Tim Lahaye, author of the Left Behind series was interviewed by Newsweek as part of the coverage of the Mideast Crisis. Couple of interesting things stand out. Questions are in bold
But my understanding is that current biblical scholarship reads some of the apocalyptic scenes in the Bible as metaphorically addressing events that were taking place as the Bible was being written.
These are usually liberal theologians that don’t believe the Bible literally.
So the Revelation should not be interpreted, for example, as a polemic against Rome?
That’s what they say. We believe that the Bible should be understood literally whenever possible. The next big event is the second coming of Christ. That’s preceded by a number of signs. And some of those signs could be could be stage-setting right now. They’re not going to come out of nowhere. For example, the Bible predicts when the antichrist comes and sits at his kingdom after the Rapture, he’s going to have one world economy and one world government and one world religion. We’re already moving rapidly in the direction of those very things.
Really? It seems we’re a ways off from one world religion.
That’s the least developed, but there are many particularly liberal theologians that just think that “Oh, if we could just get everybody together of all beliefs …” If you don’t have a strong belief system, you’re willing to compromise your beliefs with other religions.
You’ve written about the threat of secular humanism.
Part of the opposition to our position is from the secular humanists, but part of it is from the liberal people of theology that reject the Bible. I don’t see a great deal of difference between them. Their basic conclusions are often the same.
So there you have it. According to Lahaye, if you are not a biblical literalist you are a tool of the Antichrist – little better than those evil secular humanists. Newsweek should be ashamed of itself for publishing this tripe…
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