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Gordon Strachan stated:
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The concept of the “End of Days” is common parlance in America, where between 60 and 100 million Christians believe that it means the end of the world and they can see signs of its approach in the rise of the anti-Christ in the shape of Islamic terrorists and the Axis of Evil. These forces will be pitched against the USA, Britain and Israel - the armies of Christ - and sooner or later they will meet in Israel on the plains of Megiddo at Armageddon as prophesied in Revelation 16:16.

I think this is quite a "strawman" argument, for the following reasons.
1st, it is true that probably 60M or more American Christians _do_ believe in an "end times scenario". However, the following is _not_ true, and and this is why Mr. Strachan has put up a strawman argument.

(a) It is not true that those same 60M+ American believers think that the "anti-Christ [is rising] in the shape of Islamic terrorists and the Axis of Evil". Some do -- most don't.

(b) It is not true that those same 60M+ American Christians perceive "the USA, Britain and Israel [to be] the armies of Christ"

Simple facts are -- there are probably a few million that do believe (a) is true, and a few million that believe (b) is true -- but those aren't necessarily the same sets of people. And the number is WAY less than the suggested 60M to 100M.

In fact, the majority of Christians do believe in figures of speech, and allegory -- and even the Evangelicals, Pentacostalists, and Charismatics believe this. It is absolutely true that they all believe in a literal "End Times" -- but don't get sucked into believing that they all therefore think it is just around the corner (although it might be), or that Islamic terrorists are the Anti-Christ (they don't believe that at all), or that there is some special deal for the USA, the UK, and Israel (since they know very well that most of the real Christians today are in South America, Africa, Indonesia, and Asia together)!

Just as a perspective of the USA is completely bent if all you see is Hollywood movies and shows and assume that what they show is America -- so is a view of American Christians if all you see is the big media figureheads and their self-serving blather.


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Christians & the "End of Days" 536 SunSword 04-Apr-05 20:28
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 254 Paoputzu 04-Apr-05 23:36
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 249 Kboldt 05-Apr-05 17:18
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 274 Paoputzu 07-Apr-05 12:14
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 191 Jaimi2 05-Apr-05 16:30
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 204 whytebyrd 05-Apr-05 17:41
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 264 Kboldt 05-Apr-05 18:12
I would like to add... 272 Kboldt 06-Apr-05 14:24
And I would like to add... 246 Lee McGiffen 06-Apr-05 16:00
Re: And I would like to add... 250 Kboldt 06-Apr-05 18:06
Re: And I would like to add... 216 JimLewandowski 06-Apr-05 18:18
Re: And I would like to add... 262 Kboldt 06-Apr-05 18:47
Re: And I would like to add... 183 JimLewandowski 06-Apr-05 18:54
Re: And I would like to add... 258 SunSword 06-Apr-05 19:46
Re: And I would like to add... 185 JimLewandowski 06-Apr-05 19:55
Re: And I would like to add... 226 Cesar 06-Apr-05 22:44
more of a deistic take on things 201 JimLewandowski 07-Apr-05 15:22
Re: And I would like to add... 304 Briffits 09-Apr-05 10:26
Re: And I would like to add... 223 Lee McGiffen 12-Apr-05 11:45
Re: And I would like to add... 222 Kboldt 12-Apr-05 13:10
you can approach this "problem" in 3 ways 184 JimLewandowski 12-Apr-05 16:43
Re: you can approach this "problem" in 3 ways 244 Kboldt 12-Apr-05 17:00
Re: you can approach this "problem" in 3 ways 191 JimLewandowski 12-Apr-05 19:00
Re: you can approach this "problem" in 3 ways 243 Kboldt 12-Apr-05 19:56
Re: you can approach this "problem" in 3 ways 200 JimLewandowski 12-Apr-05 20:13
Re: you can approach this "problem" in 3 ways 200 Cesar 12-Apr-05 20:40
Re: you can approach this "problem" in 3 ways 246 Kboldt 12-Apr-05 20:44
I've always felt the phrase "all men are created equal" 196 JimLewandowski 12-Apr-05 23:07
Re: I've always felt the phrase "all men are created equal" 221 Cesar 13-Apr-05 09:45
Re: And I would like to add... 242 SunSword 12-Apr-05 14:06
Re: And I would like to add... 206 Lee McGiffen 13-Apr-05 10:55
then why would Jefferson CUT out of the bible 191 JimLewandowski 06-Apr-05 17:32
Re: then why would Jefferson CUT out of the bible 269 Kboldt 06-Apr-05 18:12
Re: then why would Jefferson CUT out of the bible 212 JimLewandowski 06-Apr-05 18:16
Re: then why would Jefferson CUT out of the bible 193 Joyeuse 09-Apr-05 02:21
forgot the link for information 176 Joyeuse 09-Apr-05 02:36
Re: then why would Jefferson CUT out of the bible 184 Farseeker 11-Apr-05 19:15
in the end, it's all geography 206 JimLewandowski 11-Apr-05 20:57
Re: in the end, it's all geography 184 Farseeker 11-Apr-05 21:28
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 190 Diomede 05-Apr-05 22:10
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 203 Gordon Strachan 07-Apr-05 16:13
No real percentage increase in Evangelical vote for Bush in 2004 259 SunSword 07-Apr-05 17:24
Re: No real percentage increase in Evangelical vote for Bush in 2004 200 Paoputzu 08-Apr-05 01:58
Re: No real percentage increase in Evangelical vote for Bush in 2004 233 SunSword 08-Apr-05 15:09
Re: No real percentage increase in Evangelical vote for Bush in 2004 178 Paoputzu 08-Apr-05 16:39
fundamentalism is on the rise around the globe 187 JimLewandowski 08-Apr-05 17:07
The End is coming... 216 Lee McGiffen 09-Apr-05 08:20
Re: The End is coming... 194 JamesH 09-Apr-05 14:37
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 196 Kattmanndoo 15-Apr-05 03:12
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 218 Cesar 15-Apr-05 07:36
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 177 Gordon Strachan 15-Apr-05 17:11
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 237 SunSword 15-Apr-05 17:20
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 254 Kboldt 15-Apr-05 18:05
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 190 Gordon Strachan 18-Apr-05 15:35
Neo-Cons & "Apocolyptic" Christians 235 SunSword 18-Apr-05 16:41
According to a Newsweek poll... 180 David L 18-Apr-05 22:54
Re: According to a Newsweek poll... 182 Joyeuse 19-Apr-05 00:32
Re: According to a Newsweek poll... 177 JimLewandowski 19-Apr-05 04:18
Re: According to a Newsweek poll... 173 Joyeuse 20-Apr-05 02:49
Re: According to a Newsweek poll... 240 SunSword 20-Apr-05 14:16
Re: According to a Newsweek poll... 188 Joyeuse 21-Apr-05 01:07
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 193 Gordon Strachan 21-Apr-05 15:08
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 237 Paoputzu 21-Apr-05 15:57
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 231 SunSword 21-Apr-05 16:10
Re: Christians & the "End of Days" 247 Gordon Strachan 26-Apr-05 14:52


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