Thursday, April 28, 2005

CRI Responds to NBC's Revelations

The Christian Research Institute has posted on its Web site several articles that counter the faulty theology found in the NBC-TV miniseries Revelations.

In addition to an article from the Assist News Service, in which CRI President Hank Hanegraaff discusses the miniseries' Biblical and theological errors in general, CRI has posted detailed . . . Biblical responses to specific scenes from episodes two and three. I assume CRI will follow up with articles countering episodes four through six once they air.

For example, here's CRI's analysis of a scene from last night's show:

Sister Josepha quotes Isaiah 47:13—"Let now the astrologers, the stargazers . . . stand up and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee"—as evidence that Dr. Massey, an astrophysicist, is the one on whom the salvation of humanity rests.

The Bible in context unequivocally condemns the practice of astrology (i.e., "stargazing") and Isaiah 47:13 is no exception. Aside from quoting the King James Version of the Bible, which uses archaic language, much of which is not readily understood by English speakers today, Sister Josepha fails to quote the verse in its context. This passage, which is part of Isaiah's pronouncement of judgment on Babylon for their wickedness, goes on to say, "Surely, they [i.e., your astrologers] are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. Here are no coals to warm anyone; here is no fire to sit by. That is all they can do for you—these you have trafficked and labored with since childhood. Each of them goes on in his error; there is not one that can save you" (Isaiah 47:14-15, NIV used throughout).

Thus, not only does Sister Josepha fail to distinguish between Dr. Massey's expertise, astrophysics, and the occult practice of astrology, she interprets a verse that is a sarcastic rebuke of the Babylonians' faith in their astrologers to mean that an unbelieving "stargazer" will actually be the one to whom we must look for salvation from the tribulations of the "end of days." She could not be more wrong! The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ has conquered evil and death through his death and resurrection and that we must persevere through times of trial by resting in the assurance of our future resurrection, knowing that in Christ our salvation is already won (Romans 5; 1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4).

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