Archive for October, 2010

Considering that some view me already as a true heretic…I can not but help to ask the obvious…….what is it about John’s book of Revelation in its futuristic interpretation that appeals to so many modern day Christians? AND Why isn’t there more inquiry as to why { out of all the many ancient texts of revelations of Christ by many of his followers} was this text chosen for cannonization? These questions are being explored and RIGHTLY SO by Elaine Pagels.


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After some research (Wikipedia) I learned that…Revelation is interpreted in Christian Eschatology in 4 different ways…

Futurism is an interpretation of the Bible in Christian eschatology placing the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Book of Revelation, the Book of Daniel, the Olivet discourse and The Sheep and the Goats generally in the future as literal, physical, apocalyptic and global. Other views place the fulfillment of such prophecies in the past as literal, physical and local (Preterism; Historicism), or in the present as non-literal and spiritual (Idealism).

Futurism has both ancient and modern variants, the most common among modern Protestant evangelicals being Dispensationalism
Most Christians believe that Jesus will come again to fulfill the rest of Messianic prophecy (see Nicene Creed).

Preterism is an interpretation of Christian eschatology which holds that most or all of the biblical prophecies concerning the End Times refer to events which have already happened in the first century after Christ’s birth. The system also claims that Ancient Israel finds its continuation or fulfillment in the Christian church at the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. The term preterism comes from the Latin praeter, which is listed in Webster’s 1913 dictionary as a prefix denoting that something is “past” or “beyond,” signifying that either all or a majority of Bible prophecy was fulfilled by A.D. 70 Adherents of Preterism are commonly known as Preterists.

Idealism as a type of Christian eschatology
As a type of Christian Eschatology, Idealism is a term typically used in philosophy to mean the tendency to interpret the Christian Bible, especially the Latter Days Prophecy (e.g. the Book of Revelation) as non-literal symbols.[1] As such it is distinct from Preterism, Futurism and Historicism. The idea is entwined indistinguishably with terms including spiritual approach, the allegorical approach, the nonliteral approach, and many other names in usage.

Historicism is a school of interpretation which treats the eschatological prophecies of Daniel and Revelation as finding literal earthly fulfillment through the history of the church age and especially in relation to the struggle between the true church and apostasy. Historicism stands in contrast to Preterism, Futurism and Idealism.

Emerging within the early church, historicism became a dominant eschatological interpretation in the Protestant-Catholic conflicts of the Reformation. A Historicist approach was taken by Martin Luther[1] and John Calvin.[2] Among conservative Protestants, historicism was supplanted in the 19th century by futurism, with the rise of dispensationalist theology.[3][4][5] Historicism continues to be taught in churches arising from the Adventist movement.

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Interesting take on Revelation

In my twenties I steered far away from this random apocalyptic book at the end of cannonized scripture. However, as I have learned so much in recent years I have felt compelled to study this book in light of the fact that many seem convinced that it endorses the damnation of much of the world’s population to a state of eternal torment or annihilation, which I now contend to be a very false teaching and totally a misinterpretation of scripture. I recently came across a very interesting documentary by National Geographic on recent coptic texts including the Gospel of Judas in which included comments by Elaine Pagels. I did some research on her and ordered a few of her books. She is a Professor of Religion at Princeton University.
She gave an interesting “Cliff Notes” version

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Christmas List…2010

The cutest pj’s for AG
And they are only $9.99 which includes the slippers
alldolldupAll Doll’d Up – Clothing for your American Girl Doll

I know I want to get this kitchen

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So I have pulled 2 late.. late.. late.. nights in a rown researching for our American Girl Playhouse…and I have to say it has been well worth it. The first floor will be {Annaleah’s} Bedroom 1, The second floor will be Kitchen and Bathroom….wish I had room for living room, but I figure they can sit on their beds…it is imperative that they each have their own bedroom. Then third floor will be Selah’s bedroom, although she will have to stand on a stool for a while to reach. I am getting so excited about it all. The painting is what will be the main chore, but now I have color schemes….

Top Floor
Lavender & Green Bedroom
White Wood Bed (With Trundle)

Middle Floor
Kitchen-Table, Sink & Refrigerator

Bottom Floor
Pink & Green Bedroom
Pink Canopy Bed (With Trundle)

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