Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Revelations: An Opportunity for Christians

Dr. Marc T. Newman of recommends that Christians should watch the NBC miniseries Revelations, which begins tonight (9 p.m. EDT), and use it as an opportunity to witness to nonbelievers.

In his column on Agape Press, he writes: . . .

In the midst of all this bad theology Christians can still make something useful of Revelations. The success of these kinds of sensational extra-biblical thrillers comes from a sincere desire on the part of many viewers to make sense of the world and to know what is coming. Christians can respond to this desire by focusing directly on Christ and examining what He actually says about Himself in the Scriptures.

Anyone who looks to the Bible quickly recognizes that there is no loss of drama, no lack of intensity. Shows like
Revelations give Christians a chance to speak about how to know the truth, and the inevitable coming of Judgment -- including the judgment that occurs at death for everyone even if the Lord tarries. There really is a spiritual war going on and Christians can explain the need to choose sides -- the Scriptures note that humans are not really completely free -- people will be obedient to God or to sin; there is no other way.


At Wednesday, April 13, 2005 2:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My experience with these kind of programs is that they only led to error and confusion in the lives of Christians as well as unbelievers. They provide meaningless mazes of unsubstantiated speculation and pure fiction which always end in clever new age fantasies about who Christ really is. The writers of these programs care very little for the accuracy of church history or doctrine. They only want to sell a new version of Christ wrapped in their own mythology. Once people see programs like these and read books like the Da Vinci Code, it takes time to disentangle them from the misinformation and outright lies they have been seduced into believing by people who are out to just make a buck.

If you want to know Christ, avoid these books and programs like the plague. Read your Bible or at least books like The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel. Fiction is never a good source for understanding the true doctrines of the Church.

- Alexander Samuels


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