio broadcasts delivered to the British during the darkest days of World War II.

Revelation was an anti-Roman tract and a piece of war propaganda wrapped in one. The message: God would return and destroy the Romans who had destroyed Jerusalem.

“His primary target is Rome,” Pagels says of the book’s author. “He really is deeply angry and grieved at the Jewish war and what happened to his people.”

2. The numerals 666 stand for the devil

The 1976 horror film “The Omen” scared a lot of folks. It may have scared some theologians, too, who began encountering people whose view of Revelation comes from a Hollywood movie.

The Omen” depicted the birth and rise of the “anti-Christ,” the cunning son of Satan who would be known by “the mark of the beast,” 666, on his body.

Here’s the passage from Revelation that “The Omen” alluded to: “This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a person. Its number is six hundred sixty-six.”

Good movies, though, don’t always make good theology. Most people think 666 stands for an anti-Christ-like figure that will deceive humanity and trigger a final battle between good and evil. Some people think he’s already here.

Pagels, however, says the writer of Revelation didn’t really intend 666 as the devil’s digits. He was describing another incarnation of evil: The Roman emperor, Nero.

The arrogant and demented Nero was particularly despised by the earliest followers of Jesus, including the writer of Revelation. Nero was said to have burned followers of Jesus alive to illuminate his garden.

But the author of Revelation couldn’t safely name Nero, so he used the Jewish numerology system to spell out Nero’s imperial name, Pagels says.

Pagels says that John may have had in mind other meanings for the mark of the beast: the imperial stamp Romans used on official documents, tattoos authorizing people to engage in Roman business, or the images of Roman emperors on stamps and coins.

Since Revelation’s author writes in “the language of dreams and nightmares,” Pagels says it’s easy for outsiders to misconstrue the book’s original meaning.

Still, they take heart from Revelation’s larger message, she writes:

“…Countless people for thousands of years have been able to see their own conflicts, fears, and hopes reflected in his prophecies. And because he speaks from his convictions about divine justice, many readers have found reassurance in his conviction that there is meaning in history – even when he does not say exactly what that meaning is – and that there is hope.”

3. The writer of Revelation was a Christian

The author of Revelation hated Rome, but he also scorned another group – a group of people we would call Christians today, Pagels says.

There’s a common perception that there was a golden age of Christianity, when most Christians agreed on an uncontaminated version of the faith. Yet there was never one agreed-upon Christianity. There were always clashing visions.

Revelation reflects some of those early clashes in the church, Pagels says.

That idea isn’t new territory for Pagels. She won the National Book Award for “The Gnostic Gospels,” a 1979 book that examined a cache of newly discovered “secret” gospels of Jesus. The book, along with other work from Pagels, argues that there were other accounts of Jesus’ life that were suppressed by early church leaders because it didn’t fit with their agenda.

The author of Revelation was like an activist crusading for traditional values. In his case, he was a devout Jew who saw Jesus as the messiah. But he didn’t like the message that the apostle Paul and other followers of Jesus were preaching.

This new message insisted that gentiles could become followers of Jesus without adopting the requirements of the Torah. It accepted women leaders, and intermarriage with gentiles, Pagels says.

The new message was a lot like what we call Christianity today.

That was too much for the author of Revelation. At one point, he calls a woman leader in an early church community a “Jezebel.” He calls one of those gentile-accepting churches a “synagogue of Satan.”

John was defending a form of Christianity that would be eclipsed by the Christians he attacked, Pagels says.

“What John of Patmos preached would have looked old-fashioned – and simply wrong to Paul’s converts…,” she writes.

The author of Revelation was a follower of Jesus, but he wasn’t what some people would call a Christian today, Pagels says.

“There’s no indication that he read Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount or that he read the gospels or Paul’s letters,” she says. “….He doesn’t even say Jesus died for your sins.”

4. There is only one Book of Revelation

There’s no other book in the Bible quite like Revelation, but there are plenty of books like Revelation that didn’t make it into the Bible, Pagels says.

Early church leaders suppressed an “astonishing” range of books that claimed to be revelations from apostles such as Peter and James. Many of these books were read and treasured by Christians throughout the Roman Empire, she says.

