Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Michele Bachmann Exposed

In reaction to Michele Bachmann's many ravings, trying to convince people who are stupid enough to listen to her, that "Obama is going to reveal himself as the antichrist".  It occurred to me that when people, who are uninformed about religion, refer to the anti-christ, they are talking about the book of Revelations which has nothing directly to do with the antichrist and that the only place it mentions that word is in the book of John. This is an important difference which many people seem to be confused about.
I searched revelations and found that ALL of it was about beasts of the apocalypse but the antichrist is ONLY MENTIONED IN JOHN, and in reading between the lines, realized that he actually was quite childish in his writing. Kind of a schoolyard bully type of remarks.

All he was saying is that if you don't believe in Christ being God, then you are not Christian or that you are of a different belief or lack of belief. It doesn't accuse anyone person directly. I defy anyone to go to the Bible Gateway website < https://www.biblegateway.com/ > and search the whole bible for the word "antichrist" and see if these aren't the only references
( Also: Tell me which of these from John, the zealot, doesn't describe anyone who doesn't believe in Christianity. )

1 John 2:22
Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. (This could describe anyone who doesn't believe in the holy trinity principle, which are many.)

1 John 2:18 [ Warning against Antichrists ] Children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come; therefore we know that it is the last hour. (This is a threat about admonishing those who don't wish to believe his message.)

1 John 2:22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. (Any non-believer is the antichrist. This is a common theme in some churches.)

1 John 4:3 and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist, of which you heard that it was coming, and now it is in the world already.

2 John 1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, men who will not acknowledge the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh; such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.

As anyone can plainly see, the ravings of John later in life (Revelations) after he was released from prison are not related to what he was describing in the book of John. All he was describing, in John, was a non-believer and anyone who tries to equate this to the stories of the beasts in Revelations needs to remember that John was cast into prison in solitary confinement for eight years and was considered, by most people at the time he wrote Revelations, to be quite insane. I learned this in catechism class in the Methodist church at 13 years of age from an actual clerical scholar and minister who studied the known history of John in his college days.
Many of today's Christians try to read whatever they can into ancient texts that were never deciphered correctly in order to rationalize their own selfish desires and have no desire to actually read the bible for what it is - a book of parabolic stories meant to inspire a sense of personal responsibility and a moral attitude in people who would be directionless without it. If one is a Christian then they are supposed to be fluent in the New Testament which is the Christian part of the bible. The Old Testament, which is developed from ancient rabbinic law, was only meant to be used as examples of the difference between what they wrote for Jews and what Jesus said, because he was a reformer who thought the rabbinic law was corrupted. It also, is about principles, not a literal book or a historical record.
In summation, this shows that Michele Bachmann is just talking out of her a** again and with all her credentials and education in religious universities, she still has no real grasp of what the bible actually says or else has reinvented it in her own mind. It is no surprise to me that the meme about "today's Christians" has a picture of Marcus and Michele Bachmann singing in church.

I hasten to add that isn't all Christians. I know many who don't use their religion to feel superior instead of learning the strength and humility of what the "Jesus Message" is really all about - love, tolerance, and helping others. As an an example I can point to people like our ex president Jimmy Carter whom I admire greatly, as a person who I consider a real Christian like the type of people I grew up with. 

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