There is a guy on a forum who wrote:
“Revelations was written to confuse believers… it appears to be written by a demonic possessed man – definitely not John the beloved. It should have been left out of the Bible.”
A discussion ensued. In the end he wrote, “I am sorry you all seem too weak to question your own faith. Religion, the bible and Christianity are not perfect. Only Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God the Father are perfect.”
His last bit made me chuckle because I have written similar words, something along the lines of “If your faith is too fragile to stand up to questioning, then it is just a house of cards, not anchored in anything solid.”
So what’s the difference between me questioning whether Paul’s letters should be given the weight of Scripture and Forum Guy questioning the inclusion of Revelation?
Jesus. Jesus is the difference.
Jesus is my litmus test:
Question/dismiss/delete any red letters? Nope. They are the words of Jesus. Nothing to do with those except salute and yield.
Question writings that are corroborated by Jesus, the Law, the Prophets? Nope. Jesus referred those with questions to the Law and the Prophets. So I yield to them, too.
Question writings and teachings that are not corroborated by Jesus, the Law or the Prophets? You betcha’.
Forum guy doesn’t like Revelation because it is scary to him. So he has devised a nice, manageable Jesus of his liking, one that is all rainbows, bunnies and peace.
The problem is, Jesus said, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10.
How can Forum guy say that Jesus is perfect if he wants to delete some of His words? If he believes the future is nothing but sunshine and love, then he is calling Jesus a liar when He said things like this:
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time.”
1 Thessalonians 5:3 says, “While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”
Perhaps that is why Jesus told us to look at the signs of the times. Perhaps He revealed to John what must soon take place in order to give us confidence. Confidence in Him, not in a pleasant fiction.
So, Forum Guy, quote me some Jesus if you want to persuade me. And do it with love and respect. Otherwise you are just noise. Obnoxious, accusing noise. That, and/or a false prophet.
There, I feel better.