There was even another “Secret Revelation of John.” In this one, Jesus wasn’t a divine warrior, but someone who first appeared to the apostle Paul as a blazing light, then as a child, an old man and, some scholars say, a woman.

So why did the revelation from John of Patmos make it into the Bible, but not the others?

Pagels traces that decision largely to Bishop Athanasius, a pugnacious church leader who championed Revelation about 360 years after the death of Jesus.

Athanasius was so fiery that during his 46 years as bishop he was deposed and exiled five times. He was primarily responsible for shaping the New Testament while excluding books he labeled as hearsay, Pagels says.

Many church leaders opposed including Revelation in the New Testament. Athanasius’s predecessor said the book was “unintelligible, irrational and false.”

Athanasius, though, saw Revelation as a useful political tool. He transformed it into an attack ad against Christians who questioned him.

Rome was no longer the enemy; those who questioned church authority were the anti-Christs in Athanasius’s reading of Revelation, Pagels says.

“Athanasius interprets Revelation’s cosmic war as a vivid picture of his own crusade against heretics and reads John’s visions as a sharp warning to Christian dissidents,” she writes. “God is about to divide the saved from the damned – which now means dividing the ‘orthodox’ from ‘heretics.’ ’’

Centuries later, Revelation still divides people. Pagels calls it the strangest and most controversial book in the Bible.

Even after writing a book about it, Pagels has hardly mastered its meaning.

“The book is the hardest one in the Bible to understand,” Pagels says. “I don’t think anyone completely understands it.”

- CNN Writer

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  2. Eric Christopherson

    Very helpful article to me. The world would be a far better place by simply treating others the way we want to be treated, including animals, and let tangible evidence be the final deciding factor in matters versus faith and doctrine (which i'm not against).

    July 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  3. Last Call

    Do you know any Bible yourself or just what Elaine Pagels said: As a news writer I would recommend you stay with the news and quit trying to stir up unbelief in people.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  4. PAUL

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    July 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  5. Jesus is Lord!

    I thought I read ll the crap about the bible and spcefically Rvelations but this trumps it all. What utter rubbage! And to think that she shamelessly states that she still does not understand the Book of Revelations. Honey, accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and you will get an understanding. We think that we are so smart but even the wisest of man is foolish in God's eyes. Whether you beleive the Book, inJesus or not He is coming again just as he stated and everythin gin the Book will be fulfilled. I pray that you and others like you will gain wisom before He does. Always remeber thtat the Bible is the way we know God and how he communicates with His people. His Word is not to be take lightly. God Bless!!!

    July 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • PAUL

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dliYX-DHntg&w=640&h=390]

      July 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  6. Bob

    God through His Spirit is the ultimate author of the Bible. Revelation as the Bible, all can study it without the spirit to interpret it, but mans knowledge only goes so far. As is says in the Bible who is trying to perfect in the flesh that which was started in the Spirit.

    June 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Etc. Etc.

      Yeah, and "God's" "Holy Angel" wrote the Quran.

      And another of "God's" "Holy Angels" wrote the Book of Mormon.

      June 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Bob

      ETC I am amazed at the ignorance of people about religious text. The Book of Mormon is a sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement that adherents believe contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately 2200 BC to AD 421 It was first published in March 1830 by Joseph Smith as The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi
      Muslims believe the Quran to be verbally revealed through angel Jibrīl (Gabriel) from God to Muhammad gradually over a period of approximately 23 years beginning in 610 CE, when Muhammad was 40, and concluding in 632 CE, the year of his death. It would be really interesting since he was illiterate.

      June 30, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • Etc. Etc.

      Bob,

      You are technically correct on the Book of Mormon contents and publication, etc., but the fact is that Joseph Smith claimed that these golden plates containing the words of the prophets were presented to him by an angel, and he was guided by "God" in translating them.

      Both Smith and Mohammad claimed supernatural inspiration, guidance, revelation, "breathing of the word", and any other magical process you want to use as a synonym. I take it that you do not think this occurred? Why would you believe identical shenanigans from the ancient Hebrews?

