Solution: Articulating the falsehood of Apocalyptic Eschatology

I was impressed by a rebuttal of Jerry Falwell by a Palestinian Christian author who wrote in his concluding remarks:

"He [Falwell] also overlooks several important biblical texts that explain the theological aspects of the land; instead he limits himself to the territorial aspect of the land, and to territorial and temporal eschatology where righteousness, justice, mercy, and love are less central than eschatological plans and agendas. Finally and sadly, Falwell overlooks his brothers and sisters in Christ who are Palestinians. For him, to stand against Israel is to stand against God but for us to overlook sin and promote injustices is to stand against God."

Famed Christian Author Calls for Invasion of Iran and Syria

In this interesting article, you will learn that the peace loving author of the Left Behind series is fed up with his interpretation of the end times not coming true yet. So he urges the US government to go ahead and do the invitation. Here is a quote by someone who watched this unfold:

"I was bored today so I watched Hal Lindsey's 'Intelligence Briefing' show on TBN. Basically his news analysis was no different than that on FOX news about the Iraq War, only he does it under the guise of the Christian faith. He even urged Bush to invade Iran and Syria, to fullfill prophecy or something. :shock: As he explains in 'No Good Deed Goes Unpunished'"

June 2003 Newsletter on Christian Zionism

June 2003 Newsletter on Christian Zionism: " The Christian conservatives, a core constituency for President Bush, are passionately pro-Israel and deeply distrustful of the European Union and the U.N. who are part of the “Quartet” sponsors of the Road Map. On Capitol Hill, the religious right has joined forces with the neoconservative wing of the Republican party and pro-Israel Democrats to form a broad coalition "

Problem: Why Evangelicals Invent 101 Reasons to Hate Muslims

The reason is simple: They think that they have figured out God's plan. They think that after an Armageddon battle in which Muslims are destroyed that Jesus will return. As such, God would not have destroyed Muslims if they aren't evil. So they invent 101 reasons to hate Muslims; and by so doing, attempt to justify why all the secular armament of the United States should be aimed toward Muslims. Robertson states that "the goal of Islam, ladies and gentleman, whether you like it or not, is world domination … And by the way, Islam is not a religion of peace." [more...]

Problem: Apocalyptic Minister's Warmongering to Bring About Armageddon

Christians United for Israel's (CUFI)'s advice to the Bush Administration reflects the Armageddon-based foreign-policy views of its founder, John Hagee. Hagee is a fire-and-brimstone preacher from San Antonio who commands the nearly 18,000-member Cornerstone Church and hosts a major TV ministry where he explains to millions of viewers how the end times will unfold. He is also the author of numerous bestselling pulp-prophecy books, like his recent Jerusalem Countdown, in which he cites various unnamed Israeli intelligence sources to claim that Iran is producing nuclear "suitcase bombs." The only way to defeat the Iranian evildoers, he says, is a full-scale military assault. [read on...]

Sean Hanity & Rush Limbaugh: Distorted world-views

Religious dogma fogging up prospect for peace. Sean Hanity, a right wing radio talk show host, interviewed the Jeff Rosenberg, about his new book, the Ezekiel Option. To the mainstream, this book is marketed as just a harmless fiction. In reality it is about giving prophetic support to the idea that

  • It's God's plan to create the state of Israel.
  • Those who support a different type of Israel (than the present gerrymandered 'democracy') are in fact anti-God, and therefore evil.
  • The evil anti-Israel countries will be destroyed according to prophesy.
  • Jesus Christ will return after that destruction.
  • Our foreign policy must be crafted so that we are against evil, hence we should support the destruction of the countries prophesy says will be destroyed..

How does the right media react to this: wild applause. How does the leftist liberal media react to this: as if it doesn't exist.

Wake up people. These people have a distorted vision of the world. They dictate policy based on it. If they are not countered, they will certainly deliver the rest of us to hell in a hand basket.

Rosenberg says to Sean Hanity about the purpose of the Ezekiel Option:

"Anyone listening to your show today I think will resonate with the Ezekiel Option; because it's a political thriller, but it certainly comes from a Christian and a Jewish perspective on world events... Really at the heart of these books is the fear that if you don't understand the nature and threat of evil, a person risks being blind-sided by it. That's what happened on 9/11. And we cannot afford to be blind-sided again by Iran, by Russia, by Syria, or honestly by those in Washington who have a modern secular liberal perspective who may not see evil until it hits them."

US News calls him: "A modern Nostradamus."

And Sean Hannity of course just adores this guy and treats him as a prophet, not just an author saying "You're very gifted and talented. There's something that's just eerie about how your book fits into current events."

