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Book of Revelations - Heresy?

12 February 2013, 09:10

Being an atheist I am always wanting to know and understand more and after many years of reading, posting and commenting around religious topics, I find it interesting to try and figure out how and why religion works. On one of my many research “travels” I came across the following regarding the book of Revelations. I have include a few exerts from the article to whet your pallet but I strongly recommend you read the full article provided in the link below (its not long), especially Christians (the article is taken from a Christian website so you won’t be tainted by any atheist propaganda)

“A careful reading of "Revelation" shows it disputes all twenty-six books preceding it. That being the case, it is heretical because it teaches opinions contrary to those of Jesus and his Apostles. Heresy is defined as:  "An opinion or doctrine that is at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, esp., of a church or religious system;" and, "the maintaining of such an opinion or doctrine." Heresy is a tough word. It is even tougher for someone to accuse a New Testament book of heretical content.”

“..almost everything in John Patmos' hallucination opposes the Gospel, Jesus' words, ways, and teachings. All one must do is pay attention to what John Patmos wrote. That will be done, with some detail, later in this critique. But first, some general background information is needed. The Greek literary styles of John Patmos and John Apostle were examined in very early Christianity to prove these are two different writers. Eighteen hundred years ago, Dionysius (Bishop of the Patriarchy of Alexandria) stated that "Revelation" was not written by the same person who wrote John's Gospel and Letters. (Eusebius' History of the Church, 7.25) His opinion came from his comparing their two writing styles and found John Patmos to be entirely different from John Apostle and any other New Testament writer.”

“John Patmos' "Revelation" is a hallucination he received while in a trance. It is a detailed prediction of the future. One can begin by wondering why this book violates Jesus' direct instructions to live a day at a time and not be concerned about the future (Mt. 6:25-34, esp. 34). … one can also wonder about John Patmos' extensive memory of things "seen" in his hallucination while he was unconscious - in a trance - " in the Spirit." He has inventoried all the eyes, horns, wings, lampstands, animals, smells and sights in great detail. Further he has given a verbatim report of all conversations. There is no explanation of his unusual photographic recall. But John Patmos tells us we must accept "Revelation" exactly as written or be eternally punished, (22:18,19). He neglects to advise us on which translation is the "basic truth!"”

“Christians can know they will never die and will be with Jesus forever in eternity when they are born again. John Patmos' Jesus salvation by works takes away this "blessed assurance." The result of "Revelation's" doctrines is that no one can know their status with God until they are raised from the dead and judged (20: 12,13). John Patmos' Jesus is that of the Old Testament God, holding grudges, ruling with an "iron rod," judging our works, and viciously punishing. His is not the loving Abba Heavenly Father of Apostle John's Jesus. Obviously John Patmos is a saved Christian. That is why he can say some nice things about Jesus. Equally obvious is he is not the Apostle John, but a converted Jew who still thinks in Old Testament images. This brings about the contradictions listed and examined.”

“Some questions remain. Why would any careful Christian take "Revelation" seriously after reading it? Next, why did God allow it into the New Testament canon? One can only guess those answers. I suggest that since it is in the New Testament, Christians feel obligated to accept it. Believing the Bible to be the inspired word of God, many dare not examine it as I have done. But how can anyone take the Book of Revelation seriously? It makes no sense to us and there is no consensus of opinion about its meaning. After almost two thousand years, no two people have ever agreed on what it means.”

As I mentioned at the beginning I strongly recommend you read the full article, especially Christians, and maybe if you start applying this type of logic and intelligence to the entire bible (and other religious books) you may begin to understand why atheists think the way they do.

Full article here: http://www.christian-community.org/library/revelheresy.html

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