      It's as plain as the nose on your face. They made stuff up, and with skillful, thunderous oratory and convincing salesmanship, magical promises and threats, great bunches of gullible people bought it.

      There is not a scintilla of verified evidence for supernatural beings of any kind.

      July 1, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • Bob

      ETC The Bible was a first person report either through Moses or the Apostles inspired by the Spirit of God. Not by angles which the Bible specifically says we are not to worship and not to be angle conscious.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:25 am |
  7. sane4th

    I'm just going to say this, I'm in school for this and a lot of this information is misleading as it is only telling her version of the information. There is debate on John the Apostle being the author, but the majority accept the authorship of John. The majority of church fathers accepted the authorship of John with the exception of Origen and Dionysius in the early first and second century, but their disagreement was backed largely by a similar interpretation of Revelation as Dr. Pagels. One which believes much of the prophecy took place in 70 A.D. However, even with that there are issues to line up prophetically in with a historicist point of view on the matter. The evidence for a non-Apostle John authorship is minimal and she fails to mention that, which is why I say this article is heavily misleading because it tells half truths with the infamous, "i'm a academic" backing it and everyone who isn't learned in this matter swallow it hook line and sinker.

    June 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  8. Toma Joel

    Thus says The Lord concerning that which is obvious, a warning made plain, which shall go greatly unheeded by those with veiled heads: This is but the first of many things, which men in the churches have built up in their pride, that shall be struck!...

    For they build themselves up for show, a false goodness...

    Foolish servants, who forsake the poor and the needy,
    In favor of the praises of men...

    FALSE GLORY! Says The Lord in His jealousy.

    For their works are perverse in My sight, and their words contemptible. Therefore, because they have robbed Me, I will rob them. I will tear them in pieces, with every foundation collapsing... No wall shall be left standing... And they shall become as those, whom they have forsaken. And they shall no more preach from their finely-crafted pulpits, standing tall among all their expensive ornaments, broadcasting lies with all their purchased devices.

    I am The Lord!...

    I will not share My glory!...

    Neither shall they pollute My name, anymore!

    Behold, all these great churches of men,
    Who have accomplished great gain in the world,
    Shall become the offscouring among the nations...

    Says The Lord.

    http://www.TrumpetCallofGodonline.com

    June 24, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Fronk

      I don't remember the lord saying these things...but then again i am not insane. Doh.

      June 26, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  9. M.E.

    Very insightful yet you didn't convince me of your point. Agh....life goes on.

    June 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
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  11. do research

    be a student, not just a follower.

    IF you believe in the bible and
    IF you believe that the bible is God's inspired word (...all scripture is inspired...)
    THEN God's holy spirit and active force directed the hands that wrote the words contained within.
    Revelation is called the "Vision of John" He saw and he wrote. He was inspired to do such.

    Just a moment on humans and imperfectness.
    God did not create imperfect humans, He created perfect creatures who sinned because of their own free will. God does not create robots to serve and follow him, that is not out of love.
    The imperfectness that exists now does not make God imperfect, humans were given the ability to "fill the earth", his purpose was for his creations to enjoy the earth he had created for them and remain in peaceful conditions.
    The world that exists now is not perfect, and all things in it are imperfect.
    IF you believe in God. He is not an imperfect being, he does not change, his standards do not change, the things he requires of us, do not change. His word has not changed and does not change. It is imperfect humans that change.
    Have love amongst yourselves.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • JamJam

      god does change and has changed read the bible....

      June 14, 2012 at 4:05 am |
    • Ethan

      Yea......he doesn't change. He's the same yesterday as he is today and will be tommorrow. His love is the same and his promises are the same. Read the bible yourself.

      June 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Royal Thandi

      People read your Bibles do not be misled by people, only the Word of God is ABSOLUTE TRUTH:

      Malachi 3:6 reads: FOR I AM THE LORD, I CHANGE NOT; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

      Hosea 4:6 reads: My people perish because of lack of knowledge: ...
      A lot of people do not read the Bible for themselves they just engage in general bible stories with people and think they know the bible. If only people will take their time to read what awesome truths are in the Bible, we wouldnt be having such discussions. A person's mind cannot understand the word of God, He is a Spirit and Him and His word are One (John 1:1), so those who Worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. If you are not born again and you are trying to read and interpret what the Bible means, it will not work. Jesus said in John 10:27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me". So if you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour then you are sure not to understand His voice.