And citing his previous fictional books, Joel Rosenberg gloats about his predictions in those books (suggesting he has an uncanny ability to look into the future in his fictional writings so the audience better treat his writings are prophetic):

"I rightly predicted the death of Yasser Arafat and Saddam is gone."
- Interview with Sean Hannity

Rush Limbaugh gives an enthusiastic two thumbs up for this book on the back cover, saying "If you only read one book this year, let it be this one." This is printed on the back cover of this armageddonist book. By a major right-wing talking-head. Think what that means to all the ditto-heads.

You may be interested to hear the interview Rush did with Rosenberg. Rush practically gloats that Rosenberg once worked at his headquarters - rather than being embarassed that such a strang ideology flourished in his own backyard.

Solution: Deconstructing Neo-Secular Arguments

Nelson Mandella deconstructs and rebuffs Thomas Friedman's account of the dynamics of the middle east conflict thus:

The value of separation is measured in terms of the ability of Israel to keep the Jewish state Jewish, and not to have a Palestinian minority that could have the opportunity to become a majority at some time in the future. If this takes place, it would force Israel to either become a secular democratic or bi-national state, or to turn into a state of apartheid not only de facto, but also de jure. [Letter from Nelson Mandella to Thomas Friedman, 2001]
It is no secret. What is happening is clear as the sun. The Jewish inhabitans of the new state are motivated by a nationalism which Einstien cautioned against. So why does the WASP power structure in the USA encourage it? The reason ? You may not be ready for the reason. I'll share it with you anyway:

It's because there is a massive undercurrent of religious dogma which blinds both politician and news anchor; and by extension the fickle masses into mis-percieving reality. You need only listen to the chatter and clearly you will hear it: they want to create the conditions so as to bring Jesus back - they want Armageddon (AKA conflict of civilizations/WWIII).

Problem: The hinderance to peace

A Jewish Rabbi observes that Apocalyptic Right is a hindrance to peace:

" a reflection of their End Times theology, the message of the Christian Right to U.S. policymakers is ‘don’t be involved in getting the parties to the negotiating table,’ then they certainly are... an impediment to the peace process, and that isn’t helpful." [Source: "Culture, Religion, Apocalypse, and Middle East Foreign Policy"]

Solution: Debunking Premellinial Dispensationalism

Presence Ministries has nice videos which use Christian arguments to debunk the Apocalyptic views espoused by powerful members of the Evangelical movement.

Problem: Rev. Hagee's Support for Genocide in - Jesus Name

The theology which supports massive terror is investigated in this article which examines the views of Reverend Hagee, pastor of a Mega Church with 16,000 members in San Antonio, Texas. When Rev. Hagee speaks, the white house listens. This Reverend has access to the elected officials in the USA. If you want to change US foreign policy, a concise response is needed to each one of John Hagee's arguments and sent to every member of congress and the Bush Administration, who apparently share the views of the sinister minister.

"...given the immense clout enjoyed by its advocates today, especially in America, it is a much more menacing threat to world peace than is sometimes imagined and cannot be simply dismissed as the ravings of lunatics on the fringe."[Read on...]

Problem: Pat Robertson's Extremism

Look at these two reasons he puts forward:

  1. Ladies and Gentleman, evangelical Christians support Israel because we believe that the words of Moses and the ancient prophets of Israel were inspired by God. We believe that the emergence of a Jewish state in the land promised by God to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was ordained by God.' We believe that God has a plan for this nation...' We believe that God has a plan for this nation which He intends to be a blessing to all the nations of the earth.
  2. Of course, we, like all right-thinking people, support Israel because Israel is an island of democracy, an island of individual freedom, an island of the rule of law, and an island of modernity in the midst of a sea of dictatorial regimes, the suppression of individual liberty, and a fanatical religion intent on returning to the feudalism of 8th Century Arabia.
  3. The fight is not about money or territory; it is not about poverty versus wealth; it is not about ancient customs versus modernity. No-the struggle is whether Hubal, the Moon God of Mecca, known as Allah, is supreme, or whether the Judeo-Christian Jehovah God of the Bible is Supreme. [Pat Robertson's Website]

The first reason he mentions breaches the boundary of separation of Church and State to support a religious state. The second reason destroys democracy in America while claiming to uphold it abroad; calling to go back to 1st Century feudalism as opposed to 8th Century.

Finaly Pat Robertson gives a third reason, which is to say, our God is bigger than their God. This is the idiocy of Pat and his ilk. He doesn't recognize the fact that Muslims worship the God of Moses and Abraham because his mind is stuck in dark places where the only thing he sees are looming wars and references to the world as described in the old Testament where everyone living around the Jews did not know of God. This is a deep purposeful poison he entrenches in his audience.

Pat Robertson reminds me of the character in the movie "Kingdom of Heaven" who goes around killing Muslims saying "GOD WILLS IT."