Friday, September 07, 2007

 

The End Is (Not So) Near



I found this at Rey's:



What's Your Eschatology?


You scored as Amillenialist, Amillenialism believes that the 1000 year reign is not literal but figurative, and that Christ began to reign at his ascension. People take some prophetic scripture far too literally in your view.

Amillenialist

70%

Moltmannian Eschatology

70%

Preterist

50%

Postmillenialist

50%

Premillenialist

35%

Dispensationalist

30%

Left Behind

20%

What's your eschatology?
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So what's this mean in a nutshell? Well, that I think that the Left Behind "Christian" fiction type stuff is just that: fiction. Entirely. For information on where the whole idea of a "rapture" came from, read up on John Nelson Darby.

My position is that dispensationalism is a distraction at best ... when taken to extremes it can be a damaging, pseudo-christian mythology that gives non-Christians an excuse to dismiss our faith as some kind of sci-fi cult. Focus on the way you live your day to day life and look to Christ for guidance. The "end of the world" is in God's hands. It'll come "like a thief in the night," there's no point in thinking we can prepare for it or anticipate the details.

But then, I'm Catholic. That's what my church teaches, basically.

I don't intend to debate this issue in the comments, but I encourage anyone with a different point of view to post comments with links, references, etc, to explain their own beliefs. All beliefs are welcome here, and I don't presume to speak for all Christians in general, nor for all Catholics.


Comments:
While I don't necessarily believe in the "Pre-tribulation" rapture, I do believe that 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 will occur as stated. Just not sure when in relation to other biblical events.
 
Moltmannian Eschatology

What the frick does that mean!?
 
That means you are going to shed your skin. ;)
 
Kudos to the Unseen One!

I'm too frivolous to comment on this other than to say I'm torn between your belief and the temptation to become a cafeteria Catholic....
 
Like MacArthur I'd probably be called a leaky premillenial dispensationalist but I'd probably call myself something like Progressive Covenantal Stewardships.

Meaning: I see God's promises and heaping on top of one another, unfolding grace upon grace and at the same time dispensing responsibility on men which holds humanity accountable for their response to God's grace.

I believe in a rapture of the Church but as to when (before a tribulation or right before Christ shows up for good) who knows.
 
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