Friday, May 20, 2005

CRI Responds to NBC's Revelations—Final Update

Now that the sixth and final episode of the NBC-TV miniseries Revelations has aired, the Christian Research Institute has wrapped up its series of Biblical responses to counter this theologically challenged show.

In its final installment on episode six, CRI concludes: . . .

Though some of its more absurd elements made it obvious that the Revelations miniseries was the product of furtive apocalyptic imaginations, rather than sound biblical hermeneutics, it was nonetheless an attempt, albeit very loose, at interpreting the apocalyptic literature of the Bible, most notably the book of Revelation. As noted in our evaluation of episode four, the danger with the show is that it associates itself closely enough with the Bible and especially dispensational eschatology through its language and imagery that unbelieving viewers, or even biblically illiterate believers, may be led to associate even the most absurd aspects of Revelations with the Bible, thus lowering their view of Scripture and providing faulty intellectual justification for their rejection of the Gospel.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are commanded to "demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God" and to "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5). Accordingly, we ought to test against the standard of Scripture any attempted portrayal of biblical reality with which we are confronted. The difficulty with a show like
Revelations is that even many Bible believing Christians do not understand the basic message of the book of Revelation, or the hermeneutical principles necessary to interpret its rich symbolism and apocalyptic language. It is our hope that these reviews of the Revelations miniseries have better equipped you, the reader, to critically and biblically evaluate popular cultural conceptions of God's Word.

Here's a link to CRI President Hank Hanegraaff's response to the series found in a recent article from Assist News Service:
"Bible Answer Man Responds to NBC's 'Revelations' End Times TV Series"

And here are links to CRI's responses to earlier episodes:
Episode Two
Episode Three
Episode Four
Episode Five


At Saturday, May 21, 2005 10:05:00 PM, Anonymous Rev.Fr.D.Michael Martinat DD ,O.S.B. said...

I would have to say that NBC's Revelations mini series was indeed garbage,much like the rest of tv programming that we see on a daily basis.The only saving grace was the fact that it did get people talking about the end times.I expect that we will see a lot more of the same over the next few years.


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