      John 1:1-14

      New International Version (NIV)

      The Word Became Flesh

      1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

      6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

      9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

      14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

      Hebrews 4:12 says: For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires..

      1 Corinthians 2:4-10

      God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

      New International Version (NIV)

      4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

      6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:

      “What no eye has seen,
      what no ear has heard,
      and what no human mind has conceived”[b]—
      the things God has prepared for those who love him—

      10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

      The only way to understand the Word of God is through being

      1. BORN AGAIN (accepting and confesing Jesus Christ and your Lord and personal saviour) which is the FIRST and most CRUCIAL part
      2. FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
      3. CONTINUALLY STUDY THE BIBLE WITH THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
      4. ATTENDING A CHURCH REGULARY TO BE CONTINUALLY NURTURED IN THE WORD OF GOD BY A MAN OR WOMAN OF GOD (i.e. Your Pastor)
      .......................................................................

      September 12, 2012 at 7:29 am |
    • WASP

      @royal:
      The only way to understand the Word of God is through being

      1. BORN AGAIN (accepting and confesing Jesus Christ and your Lord and personal saviour) which is the FIRST and most CRUCIAL part
      2. FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
      3. CONTINUALLY STUDY THE BIBLE WITH THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
      4. ATTENDING A CHURCH REGULARY TO BE CONTINUALLY NURTURED IN THE WORD OF GOD BY A MAN OR WOMAN OF GOD (i.e. Your Pastor)

      1: i confess nothing because i have done nothing wrong and don't need saving.
      2: how will anyone know when they are "filled with the holy ghost"? impossible seeing no one can look and see that you are "filled with the holy ghost"
      3: i have read the bible from cover to cover and the only thing i got from it was an AMAZING headache from trying to keep up with whom slayed whom or whom slept with which of their children. LMFAO
      4: in otherwords stay where you can continuelly be programmed and recieve postive and negetive re-enforcement from other brainwashed followers..........that is exactly how any CULT works.

      September 12, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Royal Thandi

      @ WASP
      #smh, dude c'mon.

      Did you know that one of the synonyms of "confess" is "declare". If you have sooo read the bible as you claim, you would have known what the word "confess" in this context means.

      September 12, 2012 at 8:48 am |
    • Royal Thandi

      @WASP:
      as for being filled with the Holy Spirit, it will be a challenge for you to accept or uderstand, because I bet you do not even know that you are a spirit yourself... lets just say visit any church nearest to you that preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ who rose again.

      September 12, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • WASP

      @royal: just thought you should know, i grew up southern baptist which incase you don't know that version of christianity preachs nothing but the book of revelation. so i know it very well.

      yes i am aware of the verious uses of different words in the bible, i still have nothing to confess, proclaim, declare, or any other version of that word because I HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG.
      seriously to have anything to confess you first have to accept "the original sin" which makes no sense seeing no sin was ever committed because adam and eve never exsisted, they are part of a very well made however poorly put together horror story.
      check this out, look up ragnorak; the norse mythology. it ends with the death of the gods and all of creation; however a single male and a single female survive, kindof odd that "the bible" would pick up where a conquered peoples faith left off wouldn't it? unless the missionaries that went into that region wanted to help people convert easier by adding to their old mythology by continuing it with the new one.

      September 12, 2012 at 9:19 am |
  12. happyprimate

    Whoever wrote the book called Revelations was either on heavy duty drugs or simply mentally insane. The idea that anyone could think the ravings of a lunatic has meaning is hilarious and sad.

    June 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Dario A

      no as much as you!

      June 5, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  13. On Our Own in Gaithersburg, Md.

