Tuesday, April 06, 2004

The New York Times covers the treatment of Jesus in a recent book of note:

With all the gruesome detail of a Hollywood horror movie, Jesus eviscerates the flesh of millions of unbelievers merely by speaking.

"Men and women soldiers and horses seemed to explode where they stood," Dr. LaHaye and Mr. Jenkins write. "It was as if the very words of the Lord had superheated their blood, causing it to burst through their veins and skin.'' The authors add, "Even as they struggled, their own flesh dissolved, their eyes melted and their tongues disintegrated."

That's from the LaHaye and Jenkins "Left Behind" series, a paint-by-numbers transplant of the Book of Revelation into something superficially resembling the modern world, in which the antichrist turns out to be a guy who talks a lot, at least initially, about organizing relief efforts and feeding people. (You can't trust people who talk like that. They're always insincere).

In sum: the message of the books is don't trust people who talk about helping their fellow men; they're insincere, and worse, weak. Worship our guy because he's predestined to kick the other guy's butt.

But since they name names, we know that they're Christians, and not, as you might otherwise think, fans of the other guy...


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