Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The Antichrist

I watched a show on the History Channel last night about the Antichrist, sometimes the best of television is on in the wee hours of the morning and this was no exception. They delved into the Fundamentalist Christian idea of the rise of the Antichrist which will facilitate the Rapture and the return of Jesus, who will of course win the ultimate battle between good and evil, thus ushering in 1000 years of Heaven on Earth. It almost made me wish I believed.

They interviewed Christians as they left their mega-church in Colorado, asking them to give their take on the Antichrist. The most interesting things came out of their mouths, but trying to follow their logic just made my head spin. Several of them described the characteristics that they believe the Antichrist will exhibit, he will be a powerful leader, he will pretend to be one of them and he will be intent upon creating a global empire and a world economy that will require anyone who wants to participate to be a true believer in his vision. See where I’m going with this?

First off, I find it hard to fathom the extent to which a person must ignore reality in order to truly believe in the Rapture and the return of Jesus, but by following their distorted logic, I come to only one conclusion. George Bush fits the profile that they themselves set up, yet they are unable to see it. Not being a believer myself, I have no idea how each personality trait ranks in importance, but the only characteristic given by these faithful worshipers that Bush lacks, is great oratory skills. Perhaps this is hanging them up more than I realize. For all I know it is the singularly most important skill of the Antichrist which would certainly explain their inability to peg Bush as the one.

I realized once the show was over, that they convinced me that Bush is the Antichrist. But then I had to admit that he couldn’t possibly be, since I don’t believe in the concept at all. I also realized that my frustration that these people can’t see what is laid out before them, stems from my desire to inject logic into an ideology that has none. Faith is just that, and it requires no logic, in fact it demands a rejection of it. I find it sad that because those who subscribe to a Fundamentalist reading of the Bible give away their ability to think critically, they are the ones who will ultimately fall victim to the charms of the Antichrist that only they believe in. It’s almost as if they are intent on becoming what they spend their whole lives demonizing. It’s a self fulfilling prophecy that in the end will leave them confused as to where they went wrong, and will prove them to be as evil as they feared all along. You can ask God to absolve you of your sins, but unless you absolve yourself, change your behavior and accept your part in evil deeds that are committed in your name, there is no redemption. But that is just my take on life on planet Earth, I’m sure they could poke holes in my beliefs as well, just not with logic.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Jonathan said...

I’m convinced that for the most part religion is simply superstition. Maybe some of the people were real and some of the narrative may be true but there was nothing divine about it.

With that in mind, then Bush can’t be the antichrist. But he is, without question, the most dangerous person on the planet.

11:07 AM  
Blogger liberal elite said...

This is a compelling post. Please don't be offended if I indulge in a reaction. This is another "polarization" problem: us and them.

The truth is.

Look, maybe it is what we ALL don't know that makes believers seem superstitious and non-believers rational. But just across the border of everyone's knowledge is SOME faith.

Besides, the Bible doesn't talk about THE ANTICHRIST: that's a subjective distortion of one book in the Bible: The Revelation.

Other books--even some by the same purported author as The Revelation--suggest there are many many anti-Christs. In fact, an antichrist is anyone who doesn't confess that Jesus is the Christ.

1John 4:3

"...and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world...."

This business about the antichrist is a distraction: Jesus taught John the Apostle to value the spirit, not the flesh.

"It is the spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life." --John 6:63

It's good we don't believe what tv says about antichrists. TV is aimed to trap our perceptions in false words. That's the spirit of antichrist--and it's pervasive in this world.

That's why you never hear anyone on tv asking, "How can our spirit be in our words?"

Please forgive the rant, but I wanted to try to open the topic some more. The truth makes us free and lies entrap us. The same is true for everyone, even antichrists.

11:45 AM  
Blogger JusticeE.R. said...

I would suggest reading, "The End of Faith" by Sam Harris. Fairy tales are for children. I would hope, at some point, people would start to realize that the bible is a book of fiction. It is really hard for me to take any of this anti-christ stuff seriously.

4:50 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

I don't really care what the "believers" think or how they feel about Christ or Antichrists, but I do care how they act upon those beliefs, especially when they effect me! These christian fundamentalists are dangerous people and if we don't stand up to them they will muster their numbers to make changes in our society that will be anathema to free thought. Can you say Dark Ages? Don't delude yourself into thinking it can't happen again, and in our lifetime.

Just a thought.

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://100777.com/node/1207

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/01/309308.shtml


Is this the powers that be plan for the rapture? if not, it at least makes good sci/fi, mind control stuff.

also, run a search for "How to fake the rapture" and "Project BLUEBEAM"

11:54 AM  
Anonymous John said...

== Risen Christ is Antichrist ==

The Risen Chirst is the Antichirst, the first beast that had the fatal wound that had been healed.

Paul of Tarsus was his false prophet, the second beast who was servent to the first beast and extended its authority everywhere, making the world and all its people worship the first beast.

If you don't believe me, read the Bible and no! you will not die if you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods.

~~~~John~~~~

11:58 AM  

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