    The good gospels of president Obama will be our Lord and Savior on October 21, 2012 which is good news gospel of Obama.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  14. John Adams

    Today, theology centers around the bible as a book of rules. It misses the point entirely. The bible takes on a different life when viewed in the context of the times the various books were written. There is a historical richness to the bible modern theologians miss. The bible Christians use today is far different from what the early Christians studied. For one thing, there were more "books" available the the early Christians. Today's bible is handed down from the time of Charlemagne and Council of Nicea. At that council, books were tossed out, the various takes on who Christ was were conformed. The old testament books were reordered to show a foreshadowing of the messiah. And this interference didn't stop there. King James felt the Geneva bible was too egalitarian and commissioned his King James version to justify his rule.

    In the end, I have to wonder how Jesus would see today's church hierarchies. Would he rail at them as he did the scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy and self righteousness. My take is yes. The greatest commandment is to love. There are no conditions placed on this commandment. Those who do not love break this commandment. It's time for each of us to look into our own hearts, not our neighbors.

    May 27, 2012 at 7:26 am |
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  16. vivdrummer

    It's amazing to me how people can label something they hope will come true as fact.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  17. transformed 4eva

    I think this sums up Christians' prayers nowadays:
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66zqQBxhUDA&w=640&h=390]
    No, Christians aren't perfect. We shouldn't think that we are. This is why we NEED Jesus! He is good!

    May 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • somegraphx

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      June 27, 2012 at 8:40 am |
  18. older sista

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry. People seem to forget....no, wait, people don't seem to understand that a Holy God watches over His word. The Book of Revelation is the revelation of Jesus in His glory. If it were about the destruction of Rome or Jerusalem, then God would have given us another book that explains how this play is going to end. It's His world, it is a physical world, it has a beginning, it will have an end. God has ALWAYS warned His people of COMING JUDGEMENT. Always. For those who refuse Him, He says you can count on it, when He shows up, they will beg the mountains to fall on them and hide them. Or as Jesus says, "It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of a Living God."

    May 9, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • Which God?

      Yep, you be old, sista, and senile. What gibberish you spout

      May 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • james

      you're an absolute idiot.

      May 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • picisa

      thank you , sista. amazing how much mocking to what you said. sounds familiar. Jesus was mocked . and wow, how much hatred toward someone whom loves beyond what we can comprehend .

      May 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Frank

      Only your imaginary friend, there are many terms for this behavior in most insane assylums...have fun in your delusion

      June 26, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Royal Thandi

      Amen older Sista, you have done your part Sista!!

      The Word says:

      In Psalms 14:1 – 2
      1The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good.
      2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

      How sad that the scriptures aree continually being fulfilled especially in this last age, but people still believe there is no God.... tsk, tsk, tsk...

      And what most people dont understand or do not want to accept is that God loves them and He is waiting for them with open arms to deliver them from the eternal lake of fire by bringing them into a Glorious, Heavenly life that was made available for EVERYONE through the blood of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

      No wonder Paul said in Romans 1:16 (New International Version)
      I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

      In this evil day and age I also say I AM NOT ASHAMED OR BOTHERED AT ALL TO BE CALLED INSANE FOR JESUS!!

      LORD JESUS I LOVE YOU!

      September 12, 2012 at 7:50 am |
  19. Wingrider

    I love the dicotomy of religion. Christians profess a God that created the heavens and earth and all living things. He is perfect, therefore, His universe is perfect and His love is perfect. But, the Christians go on to say that Gays are not perfect, therefore God is not perfect. Completely two sides of this coin.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:02 am |
    • Paul

      Gays or not, we are all imperfect. This is due to Adam and Eves disobedience as God made man perfect. So mans fall from perfection is our original parents fault not Gods.
      Gods plan is for us to return to perfection, which his Kingdom will accomplish. Revelation talks how this will be done.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:15 am |
    • Reann

      Christians are simply quoting God's word. Have faith and believe. God is holy. God's word is the truth whether you believe it or not. Don't wait until it is too late. Every knee shall bow.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:04 am |
  20. Paul

    trekie70:
    You mention you have been to many churches? What is it you are looking for?

    You were possibly not shown enough proof, as the book of Revelation is no myth. It is clear we are living at a time of the revelations fulfillment. You are welcome to challenge it as long as you are prepared to listen to answers. Many religions do not understand the revelation, if they did they would find they are facing judgement by God due to their blood guilt of misleading people of the truth.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:04 am |
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